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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - April 2018

Newsletter - April 2018

  1. Editorial
  2. EUPHA update
  3. European Public Health Conference
  4. EUPHA members update
  5. European Journal of Public Health
  6. Call for proposals, job opportunities
  7. Interesting news
  8. Upcoming courses and conferences
  9. Interesting publications
  10. European Commission news
  11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
  12. WHO news

1. Editorial

Welcome to our April newsletter, including information from EUPHA, EUPHA members, European Commission, ECDC and WHO. We hope the information is useful to further your work.

EUPHA has been active this month in advocacy and policy briefs, including an update on the Sustainable Development Goals' health impact in Europe (the Sustainable Health Goals) and our members' views on the future issues in public health in Europe. 

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Wishing you pleasant reading, 

Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, EUPHA president, and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA executive director

2. EUPHA update

EUPHA Statement on the Sustainable Health Goals in the European region

Some 2,5 years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, we wonder how Europe and European countries are doing. We raise the question – how is Europe progressing towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals – or even better – how is Europe progressing towards what we might call the Sustainable Health Goals? Read our findings in the EUPHA statement on the Sustainable Health Goals in the European region.

British American Tobacco replies

In March 2018 we wrote to British American Tobacco and Philip Morris, following court orders in the USA requiring them to issue corrective statements to inform the American public about how these companies had misled them for decades. BAT has now replied, rejecting our request. We publish its letter here. We make observations:
First, BAT makes no attempt to respond to the specific concerns that led to the US judgement, relating to misleading the public. It seems that we are to believe that, even if the tobacco industry sought to undermine the evidence on smoking-related harm and the addictive nature of nicotine in the USA, it did not do so in Europe.
Second, despite seeking recourse when possible to international trade agreements as it seeks to circumvent national laws on tobacco control, it relies on the territorial limitations of American jurisprudence to reject our request.
In both cases, our members can judge these arguments for themselves. Our view is that they provide more evidence on why, as set out in Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the tobacco industry and those it funds should always be excluded from discussions on any aspect of tobacco control.

Statement of EUPHA President at WHO high-level meeting 'Health Systems Respond to NCDs: Experience in the European Region'

On 16 April 2018 the EUPHA president, Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, presented a statement at the high-level meeting of the World Health Organisation European Region ‘Health Systems Respond to NCDs: Experience of the European Region’, in Sitges Spain. At the plenary session ‘towards people-centred integrated services’ she talked about how we implement strategies to accelerate making health services more people centred and which challenges need to be overcome. Read her speech here.

Join the TO-REACH online consultation

What do you consider the most important priorities in European health research? Please provide your opinion.
This open online consultation has been launched by the TO-REACH project, where EUPHA is a partner, in order to shape a joint European research agenda in this area.
The survey is availble at Feel free to distrubute this survey further.
The survey will be open until 13 May 2018.

A short overview of the results of the EUPHA members' questionnaire on threats to public health

A short overview of the results of the EUPHA members’  questionnaire of October 2016 are now available on this website. Members of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) were asked what they believe the major public health threats in Europe in the next decade will be. They were invited to identify the main public health issues that, in their opinion, could pose a threat to children and young persons (0-19 years), adults (20-60 years), and the elderly (60+ years). This allowed EUPHA to gain a better insight into future public health issues allowing us to advocate for a more effective and well-founded (re)distribution of resources for primary and secondary prevention. The results also clearly emphasize the importance of a European approach to public health, as many – if not all – of the listed threats can be targeted through supranational policy measures, exchange of good practices and sharing of knowledge of evidence-informed interventions.

EUPHA is proud to be a co-signer of the EU4Health statement prepared for the informal EPSCO of Health Ministers in the European Union

The vision for health in the EUropean Union: We believe that a Europe where all people are as healthy as they can be throughout their lives is possible. A Europe that promotes well-being for all people of all ages, and where people can live, work and age in sustainable and healthy environments. A Europe that supports timely access to affordable, high quality healthcare for all.

Our common asks from the European Commission: The Lisbon Strategy includes a target of adding two healthy life years on average across the EU by 2020 - a target that still needs to be met. We need strong political leadership from the European Commission to achieve this goal. This requires a Commission Vice-President and a Directorate General dedicated to health,to ensure that health protection and promotion is guaranteed across all European Commission portfolios. Strong leadership on health will resonate with European citizens1 and bring the EU closer to them, restoring people’s trust in the EU institutions. The Lisbon Strategy includes a target of adding two healthy life years on average across the EU by 2020 - a target that still needs to be met. We need strong political leadership from the European Commission to achieve this goal. This requires a Commission Vice-President and a Directorate General dedicated to health, to ensure that health protection and promotion is guaranteed across all European Commission portfolios. Strong leadership on health will resonate with European citizens1 and bring the EU closer to them, restoring people’s trust in the EU institutions.

Please click here for the statement.

1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health - Abstract Supplement

This abstract supplement to the European Journal of Public Health is now available online. 
The 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health (MERH) focuses on the health implications of the movement and diversity of people around the globe within broad historical, political, social and environmental contexts in association with EUPHA, University of Edinburgh and NHS Scotland.

3. European Public Health Conference

One more day to submit your abstracts for Ljubljana 2018

The deadline for abstract and workshop submission for Ljubljana 2018 is close, very close. The online submission system will close on 1 May at 12:00 CET. 
At the moment, 58 countries have already submitted about 650 abstracts and 45 workshops and we are still counting. 

If you are still interested in submitting your work to this prestigious conference, do it today!

New Staff at EUPHA and EPH Conference Officer

We welcome Robert Klarecki who started working for EUPHA and EPH Conference in February 2018. Some of you might have met him during the EPH Conference at Lodz, Poland, for which he was the Conference Manager on behalf of the Polish Local Organizing Committee.

With his background in international relations he received his PhD in political science at the University of Warsaw. He worked in private and public sector where he dealt with different EU projects. Most of his career was connected with organizing meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences, including the 42nd Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX2005), 2nd Joint European Public Health Conference (EPH 2009), 16th European Health Forum Gastein, conferences of the Polish Society of Occupational Medicine, workshops and conferences of the EU Network of Excellence Environmental Cancer Risk, Nutrition and Individual Susceptibility, and many, many others.

4. EUPHA members update

NPHF: one more step towards the 'subscription for health'

In order to push forward the so-called  ‘vitality contract’, intended to offer concrete steps for a healthier lifestyle for a minimum contribution by the individual, the director of the Netherlands Public Health Federation (NPHF), Thomas Plochg, is offering health care insurers another option for economic gain. The NPHF has been pushing the concept ‘from care to health promotion’ to further a positive view on health. For more information, please visit the website of the NPHF.

ASPHER: The 1st Andrija Stampar Summer school

Our European partner, ASPHER, is organising the 1st Andrija Stampar Summer school from 12-24 August in Ashkelon, Israel. The theme of the summer school is: The new public health: principles and practices. 
The summer schools is intended for junior and mid-career teachers and researchers of schools of public health.

Fee including lectures, mentoring, material, accommodation and site visits: $3000
To register or request more information, please email Mr Fèlix Ruiz Cabré at

EUPHA co-signes the UK Faculty of Public Health’s report on the ‘Do No Harm’ amendment

EUPHA is a co-signatory of the Report stage briefing on Brexit, set up by the UK Faculty of Public Health. The UK Faculty of Public Health has proposed a ‘Do No Harm’ amendment to the Report on the EU (withdrawal) Bill, as they want to ensure that the UK continues to be bound by article 169 of the Lisbon Treaty, which reads “a high level of human health protection shall be ensured in the definition and implementation of all EU policies”. The ‘Do No Harm’ amendment has been signed by over 40 national organisations and two European organisations. ´The health of the public must remain of paramount importance to this and all future governments – maintaining and improving the public’s health, alongside protecting our nation and our economy must surely be the most important duties of any government.´ This Bill is where our constitutional stability and legal certainty will be determined. By voting in favour of the ‘Do No Harm’ amendment Peers have the opportunity to put the protection of the public’s health clearly at the heart of this and all future good governments. The ‘Do No Harm’ amendment would also be a fitting way to celebrate the NHS in its 70th year. For the statement, please click here.

5. European Journal of Public Health

The European Journal of Public Health is a multidisciplinary journal in the field of public health.

The EJPH is published bimonthly. The journal provides a forum for discussion and debate of current international public health issues with a focus on the European region. In 2017, the impact factor of the journal is at 2.431. The 5-year impact factor is 2.664.

The EJPH is the official journal of EUPHA. 

Risk factors for persisting measles susceptibility: a case-control study among unvaccinated orthodox Protestants

European Journal of Public Health, cky072,
Published: 30 April 2018

Emotional salience of the image component facilitates recall of the text of cigarette warning labels

European Journal of Public Health, cky059,
Published: 26 April 2018

Who wants to cross borders in the EU for healthcare? An analysis of the Eurobarometer data in 2007 and 2014

European Journal of Public Health, cky071,
Published: 25 April 2018

Alcohol industry corporate social responsibility initiatives and harmful drinking: a systematic review

European Journal of Public Health, cky065,
Published: 25 April 2018

Burden of disease studies in the WHO European Region--a mapping exercise

European Journal of Public Health, cky060,
Published: 25 April 2018

6. Call for proposals, job opportunities

Public Health Panorama calls for the submission of papers for a themed issue on primary health care: principles in practice towards universal health coverage

Public Health Panorama calls for the submission of papers for a themed issue on primary health care: principles in practice towards universal health coverage. It will be published in December 2018 following the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata, which will be celebrated with week-long events culminating in an anniversary conference on 25–26 October in Kazakhstan. Deadline for submissions 20-06-2018.

Noncommunicable diseases: a call for papers

The Bulletin of the World Health Organization will publish a theme issue on noncommunicable diseases. The deadline for submission is 15 July 2018.

Special issue on advanced diagnostics to inform public health policy - deadline extended to 13 May 2018

Eurosurveillance invites authors to submit papers in the categories, Research articles, Surveillance and Outbreak reports, Reviews and Perspectives for a special issue on advanced diagnostics to inform public health policy. The submission deadline has been extended to 13 May 2018.

European Health Award 2018

The European Health Forum Gastein is welcoming applications for the European Health Award. Applications for the Award will close on Monday, 28th May 2018.

Financial support is available to local level civil society groups

As part of the project Make Europe Sustainable for All, financial support is available to local level civil society groups campaigning on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Call for tender concerning the EU dimension to prevent alcohol related harm open through 25 May 2018

The Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency call is to follow up on the Standardised European Alcohol Survey to support the Member States' capacity building in the area of alcohol policy and to prepare a pilot implementation of alcohol brief interventions.

7. Interesting news

Conclusions from the conference "Healthy Future for Europe: Healthy Nutrition for Children" , a part of the calendar within the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU (6 February 2018, Sofia)

On February 6, 2018 a conference under the title “Healthy Future for Europe: Healthy Nutrition in Children“, a part of the calendar within the Bulgarian Presidency was held in the National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria. In the link you can read the conclusions of this conference.

How's the air in London? 'We should be worried'

Toxic air in London has been at illegal levels since 2010, and for a brief period last year, air pollution here was worse than Beijing’s, according to statistics published by the London mayor’s office.
United Kingdom

How do you get teens to stop cellphone use while driving? Survey says, show them the money

Teens who admit to texting while driving may be convinced to reduce risky cellphone use behind the wheel when presented with financial incentives such as auto-insurance apps that monitor driving behavior, according to a new survey. However, while more than 90 percent of teens surveyed said they were willing to give up sending or reading text messages, almost half indicated that they would want to retain some control over phone functions such as music and navigation.

Ebola media coverage impacted how the public perceived the disease and survivors

In 2014, the United States saw fatal cases of Ebola for the first time. The disease had been mostly contained to West Africa, and U.S. media coverage of the disease in the past had been limited. Now, researchers have found that news coverage of Ebola during the time it was in the U.S. focused on telling individual stories to humanize those affected. Based on these findings, the researchers suggest that reporters covering health crises might have a greater positive impact on their audiences if they write human interest stories that share helpful information.

Saving lives: Swapping cars for shared bicycles

The 12 largest bicycle sharing systems in European cities offer health and economic benefits. Currently, the use of shared bicycles by people who previously used their cars avoids 5 deaths and saves 18 million euros per year in those cities. If all public bicycle trips were made by previous car users, 73 deaths and 226 million euros would be saved every year in the 12 cities. These are the conclusions of a new study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by the "la Caixa" Foundation.

Invitation: International Festival of Public Health

The International Festival of Public Health, hosted by the EUPHA Section on Urban Public Health, is back for a 7th year. This conference attracts approximately 400 national and international delegates each year. It is a mixture of civil society, patient groups, voluntary organisations, local authority, NHS, community sector and academics. We wanted this to be a space where we can get lively conversations on the relevant topics of the day from many different viewpoints.
Full details of previous speakers and other details for the conference, are available on our website.
The theme of this year's Festival is Health and Social Care’. We are asking for your help to be able to showcase your excellent work on a global platform. Abstract submission does not have to be confined to this subject and there will be no weighting applied to this topic when abstracts are chosen. Abstracts can be for poster, oral, workshops and networking events. They will be advertised through our dissemination activities including twitter @festivalofPH #PHFest2018. You can register and submit abstracts online at and the deadline for abstract submission is Monday 7 May 2018.
For all our friends at EUPHA, I am pleased to confirm that registration is offered at the subsidised rate of £20 for the whole day including refreshments and lunch! Please register here by 21st May 2018 to avoid the higher charges. Further details about the day and the exciting plenary speakers we have lined up will be announced over the next couple of months.

BMJ: Editor's choice: Better care for patients with cancer

Fiona Godlee, The BMJ
For many people, cancer is now survivable and has become a long term condition. This week our clinical update reminds us to think about the psychological impact for the growing number of people living with cancer (doi:10.1136/bmj.k1415). As Alexandra Pitman and colleagues explain, depression and anxiety are more common in cancer survivors than in the general population and can occur at all stages of the cancer journey, whether as part of the initial presentation or after a patient is discharged from active management, when the intense schedule of tests and treatment comes to a sudden end.
As well as the more obvious situational causes of depression and anxiety (such as fear and uncertainty about the future) we need to be aware that certain tumours and cancer treatments can directly affect mood. Pancreatic and small cell lung cancers come in for special mention, as do steroids and radiotherapy to the head and neck or gut. Our visual summary ( shows the wide range of possible effects of cancer or its treatment on the brain, and writing as a patient with cancer Caroline Carling emphasises the benefits of psychological support (“Patient’s Perspective,” doi:10.1136/bmj.k1415).....

People living near fast food outlets more likely to develop heart disease, study shows

BMJ 2018361 doi: (Published 24 April 2018)Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1800

People living in urban areas with one or more fast food outlets within 1 km of their home are significantly more likely to develop cardiovascular disease (CVD) and coronary heart disease (CHD) than those living in areas with no fast food outlets, a nationwide study in the Netherlands has reported.1

The availability of fast food—which generally consists of processed meat and refined carbohydrates and is high in salt, saturated fat, and calories—has increased dramatically in European countries over the past few years. Previous studies looking at links between the density of fast food outlets and heart disease have shown mixed results but …

EuroHealthNet: Video on EU action on health #EU4Health

EuroHealthNet has produced a short video on the need for EU action on health which covers the links between health, economic development, and social cohesion. We hope it will be a useful resource to raise awareness of both the campaign and the issues. There are two versions: One long (2 mins) and one short (1.34 mins). Both include the #EU4Health hashtag. Please do watch and share!

8. Upcoming courses and conferences

Going International is the first source for finding courses, seminars, congresses and other events in the fields of medicine & health. Going International is Europe’s biggest service provider and information platform and serves as an interface between organisers and participants of events. Going International is an official partner of EUPHA.

8th International Health Tourism Congress
3 May 2018 - 6 May 2018 / Kusadasi, Turkey

International Symposium on Global Health
7 May 2018 - 8 May 2018 / Athens, Greece
Organiser: ATINER

4th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health
8 May 2018 - 10 May 2018 / Vancouver, Canada

UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain Symposium
8 May 2018 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: UCL

Healthy aging at the crossroads: challenges and need for further action
10 May 2018 - 12 May 2018 / Istanbul, Turkey
Organiser: Healthy Community Association

Workshop on "Sustainability of Health Systems"
15 May 2018 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)

1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health - Diversity and health
17 May 2018 - 19 May 2018 / Edinburgh, Scotland

6th International Conference on Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases
21 May 2018 - 22 May 2018 / Barcelona, Spain
Organiser: Tropical Diseases Congress Series Conferences

Multimorbidity research at the cross-roads: developing the evidence for clinical practice and health policy
21 May 2018 / Stockholm, Sweden
Organiser: Journal of International Medicine, The Aging Research Center of Karolinska Institute and others

2nd EU Stroke Summit: Launch of the Stroke Action Plan for Europe
23 May 2018 / Room ASP3G3 at the European Parliament
Organiser: Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE)

18th International conference on Integrated Care: Value for People and Populations: Investing in Integrated Care
23 May 2018 - 25 May 2018 / Utrecht, Netherlands
Organiser: International Foundation for Integrated Care

WFPHA International Global Health &Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop 2018
23 May 2018 / Geneva, Switzerland
Organiser: WFPHA

V International Conference on Antimicrobial Research - ICAR2018
24 May 2018 - 25 May 2018 / Málaga, Spain
Organiser: ICAR

European Conference of Health Workforce Education and Research
24 May 2018 - 25 May 2018 / Athens, Greece
Organiser: International Network for Health Workforce Education

4th World Congress on Public Health, Epidemiology & Nutrition
24 May 2018 - 25 May 2018 / Osaka, Japan
Organiser: Conference series

PPTOX conference - Prenatal Programming and Toxicity
27 May 2018 - 30 May 2018 / Torshavn, Faroe Islands
Organiser: PPTOX

Nordic Implementation Conference
28 May 2018 - 30 May 2018 / European Implementation Collaborative
Organiser: Copenhagen, Sweden

The 2018 Planetary Health Annual meeting
29 May 2018 - 31 May 2018 / Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Organiser: Planetary Health Alliance

Summer School on Modern Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology 2018
3 Jun 2018 - 16 Jun 2018 / Treviso, Italy
Organiser: BiostatEpi

26th International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services
6 Jun 2018 - 8 Jun 2018 / Bologna, Italy
Organiser: Italian regional HPH network Emilia-Romagna together with WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health Care at Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (Austrian Public Health Institute)

Towards a Harmonised Health Technology Assessment Framework: Exploring the Potential Impact on Quality of Care in the EU
8 Jun 2018 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: Public Policy Exchange

8th International conference on Food Safety and Regulatory Measures
11 Jun 2018 - 12 Jun 2018 / Barcelona, Spain

ENSP-CNPT International Conference on Tobacco control
14 Jun 2018 - 16 Jun 2018 / Madrid, Spain
Organiser: ENSP-CNPT

5th International One Health Congress
22 Jun 2018 - 25 Jun 2018 / Saskatoon, Canada

The 9th International Conference on Children's Health and the Environment: Saving the Children at Risk,Shaping the Future Sustainability
27 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018 / Seoul, Korea
Organiser: INCHES

5th World Psoriasis & Psoriatic Arthritis Conference 2018
27 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018 / Stockholm, Sweden
Organiser: IFPA – International Federation of Psoriasis Associations

Clinical Research in Resource Limited Settings - Mission Impossible or Role Model for Future Drug Development?
28 Jun 2018 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss THP

Assessing Public Health in Emergency Situations (APHES)
2 Jul 2018 - 13 Jul 2018 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: The Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED)

11th UCL Health and Society Summer School: Social Determinants of Health
2 Jul 2018 - 6 Jul 2018 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: UCL

Summer Course in Health Law and Ethics
2 Jul 2018 - 6 Jul 2018 / Rotterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: Erasmus University Rotterdam

European Union Falls Festival: New Solutions to Old Problems; ensuring sustainability for falls prevention interventions
2 Jul 2018 - 3 Jul 2018 / Manchester, United Kingdom
Organiser: European Falls Festival

The International Congress on advanced treatments in rare diseases
2 Jul 2018 - 3 Jul 2018 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: Rare 2018

Clinical trials in Infectious Disease from diagnose to clinic
2 Jul 2018 - 3 Jul 2018 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: CTIDC2018, in association with NIHR CRN

Course on Assessing Public Health in Emergency Situations (APHES)
2 Jul 2018 - 13 Jul 2018 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED)

European Congress of Epidemiology 2018
4 Jul 2018 - 6 Jul 2018 / Lyon, France
Organiser: International Epidemiological Association (IEA)

GIS for Public Health
9 Jul 2018 - 13 Jul 2018 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: Imperial College London

27 Summer course European Training Consortium Public health and health promotion
15 Jul 2018 - 27 Jul 2018 / Perugia, Italy
Organiser: Experimental Center for Health Promotion and Education (CeSPES)

2nd International Conference On Chronic Diseases
16 Jul 2018 - 17 Jul 2018 / Berlin, Germany
Organiser: Pulsus Conferences

conference 9th Edition of International Conference on Preventive Medicine & Public Health
16 Jul 2018 - 17 Jul 2018 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: EuroSciCon

Observatory Venice Summer School 2018 - Quality of care: Improving effectiveness, safety, and responsiveness
22 Jul 2018 - 28 Jul 2018 / San Servolo, Venice
Organiser: European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

European Summer School in Evidence Based Public Health
23 Jul 2018 - 27 Jul 2018 / Munich, Germany
Organiser: EBPH

6th International Conference on Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases: Global Elimination and eradication of Infectious Diseases
2 Aug 2018 - 3 Aug 2018 / Barcelona, Spain
Organiser: Tropical Diseases Congress Series Conferences

17th Annual Congress on Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine: Pediatrics, Child Health & Development
13 Aug 2018 - 14 Aug 2018 / Osaka, Japan

Seventh Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology and Health, ECOHEALTH 2018/ 3rd Latin American Public Health Meeting
15 Aug 2018 - 18 Aug 2018 / Cali, Colombia
Organiser: Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia

Executive Programme for Global Health Leadership
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 / London / Switzerland / Cape Town
Organiser: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The social impact of epidemics: a workshop marking 100 years of the Great Flue Pandemic of 1918
3 Sep 2018 - 5 Sep 2018 / Oslo, Norway
Organiser: Centre for welfare and labour research, Oslo and Akerhus University

SRNT Europe 2018 - Smoking and disease
6 Sep 2018 - 8 Sep 2018 / Munich, Germany
Organiser: SRNT

Fourth International Symposium on Ethics of Environmental Health
9 Sep 2018 - 12 Sep 2018 / Budweis, Czeck Republic
Organiser: ISEEH

Eighth International Conference on Epidemiology & Public Health
17 Sep 2018 - 19 Sep 2018 / Rome, Italy

World Health Organization Healthy Cities Conference: ‘Changing cities to change the world’
1 Oct 2018 - 4 Oct 2018 / Belfast, Northern Ireland
Organiser: WHO

Law Enforcement and Public Health Conference 2018
21 Oct 2018 - 24 Oct 2018 / Toronto, Canada
Organiser: CLEPH

Second International Conference on Primary Health Care: Achieving Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals
25 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018 / Astana, Kazakhstan
Organiser: WHO

7th International Conference on Medical and Nursing Education: "Explore New Strategies In Medical & Nursing Education Based On Evidence
29 Oct 2018 - 30 Oct 2018 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: Medical Education Series Conferences

5th World Congress on Nursing & Healthcare
12 Nov 2018 - 14 Nov 2018 / Toronto, Canada

Russian Health Care Week’ 2018
3 Dec 2018 - 7 Dec 2018 / Moscow, Russia
Organiser: Russian Parliament, Ministry of Health Care, AO EXPOCENTRE

The future of healthy living
19 Jan 2019 / Salford, United Kingdom
Organiser: University of Salford

9. Interesting publications

2018 must be the year for action against NCDs

Health care-seeking patterns for female genital mutilation/cutting among young Somalis in Norway

Equity impacts of price policies to promote healthy behaviours

Overweight adolescents' views on physical activity - experiences of participants in an internet-based intervention: a qualitative study

A cost-effectiveness analysis of a community based CVD program in Sweden based on a retrospective register cohort

Prevention of vaccine-matched and mismatched influenza in children aged 6-35 months: a multinational randomised trial across five influenza seasons

The silent burden of stigmatisation: a qualitative study among Dutch people with a low socioeconomic position

Responses to textual and pictorial cigarette pack health warnings: findings from an exploratory cross-sectional survey study in Austria

Employment stability and mental health in Spain: towards understanding the influence of gender and partner/marital status

The association between balance and free-living physical activity in an older community-dwelling adult population: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Taxes for health: evidence clears the air

Severity and susceptibility: measuring the perceived effectiveness and believability of tobacco health warnings

Physical activity, sedentary time and sleep duration: associations with body composition in 10-12-year-old Estonian schoolchildren

Smoking among immigrant groups in metropolitan France: prevalence levels, male-to-female ratios and educational gradients

Investing in non-communicable diseases: an estimation of the return on investment for prevention and treatment services

Year-round effects of a four-week randomized controlled trial using different types of feedback on employees' physical activity

Action to address the household economic burden of non-communicable diseases

An observational study of immigrant mortality differences in Norway by reason for migration, length of stay and characteristics of sending countries

Parents' perspectives of change in child physical activity & screen-viewing between Y1 (5-6) & Y4 (8-9) of primary school: implications for behaviour change

Causes of death among children aged 5-14 years in the WHO European Region: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016

Indicators for evaluating European population health: a Delphi selection process

Textual health warning labels on snus (Swedish moist snuff): do they affect risk perception?

Mass media and risk factors for cancer: the under-representation of age

Legalized medical cannabis lowers opioid use, study finds

It's time for a change of message, it's time for #GunSafetyNow


Addressing Social Determinants to Improve Patient Care and Promote Health Equity: An American College of Physicians Position Paper

Health Equity Report 2017

10. European Commission news

DG SANTE launched 'Best Practice Portal'

The best practice portal on health promotion, diseases prevention and management of non-communicable diseases is online now. It brings together good practices collected in previous Health Programme actions in the different fields: nutrition, physical activity, mental health, health inequalities, reducing alcohol related harm and integrated care. It also allows submission of practices for evaluation to select the "best". All practices assessed as "best" will be shared with the Member States' Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases.

Helping young people say no to tobacco: Commission launches EU Health Award for NGOs

On 7 April, the European Commission launches the EU Health Award for NGOs 2018. This year, we aim to reward NGOs that contribute to the fight against tobacco, especially by stopping young people from taking up smoking and/or using other forms of tobacco.

Statement by Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis ahead of World Health Day 2018: 'Universal Healthcare for all'

"Access to healthcare for all is one of the major achievements of post-Second World War Europe bringing to reality the idea that all human beings, rich or poor, should benefit from quality medical care without worry that their illness would bankrupt their family..."

Fight against cancer: Joint Action Kick-off Meeting, Luxembourg, 16-17 April, 2018

The kick-off meeting of the Joint Action on Innovative Partnership for Action against Cancer (IPPAC) took place 16-17 April in Luxembourg in the presence of the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis.

Steering Europe towards a healthier future by reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases

"Steering Europe towards a healthier future by reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases." Deputy Director-General for Health and Food Safety Martin Seychell discusses the Steering Group he chairs on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases.

EU legislation makes Blood, Tissues and Cells safer, but needs to keep pace with developments, Public Consultation finds

The open public consultation evaluating the EU legal frameworks on blood, tissues and cells has found that that the majority of the respondents, who included both individual citizens and various groups, such as professional societies, donor and patient organisations and national authorities, consider that the legislation had made blood, tissues and cells safer in the EU.

11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

EU Laboratory Capability Monitoring System (EULabCap): Report on 2016 survey of EU/EEA country capabilities and capacities

This report for 2016, which presents the indicator results for EU and EEA (European Economic Area) countries, aims to help policymakers identify possible areas for action and to evaluate the impact of capacity strengthening activities and health system reforms

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 14, 05 April 2018

Surveillance and outbreak report
West Nile virus outbreak in humans and epidemiological surveillance, west Andalusia, Spain, 2016

Systematic Review
The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of screening for active tuberculosis among migrants in the EU/EEA: a systematic review
The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of screening for latent tuberculosis among migrants in the EU/EEA: a systematic review

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 15, 12 April 2018

Rapid communication
Case of seasonal reassortant A(H1N2) influenza virus infection, the Netherlands, March 2018
Surveillance and outbreak report
A cluster of two human cases of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) transmitted by unpasteurised goat milk and cheese in Germany, May 2016
Research article
Genomic non-coding regions reveal hidden patterns of mumps virus circulation in Spain, 2005 to 2015
People living with undiagnosed HIV infection and a low CD4 count: estimates from surveillance data, Italy, 2012 to 2014

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 16, 19 April 2018

Rapid communication
Implementation of MenACWY vaccination because of ongoing increase in serogroup W invasive meningococcal disease, the Netherlands, 2018
Research article
Extended screening for infectious diseases among newly-arrived asylum seekers from Africa and Asia, Verona province, Italy, April 2014 to June 2015
Impact of infectious diseases on population health using incidence-based disability-adjusted life years (DALYs): results from the Burden of Communicable Diseases in Europe study, European Union and European Economic Area countries, 2009 to 2013

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 17, 26 April 2018

Vaccines, trust and European public health
Rapid communication
A modified chain binomial model to analyse the ongoing measles epidemic in Greece, July 2017 to February 2018
Extension of French vaccination mandates: from the recommendation of the Steering Committee of the Citizen Consultation on Vaccination to the law
Research article
Adverse events following immunisation with a meningococcal serogroup B vaccine: report from post-marketing surveillance, Germany, 2013 to 2016
Vaccine hesitancy in the French population in 2016, and its association with vaccine uptake and perceived vaccine risk–benefit balance
Meeting report
Life in vaccine science – a conversation with Stanley Plotkin at the 4th Conference on Vaccines in Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 2017

12. WHO news

On World Health Day, recommit to health for all

On World Health Day, WHO calls on leaders in the European Region to recommit to health for all through concerted action for universal health coverage (UHC).

Bringing health services closer to people in Kyrgyzstan

The project in Kyrgyzstan offers an example of good practice for World Health Day 2018, which focuses on universal health coverage.

Statement by Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, for World Health Day 2018: health for all

"It is unacceptable that anyone today – a pensioner, single parent, unemployed person, your neighbour or mine – should be pushed into poverty by having to pay for the treatment they need. No one should have to choose between buying medicines or putting food on their table, or paying the rent.  Europe has a strong history of recognizing the right to health for all, with equal access. These are guiding values for our health systems."

WHO SDGs Newsletter April 2018

Goal 1: Poverty

Goal 2: Hunger and food security    

Goal 3: Health

Goal 5: Gender equality and women's empowerment

Goal 6: Water sanitation

Goal 10: Inequalities

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