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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - June 2019

Newsletter - June 2019

  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 June newsletter. In this newsletter we welcome new EUPHA members. Furthermore, you will find several interesting summer courses and schools that will take place the coming months, opportunities to provide input on EU projects, and updates from the European Commission, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Wishing you nice summer and pleasant reading, 

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

2. EUPHA update

EUPHA president at the European Health Management Association annual conference

Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, EUPHA president, participated in a plenary session at the annual meeting of the European Health Management Association held in Espoo, Finland (17-19 June 2019).

Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat took part in the panel discussion 'Data Impacts Lives: Towards a Zero Patients Vision by 2030'. Her key points were:

  • We need to find ways to make innovative technologies available to those people who really need it.
  • We should consider Digital Health data as a public good.
  • We need to send the right signals and incentives to the data industry.


New challenges for public health in the 21st century

In the July issue of Open Access Government, Dineke Zeegers Paget, Executive director of EUPHA, presents her top 5 challenges for public health in the 21st century.

Food and Public Health: a collection of papers

The Food and Public Health collection presents a selection of papers from Oxford journals, including six articles from the European Journal of Public Health. This collection aims to drive a conversation about food and nutrition in relation to health. The paper topics cover aspects of food and health ranging from childhood, food choice, diet, and more.

The collection is available free of charge until November 2019.

Welcome to GGD GHOR Nederland

We are happy to present the GGD GHOR Netherlands as a new member in the EUPHA network. GGD GHOR Nederland is the Association of GGD’s (Regional Public Health Services) and GHOR-(Regional Medical Emergency Preparedness and Planning) offices in the Netherlands. We represent the interests of the 25 GGD’s and GHOR offices on national level to stimulate improvements in Public Health and safety and the quality of the Public Health services. GGD’s and GHOR-offices contribute to safeguarding, improving and protecting the health of the Dutch people.

Welcome to the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH)

We welcome the Institute of public health in Ireland as a new institutional member in our EUPHA network. The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) provides evidence, advice and leadership to promote health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities on the island of Ireland, North and South.

EUPHA meets the Director-General of DG Sante

On Thursday 27 June, Natasha Azzopardi Muscat and Dineke Zeegers Paget had the opportunity to meet with Ms Anne Bucher, the director-general of DG Sante. Discussions included current and future public health challenges in Europe and neighbouring countries. 

President of EUPHA CAPH presenting at the 9th EUROPAEDIATRICS Congress in Dublin, Ireland, June 13-15, 2019

Danielle Jansen, president of the EUPHA Child and adolescent public health (CAPH) section, presented EUPHA at the 9th Europaediatrics Congress in Dublin this month. Her presentation was on “The role of EUPHA in coordinating research on child health care services in Europe". 

Help define health data collection methods and procedures 

Which methods of data collection for population health monitoring and public health surveillance and health system performance assessment do you know? Share your knowledge with InfAct.
InfAct is a joint action on health information. The major outcome expected from the joint action is a sustainable solid infrastructure on EU health information through improving the availability of comparable, robust and policy relevant data on health status and health system performance. 
Survey link: Open till 15 August 2019. 

IV International Summer Course on Public Mental Health: "research in public mental health and resilience"

The summer course on public mental health is taking place 7-11 October 2019 in Vilnius, Lithuania and EUPHA is co-organiser.

The objective of this course is to develop research competences in public mental health and resilience that will enable elaborating a research idea and preparing a research paper.

Learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge and understanding on resilience in mental health
  • Research skills in resilience and adversities
  • Skills to write and publish a scientific paper


Don't miss a unique chance to present the outcomes of your research in the field of non-communicable diseases

The international conference on chronic diseases and 6th SAVEZ conference will take place 24-25 October 2019, Kosice, Slovakia. This year's theme is Chronic Diseases and Integrated Care: Rethinking Health and Welfare Systems. Abstracts can be submitted until 30 June 2019. The main conference organiser is EUPHA Chorinic diseases section. 
More information is available at the conference website:

3. European Public Health Conference


The programme for the 12th EPH Conference in Marseille, France is available. Please, check our webpage!

Financial support 

We are very pleased to offer financial support to a limited number of participants of the European Public Health Conference 2019 in Marseille, France.

Financial support will include registration fee to the main conference and Welcome reception. Any additional fees  for pre-conference registration, Conference Dinner etc. and costs of travel and accommodation are not included and should be paid directly by participants.
You may apply for this support if you come from a EUPHA member country and:

  • represent your national public health association in the EUPHA Governing Board, [funding by EUPHA] or
  • have an oral or poster presentation at the conference or being speaker/panellist in a workshop [funding by EPH Conference Foundation]

If you would like to apply please, contact our Conference officer, Robert Klarecki, at, and mention your:

  • Abstract number
  • Country of origin 
  • Information on any activities during the EPH Conference in Marseille (e.g. member of ISC, participation in EUPHA GB)

Please use the following in the email subject line: Funding by EPH Conference Foundation [or] Funding by EUPHA, depending on your selection.

Deadline: 15 July 2019
Abstract presenters

Register and confirm by 1 August that you will be presenting your abstract!
You can confirm in your personal account per accepted abstract. If you do not confirm, we will remove your abstract from the programme and the Abstract Supplement to the European Journal of Public Health by 1 August.
Pre-conference on ‘Demystifying causal inference and mediation methods for public health researchers’: Call for applied abstracts
Wednesday, 20th November 2019, Marseille, France
We are seeking 4-6 presenters to contribute to the afternoon session of this exciting one day, pre-conference workshop on causal mediation analysis in public health research to be held in Marseille on Wednesday 20th November 2019, jointly organised by the EUPHA Research Pillar and the section on Public Health Epidemiology.
The workshop will explain the pitfalls of a widely used mediation method (the so-called ‘Baron and Kenny’ approach) and discuss alternative options in an accessible way. The morning will be made up of lectures and practical sessions outlining key concepts and the afternoon will comprise applied examples of causal mediation analysis. Further details can be found at
We invite abstracts from researchers who have applied causal mediation methods* to public health questions. Abstracts should be up to 300 words in length, using the typical abstract structure of Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion. Please submit your abstract to by 23.59 CET, Thursday 1st August 2019.
Abstracts will be peer reviewed and 4-6 selected for oral presentations of around 15 minutes in length. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by Thursday 15th August. Please note that all presenters will be required to register for the pre-conference workshop and to pay the fee of €140.
* Including but not limited to: methods that estimate controlled direct effects or natural / pure direct and indirect effects in the presence of intermediate confounding; techniques to decompose multiple mediating pathways or exposure-mediator interactions
Pre-conference HEALTHY PLACES: Research, Strategies and Policies towards Healthy Places and Healthy People - Call for Speakers!
Wednesday, 20th November 2019, Marseille, France
We would like to bring together Sections members to enhance knowledge, learn from each other‘s expertise and develop joint projects. Therefore, we invite you to participate, and we would like to ask all section members to contribute with your own Research and Projects to this pre-Conference. In case you have research projects or research results you would like to share with us, we kindly ask you sending us an abstract, no later than Friday 5th July 2019 midnight. The abstract should be no longer than 300 words and compiled following the attached template.
You can download the information and template here.

4. EUPHA members update

Welcome to PH Ned

We welcome PH Ned (Public Health Netherlands) as a new member in the EUPHA network. PHned is a national network of professionals working in the field of public health in the Netherlands. Main goals as defined in the vision document are: Sharing knowledge, Networking and Lobbying.
We achieve our goals by organizing discussion meetings, lectures about political policy subjects as well as practical implications, taking part of other national and international networks to provide members the possibility to enlarge their knowledge and own network. This by collaborating with educational institutions in public health and membership of the ‘Federation for health’ connecting over 60 organisations that contribute to a healthy dutch population

Welcome to Department of Public Health of the Babeş-Bolyai University

We welcome the Department of Public Health of the Babeş-Bolyai University in  Cluj-Napoca, Romania, as a new institutional member in the EUPHA network. The Department of Public Health of the Babeş-Bolyai University is committed to conduct excellent research and teaching in public health. The department is running a full-range of educational programs in public health (bachelor, masters, PhD, executive) aiming to provide its students the necessary knowledge and skills to tackles the complexities of public health in Romania and worldwide. 


5. 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 2.234. The 5-year impact factor is 3.069. The European Journal of Public Health is the official journal of EUPHA. 


Advanced access June 2019

Healthcare use in patients with multimorbidity 
Guilherme Quinaz Romana; Irina Kislaya; Susana Cunha Gonçalves; Mário Rui Salvador; Baltazar Nunes ...
Alcohol use among conflict-affected persons in Ukraine: risk factors, coping and access to mental health services 
Anu Ramachandran; Nino Makhashvili; Jana Javakhishvili; Andriy Karachevskyy; Natalia Kharchenko ...
Health inequalities: a Research Positioning Exercise at the National Institute of Health, Italy 
Raffaella Bucciardini; Rita Maria Ferrelli; Anna Maria Giammarioli; Emanuela Bortolin; Emanuele Fanales Belasio ...
Doping among high school students: findings from the French ESPAD survey 
Jalpa Shah; Eric Janssen; Olivier Le Nézet; Stanislas Spilka
The impact of social prescribing services on service users: a systematic review of the evidence 
Julia V Pescheny; Gurch Randhawa; Yannis Pappas
A survey of knowledge, attitudes and awareness of the human papillomavirus among healthcare professionals across the UK
Susan M Sherman; Claire R Cohen; Hayley J Denison; Collette Bromhead; Hersha Patel
Differences in life expectancy between four Western countries and their Caribbean dependencies, 1980–2014 
Soraya P A Verstraeten; Hans A M van Oers; Johan P Mackenbach
The 2013–2016 Ebola epidemic: evaluating communication strategies between two affected countries in West Africa 
Brodie F Walker; Emmanuel C Adukwu
Does public report card matter? A 10-year interrupted time series analysis on total knee replacement 
Tsung-Tai Chen; Ya-Seng (Arthur) Hsueh; Chen-Kun Liaw; Ling-Na Shih; Li-Ying Huang
Living labs for health: an integrative literature review 
Junghee Kim; You Lim Kim; Hyoeun Jang; Mikyeong Cho; Mikyung Lee ...
Health-related quality of life in home care recipients after a falls prevention intervention: a 6-month follow-up 
Maria Bjerk; Therese Brovold; Jennifer C Davis; Dawn A Skelton; Astrid Bergland
Youth to adult body mass index trajectories as a predictor of metabolically healthy obesity in adulthood 
Kylie J Smith; Costan G Magnussen; Katja Pahkala; Juha Koskinen; Matthew A Sabin ...
Natural disasters and infectious disease in Europe: a literature review to identify cascading risk pathways 
Jonathan E Suk; Eleanor C Vaughan; Robert G Cook; Jan C Semenza
Alcohol’s harms to others: the self-rated health of those with a heavy drinker in their lives 
Kim Bloomfield; Heidi A R Jensen; Ola Ekholm
Association between physical, psychological and social frailty and health-related quality of life among older people 
Xuxi Zhang; Siok Swan Tan; Carmen Betsy Franse; Tamara Alhambra-Borrás; Estrella Durá-Ferrandis ...
The impact of a gender-specific physical activity intervention on the fitness and fatness profile of men in Ireland 
Liam Kelly; Michael Harrison; Noel Richardson; Paula Carroll; Steve Robertson ...
Joint contribution of rotation of the back and repetitive movements to disability pension using job exposure matrix data 
Jenni Ervasti; Olli Pietiläinen; Ossi Rahkonen; Eero Lahelma; Anne Kouvonen ...
Cumulative childhood adversity, adolescent psychiatric disorder and violent offending in young adulthood 
Emma Björkenstam; Bo Burström; Anders Hjern; Bo Vinnerljung; Kyriaki Kosidou ...
Physical illness leading to absence from work and the risk of subsequent suicide: a national register-based study 
Fang Tang; Lars Mehlum; Ingrid S Mehlum; Ping Qin
Healthcare use before and after changing disability pension policy: a regional Danish cohort study 
Line J Borup; Nanna Ø Weye; Vibeke Jensen; Kirsten Fonager
Smoking and school absenteeism among 15- to 16-year-old adolescents: a cross-section analysis on 36 European countries
Julian Perelman; Teresa Leão; Anton E Kunst
Changes in socioeconomic mortality inequalities at adult and old ages in Lithuania, 2001–05 to 2011–15 
Domantas Jasilionis; Vladislava Stankūnien

6. Call for proposals, job opportunities

Aarhus University is looking for professors

Professor(s) in the field of General Practice, Biostatistics, Nursing, Public Health or Sport Biological Research

The Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health at Aarhus University, Denmark invites applications for one or more positions as professor in the fields of General Practice, Biostatistics, Nursing, Public Health and Sport Biological Research. Employment will be from January 1, 2020 or as soon as possible after this date. The position(s) are permanent and full-time, but part-time employment is negotiable.

As professor at Department of Public Health, you will be part of an ambitious and internationally recognised department, where we work together to promote public health through research into areas that can prevent, treat and alleviate disease. We are involved in broad collaboration both internally and externally. We share our knowledge with citizens, decision-makers, business and industry, practitioners and other researchers – in municipalities, in the regions and both nationally and internationally.
The Department of Public Health contributes to or is responsible for teaching in medicine, public health science, sport science and nursing. At the department you will have approx. 200 colleagues, including 90 academic staff members and a corresponding number of PhD students. We are situated at two university campuses in Aarhus and at one campus in Emdrup, Copenhagen (only nursing). You can read more about the department here and about the faculty here.

Please consult the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.

7. Interesting news

What biodiversity loss means for our health

Brexit Britain's vaping paradise

Some U.K. lawmakers think they’ve found a way to reduce British smoking deaths: Brexit. Large numbers of British cigarette smokers will switch to vaping once the U.K. leaves the block, they argue, if looser British tobacco laws replace tighter EU limits on nicotine advertising and packaging.

Health: The priorities of the European Commission

The priorities of Vytenis Andriukaitis, the current European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety are explained here: including big data, tackling antimicrobial resistance and support science and innovation.

Cardiovascular disease: Opportunities and challenges in the digital health era

In this interview, Chair of the ESC Digital Health Committee, Professor Martin Cowie, details the opportunities and challenges in the digital health era when it comes to the field of cardiovascular disease

HIV, children, and obesity: too soon for conclusions?

San Francisco becomes first US city to ban sale of e-cigarettes

Climate action urgently required to protect human health in Europe

New EASAC report “The imperative of climate action to protect human health in Europe” highlights an alarming range of health risks due to climate change, and the benefits of rapid phase out of fossil fuels

In this landmark report, the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) focuses on the consequences of climate change for human health in Europe and the benefits of acting now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to stabilise the climate.

EASAC is the voice of independent science advice, mobilising Europe’s leading scientists from 27 national science academies to guide EU policy for the benefit of society. By considering a large body of independent studies on the effects of climate change on health, and on strategies to address the risks to health, EASAC has identified key messages and drawn important new conclusions. The evidence shows that climate change is adversely affecting human health, and that health risks are projected to increase. Solutions are within reach and much can be done by acting on present knowledge, but this requires political will.

Use some antibiotics more and others less to stem resistance, says WHO

8. Upcoming courses and conferences

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

Advancing the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in Europe
11 Jul 2019 - 12 Jul 2019 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: Patient Access Partnership

RANZCP Faculty of Psychotherapy 2019 Conference, ‘Sexuality and gender: handmaid, mistress or partner?
12 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019 / Barcelona, Spain
Organiser: Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ (RANZCP)

Andrija Stampar Summer Education & Tutoring School (Assets)
15 Jul 2019 - 20 Jul 2019 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: ASPHER

Epidemiology International Summer School
22 Jul 2019 - 16 Aug 2019 / Manchester, United Kingdom
Organiser: University of Manchester

Better Health Faster: how better using the law in public health
29 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2019 / Lugano, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss School of public health

EAN workshop on SoMe
31 Aug 2019 - 1 Sep 2019 / Prague, Czech Republic
Organiser: EPIET Alumni Association (EAN)

Strategic Planning for Health Interventions (Module 11)
2 Sep 2019 - 6 Sep 2019 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

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

Thesis Preparation Workshop (Module 12)
9 Sep 2019 - 11 Sep 2019 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

10th International Public Health Summer School - Obesity, Complexity, and Public Health
11 Sep 2019 - 13 Sep 2019 / Graz, Austria
Organiser: Medical University of 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

Internationale Zusammenarbeit und Globale Gesundheit
16 Sep 2019 - 11 Nov 2019 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

First Childhood Obesity Stakeholder Conference and Dialog
16 Sep 2019 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: STOP - Science and Technology in childhood Obesity Policy

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

7th UIA Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific
19 Sep 2019 - 20 Sep 2019 / Pattaya, Thailand
Organiser: The Union of International Associations (UIA)

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

9. Interesting publications

Monitoring Frameworks for Universal Health Coverage: What About High-Income Countries?

The Need for a Dynamic Approach to Health System-Centered Innovations; Comment on "What Health System Challenges Should Responsible Innovation in Health Address? Insights From an International Scoping

INSPIRE Handbook: action for implementing the seven strategies for ending violence against children

What quantitative and qualitative methods have been developed to measure the implementation of a life-course approach in public health policies at the national level?

Falling through the cracks: Exposing inequalities in Europe and beyond

SDG Accountability Handbook: A Practical Guide for Civil Society

Patient experience with outpatient care in Hungary: results of an online population survey 

Unmet medical needs in ambulatory care in Hungary: forgone visits and medications from a representative population survey

Physical activity trajectories and mortality: population based cohort study

Alcohol complicates multimorbidity in older adults

Lancet series: Gender Equality, Norms, and Health

Prevalence of maternal mental illness among children and adolescents in the UK between 2005 and 2017: a national retrospective cohort analysis

An online healthy relationship tool and safety decision aid for women experiencing intimate partner violence (I-DECIDE): a randomised controlled trial

The shifting epidemiology of colorectal cancer

Use of the WHO Access, Watch, and Reserve classification to define patterns of hospital antibiotic use (AWaRe): an analysis of paediatric survey data from 56 countries

10. European Commission news

Pharmaceuticals: Germany becomes the 27th Member State to benefit from the EU-US mutual recognition agreement for inspections

European Semester: Commission proposes health recommendations

The Commission has adopted proposals for country specific recommendations, including on health and investments in health as part of its ongoing assistance to Member States in implementing their health systems reforms in the light of an ageing population.  The Commission recommends that the governments of 16 Member States invest in their national health systems or improve their effectiveness, increase accessibility and strengthen their resilience, with the following recommendations.

The Netherlands and Luxembourg to also benefit from EU-US mutual recognition agreement for inspections

The mutual recognition agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) to recognise inspections of manufacturing sites for human medicines conducted in their respective territories has made further progress. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed on 10 June 2019 the capability of two additional EU Member States (The Netherlands and Luxembourg) to carry out good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections at a level equivalent to the US. There are now a total of 26 Member States whose inspection results the FDA can rely on to replace their own inspections.

eHealth: First electronic health records of patients exchanged between EU countries

First health records of patients are exchanged in the EU thanks to the cross-border electronic health services. As of now doctors in Luxembourg will be able to receive digital Patient Summaries of travellers coming from Czechia. These Patient Summaries provide background information on important health-related aspects such as allergies, current medication, previous illness, surgeries, etc., making it digitally accessible in case of a medical emergency visit in another country.

Dissemination workshop of the ESTICOM project in Luxembourg

The project "European Surveys and Training to Improve Men Having Sex with Men (MSM) Community Health", funded by the 3rd EU Health Programme, held a Dissemination workshop hosted by DG SANTE in Luxembourg on 19 June 2019, back-to-back with the EU HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis Think Tank and Civil Society Forum meetings.

Just ended: EU HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis Think Tank and Civil Society Forum meetings

DG SANTE hosted the EU HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis Think Tank and Civil Society Forum meetings, the fifth such event since their last renewal in early 2017. The meetings took place back-to-back with a Dissemination workshop of the project "European Surveys and Training to Improve MSM Community Health" (ESTICOM), funded by the 3rd EU Health Programme.

World Blood Donor Day: Statement by Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis

Do you remember that David Bowie song: ‘We can be heroes, just for one day'? Can we? I think we can. There is that one thing that definitely makes us heroes: giving blood.  It is a live-saving gesture that any of us in good health should consider making. [...] read the full statement here.

11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 23, 06 June 2019

Rapid communication
Increase of scabies infestations, Norway, 2006 to 2018
Suspected cluster of Neisseria meningitidis W invasive disease in an elderly care home: do new laboratory methods aid public health action? United Kingdom, 2015
Meeting report
Incidence, Severity and Impact of Influenza: a joint meeting organised by the ISIRV Epidemiology Group and ECDC, Stockholm, 2019

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 24, 13 June 2019

Rapid communication
High rate of transmission in a pulmonary tuberculosis outbreak in a primary school, north-eastern Italy, 2019
Cross-border outbreak of Yersinia enterocolitica O3 associated with imported fresh spinach, Sweden and Denmark, March 2019
Unexpected human cases of cutaneous anthrax in Latium region, Italy, August 2017: integrated human–animal investigation of epidemiological, clinical, microbiological and ecological factors
Letter to the editor: Chlamydia trachomatis samples testing falsely negative in the Aptima Combo 2 test in Finland, 2019
Letter to the editor: Chikungunya infection in travellers to Thailand: additional United Kingdom cases identified by specialist laboratory
Authors’ response: Chikungunya infection in travellers to Thailand: additional United Kingdom cases identified by specialist laboratory

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 25, 20 June 2019

Rapid communication
Detection of plasmid-mediated tigecycline-resistant gene tet(X4) in Escherichia colifrom pork, Sichuan and Shandong Provinces, China, February 2019
Combination prevention and HIV: a cross-sectional community survey of gay and bisexual men in London, October to December 2016
Monitoring antimicrobial resistance trends in commensal Escherichia coli from livestock, the Netherlands, 1998 to 2016
Population perception of mandatory childhood vaccination programme before its implementation, France, 2017
Letter to the editor: Strengthening epidemiological surveillance of Neisseria gonorrhoea – beyond the detection of cases

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 26, 27 June 2019

Mandatory vaccination: suited to enhance vaccination coverage in Europe?
Rapid communication
Assessment of the impact of the extension of vaccination mandates on vaccine coverage after 1 year, France, 2019
Finnish new variant of Chlamydia trachomatis escaping detection in the Aptima Combo 2 assay also present in Örebro County, Sweden, May 2019
Epidemiology of congenital Chagas disease 6 years after implementation of a public health surveillance system, Catalonia, 2010 to 2015
The law on compulsory vaccination in Italy: an update 2 years after the introduction
In the national epidemiological bulletins – a selection from recent issues
ECDC’s latest publications

12. WHO news

Taking action to achieve equity in health - examples from around the European Region

Countries of the WHO European Region have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to achieving equity in health, including by adopting the Health 2020 policy framework. Health 2020 highlights improving health for all and reducing health inequalities as strategic objectives.  By pairing this commitment with action, countries have made progress on improving health, lowering infant mortality and increasing average life expectancy. Almost a billion people in the Region can now expect to live to the age of 78, on average. Yet, despite these gains, health inequities persist within countries.

Five conditions must be met to achieve health equity, says WHO

A new set of strategic policies and practical tools will help European governments accelerate progress towards ensuring that everyone has the ability to lead a healthy life and to prosper within as little as five years. This is the main theme under discussion at the first-ever WHO European High-level Conference on Health Equity, hosted by the Government of Slovenia in Ljubljana on 11–13 June 2019.

New report shows persistent environment and health inequalities in Europe

Inequalities in environmental exposure and injuries exist in all countries across the WHO European Region, in turn contributing to health inequity. A new WHO report launched at the WHO High-level Conference on Health Equity in Ljubljana, Slovenia shows that intra-country inequalities in environmental exposure persist, or in some cases may have even increased. This is despite significant improvement in environmental conditions in most countries. For example, in the case of housing inequalities, poor households in western Europe report 3.3 times more difficulty in keeping their homes warm compared to non-poor households.

Beat air pollution to protect health: World Environment Day 2019

Beat air pollution – that is the theme for World Environment Day on 5 June. The air that we breathe is fundamental to our existence; yet, we sometimes forget the impact that the quality of the air has on our health and well-being.

High-level Conference on Health Equity opens - achieve, accelerate and influence

The High-level Conference on Health Equity, hosted by the Government of Slovenia, will provide evidence and information on the solutions that can be implemented to reduce health inequalities and accelerate progress towards better health, well-being and prosperity for all in the European Region.

23 million people falling ill from unsafe food each year in Europe is just the tip of the iceberg

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