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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - May 2018

Newsletter - May 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 May newsletter, including information from EUPHA, EUPHA members, European Commission, ECDC and WHO. We hope the information is useful to further your work.

EUPHA has again had an active month, co-organising the very successful 1st World congress on Migration, ethnicity, race and health in Edinburgh, publishing statements on Migration and health and the EU budget proposal and joining (together with many of our members) the World Federation of public health associations Call for action on AMR.

If you have any information to add to the newsletter, please send the information to EUPHA office.

Wishing you pleasant reading, 

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

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2. EUPHA update

World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) calls for integrated action on AMR – Join our call Now!

"We call on all governments, the private sector, NGOs, health professionals, public and private research organizations, and all stakeholders to ensure that public health remains at the centre of all policy and scientific endeavours in the field of antimicrobial resistance. We call on all actors to apply an approach set out in the Global Charter for the Public’s Health."  

EUPHA Statement on migration, ethnicity and health

The EUPHA statement on migration, ethnicity and health is published concurrently with the 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health that is held this week, 17-19 May 2018, in Edinburgh.
Migrants and ethnic minorities (MEM) often face serious inequities concerning both their state of health and their access to good quality health services. These inequities are increasingly being brought to light by public health researchers, but action to tackle them has lagged behind. To ensure that adequate attention is paid to the determinants of MEM health and the problems of service delivery that can confront these groups, health systems need to become more inclusive.

EUPHA Statement on proposal for the next EU budget 2021-2027

On May 2nd, 2018, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, presented the proposal for the post-2020 European Union (EU) budget. We believe that European funding for (public) health remains as important as ever and are convinced that it has significant added value. Reflecting on the published proposal, we are pleased to see that the Health Programme will at least be partially continued, even if we are disappointed that the word ‘health’ is almost absent throughout the budget proposal. Read our statement for more reflections on the post-2020 budget proposal.

EUPHA section on Public mental health publishes its first newsletter for 2018

The first 2018 newsletter of this section can be found:

HTA meeting with Commissioner Andriukaitis

On May 3rd, 2018, Dineke Zeegers Paget, Executive Director of EUPHA, and Elena Petelos, steering committee member of the EUPHA HTA section, attended the roundtable meeting with Commissioner Andriukaitis. EUPHA was invited to present the key points relevant our association particularly on two main areas of the HTA proposal, namely the production of joint clinical assessments and the governance, including the involvement of stakeholders.

European Health Policy Group meeting Rotterdam, Netherlands

On 19-20 April, the European Health Policy Group held their meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The European Health Policy Group exists to help inform and support health policy. Established over 20 years ago, the group meets twice a year. The aim of the group is to help further research and collaboration across Europe to help ensure improvements in health and health care for citizens.

Walter Ricciardi is president-elect of the WFPHA

Walter Ricciardi is president-elect of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA). In addition, he has been awarded the Italian Grand Prix of Advertisement for the best communication for health and social affairs. This is the first time that this price has been given to a Public Health institution.

Introducing the section steering committee of EUPHA Sexual and Gender Minority Health section

Highlights of the 1st World Congress on Migration, ethnicity, race and health now available

Two nice reports on the successful MERH 2018 conference have been published in the Lancet (an editorial) and in BMJ (a news piece):

3rd HLCA Summer School on Health Literacy: “Research on health literacy, in particular children`s health literacy”

The Summer School will take place from September 17th – 21th 2018 at Bielefeld University’s Center for Prevention and Intervention in Childhood and Adolescence (CPI).

The Summer School is free and invites students and researchers from e.g. public health, health communication, education, sociology, psychology, etc., as well as PhD candidates working on related research questions. Participants will be awarded with 3–6 ECTS points.

The Summer School addresses various topics around health literacy research and practice, including unique perspectives from childhood studies. For detailed information, please see the flyer and visit the homepage.

EUPHA section council - Luis Saboga Nunes as vice-chair

We are delighted to announce that the EUPHA Section Council, chaired by Iveta Nagyova, will be supported by recently appointed vice-chair, Luis Saboga Nunes.

The EUPHA Section Council represents the interests and common concerns of all sections; facilitates relations between the sections and other relevant bodies of the association; makes recommendations to the annual conference programme; and coordinates and develops EUPHA statements.

3. European Public Health Conference

Scientific programme 

The International Scientific Committee, consisting of 81 public health experts from 23 countries, has finished its job of scoring all the submitted abstracts (1363) and workshops (107). Single abstracts were scored by an average of 4.51 scorers. The average score was 4.25 (last year 4.31). The highest score was 6.400, the lowest 1.500. Workshops were scored by an average of 6.96 scorers. The average score was 4.945. The highest score was 6.429, the lowest 2.143. 

The Executive Board of the EPH Conference will now base the decision on acceptance and rejection on the scoring. Results for your abstract/workshop will be available online as of 15 June 2018. Please login to your account in the EPH Conference database to view your results.

4. EUPHA members update

SFSP: 3rd seminar on inequalities in health in France

The French Society of Public Health is organising its 3rd seminar on health inequalities on 8 November 2018. This seminar - in French - will be organised in Paris. For more information:

4th International Congress of the Polish Society of Public Health

The 4th International Congress of the Polish Society of Public Health will be held this year in Wrocław, Poland, 22-23 November 2018.
Contact: Katedra Zdrowia Publicznego, Umed we Wrocławiu

V4 Conference Public Health 2017 Prague - conference proceedings 

The conference proceedings of the V4 Conference Public Health, held in Prague, Czech Republic, 19-20 October, 2017 are now available.

FPH campaigns: Brexit: 'Do no harm to the public's health'

The campaigning of the Faculty of Public Health, UK, to ensure Brexit will ‘do no harm’ to the public’s health, was successful! The Government has today (16 May) confirmed that the ‘Do No Harm’ public health duty will remain after the UK leaves the European Union. 

NPHF - the Dutch national public health association

Thomas Plochg, of NPHF, the Dutch national public health association in The Netherlands, presented at the Health Systems Workshop in the EU Parliament, on 15 May 2018.

5. European Journal of Public Health

 Latest issue 28-3 (April 2018) just published


Investing in public health—driving prosperity for the present and future generations 
M DyakovaC Hamelmann
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 3, 1 June 2018, Pages 393–394,

Promoting public health in nutrition: Nutri-Score and the tug of war between public health and the food industry 
Chantal JuliaYves CharpakEmmanuel RuschFlore LecomtePierre Lombrail ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 3, 1 June 2018, Pages 396–397,

Changes in access to primary care in Europe and its patterning, 2007–12: a repeated cross-sectional study 
Klára DimitrovováJulian Perelman
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 3, 1 June 2018, Pages 398–404,

Vaccination policies of immigrants in the EU/EEA Member States–the measles immunization example 
Mihai A BicaRalf Clemens
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 3, 1 June 2018, Pages 439–444,

Do sleeping habits mediate the association between time spent on digital devices and school problems in adolescence? 
Daniela HusarovaLukas BlinkaAndrea Madarasova GeckovaJan SirucekJitse P van Dijk ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 3, 1 June 2018, Pages 463–468,

GP-diagnosed internalizing and externalizing problems and dropout from secondary school: a cross-sectional study 
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 3, 1 June 2018, Pages 474–479,
Somatic symptoms and internalizing problems in urban youth: a cross-cultural comparison of Czech and Russian adolescents
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 3, 1 June 2018, Pages 480–484,


European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 3, 1 June 2018, Pages 485–489,

Do brief alcohol interventions among unemployed at-risk drinkers increase re-employment after 15 month? 
Katja HaberechtSophie BaumannGallus BischofBeate GaertnerUlrich John ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 3, 1 June 2018, Pages 510–515,

The impact of smoking on expected lifetime with and without chronic disease among Palestinian men in the West Bank 
Henrik Brønnum-HansenMarie JonassenAmira ShaheenMohammed DuraidiKhaled Qalalwa ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 3, 1 June 2018, Pages 538–541,

Country of residence, gender equality and victim blaming attitudes about partner violence: a multilevel analysis in EU 
Anna-Karin IvertJuan MerloEnrique Gracia
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 3, 1 June 2018, Pages 559–564,

European Public Health News 
Dineke Zeegers PagetNatasha Azzopardi MuscatZsuzsanna JakabVytenis AndriukaitisIvan Eržen
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 3, 1 June 2018, Pages 582–585,

6. Call for proposals, job opportunities

€2 Million Horizon prize for better mobility of older people

The aim of this contest is to develop innovative and sustainable mobility solutions for senior citizens (65+). This will help to combat social exclusion and support independent living.

Call for Expert Panel on Health

The European Commission has published a call addressed to experts who wish to be included in the database from which individuals are chosen to support the work of the Expert Panel on Health

European Health Award 2018 by EHFG

The European Health Forum Gastein is welcoming applications for the European Health Award. Applications for the Award will close on Thursday, 7th June 2018.

PGEU professional affairs advisor

7. Interesting news

MULTI-ACT project launches today

The EU-funded MULTI-ACT project aiming to increase the impact of health research on people with brain diseases kicked off in May.

World No Tobacco Day

The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is "Tobacco and heart disease."

Call to Action addressing empowerment of persons affected by mental ill health and self-management of their care and treatment.

The Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks (GAMIAN-Europe) is happy to attach a comprehensive Call to Action addressing empowerment of persons affected by mental ill health and self-management of their care and treatmentThis Call was developed by GAMIAN-Europe with input from a wide variety of (mental) health stakeholders and we now write to you to ask for the endorsement of this document by your organisation
For more info click here.

Declaration for Patient Safety

Health First Europe launched at the European Parliament the Declaration for Patient Safety which calls the Ministers of Health of the EU to agree on a high level of understanding on patient safety practices and standards to drive their national policies into a common path.

Sign the petition: Stop preventable harm and promote Patient Safety across Europe

To call for safer and smarter healthcare systems in the EU, Health First Europe has launched the online PETITION #Declaration4PatientSafety.

Input to HIA Impact Hub

Under leadership of WHO EURO, Bonn office and University of Liverpool, case studies, guidance documents and training documents on health impact assessment and health in environmental or strategic impact assessment are being gathered. You are invited to upload documents and complete the short questionnaire.
Case studies:

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.

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

E-mental health implementation: The digital revolution in mental healthcare
11 Jun 2018 / Düsseldorf, Germany
Organiser: LVR-Institute for Healthcare Research (LVR-IVF)

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

Artificial Intelligence and Chronic disease management
18 Jun 2018 / Trento, Italy
Organiser: ProMIS

2nd Lisbon eHealth Summer Week
19 Jun 2018 - 22 Jun 2018 / Lisbon, Portugal
Organiser: SPMS – Shared Services of Ministry of Health

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

17th Annual International Conference on Health Economics, Management & Policy
25 Jun 2018 - 26 Jun 2018 / Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER)
Organiser: Athens, Greece

Developing Complex Public Health Interventions 2018
25 Jun 2018 - 26 Jun 2018 / Cardiff, United Kingdom
Organiser: DECIPHer

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

Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions 2018
27 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018 / Cardiff, United Kingdom
Organiser: DECIPHer

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

Introduction to global public health
6 Aug 2018 - 10 Aug 2018 / Rotterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: Erasmus MC

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

Methods of public health research
13 Aug 2018 - 17 Aug 2018 / Rotterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: Erasmus MC

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

24th International Conference on Dental Public Health & Dental Hygiene
16 Aug 2018 - 17 Aug 2018 / Madrid, Spain
Organiser: EuroSciCon Ltd

Health economics
20 Aug 2018 - 24 Aug 2018 / Rotterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: Erasmus MC

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

3rd HLCA Summer School on Health Literacy: Research on health literacy, in particular children`s health literacy
17 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018 / Bielefeld, Germany
Organiser: EUPHA Section on Health Promotion and Bielefeld University

3rd World Congress on Medical Sociology and Public Health
21 Sep 2018 - 22 Sep 2018 / San Diego, USA
Organiser: OCM for Medical Sociology Series Conferences

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

6th European Safe Community Conference Achieving sustainable development goals - towards violence free community
3 Oct 2018 - 5 Oct 2018 / Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Organiser: European Safe Community Network

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

Tackling complexity in medicine and public health using large databases
22 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018 / Rome, Italy
Organiser: Institute for Translational Epidemiology and IRCCS San Raffaele Pisana Roma

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

Health care rationing. The past, present and future
26 Oct 2018 / Lisbon, Portugal
Organiser: Escola Nacional de Saude Publica (ENSP) and Erasmus University Rotterdam

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

Professional Certificate in Strategic Health Planning
5 Nov 2018 - 9 Nov 2018 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: International Centre for Parliamentary Studies

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

16th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care
23 May 2019 - 25 May 2019 / Berlin, Germany
Organiser: EAPC

30th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention
17 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019 / Derry/Londonderry, United Kingdom
Organiser: IASP

9. Interesting publications

Does multidisciplinary rehabilitation of tortured refugees represent ‘value-for-money’?

A follow-up of a Danish case-study. Line Bager, Kristian Schultz Hansen, Carit Jacques Andersen and Shr-Jie Sharlenna Wang. BMC Health Services Research. 2018:365

Suicide prevention gatekeeper training in the Netherlands improves gatekeepers' knowledge of suicide prevention and their confidence to discuss suicidality, an observational study

Antimicrobial consumption and resistance in adult hospital inpatients in 53 countries: results of an internet-based global point prevalence survey

Effectiveness of three interventions for secondary prevention of low back pain in the occupational health setting - a randomised controlled trial with a natural course control

Cigarette, waterpipe and e-cigarette use among an international sample of medical students. Cross-sectional multicenter study in Germany and Hungary

Banking for health: the role of financial sector actors in investing in global health

Long working hours and sickness absence--a fixed effects design

Uptake of health checks by residents from the Danish social housing sector - a register-based cross-sectional study of patient characteristics in the 'Your Life - Your Health' program

Changing the conversation to make drug use safer

Is adolescent body mass index and waist circumference associated with the food environments surrounding schools and homes? A longitudinal analysis

Flu vaccination among patients with diabetes: motives, perceptions, trust, and risk culture - a qualitative survey

Reducing child mortality in high-income countries: where to from here?

Substantial variation across geographic regions in the obesity prevalence among 6-8 years old Hungarian children (COSI Hungary 2016)

Long-term follow-up on biological risk factors, adiposity, and cardiorespiratory fitness development in a physical education intervention: a natural experiment (CHAMPS-study DK)

High intensity intermittent games-based activity and adolescents' cognition: moderating effect of physical fitness

Child mortality in England compared with Sweden: a birth cohort study

Work stress prevention needs of employees and supervisors

5-a-day fruit and vegetable food product labels: reduced fruit and vegetable consumption following an exaggerated compared to a modest label

Annual Rainbow Europe survey 2018

Adverse childhood experiences or adverse childhood socioeconomic conditions?

Changes in chlamydia prevalence over time: how to observe the unobserved

10. European Commission news

European Commission Conference on "Best practices in implementing the International Health Regulations"

On 7 and 8 June, the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (HCDCP) and the Greek Ministry of Health in collaboration with the European Commission and the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency are organising a two-day conference on “Best Practices in implementing the International Health Regulations”.

Let's turn the tide on vaccine acceptance and uptake in the EU

Vaccination is one of the most powerful, cost-effective public health measures developed in the 20th century, yet people in the EU are dying from infectious diseases like measles or influenza. Xavier Prats Monné, Director- General for Health and Food Safety, outlines the need for EU cooperation and a collective commitment to tackle this health and societal challenge.

2018 Ageing Report: Policy challenges for ageing societies

The 2018 Ageing Report shows that fiscal costs linked to pensions, health care and long-term care are expected to rise over the coming decades, as Europe’s population continues to age significantly.

EU Health Award for NGOs working to prevent tobacco use

The European Commission dedicates this fourth edition of the EU Health Award to initiatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that contributed or are contributing to a higher level of public health in the European Union by working to prevent tobacco use. The deadline to submit your proposal is in the 15 June 2018.

The DEVCO Academy opens its online doors

DG DEVCO (EU Commission's Directorate General for Development and Cooperation) has launched an online learning platform open to the entire international development community. More than 80 interactive e-learning courses and 30 other learning materials, including videos, webinars, and documentation, are currently hosted on the platform.

European Semester: Commission proposes health recommendations to 12 EU countries

The Commission has adopted proposals for country specific recommendations, including on health as part of its ongoing assistance to Member States in implementing their health systems reforms in the light of an ageing population and a number of other challenges.

Study on the economic impact of pharmaceutical incentives and rewards in Europe

A study on the economic impact of pharmaceutical incentives and rewards in Europe, requested and funded by the European Commission, and carried out by Copenhagen Economics has been published.

11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 18, 03 May 2018

Preventing sepsis in healthcare – 200 years after the birth of Ignaz Semmelweis
Rapid communication
Prolonged detection of dengue virus RNA in the semen of a man returning from Thailand to Italy, January 2018
Surveillance and outbreak report
National outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 linked to mixed salad leaves, United Kingdom, 2016 
Novel application of the matched case–control design to compare food supply chains during an Escherichia coli O157 outbreak, United Kingdom, 2016

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 19, 10 May 2018

Surveillance and outbreak report
Rubella infection in pregnancy and congenital rubella in United Kingdom, 2003 to 2016
Research article
Case-control study on risk factors for acute hepatitis E in Germany, 2012 to 2014
Status, quality and specific needs of Ebola virus diagnostic capacity and capability in laboratories of the two European preparedness laboratory networks EMERGE and EVD-LabNet

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 20, 17 May 2018

Rapid communication
Measles outbreak in a tertiary level hospital, Porto, Portugal, 2018: challenges in the post-elimination era
Research article
Negligible import of enteric pathogens by newly-arrived asylum seekers and no impact on incidence of notified Salmonella and Shigella infections and outbreaks in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, January 2015 to May 2016
Establishment of the European meningococcal strain collection genome library (EMSC-GL) for the 2011 to 2012 epidemiological year

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 21, 24 May 2018

Rapid communication
Yellow fever in two unvaccinated French tourists to Brazil, January and March, 2018
Multidrug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae failing treatment with ceftriaxone and doxycycline in France, November 2017
Hepatitis A: an epidemiological survey in blood donors, France 2015 to 2017
Surveillance and outbreak report
Increasing macrolide resistance among Streptococcus agalactiae causing invasive disease in non-pregnant adults was driven by a single capsular-transformed lineage, Portugal, 2009 to 2015
Research article
Process and outcome indicators for infection control and prevention in European acute care hospitals in 2011 to 2012 – Results of the PROHIBIT study
Persistent disparities in antiretroviral treatment (ART) coverage and virological suppression across Europe, 2004 to 2015

12. WHO news

Health Systems for Prosperity and Solidarity: leaving no one behind

13-14 June 2018, Tallinn, Estonia.
This WHO high-level regional meeting is being held in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Tallinn Charter. It will reaffirm the values embedded within the Charter, build on new opportunities, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, and provide a platform to reflect on progress in health systems strengthening.

WHO Europe Workshop to strengthen intersectoral working on the prevention of child maltreatment in the Nordic-Baltic subregion

18–19 June 2018, Vilnius, LithuaniaWHO Europe is pleased to announce a joint strategic workshop to strengthen intersectoral working on the prevention of child maltreatment in the Nordic–Baltic subregion. The 2-day workshop aims to support Member States within the subregion in improving national action to promote collaborative work between health services, educational settings, family and social services and the judicial system.

Call for articles: Public Health Panorama to publish special issue on primary health care

This year, WHO marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Alma-Ata, a milestone in primary health care. A special issue of Public Health Panorama sets out to capture the progress made in advancing primary health care principles in the different models of family medicine, general practice, ambulatory and first contact care in the WHO European Region.

A list of newly-published titles from the WHO

Managing epidemics
This manual provides concise and up-to-date knowledge on 15 infectious diseases that have the potential to become international threats, and tips on how to respond to each of them.
Ten years in public health 2007-2017
Ten years in public health 2007-2017 chronicles the evolution of global public health over the decade that Margaret Chan served as Director-General at the World Health Organization.
Health system performance assessment in the WHO European Region
The practice of health systems performance assessment (HSPA) varies across the WHO European Region. Consequently, there is a need for baseline information about HSPA across Member States. This review summarizes HSPA domains and indicators used by Member States in their HSPA or health system-related reports.
What national and subnational interventions and policies based on Mediterranean and Nordic diets are recommended or implemented in the WHO European Region
Studies have established the health promoting properties of two European diets: the Mediterranean diet and the Nordic diet.
Bulletin of WHO Vol. 96, No. 04, 2018
The Bulletin of the World Health Organization is an international journal of public health with a special focus on developing countries. Since it was first published in 1948, the Bulletin has become one of the world's leading public health journals.

Health systems respond to noncommunicable diseases - high-level regional meeting

On 16–18 April 2018, high-level representatives of the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region, relevant international organizations and selected nongovernmental organizations met in Sitges (Barcelona), Spain, for an in-depth look at good practice in strengthening health systems and scaling up noncommunicable diseases interventions.

WHO urges action on Europe's biggest killers to reduce early deaths by a third

How can health systems in the WHO European Region save more people from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, and help meet the global goal to reduce premature deaths from NCDs by 33% by 2030? Ministers of health and senior policy-makers gathered in Sitges, on 16–18 April 2018, to address this question at the High-Level Regional Meeting: Health Systems Respond to NCDs.

Learning from the Armenian experience

A study tour focussing on organizing health systems for people-centred prevention and care of TB, and on financial reforms to TB services was organized in Armenia for representatives from the ministries of health and finance, and the health insurance funds from Belarus,  Kyrgyzstan and the Republic of Moldova.

Financial hardship linked to inadequate health coverage policies

A new analysis from WHO/Europe, released alongside a global UHC monitoring report, compares financial protection in Czechia, Estonia and Latvia. It concludes that households in these broadly similar countries experience markedly different levels of financial hardship when using health services.
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