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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - April 2019

Newsletter - April 2019

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

1. Editorial

We are happy to present you with the April newsletter. If you are planning to submit your abstract for Marseille 2019, please do so today or tomorrow at the latest, as the submission closes on 1 May 2019 12:00 noon, CEST. We are happy to present you with an update of the European Public Health WEEK and are very pleased that so many of you are planning to be active in the 13-17 May week. Let's create some public health waves!

We hope this newsletter will provide you with an update on public health in Europe and wish you pleasant reading, 

Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, EUPHA President and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA Executive Director

2. EUPHA update

1 Question

We would like to know with which of the three options you identify with the most:
1) Researcher
2) Policymaker
3) Practitioner
Provide your answer here. Responses are collected anonymously.

Vaccine acceptance meeting at ECDC

EUPHA participated at the expert consultation meeting around training of the frontline healthcare professionals in vaccine acceptance that was organised by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in April 2019. The meeting report is being drafted by ECDC and will be published soon.
In 2017 ECDC and EUPHA signed a collaboration agreement. Both organisations will continue to collaborate on vaccine acceptance.

EUnetHTA Forum 2019

EUPHA participated at the EUnetHTA forum that ook place on 10-11 April in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Representatives spoke about unmet medical needs and public health.

Letter to the Editor. Re: Why aren't medical devices regulated like drugs?

Together with several other Health care professionals organisations and Patients/Consumers organisations, EUPHA wrote a letter to the editor of the BMJ, commenting on 'Why aren’t medical devices regulated like drugs?'. Read the letter here.

EUPHA creates the Rapid Responses Team

In order to be able to provide the evidence-base on a large number of public health topics in a short period of time (24-hours is our aim), EUPHA has created the Rapid Responses Team. Based on the positive experiences of our Spanish member, SESPAS, EUPHA has installed this network of over 40 public health experts to be able to provide input within 24 hours.  

Successful V4 conference in Debrecen, Hungary

On 25-26 April, a group of around 150 public health professionals from Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary met in Debrecen for the 4th V4 Public Health Conference. The chair of the conference was Roza Adany, president of the Hungarian association. Zuzana Katreniakova, president of the Slovak Association, Martin Dlouhy, president of the Czech Society and Andrzej Fal, president of the Polish Society were all presenting their latest work. The V4 conferences create a wonderful setting for regional exchange and collaboration. The 5th V4 conference will be organised in Kosice, Slovakia in 2021. 

2nd International Public Mental Health Conference, of the EUPHA Public mental health section, Jerusalem, Israel on June 19-21, 2019

We cordially invite you to participate and contribute to this exciting conference in Jerusalem. We invite oral and poster abstract submissions that provide scientific knowledge fitting one of the conference tracks. Check out the website for more information on how to submit your abstract, view the preliminary program, learn about the reduced registration rates that are available, and to register for this conference.

On behalf of the scientific committee, we wish you a warm welcome in Jerusalem, Jutta Lindert PhD, Haim Belmaker MD, Haim Knobler MD, Ido Lurie MD

Fifth International Conference on Law Enforcement & Public Health, 21-23 October 2019, Edinburgh

In the latest LEPH2019 eNews key speakers are announced, including Sir Harry Burns, that will deliver the conference's oration. The conference programme addresses three main ideas:

  • Substantive issues – all the particular issues in which the police-public health partnership is important
  • Organisational issues – how to best achieve optimal and sustainable partnerships
  • Reflection and methodological issues – creating a science of the public health and law enforcement intersection

Registration for LEPH2019 is now open.
EUPHA is a supporting organisation of the Fifth International Conference on Law Enforcement & Public Health, which is held 21-23 October 2019 in Edinburgh.

International Conference on Chronic Diseases & 6th SAVEZ Conference "Chronic Diseases and Integrated Care: Rethinking Health and Welfare Systems"

The International Conference on Chronic Diseases & 6th SAVEZ Conference “Chronic Diseases and Integrated Care: Rethinking Health and Welfare Systems” provides a multi-stakeholder platform bringing together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and interest groups to explore ways to tackle chronic noncommunicable diseases effectively in the European region. The EUPHA Chronic Diseases section is organisor of this conference that is held 24-25 October 2019, in Kosice, Slovakia.
Abstracts can be submitted till 15 June 2019.

3. EUPHW: 2 weeks left!

Which events are you joining?

Almost 30 events hosted by 13 countries are already listed, including seminars, workshops, exhibitions, webinars, campaigns and even a yoga class! Many are taking place online, so you can join them from anywhere.

Is your own event listed?

Please check if it appears under your hosting country page and make sure that participants know how they can find you on the day. If you haven’t submitted your event yet, please fill in this online form as soon as possible to increase visibility.

Join the kick-off on 13 May at 10:00-12:00 CEST

EUPHW participants and partners will be in Brussels to launch the initiative, discuss public health and take part in a “walkinar” to promote physical activity! Join us in person or via live streaming and send your questions to the panel using #EUPHWkickoff. All details on our event page.

Spread the word

Our media toolkit includes key messages, resources and guidance to help you promote any EUPHW event and public health messages. To help us get media coverage, please contact your institution’s communications office to make them aware of the kick-off on 13 May and of your own event.

More details available at For any questions, please contact

4. European Public Health Conference

Marseille, 20-23 November 2019

Only 1 day left to submit your abstract!

Hurry up! Only 1 day left to submit your abstract for the EPH Conference 2019 in Marseille, France. Deadline is 1 May at 12:00 noon, CEST. Abstracts are welcome in all possible fields of public health, including digital health. Submit your abstract hereDon't miss the opportunity to network with experts and colleagues and to expand your professional horizons!

News Flash of local partner Marseille 2019

The co-organiser of Marseille 2019, Sociéte Française de Santé Publique, published news flash in April. It's available here (in French).

Digital Public Health

This year’s EPH Conference in Marseille will feature a full track on Digital Health. For those with work of a technical focus (e.g. computer science, data science, big data systems and analysis, development of technology), we recommend submitting your paper/abstract through the DPH Conference submission system. Deadline for submissions is 25 May 2019. Submit your abstract here.
Registration for the 12th EPH Conference is open. We are expecting over 1,500 delegates. Don’t miss the largest public health event in Europe and register early to benefit from the reduced rates. Early bird registration fees for EUPHA members are EUR 600. Non-members pay EUR 680, students EUR 420 (all including VAT). Registration here.

5. EUPHA members update

New secretary general at the French Society

The French Society of Public Health is welcoming a new secretary general this month. François Berdougo will take over from Flore Lecomte. We welcome François as our new contact person. 

Au revoir, Flore (SFSP)

Flore Lecomte, from the French society, Société Française de Santé Publique (SFSP), has announced to leave the SFSP for other professional horizons as of April 12th. The EUPHA board and office team thank Flore for a pleasant collaboration and wishes her all the best. A bientôt!

New representative from Italian National Agency for Regional Health Services

The Italian National Agency for Regional Health Services (AGENAS) (EUPHA Institutional Member) put forward a new representative. Dr Maria Chiara Corti is welcomed to the EUPHA Governing Board and we thank Mr Mario Braga for his excellent collaboration.

6. European Journal of Public Health

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

The European Journal of Public Health 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 2018, the impact factor of the journal is at 2.782. The 5-year impact factor is 2.902. The European Journal of Public Health is the official journal of EUPHA. 

Advanced access April 2019

A Dictator’s Gift: Dominant party regimes and health expenditures 
Huang-Ting Yan; Yu-Chun Lin

Determinants of non-participation in colon examination following positive stool sample in colorectal cancer screening 
Ulrik Deding; Anna Sharon Henig; Peter Hindersson; Christian Torp-Pedersen; Henrik Bøggild

Company-level determinants of disability retirement: a multilevel study of Finnish private sector workplaces 
Mikko Laaksonen; Juha Rantala; Jyri Liukko; Anu Polvinen; Jarno Varis ...

Inequity in postpartum healthcare provision at home and its association with subsequent healthcare expenditure 
Jacqueline Lagendijk; Eric A P Steegers; Jasper V Been

Sociodemographic factors associated with secondhand smoke exposure and smoking rules in homes with children 
Teresa Arechavala; Xavier Continente; Mónica Pérez-Ríos; Anna Schiaffino; Esteve Fernández ...

Trends in substance use and in the attributable burden of disease and mortality in the WHO European Region, 2010–16 
Jürgen Rehm; Jakob Manthey; Kevin D Shield; Carina Ferreira-Borges

Trends across 20 years in multiple indicators of functioning among older adults in the Netherlands 
Erik J Timmermans; Emiel O Hoogendijk; Marjolein I Broese van Groenou; Hannie C Comijs; Natasja M van Schoor ...

Moderate emotional reactions to stressful life events are associated with lowest risk of increased alcohol consumption: evidence from the Whitehall II study 
Nadya Dich; Stacey N Doan

Trajectories of mobility limitations over 24 years and their characterization by shift work and leisure-time physical activity in midlife 
K C Prakash; Subas Neupane; Päivi Leino-Arjas; Mikko Härmä; Mikaela B von Bonsdorff ...

Lung cancer survival and comorbidities in lung cancer screening participants of the Gdańsk screening cohort 
Marcin Ostrowski; Michał Marczyk; Robert Dziedzic; Małgorzata Jelitto-Górska; Tomasz Marjański ...

Impact of the 2017 measles outbreak on the emergency care system of a large tertiary-care teaching hospital in Italy: a retrospective analysis 
Giancarlo Ceccarelli; Ornella Spagnolello; Cristian Borrazzo; Francesco Vullo; Maria Rosaria Cuomo...

Addressing alcohol in routine healthcare in Sweden—population-based surveys in 2010 and 2017 
Nadine E Karlsson; Amy J O’Donnell; Latifa Abidi; Janna M E Skagerström; Per M Nilsen

Self-efficacy and social competence reduce socioeconomic inequality in emotional symptoms among schoolchildren 
Charlotte Meilstrup; Bjørn E Holstein; Line Nielsen; Pernille Due; Vibeke Koushede

Physical workload and bodily fatigue after work: cross-sectional study among 5000 workers 
Rúni Bláfoss; Emil Sundstrup; Markus D Jakobsen; Mikkel Brandt; Hans Bay ...

Association between place of delivery for pregnant mothers and neonatal mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis 
Eshetu E Chaka; Mulugeta Mekurie; Ahmed Abdulahi Abdurahman; Mahboubeh Parsaeian; Reza Majdzade

Parents survive longer after stroke than childless individuals: a prospective cohort study of Swedes over the age of 65 
Anna C Meyer; Jenny Torssander; Mats Talbäck; Karin Modig

Transnational exchange of surveillance data reveals previously unrecognized TBEV microfocus 
Lukas Frans Ocias; Mattias Waldeck; Ingemar Hallén; Mathilde Nørgaard; Karen Angeliki Krogfelt

The prevalence of metabolic syndrome among Ghanaian migrants and their homeland counterparts: the Research on Obesity and type 2 Diabetes among African Migrants (RODAM) study 
Eva L van der Linden; Karlijn Meeks; Erik Beune; Ama de-Graft Aikins; Juliet Addo ...

Constructing a general competency model for Chinese public health physicians: a qualitative and quantitative study
Lei Shi; Lihua Fan; Hai Xiao; Zhenkang Chen; Xinfa Tong ...

Psychological profile of teenagers toward organ donation: a multicentric study in Spain
B Febrero; A Ríos; A López-Navas; L Martínez-Alarcón; J Almela-Baeza ...

Social support and cognitive function in middle- and older-aged adults: descriptive analysis of CLSA tracking data 
Mark Oremus; Candace Konnert; Jane Law; Colleen J Maxwell; Megan E O’Connell ...

Re-examining access points to the different levels of health care: a cross-sectional series in Austria
Kathryn Hoffmann; Aaron George; Elena Jirovsky; Thomas E Dorner

World Immunization Week

In support of World Immunization Week, Oxford Journals has curated a special collection of related articles, freely available for a limited time. Included are two articles from the European Journal of Public Health.

7. Call for proposals, job opportunities

Breaking the childhood obesity vicious cycle: Commission launches EU Health Award for cities, NGOs and schools

On 1 April 2019, the European Commission launched the 2019 EU Health Award for cities, NGOs and schools. This year, aiming to reward initiatives seeking to prevent and reduce obesity in children and young people (6-18 years).
Interested parties are invited to check the eligibility criteria and present details of their initiative by 13 May 2019 at 11.00 (morning) CET, Brussels time, using the online form.

8. Interesting news

Pills or public health?

How does the GDPR apply to genomic data?

CAR-T: immunotherapy for blood cancer

Is health-care data the new blood?

Memories of music cannot be lost to Alzheimer's and dementia

Lack of access to antibiotics is a major global health challenge

Being a car commuter with obesity linked to a 32% increased early death risk

Do you eat fruit and vegetables daily?

In 2017, around 1 in 4 people (27%) ate fruit at least twice a day, according to a survey of the European Union (EU) population.

Fewer people died on European roads last year

Data show improvements in 2018 but further concrete and swift actions are needed.

9. 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.

Transgender experiences: Culture, classification and care - Webinar
7 May 2019 / Exeter, United Kingdom
Organiser: WHO regional office for Europe

Spring Symposium 2019, “Human Resources for Health – Innovations in Medical Education, Vocational Training and Continuing Professional Development”
8 May 2019 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

2nd International Congress of Health Workforce Education and Research
9 May 2019 - 11 May 2019 / Nicosia, Cyprus
Organiser: International Network for Health Workforce Education

European Diabetes Epidemiology Group Annual Conference EDEG 2019
11 May 2019 - 14 May 2019 / Luxembourg city, Luxembourg
Organiser: Luxembourg Public Health Association

Improving Outcomes in the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (IOTOD)
13 May 2019 - 14 May 2019 / Frankfurt, Germany
Organiser: PCM Scientific

7th World Congress on Public Health, Nutrition & Epidemiology
15 May 2019 - 16 May 2019 / Singapore
Organiser: Conference series

Short Course Methods in Social Epidemiology
15 May 2019 - 17 May 2019 / Antwerp, Belgium
Organiser: University of Antwerp

Improving Student Mental Health Outcomes
16 May 2019 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: Open Forum Events

Executive Course on Health Risk Strategies and Communication (RISC) in the European Union
16 May 2019 - 17 May 2019 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: Maastricht University

International Vaccination & Capacity Workshop 2019
22 May 2019 / Geneva, Switzerland
Organiser: WFPHA

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

15th Edition of International Conference on Healthcare
27 May 2019 - 29 May 2019 / Barcelona, Spain
Organiser: EuroSciCon

Summer School on Modern Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
2 Jun 2019 - 15 Jun 2019 / Cison di Valmarino, Italy
Organiser: Biostatepi

International Conference On HIV-AIDS, STD's & STI's
3 Jun 2019 - 4 Jun 2019 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: Scitech conferences

Safety and Society: Cycle helmet debates - Webinar
4 Jun 2019 / York, United Kingdom
Organiser: WHO regional office for Europe

3rd International Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases: Health risk factors and prevention on injuries and diseases - 
5 Jun 2019 - 7 Jun 2019 / Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

Organiser: Nicolae Testemitanu State University, Moldova and others


2019 keyconference on Mental health service research
6 Jun 2019 - 8 Jun 2019 / Lisbon, Portugal
Organiser: ENMESH

Challenges and Realistic Solutions to Migrant Health Burden in Europe
12 Jun 2019 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: APH Global health

Final conference: Integrated care for multi-morbidity
13 Jun 2019 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: SELFIE 2020

EHMA 2019 Annual conference
17 Jun 2019 - 19 Jun 2019 / Dipoli, Espo, Finland
Organiser: EHMA

2nd International Public Mental Health Conference
19 Jun 2019 - 21 Jun 2019 / Jerusalem, Israel
Organiser: EUPHA section on Public mental health

Summer school: Advanced topics in epidemiology
24 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019 / Bologna, Italy
Organiser: S. Orsola-Malphighi University Hospital

18th Annual International Conference on Health Economics, Management & Policy
24 Jun 2019 - 27 Jun 2019 / Athens, Greece
Organiser: Athens Institute for Education and Research

4th edition of the International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP4)
26 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019 / Montreal, Canada
Organiser: International Public Policy Association

Health Technology Assessment - postgraduate course
27 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019 / Maastricht, Netherlands
Organiser: Maastricht University

APHES Summer Course – Assessing Public Health in Emergency Situations
1 Jul 2019 - 12 Jul 2019 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: Université catholique de Louvain

International Conference on Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care – Inspiration and Direction
1 Jul 2019 - 5 Jul 2019 / Vienna, Austria
Organiser: ISSUP

A bridge to better healthcare: Cultural mediators in refugee and migrant healthcare - Webinar
2 Jul 2019 / UN City, Denmark
Organiser: WHO regional office for Europe

‘Man Up’: Masculinities and mental health help-seeking behaviors - Webinar
3 Sep 2019 / UN City, Denmark
Organiser: WHO regional office for Europe

10th International Public Health Summer School - Obesity, Complexity, and Public Health
11 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019 / Graz, Austria
Organiser: Public Health School Graz

7th Asian Vaccine Conference (ASVAC 2019)
13 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019 / Yangon, Myanmar
Organiser: ASVAC

7th International Jerusalem Conference on Health Policy
15 Sep 2019 - 17 Sep 2019 / Jerusalem, Israel
Organiser: The Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research

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

MyData 2019 Conference - Rebuilding trust for human-centred data economy
25 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019 / Helsinki, Finland
Organiser: MyData

EU-safety 2019
3 Oct 2019 - 4 Oct 2019 / Luxembourg
Organiser: EuroSafe and Luxembourg Institute of Health

Linear and logistic regression analysis of epidemiologic data
7 Oct 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 / Rome, Italy
Organiser: Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

The fifth international conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health
21 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019 / Edinburgh, Scotland
Organiser: LEPH

International Conference on Chronic Diseases & 6th SAVEZ Conference “Chronic Diseases and Integrated Care: Rethinking Health and Welfare Systems"
24 Oct 2019 - 25 Oct 2019 / Kosice, Slovakia
Organiser: EUPHA section on Chronic Diseases, PJ Safarik University, Slovak Public Health Association – SAVEZ, WHO Country Office in Slovakia, Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic

World Health Summit
27 Oct 2019 - 29 Oct 2019 / Berlin, Germany
Organiser: World Health Summit

Breaking professional boundaries
1 Nov 2019 - 2 Nov 2019 / Berlin, Germany
Organiser: EFAD

Course on Linear and logistic regression analysis of epidemiologic data
7 Nov 2019 - 11 Nov 2019 / Rome, Italy
Organiser: Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

2019 EPH Congress - Advancing meaningfull patient involvement: a path to effective health systems
12 Nov 2019 - 14 Nov 2019 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: European Patients’ Forum

European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE)
27 Nov 2019 - 29 Nov 2019 / Stockholm, Sweden
Organiser: ECDC

10. Interesting publications

Addressing weight stigma

The World Health Organization - A History

The effect of introducing a free breakfast club on eating habits among students at vocational schools

BMC Public Health 2019 19:369,

The "great live and move challenge": a program to promote physical activity among children aged 7-11 years. Design and implementation of a cluster-randomized controlled trial

BMC Public Health 2019 19:367,

Attractive running environments for all? A cross-sectional study on physical environmental characteristics and runners' motives and attitudes, in relation to the experience of the running environment

BMC Public Health201919:366,


BMJ Editor's choice: HPV vaccination: triumphs and tribulations

Richard Hurley, The BMJ
Two studies this week concern strategies to reduce cervical cancers: by screening and by human papillomavirus vaccination.
A case-control study from Sweden finds that women who attended cervical cancer screening at recommended intervals have a fifth the risk of adenosquamous cell carcinoma and a third the risk of rare types of invasive cervical carcinoma as women who did not attend screening as recommended (doi:10.1136/bmj.l1207). Jiayao Lei and colleagues explain that although the risk reductions are statistically significant the small number of cases reduces precision and precludes adjustment for lifestyle factors.
And a Scottish study concludes that introducing routine vaccination of girls aged 12 or 13 with bivalent HPV vaccine reduced high grade preinvasive cervical disease (doi:10.1136/bmj.l1161). Tim Palmer and colleagues, who analysed anonymised data from cervical screening of nearly 140 000 women, say that their findings also indicate evidence of herd immunity. The data were from the first screening visit, however, and vaccinated women were over-represented, which might exaggerate the benefits of vaccination.
HPV also causes cancers in men, although these are rarer than cervical cancer. Currently, in the UK only girls and women are routinely offered vaccination. Since last year in England, men younger than 45 who have sex with men have been eligible for HPV vaccination.
Last July the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, the UK government’s independent advisory body, recommended, on scientific and economic grounds, that all boys as well as girls should be vaccinated (doi:10.1136/bmj.k3163). Routine vaccination of boys aged 12 or 13 is expected to start soon in England, but the government has ruled out a catch-up programme for older boys (
In the US the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the HPV vaccine should be available to all schoolchildren. Last month the journalist Mara Kardas-Nelson discussed concerns about uptake of HPV vaccination among boys and men in the US (doi:10.1136/bmj.l1210). The problem, she found, may be that the vaccine “is primarily seen as a preventive tool against cervical cancer” and that male vaccination is erroneously viewed by men as simply a means to protect female partners. Meanwhile, the incidence of anal cancers caused by HPV is rising in the US, and HPV has overtaken tobacco smoking as the primary cause of oropharyngeal cancers. These cancers affect men more than women and might outpace cervical cancer in a few years.
The triumphs and tribulations of HPV vaccination are, it seems, set to continue.
Follow BMJ Editor Fiona Godlee on Twitter @fgodlee and the BMJ @bmj_latest

Why patients want to take or refuse to take antibiotics: an inventory of motives

Knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions towards waterpipe tobacco smoking amongst college or university students: a systematic review

Associations between family structure and young people's physical activity and screen time behaviors

Intimate partner violence, depression, and sexual behaviour among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in the PROUD trial 

Do trajectories of economic, work- and health-related disadvantages explain child welfare clients' increased mortality risk? A prospective cohort study

Kids Out; evaluation of a brief multimodal cluster randomized intervention integrated in health education lessons to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior among eighth graders

Trends in Belgian cause-specific mortality by migrant origin between the 1990s and the 2000s 

The quality of air outside and inside the home: associations with emotional and behavioural problem scores in early childhood 

A 'Cut-Down-To-Stop' intervention for smokers who find it hard to quit: a qualitative evaluation

Adolescent criminality: multiple adverse health outcomes and mortality pattern in Swedish men

WhatsApp embedded in routine service delivery for smoking cessation: effects on abstinence rates in a randomized controlled study

Changing the channel: television health campaigns in Portugal

Discrimination and public health

Populism: A health check for constitutional democracy?

Transforming health care: the policy and politics of service reconfiguration in the UK's four health systems

Work on antibiotic resistance is essential for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals - new report on AMR & SDG's

A new report ‘When the Drugs Don’t Work: Antibiotic as a Global Development Problem’ by ReAct and Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation looks at how antibiotic resistance is a global development problem and spans across multiple SDGs.

Universal Health in the 21st Century: 40 Years of Alma-Ata". Report of the High-Level Commission

To mark the 40th anniversary of Alma-Ata, PAHO convened the Regional Forum “Universal Health in the 21st Century: 40 years of Alma-Ata” on December 11-12, 2017, in Quito, Ecuador.
As part of this regional movement, the PAHO Director Dr. Carissa F. Etienne convened a High-level Commission: Universal Health in the 21st Century: 40 Years of Alma-Ata, chaired by Dr. Michelle Bachelet and Ambassador Nestor Mendez, and made up of an interdisciplinary group of regional experts, with representatives from communities and academia, as well as political actors, including former health ministers, trade union leaders, and different social movements. Read the report here.

Factsheet on childhood, health inequalities, and vaccine preventable diseases

11. European Commission news

Europeans' attitudes towards vaccination - Special Eurobarometer 488

This Special Eurobarometer investigates not only beliefs about vaccines among citizens of the European Union, but also levels of knowledge and patterns of behaviour. The results are to inform improvements in targeted action to strengthen cooperation in the area of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Health Systems in the EU: Commission publishes report on tools and methodologies to assess the efficiency of health care services

The EU Expert Group on Health Systems Performance Assessment (HSPA) published its report titled "Tools and methodologies to assess the efficiency of health care services in Europe: an overview of current approaches and opportunities for improvement".

TRAINING FUTURE-PROOF DOCTORS FOR A DIGITAL SOCIETY: How smart health is changing the profession of our doctors

Held in Rotterdam, the meeting aimed to define joint principles and to deliver recommendations for action to integrate digital healthcare in the education and training programmes of medical doctors in the Member States across Europe. Hosted by Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam and the European Commission, the event is endorsed by the European University Hospital Alliance.

Vaccination: Time to speak out against disinformation! Statement by Vice - President Jyrki Katainen on European Immunisation Week

"Vaccination is one of the most successful public health measures to date. Not only do vaccines prevent diseases and save lives, they also reduce healthcare costs..." Read the full statement here.

Environmental Implementation Review: Commission helps Member States to better apply EU environment rules to protect citizens and enhance their quality of life

An initiative to improve the application of EU policies and rules on the circular economy, nature and biodiversity, air quality, and water quality and management.

12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 14, 04 April 2019

Increase of invasive meningococcal serogroup W disease in Europe, 2013 to 2017

Mortality attributable to seasonal influenza in Greece, 2013 to 2017: variation by type/subtype and age, and a possible harvesting effect
The seroprevalence of untreated chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and associated risk factors in male Irish prisoners: a cross-sectional study, 2017
Challenges in modelling the proportion of undiagnosed HIV infections in Sweden

Outbreak of hepatitis A virus infection in Taiwan, June 2015 to September 2017

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 15, 11 April 2019

Changing epidemiology of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in 42 hospitals in the Dutch–German border region, 2012 to 2016: results of the search-and-follow-policy
Group A rotavirus surveillance before vaccine introduction in Italy, September 2014 to August 2017

Missed opportunities for HIV testing in people diagnosed with HIV, Estonia, 2014 to 2015
Children under 10 years of age were more affected by the 2018/19 influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 epidemic in Canada: ‎possible cohort effect following the 2009 influenza pandemic

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 16, 18 April 2019

Rapid communication
Detection of colistin resistance mcr-1 gene in Salmonella enterica serovar Rissen isolated from mussels, Spain, 2012­ to 2016

Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 linked to raw drinking milk resolved by rapid application of advanced pathogen characterisation methods, England, August to October 2017

One Health approach for West Nile virus surveillance in the European Union: relevance of equine data for blood safety

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 17, 25 April 2019

Measles outbreak in Gothenburg urban area, Sweden, 2017 to 2018: low viral load in breakthrough infections

Spatiotemporal distribution and determinants of measles incidence during a large outbreak, Italy, September 2016 to July 2018
Estimating age-specific vaccine effectiveness using data from a large measles outbreak in Berlin, Germany, 2014/15: evidence for waning immunity

13. WHO news

TOMYS and the rapid growth of primary health care in Greece

In just over a year, Greece has established almost 120 new community-based primary health units, free at the point of access and known locally as Topikes Monades Ygias or TOMYs.

Out-of-pocket payments for health, particularly for medicines, are unaffordable for many in Europe

Even in Europe’s richest countries, people are pushed into poverty as a result of having to pay out of pocket for health services. This is one of the findings of the WHO report “Can people afford to pay for health care? New evidence on financial protection in Europe”.

WHO urges stronger action to reduce deaths from noncommunicable diseases in Europe by one third

WHO “best buys” – targeted policy interventions aimed at reducing the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – can be a game-changer for achieving target 3.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through which governments have committed to reducing premature deaths from NCDs by one third by 2030. The interventions range from policies that promote physical activity and curb tobacco and alcohol consumption, to reducing salt and sugar and eliminating trans-fats in food. The actions countries can take to achieve the target was the focus at the WHO European High-level Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases taking place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on 9–10 April 2019.

Small countries of the WHO European Region exchange ideas and experiences of equity, sustainable development

A rich exchange of good practices and ideas for confronting health challenges took place at the Sixth High-level Meeting of Small Countries, hosted in San Marino on 31 March–1 April 2019. Under the theme “Equity and sustainable development – keeping people at the centre”, the 8 original members of the Small Countries Initiative (Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino) once again convened for robust dialogue on key health issues. They were joined for the first time by Estonia, Latvia and Slovenia.

Celebrating universal health coverage across the WHO European Region

Every year on 7 April, WHO celebrates World Health Day to mark the anniversary of its founding. This year’s celebrations focused on the themes of universal health coverage and primary health care.

Joint statement: European Immunization Week 2019

Vaccines have transformed our societies. They have increased the chances for each newborn to reach adulthood, and for each fully vaccinated adult to maintain good health and well-being, thereby contributing enormously to productivity in every country.

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