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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - July 2019

Newsletter - July 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 July newsletter. In this newsletter you can find advices on how get through the hot summer days and advices on staying safe during the school holidays.

EUPHA sections call for nominations of (vice-)presidents, including section Health services research, Child and adolescent public health, and Health and environment. 

This newsletter also includes updates from our members, European Public Health Conference, European Commission, ECDC and WHO.

Wishing you nice summer and pleasant reading, 

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

2. EUPHA update

What was the European Public Health week like?

145 events and activities taking place in 35 countries. More impressions from the first ever EUPHW are available here.

Recipes for a Healthier Europe by the new Commission President-elect?

Brussels, 16 July 2019 – On behalf of patients, medical associations, health managers and the wider European public health community, we welcome the positive vote for Ursula von der Leyen as the new President-elect of the European Commission. The support of the European Parliament is a huge responsibility and a concrete set of actions are needed to regain citizens’ trust. Achieving the strong coordination required for a coherent and robust health policy requires political leadership, drive and dedicated Commission resources to meet citizens’ expectations. We call on Ms von der Leyen to include a senior level health commissioner in her team, with a strong mandate, and to ensure that one of the Vice-Presidents of the Commission has overall responsibility for mainstreaming health across the whole of the Commission. We have outlined the main responsibilities for such a role in our joint call

Call for nominations section president and vice-president Health services research (HSR)

The Health services research section (EUPHA–HSR) announces the start of the election procedure for the section president and vice-president, following the completion of the mandates by the current president and vice-president.

1. ‘job requirements’ section president and vice-president

  • Be a EUPHA member
  • Contact with sections members via MailMan (applies only to the president)
  • Yearly EUPHA section council meeting in Utrecht
  • Active participation in the EPH conference
  • Attending occasional other meetings at request of EUPHA office

2. Additional requirements HSR section

  • qualification in health services research
  • being active in the field of health services research
  • proven expertise and experience in health services research
  • having a broad network in health services research
  • leadership skills
  • thorough understanding of  and vision on current challenges in health services research

Tasks The president supervises the section’s affairs, reviews existing activities, monitors scientific and policy developments in the field and contributes to EUPHA advocacy, education and research activities. The vice-presidents assist the president in fulfilling the tasks and represent the section to (inter)national meetings upon request of EUPHA or the president.

Timeline Send in your application (motivation letter and CV) before October 7, 2019 to 
The applications will be discussed in a EUPHA-HSR core-group. Next, a selection will be made based on completeness of nomination, the requirements listed above and the quality of the motivation letter.
If more candidates apply, the final selection will be presented for voting to the annual meeting in Marseille.

Call for nominations section president Environment and health

The Environment and health section announces the start of the election procedure for the section president, following the completion of the mandate by the current president.

1. ‘job requirements’ section president and vice-president

  • Be a EUPHA member
  • Distribute relevant information to all section members through the mailman system
  • Join the yearly EUPHA section council meeting in Utrech
  • Active participation in the EPH conference (organizing annual meetings with the members at each annual EPH conference, organizing workshops and preconferences)
  • Providing the EUPHA office with an annual report of the section’s activities before the annual meeting of EUPHA
  • Attending occasional other meetings at request of EUPHA office

2. Additional requirements E&H section

  • being active in the field of environment and health research
  • proven expertise and experience in environment and (public) health research
  • having a broad network in environment and (public) health research
  • thorough understanding of  and vision on current challenges in environment and (public) health research
  • leadership skills

Tasks The president supervises the section’s affairs, reviews existing activities, monitors scientific and policy developments in the field and contributes to EUPHA advocacy, education and research activities.

Timeline Send in your application (motivation letter and CV) before October 7, 2019 to The applications will be discussed in a EUPHA-section Environment and Health core-group. Next, a selection will be made based on completeness of nomination, the requirements listed above and the quality of the motivation letter. If more candidates apply, the final selection will be presented for voting to the annual meeting in Marseille.

Call for nominations section president Child and Adolescent Public Health (CAPH)

EUPHA-CAPH announces the start of the election procedure for the section president, following the completion of the mandates by the current president. Everyone with a suitable profile is invited to apply for this very nice, interesting and varied job. Being president of this section offers you the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of disciplines on an international basis. In addition, you will have the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of child and adolescent public health activities and research.

1. ‘job requirements’ section president and vice-president

  • Be a EUPHA member
  • Distribute relevant information to all section members through the mailman system
  • Join the yearly EUPHA section council meeting in Utrecht
  • Active participation in the EPH conference (organizing annual meetings with the members at each annual EPH conference, organizing workshops and preconferences)
  • Providing the EUPHA office with an annual report of the section’s activities before the annual meeting of EUPHA
  • Attending occasional other meetings at request of EUPHA office

2. Additional requirements CAPH:

  • being active in the field of child and adolescent public health research
  • proven expertise and experience in child and adolescent public health research
  • having a broad network in child and adolescent public health research
  • thorough understanding of and vision on current challenges in child and adolescent public health research
  • leadership skills

Tasks The president supervises the section’s affairs, reviews existing activities, monitors scientific and policy developments in the field and contributes to EUPHA advocacy, education and research activities.
Timeline Send in your application (motivation letter and CV) before October 7, 2019 to

3. European Public Health Conference


Plenary Session: Bridging towards the future of public health in Europe

EUPHA and the European Commission are organising an exciting plenary at the EPH Conference in Marseille on Friday 22 November, 09:40.  The plenary is moderated by Isabel de la Mata (DG SANTE) and Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, President EUPHA. In 2019, we will welcome a new regional director for WHO Europe and we will have both a new European Parliament and a new European Commission. This has led to a debate on the necessity of health as a European priority area. In this plenary session, we will look at the priorities in public health from the perspective of the European Commission, the Finnish presidency of the European Council, the European Public Health Association and a ‘concerned citizen’. Speakers/Panellists include:

  • Anne Bucher, Director-General, DG SANTE, European Commission
  • Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki, Director General Strategic Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
  • Dineke Zeegers Paget, Executive Director EUPHA


We are pleased to announce an interesting programme of half day and full day pre-conferences on Wednesday 20 November, many of them organised by EUPHA Sections. Pre-conferences can also be added to your already made registration. You can do so by logging into your account and updating your registration. You will receive an adjusted invoice by email. Pre-conferences are offered with buffet lunches as moments for networking and getting together. For the full programme click here.


More than 1,000 people have already registered for the Marseille conference. Don’t miss out and benefit from early bird registration fees until 1 September. Early bird registration fees for EUPHA members are EUR 600. Non-members pay EUR 680, students EUR 420 (all fees inclusive of VAT). Registration here.

4. EUPHA members update

Maltese National Public Health Symposium

Following the success of the first-ever National Public Health Symposium, the Malta Association of Public Health Medicine is embarking on the second edition of the Public Health Symposium.
This year it will be organised on 29th November 2019 at the Southern Auditorium at Mater Dei Hospital.
Abstract Submission will open on 1st August 2019 and available on
Abstract Guidance is available in the following link:
Register your interest and show your support for the event on our Facebook Event Page.
Abstract Timeline

  • 1st August – Opening of Submissions
  • 1st September – Submission Deadline
  • 30th September – Issue of Results

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on

Letter to mayor of Madrid: calling to maintain clean air programme

The Spanish Association of Public Health and Healthcare (SESPAS) calls on the mayor of Madrid to maintain the clean air programme. EUPHA supports this call and wrote a letter to the mayor Madrid: "At the European Public Health Association we learned that your administration wants to repeal the current provisions to decrease traffic and pollution emissions in the central area of Madrid. We are very concerned with this news. [...]" Read the full letter here.

5. European Journal of Public Health

Volume 29, Issue 4, August 2019


The tobacco industry is dying; disinvestment can speed its demise
May CI van Schalkwyk, Pascal Diethelm, Martin McKee


Evaluation of the French reactive mortality surveillance system supporting decision making
Yasmine Baghdadi, Anne Gallay, Céline Caserio-Schönemann, Anne Fouillet

Place of death and associated factors: a population-based study using death certificate data
María José Cabañero-Martínez, Andreu Nolasco, Inmaculada Melchor, Manuel Fernández-Alcántara, Julio Cabrero-García

Estimating disease prevalence from drug utilization data using the Random Forest algorithm
Laurentius C J Slobbe, Koen Füssenich, Albert Wong, Hendriek C Boshuizen,Markus M J Nielen, Johan J Polder, Talitha L Feenstra, Hans A M van Oers 

Increase in emergency department visits related to cannabis reported using syndromic surveillance system
G N Noel, A M Maghoo, F F Franke, G V Viudes, P M Minodier

Preventable premature deaths (PYLL) in Northern Dimension partnership countries 2003–13
Mikko A Vienonen, Pekka J Jousilahti, Karolina Mackiewicz, Rafael G Oganov,Vital M Pisaryk, Gleb R Denissov, Ulla-Karin Nurm, Iveta Pudule, Romualdas J Gurevicius,Bartosz M Zabłocki, Marita I Friberg, Igor A Krasilnikov, Veli O Koistinen,Ilkka J Vohlonen

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


Is quality of life impairment associated with chronic diseases dependent on educational level?
Henrike Galenkamp, Hans A M van Oers, Anton E Kunst, Karien Stronks

Socioeconomic inequalities in disability in Europe: contribution of behavioral, work-related and living conditions
Bibiana Pérez-Hernández, Jose R Rubio-Valverde, Wilma J Nusselder, Johan P Mackenbach

All-cause and cause-specific mortality in Scotland 1981–2011 by age, sex and deprivation: a population-based study
Denise Brown, Mirjam Allik, Ruth Dundas, Alastair H Leyland

Do sociodemographic characteristics associated with the use of CAM differ by chronic disease?
Sabine Drieskens, Jean Tafforeau, Stefaan Demarest


Why are there gender inequalities in visual impairment?
Anna Rius Ulldemolins, Joan Benach, Laura Guisasola, Lucía Artazcoz

Gender differences in cognitive function and grip strength: a cross-national comparison of four European regions
Linda Juel Ahrenfeldt, Lasse Lybecker Scheel-Hincke, Søren Kjærgaard, Sören Möller,Kaare Christensen, Rune Lindahl-Jacobsen

Gender differences in incidence and in-hospital outcomes of surgical aortic valve replacement in Spain, 2001–15
Ana López-de-Andrés, Manuel Méndez-Bailón, Napoleon Perez-Farinos,Valentín Hernández-Barrera, Javier de Miguel-Díez, Nuria Muñoz-Rivas,Rodrigo Jiménez-García

Gender and socioeconomic inequalities in the implementation of the Basque programme for multimorbid patients
Myriam Soto-Gordoa, Arantzazu Arrospide, Eduardo Millán, Montserrat Calvo,Juan Ignacio Igartua, Santiago Esnaola, Jaione Ganzarain, Javier Mar


Do ethnic inequalities in multimorbidity reflect ethnic differences in socioeconomic status? The HELIUS study 
Wim J G M Verest, Henrike Galenkamp, Bea Spek, Marieke B Snijder, Karien Stronks,Irene G M van Valkengoed

Associations between healthcare consumption in country of origin and in country of residence by people with Turkish and Moroccan backgrounds living in the Netherlands: the HELIUS study
Aydın Şekercan, Marieke B Snijder, Ron J Peters, Karien Stronks

Resilience and protective factors among refugee children post-migration to high-income countries: a systematic review
Charles Marley, Beatus Mauki
Maternal and perinatal outcomes of asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in Europe: a systematic review 
Noor C Gieles, Julia B Tankink, Myrthe van Midde, Johannes Düker,Peggy van der Lans, Catherina M Wessels, Kitty W M Bloemenkamp, Gouke Bonsel,Thomas van den Akker, Simone Goosen, Marcus J Rijken, Joyce L Browne


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

Towards explaining time trends in adolescents’ alcohol use: a multilevel analysis of Swedish data from 1988 to 2011
Yunhwan Kim, Brittany E Evans, Curt Hagquist

Parent hazardous drinking and their children’s alcohol use in early and mid-adolescence: prospective cohort study
Sonia Sharmin, Kypros Kypri, Monika Wadolowski, Raimondo Bruno,Masuma Khanam, Alexandra Aiken, Delyse Hutchinson, Jackob M Najman, Tim Slade,Nyanda McBride, John Attia, Kerrin Palazzi, Christopher Oldmeadow, Richard P Mattick

Adverse childhood experiences, childhood relationships and associated substance use and mental health in young Europeans 
Karen Hughes, Mark A Bellis, Dinesh Sethi, Rachel Andrew, Yongjie Yon, Sara Wood,Kat Ford, Adriana Baban, Larisa Boderscova, Margarita Kachaeva, Katarzyna Makaruk,Marija Markovic, Robertas Povilaitis, Marija Raleva, Natasa Terzic, Milos Veleminsky,Joanna Włodarczyk, Victoria Zakhozha

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

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

The role of consumer age and financial profit in vendor compliance for underage alcohol sales
Joris J Van Hoof


The role of demographic and behavioural change for the long-term decline in daily smoking in Norway
Tord F Vedøy

Results of outdoor smoking bans at secondary schools on adolescents smoking behaviour: a quasi-experimental study
A D Rozema, J J P Mathijssen, J N van Kesteren, J A M van Oers, M W J Jansen

Exposure to second-hand smoke in the context of tobacco policy changes in Estonia, 1996–2016
Rainer Reile, Kersti Pärna

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


Effects of local authority expenditure on childhood obesity 
Dan Liu, Anne Mason, Linda Marks, Howard Davis, David J Hunter, Llinos Mary Jehu,Joanne Smithson, Shelina Visram

Long-term trends (1973–14) for obesity and educational inequalities among Austrian adults: men in the fast lane
Franziska Großschädl, Willibald J Stronegger

Effect of neighbourhood socioeconomic status on overweight and obesity in children 2–15 years of different ethnic groups
J A de Wilde, M Eilander, B J C Middelkoop


European Public Health News
Dineke Zeegers Paget, Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, Zsuzsanna Jakab, Vytenis Andriukaitis, Yves Charpak

6. Call for proposals, job opportunities

Vacancies in the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health in Bonn, Germany

The positions aim at strengthening the WHO support to the European Environment and Health Process and other multisectoral partnerships for environment and health. Deadline for application is 12 August 2019.
The vacancies can be accessed through the WHO website:

Fully funded PhD fellowship on 'The making of intersectoral coordination: understanding the practices of health professions'

Aarhus University, Department of Public Health
Research Unit for Organising Public Health

Please contact Associate Professor Viola Burau ( to discuss your ideas for a PhD proposal and to clarify and queries you might have.

For the full call please follow this link, item P15.

Post-doc vacancy at Bielefeld University, School of Public Health, Germany

The Department of Population Medicine and Health Services Research (head: Prof. Dr. Kayvan Bozorgmehr) seeks for a highly motivated researcher to conduct independent quantitative research related to the department’s research priorities in one or more of the following areas: social determinants of health, global health, social epidemiology, antimicrobial resistance, migration, health care inequalities, and infectious disease epidemiology. Extended deadline for application: Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

Call for submissions for Casebook on Advocacy in Public Health

The goal of the Casebook is to assist National Public Health Associations and other actors to improve their capacity of influence on national public health policies through advocacy efforts.
The Casebook’s aim is (1) to increase knowledge and capacity to develop and implement advocacy strategies in order to improve population health at local, regional, national and international levels and (2) to inspire the development of curricula and other training material to support instruction, debate, dialogue and action to strengthen advocacy efforts.
If you are interested in contributing to this e-Book, please click and Lucy A. Parker by 30 November, 2019, 23:59 GMT.

Call for ECDC Fellowship Programme (EPIET & EUPHEM) cohort 2020

The call for applications for the EU-track cohort 2020 of the ECDC Fellowship Programme is now open. Interested candidates can apply to become a fellow in one of the two paths offered by the Programme: EPIET field epidemiology and EUPHEM public health microbiology. Deadline for application is 8 September 2019, at 24.00 CEST.

7. Interesting news

European Programme for Integration and Migration - Policy update

The European Programme for Integration and Migration is a collaborative funding initiative of currently twenty-five grant-making foundations, hosted in the Network of European Foundations.
This edition’s special focus examines the results of the European Parliament Elections and what they mean for the reform process of the Common European Asylum System. Other key highlights of this Policy Update include an analysis of the ongoing criminalisation of Search and Rescue activities in the Mediterranean, the situation at the eastern border of the EU, developments on the Visa Code and Returns Directive, and a closer look from the European Summit of Refugees and Migrants.

Global Launch of EU SDG10 report on Inequalities in the EU and Beyond

Despite the European Union’s commitment to leave no one behind, millions of people in Europe are falling victim to widening inequalities. This new EU-wide report shines a light on the impact of rising inequalities on people and planet.

Amazon's Alexa will deliver NHS medical advice in the UK

The NHS says the partnership could reduce pressure on doctors.

WHO says e-cigarettes, 'smoke-free' products do not help reduce cancer

GENEVA (Reuters) - Electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products are not helping fight cancer, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, urging smokers and governments not to trust claims from cigarette firms about their latest products.

How austerity politics hurts prisoners

A blog by Nasrul Ismail in Oxford University Press's Academic Insights for the Thinking World.

Chronic wounds: the hidden health crisis hitting 2m Britons

The NHS spends £5bn a year treating chronic wounds, mostly caused by injury or surgery. The numbers affected are rising fast – so why is this such a low priority?

Should obesity be recognised as a disease?

The decision to define obesity as a disease does not only have implications for healthcare professionals, but also for the wider public. [...] Stigma can be a significant problem for obese patients within healthcare settings as well, even now that it is now commonly acknowledged that a range of determinants outside of an individual’s control, including heritable, environmental and socioeconomic factors, can contribute to weight.

Data from health apps offers opportunities and obstacles to researchers

Researchers are eager to tap into the steadily expanding pool of health information collected from users by products like Fitbit, Clue, and the Apple Watch. But while these datasets could be a scientific treasure trove for scientists, they also pose logistical and ethical challenges that need to be addressed.

Time to tackle the physical activity gender gap

2019 might well be the year of women's sport. While coverage has long been overshadowed by the male leagues, viewing opportunities and public engagement has been growing. Public excitement perhaps peaked during the Women's Football World Cup, with television audiences across the world increased by millions on previous years. As female athletes challenge inequalities over pay and investment and shift social expectations, could their example be used to tackle the gender gap in physical activity in the wider population?

10 ways to help stay safe during the school holidays

Schools across the WHO European Region have closed or will soon close their doors for the summer. This means many families will pack their bags and head off on holiday – often driving to vacation destinations and frequently spending much of their time around water, whether on boats, swimming at beaches or playing in pools. While these activities can be a wonderful way to pass the summer holidays, they do come with risks.
The WHO Regional office for Europe presents 10 different ways students and their parents can help keep their summer holidays safe.

Syntax and the "sin tax": the power of narratives for health

New OSH indicator proposed for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Labour Office (ILO) have developed a proposal for a new occupational safety and health (OSH) indicator for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), relating to Goal 8: “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”.

8. Upcoming courses and conferences

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

The Systems Leadership Challenge - Delivering a Health and Social Care System based on the determinentes of Health
5 Sep 2019 / Sheffield, United Kingdom
Organiser: Centre for Leadership in Health and Social Care

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 - 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 - 16 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)

E-health Forum - Digital transformation and globalization in healthcare
19 Sep 2019 - 20 Sep 2019 / Sopot, Poland
Organiser: Medical University of Gdańsk and Polish Society for Health Projects

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

Global Summit on Dentistry & Integrated Medicine
16 Oct 2019 - 18 Oct 2019 / Tbilisi, Georgia
Organiser: Coalesce Research Group and The University of Georgia

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

International Health Governance "The Contested Authority of International Institutions in Global Health: National Decouplings, Regional Stumbling Blocks and International Collisions“
13 Nov 2019 - 14 Nov 2019 / Heidelberg, Germany
Organiser: Institut für interdisziplinäre Forschung

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

Innovations in Health and Social Care – Enhancing Health and Wellbeing in Europe

3 Dec 2019 / Brussels, Belgium
Organisers: National Institute for Health and Welfare (Finland), Academy of Finland, TO-REACH

9. Interesting publications

New Poland HiT

WHO launches new report on the global tobacco epidemic

Twenty Years Of Antiretroviral Therapy For People Living With HIV: Global Costs, Health Achievements, Economic Benefits

Ending the neglect of global oral health: time for radical action

The global burden of childhood and adolescent cancer in 2017: an analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017

A new vision for bioethics training in global health

Common mental disorders: falling through the gap

Global strategy to accelerate tobacco control: advancing sustainable development through the implementation of the WHO FCTC 2019-2025

Understanding masculinities to improve men's health

Hopes for health from new European Commission leader

10. European Commission news

The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety plays a vital role in the Commission's ongoing work on Endocrine Disruptors

To address potential risks for human health, the cosmetic products regulation (Regulation (EC) N°1223/2009) lays down a system of restrictions and bans on the use of certain substances in cosmetics based on a scientific risk assessment carried out by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS).

Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance - new guide on using antibiotic prescribing data

The Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance – co-chaired by the Commission’s Director for public health John F. Ryan with his US counterpart Larry Kerr, is a collaboration between the USA, Canada, Norway and the European Union to combat antimicrobial resistance.

What is the EU doing to help people eat better and move more?

The EU Commission does more than encourage people to be active, it is very active itself in the fields of nutrition and physical activity. This brochure on EU initiatives that help people have healthier lifestyles has just been translated into all EU languages.

Drug-related deaths and mortality in Europe: update from the EMCDDA expert network

This publication provides an update on drug-related deaths in Europe, presenting and analysing the latest data and trends in drug-induced deaths and overall mortality among high-risk drug users in the European Union and beyond. It draws on contributions from specialists representing more than 40 countries at the latest meeting of the EMCDDA expert network on drug-related deaths in November 2018 as well as information provided by European countries in the annual reporting exercise.

See all the presentations looking at progress made since the launch of the Tartu Call for a healthy lifestyle

Two years after the Tartu Call for a healthy lifestyle was signed, the 19 June 2019 seminar in Brussels looked at how changes were being implemented by the Commission, Member States and civil society. Top brass from three Directorate Generals spoke and best practice owners were awarded certificates.

New Joint Action SHARP - Strengthened International HeAlth Regulations and Preparedness in the EU - launched

The 3-year Joint Action involves 30 countries and will strengthen the implementation of decision 1082/2013/EU on serious cross-border threats to health, support EU level preparedness and response to health threats at national, EU and regional level, and improve the implementation of International Health Regulations.

All smiles at results of the EU-funded ADVOCATE project on oral health and wellbeing

The project received nearly 6 million € co-funding from the HORIZON 2020 in order to explore ways to optimise delivery of oral health and wellbeing to the population in EU Member States. It focused on the prevention of oral diseases through general dental practitioners.

World Hepatitis Day: Statement from Commissioner Andriukaitis

“State of play can – and has to – change, since, as for other communicable diseases, testing and early diagnosis of hepatitis, and linkage to care, can interrupt transmission and save lives”.

Clinical trials: Call for all sponsors to publish results in EU database

In a joint letter published today, the European Commission, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) reminded all sponsors of clinical trials conducted in the European Union of their obligation to make summaries of results of concluded trials publicly available in the EU Clinical Trials Database.

11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 30, 25 July 2019

Rapid communication

Detection of Aedes flavopictus (Yamada, 1921), Netherlands, June 2019
Adolfo Ibáñez-Justicia, Bart van de Vossenberg, Rens van den Biggelaar, Joris Voogd, Eveline Metz,Frans Jacobs, Marian Dik and Arjan Stroo

Systematic Review

Hepatitis B and C prevalence and incidence in key population groups with multiple risk factors in the EU/EEA: a systematic review
Lauren MK Mason, Erika Duffell, Irene K Veldhuijzen, Uarda Petriti, Eveline M Bunge and Lara Tavoschi


Acute hepatitis B notification rates in Flanders, Belgium, 2009 to 2017
Özgür Koc, Pierre Van Damme, Dana Busschots, Rob Bielen, Anmarie Forier, Frederik Nevens andGeert Robaeys

Mortality rates among individuals diagnosed with hepatitis C virus (HCV); an observational cohort study, England, 2008 to 2016
Georgina Ireland, Sema Mandal, Matthew Hickman, Mary Ramsay, Ross Harris and Ruth Simmons


Letter to the editor: Measles outbreak in Gothenburg urban area, Sweden, 2017 to 2018: low viral load in breakthrough infections
Shelly Bolotin, Natasha S Crowcroft, Stephanie L Hughes and Gaston De Serres

Authors’ response: Measles outbreak in Gothenburg urban area, Sweden, 2017/18: lower viral load in breakthrough infections
Nicklas Sundell, Leif Dotevall, Magnus Lindh, Johan Westin, Jan-Åke Liljeqvist, Tomas Bergström,Marie Studahl and Lars-Magnus Andersson

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 29, 18 July 2019

Rapid communication

Dengue virus serotype 2 (DENV-2) outbreak, French Polynesia, 2019
Maite Aubry, Mihiau Mapotoeke, Anita Teissier, Tuterarii Paoaafaite, Elsa Dumas-Chastang, Marine Giard and Van-Mai Cao-Lormea

Isolation of Candida auris from cystic fibrosis patient, Greece, April 2019
Angeliki Stathi, Ioanna Loukou, Helen Kirikou, Argyri Petrocheilou, Maria Moustaki, Aristea Velegraki and Levantia Zachariadou


Characterisation of measles after the introduction of the combined measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine in 2004 with focus on the laboratory data, 2016 to 2019 outbreak, Romania
Mihaela Lazar, Aurora Stănescu, Ana Raquel Penedos and Adriana Pistol


Pneumococcal vaccination coverages by age, sex and specific underlying risk conditions among middle-aged and older adults in Catalonia, Spain, 2017
Angel Vila-Córcoles, Olga Ochoa-Gondar, Cinta de Diego, Eva Satué, Angel Vila-Rovira and Maria Aragón

Dientamoeba fragilis – the most common intestinal protozoan in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Finland, 2007 to 2017
Jukka-Pekka Pietilä, Taru Meri, Heli Siikamäki, Elisabet Tyyni, Anne-Marie Kerttula, Laura Pakarinen,T Sakari Jokiranta and Anu Kantele

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 28, 11 July 2019


Targets for the reduction of antibiotic use in humans in the Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR) partner countries
Fabio D’Atri, Jacqueline Arthur, Hege Salvesen Blix, Lauri A Hicks, Diamantis Plachouras, Dominique L Monnet and the European Survey on Transatlantic Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR) action 1.2 group


Improving preparedness to respond to cross-border hepatitis A outbreaks in the European Union/European Economic Area: towards comparable sequencing of hepatitis A virus 13 
Theresa Enkirch, Ettore Severi, Harry Vennema, Lelia Thornton, Jonathan Dean, Maria-Louise Borg, Anna Rita Ciccaglione, Roberto Bruni, Iva Christova, Siew Lin Ngui, Koye Balogun, Vratislav Němeček, Mia Kontio, Mária Takács, Andrea Hettmann, Rita Korotinska, Arthur Löve, Ana Avellón, Milagros MuñozChimeno, Rita de Sousa, Denisa Janta, Jevgenia Epštein, Sofieke Klamer, Vanessa Suin, Stephan W Aberle, Heidemarie Holzmann, Kassiani Mellou, Josefine Lundberg Ederth, Lena Sundqvist, Anne-Marie Roque-Afonso, Sanja Kurečić Filipović, Mario Poljak, Line Vold, Kathrine Stene-Johansen, Sofie Midgley, Thea Kølsen Fischer, Mirko Faber, Jürgen J Wenzel, Johanna Takkinen and Katrin Leitmeyer

Extraordinary increase in West Nile virus cases and first confirmed human Usutu virus infection in Hungary, 2018 
Anna Nagy, Eszter Mezei, Orsolya Nagy, Tamás Bakonyi, Nikolett Csonka, Magdolna Kaposi, Anita Koroknai, Katalin Szomor, Zita Rigó, Zsuzsanna Molnár, Ágnes Dánielisz and Mária Takács

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 24, 04 July 2019

Rapid communication

A case of reassortant seasonal influenza A(H1N2) virus, Denmark, April 2019
Ramona Trebbien, Anders Koch, Lene Nielsen, Dår Kristian Kur, Pontus Westerström and Tyra Grove Krause

Detection of novel tick-borne pathogen, Alongshan virus, in Ixodes ricinus ticks, south-eastern Finland, 2019
Suvi Kuivanen, Lev Levanov, Lauri Kareinen, Tarja Sironen, Anne J. Jääskeläinen, Ilya Plyusnin,Fathiah Zakham, Petra Emmerich, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, Jussi Hepojoki, Teemu Smura and Olli Vapalahti


Seroprevalence and demographic factors associated with hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV infection from a hospital emergency department testing programme, London, United Kingdom, 2015 to 2016
Nick Bundle, Sooria Balasegaram, Sarah Parry, Sadna Ullah, Ross J Harris, Karim Ahmad, Graham R Foster, Cheuk YW Tong and Chloe Orkin


Increasing childhood vaccination coverage of the refugee and migrant population in Greece through the European programme PHILOS, April 2017 to April 2018
Kassiani Mellou, Chrysovalantis Silvestros, Eirini Saranti-Papasaranti, Athanasios Koustenis,Ioanna D. Pavlopoulou, Theano Georgakopoulou, Chryssoula Botsi and Agapios Terzidis

12. WHO news

Major step towards control of noncommunicable diseases in the WHO European Region

Dr Piroska Ӧstlin, Acting WHO Regional Director for Europe, and Mr Dmitry Kostennikov, Deputy Minister of Health of the Russian Federation, signed the Donor Agreement between WHO/Europe and the Russian Federation. The Agreement sets out the Russian Federation’s financial contribution for continued joint work to fight noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the Region. Signed on 3 July 2019 in Moscow, the grant marks a milestone in the Region’s response to its high burden of NCDs. Taken together, the major NCDs – diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and mental disorders – account for more than 80% of the deaths and over two thirds of the disease burden in the Region.

Detecting frailty in and promoting accessible services for older people in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

In 2018, the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Italy started the PRISMA-7 project on detecting frailty in older people early and improving the response of health and social services. The project seeks to enhance quality of life in this age group, promote independence and prevent or delay hospitalization and functional dependency.

Empowering clinical and public health leaders to strengthen small countries' health systems

As part of WHO’s ongoing support to small countries, a capacity-building event entitled “Strengthening governance in small-state health systems: the role of clinical and public health leaders” was organized in Valletta, Malta, on 10 May 2019 in collaboration with the Ministry for Health of Malta.

Measuring the gender pay gap for action in the Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy

The Health Observatory of the Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy, has taken measures to establish a baseline for monitoring the gender pay gap among employees working in its public health system over time, and propose coherent, wide-ranging action to tackle it effectively.

Strengthening tobacco control in Slovenia to save lives

The Slovenian Parliament endorsed a tobacco control law in 2017, which led to significant improvement in tobacco control in the country. The advanced measures included in the law were the result of strong leadership and collaboration among many stakeholders, including civil society and the media.

Statement of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and WHO Regions for Health Network (2019)

WHO European Healthy Cities Network and WHO Regions for Health Network presented their joint statement the High-level Conference on Health Equity – Accelerating Progress towards Healthy and Prosperous Lives for all in the WHO European Region, 11–13 June

WHO/Europe studies find baby foods are high in sugar and inappropriately marketed for babies

Two new studies from WHO/Europe show that a high proportion of baby foods are incorrectly marketed as suitable for infants under the age of 6 months, and that many of those foods contain inappropriately high levels of sugar.

Health advice: how to keep cool in the heat

The WHO European Region is currently experiencing a very hot summer, and this is expected to continue for the next weeks. During the holiday season, this is generally a cause for joy. However, the public, medical professionals and public health authorities need to be prepared for heatwaves and to tackle the possible health consequences of heat exposure.

Take part in an on-line consultation on the 'Decade of Healthy Ageing' proposal

The WHO and partners are seeking open input, comments, revisions, additions on the zero-draft proposal for the Decade of Healthy Ageing. The document is 20 pages long, excluding annexes. Open through 15 August 2019.

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