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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - September 2019

Newsletter - September 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 September newsletter. The summer holiday season is over, as you can see from the increased number of activities and events that took place the past month. Read all about them in this newsletter, including the nomination of two leaders in health: Stella Kyriakides as Commissioner designate for health and Hans Kluge as Director of WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Wishing you pleasant reading, 

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

2. EUPHA update

Renewed EUPHA Policy liaison officer vacancy 

EUPHA is looking for a Brussels-based policy liaison officer

The European Public Health Association – EUPHA – is recruiting a Policy liaison officer (m/f) (36 hours per week). The policy liaison officer will work at the EUPHA satellite office in Brussels, Belgium, to support the main office.
Main responsibilities:
a) represents EUPHA in Brussels

  • represents EUPHA according to the instructions of the Executive Director.
  • attends relevant meetings/events; or identifies a EUPHA representative to attend.
  • maintains contact with Brussels-based stakeholders, including EUPHA partners, the European Parliament, European Commission.

b) liaises between Brussels and EUPHA office

  • updates the EUPHA office about opportunities in Brussels, e.g. events, conferences, public health files

c) identifies interesting opportunities for EUPHA related to European health policy

  • follows policy process of (public) health related files
  • monitors EU policies, activities and programmes
  • assists with the drafting of statements, press releases, policy briefs etc.

d) supports the organisation of EUPHA events in Brussels

  • arranging logistics for a EUPHA event in Brussels e.g. location

e) contributes to the operation of the EUPHA office and all the activities of EUPHA and the EPH conference

  • performs tasks within the EUPHA office, as delegated by the Executive Director
  • assists the Executive Director and Conference coordinator in the planning and organising of the content of the EPH Conference.

Job requirements:

  • MSc working and thinking level;
  • 1-3 years of experience in European public health or related disciplines;
  • Familiar with European health policy making;
  • Previous experience working in and/or a solid understanding of EU public, legislative and regulatory affairs, including experience in advocacy and dealing with the European institutions;
  • Knowledgeable about the policy-making processes at the European level;
  • Good communication skills in English;
  • Insight in the working field of public health and relevant performers therein.


  • Representative;
  • Strong communication skills, including face-to-face interaction;
  • Stakeholder management;
  • Pro-active;
  • Independent working.

We offer:
A salary between 2500 - 3200 euro gross per month (based on experience), a one-year contract.
Time plan:
Applications can be sent to until 15 October 2019. Please include your CV, motivational letter and two references when applying.
Interviews will be organised in the week of 28 October.
Preferred commencement: as soon as possible after decision.

Four proposals to increase protection of the people of Europe against vaccine-preventable disease

Ahead of the Meeting of the Coalition for Vaccination, that took place on 11 September and the Global Vaccination Summit, that took place 12 September 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, EUPHA published a short statement on vaccination. The Coalition meeting was attended by Anna Odone, vice-president of the EUPHA Infectious diseases control section. The Summit was hosted by the European Commission and the World Health Organization. Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, EUPHA President, attended this high-level event.

National Health Workforce Accounts at the WHO Regional Committee for Europe

During the 69th meeting of the Regional Committee of the World Health Organisation, EUPHA President Dr Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat participated in a side event. 

Using the National Health Workforce Accounts to tackle health workforce challenges. Reference was made to the Global Strategy on Health Resources for Health 2030. By 2020, the following milestones are meant to be achieved:
(a) All countries have inclusive institutional mechanisms in place to coordinate an intersectoral health workforce agenda 
(b) All countries have a HRH unit with responsibility for the development and monitoring of policies and plans 
(c) All countries have regulatory mechanisms to promote patient safety and adequate oversight of the private sector 
(d) All countries have established accreditation mechanisms for health training institutions 
(e) All countries are making progress on health workforce registries to track health workforce stock, education, distribution, flows, demand, capacity and remuneration 
(f) All countries are making progress on sharing HRH data through national health workforce accounts and are submitting core indicators to the WHO Secretariat annually 
(g) All bilateral and multilateral agencies are strengthening health workforce assessment 

The National Health Workforce accounts were presented as a tool to assist in tackling the challenges associated with HRH for health.

2020 will also celebrate the year of the Nurse and the Midwife and will launch the first ever State of Nursing World Health Report. 

Dr Azzopardi Muscat thanked WHO for the sterling work being done in the area of health workforce and commended the pragmatic approach being taken towards the deployment of the Health Workforce Accounts. She emphasised that from EUPHA’s perspective, the role and contribution of the migrant health workforce needs to feature highly on the HRH policy agenda since this can be an instrument to shape narratives around migration and society. She commended the broad encompassing definition of health workforce being used and asked to ensure that the interdisciplinary nature of contribution to public health should be recognised. She called for further analysis around digital technologies, robotics and AI and their potential and impact on the health workforce. Finally she highlighted the work being carried out by the EUPHA section on health workforce and triturated EUPHA’s disposition to support the work of WHO in this important policy area. There can be no universal health coverage without the appropriate health workforce.

EUPHA coordinates joint statements at WHO Regional Committee for Europe (16-19 Sept, Copenhagen)

The 69th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe took place 16 - 19 September 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark. This year, again, EUPHA coordinated the writing of joint statements. The EUPHA-led statement on health leadership was co-signed by 17 other non-state actors. 

Following the election of the new Regional Director, EUPHA submitted a statement congratulating Hans Kluge on behalf of the non-state actors (28 co-signatories). 

EUPHA also submitted an oral statement on health equity, submitted via video and presented by our Executive Director, Dineke Zeegers Paget.

WHO Regional Director's awards for health to two EUPHA board members

During a lunchtime session at the Regional Committee for Europe (16-19 September in Copenhagen), Dr Jakab celebrated the exceptional contribution of several individuals to improving public health in the Region, including two EUPHA board members.

We congratulate Róza Ádány and Martin McKee!
R Adany RC69 award
Image: Prof.  Róza Ádány, receiving health award from Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab (WHO).

The European Public Health News of August 2019, presented by our Executive Director

Watch the short introduction to the European Public Health news on our EUPHA YouTube channel. The full columns can be read in the most recent issue of the European Journal of Public Health, available here.

3. European Public Health Conference

12th European Public Health Conference
20 - 23 November 2018, Marseille, France

Join the network meetings

EUPHA Sections are theme-specific networks that organise workshops and projects together. All EUPHA Sections are inviting you to Join the Network and attend their annual meeting during the lunch break. These meetings are open to all delegates. Get your lunch before or after the meeting and feel free to join the network.

The JTN meetings are listed in the online programme


EUPHA at EPH 2019

On the last day of the conference, Saturday 23 November 2019, there are several interesting workshops that are (co-)organised by EUPHA. To list a few:

  • 9.I. - Skills building seminar: Skills camp: from soft skills to health for all
  • 9.K. - Workshop: To regulate or not to regulate: that is still the question
  • 9.L. - Round table: Making progress in Health Impact Assessment: from theory to practice
  • 9.Q. - Skills building seminar: Building skills and capacity for a future health workforce
  • 10.C. - Workshop: EUPHA and Europe-wide action on digital public health
  • 10.E. - Workshop: Political parties, health and influence in the EU

The full programme is available here.

16th World Congress on Public Health
12 – 17 October 2020, Rome, Italy

Special issue of Acta Bio Medica dedicated to the World Congress on Public Health (1/2)

"The 16th World Congress on Public Health, to be held in Italy in 2020, will be a memorable event that deserves to be promoted and organized in the best possible way. For this reason the Publisher accepted our suggestion to promote two special issues of Acta Bio Medica, also to implement the new section of the Journal dedicated to Public Health and Health Policies." - Carlo Signorelli in the forward in this first special issue of Acta Bio Medica dedicated to the World Congress on Public Health
Cover Acta Bio Medica Sept 2019

4. EUPHA members update

MAPHM press statement on vaccination

The Malta Association of Public Health Medicine issued a statement on the importance of developing a national vaccination strategy for Malta.

Newsletter of our Dutch member

The latest news of the Dutch Federation for Health is available online (in Dutch).

Interview with 300th French registered participant for Marseille 2019

The special news flash of the French society for public health (Société Française de Santé Publique) includes an interview with 300th French participant that registered for European Public Health Conference. This year we are expecting a record number of French participants at the European Public Health Conference, taking place 20-23 November 2019 in Marseille, France.

The news flash also highlights the 'Maison France' (the French house) that will be present at the exhibition hall with 9 French institutions presented.

5. European Journal of Public Health

Volume 29, Issue 5, October 2019


Ebola: global commitment for local engagement needed 
Maike Winters, Helena Nordenstedt

Austerity and health in Europe: disentangling the causal links 
Timon Forster, Alexander E Kentikelenis


Research partnerships between Coca-Cola and health organizations in Spain 
Juan Pablo Rey-López, Carlos A Gonzalez

Household food unavailability due to financial constraints affects the nutrient intake of children 
Hitomi Suga

Evaluation of new approaches to the access of official monitoring results for live bivalves molluscs 
Manuel Beja da Costa, Magdalena Jurczuk, Bernardo Marques, João Nuno Silva

Household dietary salt consumption and mortality from cardiovascular diseases: an ecological panel analysis in Japan 
Tianyu Li, Hideki Hashimoto


Framingham score and work-related variables for predicting cardiovascular disease in the working population 
Albert-Jan van der Zwaard, Anna Geraedts, Giny Norder, Martijn W Heymans, Corné A M Roelen

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

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 ...

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

Cumulative childhood adversity, adolescent psychiatric disorder and violent offending in young adulthood 
Emma Björkenstam, Bo Burström, Anders Hjern, Bo Vinnerljung, Kyriaki Kosidou ...

A practical composite risk score for the development of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome from Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli 
Douglas Hamilton, John Cullinan

Usefulness of a job-exposure matrix ‘MADE’ as a decision tool for compensation of work-related musculoskeletal disorders 
Marc Fadel, Remi Valter, Alexandre Quignette, Alexis Descatha


Impact of modelled PM2.5, NO2 and O3 annual air concentrations on some causes of mortality in Tuscany municipalities 
Raffaella Uccelli, Marina Mastrantonio, Pierluigi Altavista, Francesca Pacchierotti, Antonio Piersanti ...

Asbestosis and silicosis hospitalizations in Italy (2001–2015): results from the National Hospital Discharge Registry 
Pierpaolo Ferrante

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 ...



Effects of a randomized, culturally adapted, lifestyle intervention on mental health among Middle-Eastern immigrants 
Faiza Siddiqui, Ulf Lindblad, Peter M Nilsson, Louise Bennet

Disparities in treatment of diabetes and hypertension among groups of foreign origin and the general Finnish population 
Daniel T Etchi, Eero Lilja, Päivikki Koponen, Tiina Laatikainen

Adjuvanted influenza vaccine for the Italian elderly in the 2018/19 season: an updated health technology assessment 
Chiara de Waure, Sara Boccalini, Paolo Bonanni, Daniela Amicizia, Andrea Poscia ...

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 ...

Women’s excess unhealthy life years: disentangling the unhealthy life years gap 
Wilma J Nusselder, Emmanuelle M Cambois, Dagmar Wapperom, France Meslé, Caspar W N Looman ...


Does health literacy explain the link between structural stratifiers and adolescent health? 
Leena T Paakkari, Minna P Torppa, Olli-Pekka Paakkari, Raili S Välimaa, Kristiina S A Ojala ...

Increase of internalized mental health symptoms among adolescents during the last three decades 
Ida Blomqvist, Eva Henje Blom, Bruno Hägglöf, Anne Hammarström

Associations between adolescent social phobia, sickness absence and unemployment: a prospective study of twins in Sweden 
Ridwanul Amin, Pia Svedberg, Jurgita Narusyte

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 ...

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...


The association between self-harm and area-level characteristics in Northern Ireland: an ecological study 
Eve Griffin, Brendan Bonner, Christina B Dillon, Denise O’Hagan, Paul Corcoran

Trends in disease mortality before and during the Great Recession in individuals employed in Spain in 2001 
Enrique Regidor, Elena Ronda, José A Tapia Granados, Francisco J Viciana-Fernández, Luis de la Fuente ...

Trajectories of students’ well-being in secondary education in Germany and differences by social background 
Max Herke, Katharina Rathmann, Matthias Richter

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 ...

Changes in socioeconomic mortality inequalities at adult and old ages in Lithuania, 2001–05 to 2011–15 
Domantas Jasilionis, Vladislava Stankūnienė, Marė Baublytė


A review of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) health and healthcare inequalities 
Laetitia Zeeman, Nigel Sherriff, Kath Browne, Nick McGlynn, Massimo Mirandola ...

Risk of hospital readmission and associated factors after a positive sample for a multidrug-resistant microorganism 
Alexis Sentís, Cristina González, Maria Montero, Milagros Herranz, Carlota Hidalgo ...

Mid-life social participation and physical performance at age 60–64: evidence from the 1946 British Birth Cohort Study 
A Vusirikala, Y Ben-Shlomo, D Kuh, M Stafford, R Cooper ...

Status quo bias and health behavior: findings from a cross-sectional study 
Florian M Karl, Rolf Holle, Lars Schwettmann, Annette Peters, Michael Laxy


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

Watch the short introduction video by Dineke Zeegers Paget to this European Public Health news here, on the EUPHA YouTube channel.

6. Call for proposals, job opportunities

Associate professor in health promotion with competences in policy research

The Unit of Health Promotion Research, Department of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Campus Esbjerg invites applications for a position as associate professor within the area of health promotion with competences in policy research. The position is available from February 1, 2020.

Application deadline: October 20, 2019. See the full job advertisement here:

Trainee position in cancer epidemiology and cancer registration

An opportunity for a traineeship in the Cancer Information group at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy. Deadline for application is 21/10/2019.

Positions at Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, seeks qualified people for a number of positions in the Lab of Digital and Computational Demography, including Associate Professor, Post-Docs, Research Scientists, PhD positions, and summer research visits.

Bennett Prospect Prize

£10,000 | Open till 31 December 2019 - For early career researchers and policy professionals.
This year’s question:
‘Which single public health intervention would be most effective in the UK?’

The Bennett Prospect Prize for Public Policy is awarded by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and is held in partnership with Prospect magazine. The goal is to encourage early career researchers and policy professionals to explore creative and generative solutions to a pressing public policy question of our age.

For more details visit:

Head of the Department of Health Information at the Prasanna School of Public Health (PSPH), Manipal, India

Please click here for details. 

7. Interesting news

A new leader for health in Europe

There is a new leader for health in Europe: Stella Kyriakides is Commissioner Designate for Health. This was made known by Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, as she presented her team for Europe.

We congratualte Ms. Kyriakides on her appointment as Commissioner Designate for Health in an open letter and highlight key threats to public health which we believe merit a strong focus in the coming years.

Hans Kluge as the new Regional Director elect of WHO Europe

EUPHA is very pleased with the election of Hans Kluge as the incoming regional director of the WHO office for Europe. Over the past years, we have been working extensively with Hans and his department in the Coalition of Partners as well as with other departments in WHO Europe. We look forward to intensifying this collaboration even more. We congratulate Hans on his election and thank Zsuzsana Jakab for her 10 years of commitment to health in Europe. 

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Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, EUPHA President, and Hans Kluge, nominated Regional Director for WHO Europe, at the 69th session of the Regional Committee for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Cheap fags and booze: why now, more than ever, we need a whole government approach to health

On Tuesday, an announcement by the Chancellor and accompanying HM Treasury tweet promoted cheap cigarettes and alcohol as something we can all look forward to following a no-deal Brexit. A government department promoting the use of tobacco and alcohol at a time when life expectancy is stalling—and for some groups falling—is at best, wilful ignorance, and at worst, shameless political marketing.

Trans health and the risks of inappropriate curiosity

Care providers need to be aware of the damage of inappropriate curiosity when working with people who are transgender, say Adam Shepherd, Benjamin Hanckel, and Andy Guise

Michel Kazatchkine: The time has come to implement harm reduction policies in Eastern Europe and central Asia

The evidence is clear, Eastern European and Central Asian countries should adopt opioid maintenance therapy and needle exchanges to curb HIV and Hep C outbreaks, says Michel Kazatchkine.

Michigan becomes first state to ban flavoured e-cigarettes

Michigan has become the first US state to ban flavoured e-cigarettes as part of efforts to curb youth vaping.

8. Upcoming courses and conferences

INFOGRAPHICS 101 FOR PUBLIC HEALTH: Learn to design public health infographics with softwares you know & use
28 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 / (Cohort 3 enrolment Period) / Online self-paced course

Infographics 101 for public health (online course)
1 Oct 2019 / online
Organiser: PH Spot

European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG)
2 Oct 2019 - 4 Oct 2019 / Bad Hofgastein, Austria
Organiser: European Health Forum Gastein

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

IV International Summer Course on Public Mental Health: “RESEARCH IN PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH AND RESILIENCE”
7 Oct 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 / Vilnius, Lithuania
Organiser: Vilnius University, EUPHA Section on Public Mental Health, , Hochschule Emden-Leer

Headway 2020 Forum – A new roadmap in Mental Health
9 Oct 2019 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: The European House - AMBROSETTI

Silver Diamine Fluoride Transforming Community Dental Caries Programmes - Webinar
10 Oct 2019 / online
Organiser: World Federation of Public Health Associations and its Oral Health Working Group

Online Course: Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development
10 Oct 2019 / online
Organiser: United Nations System Staff College

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

5th International Conference on Global Public Health 2019 "Climate Change & Global Health – Challenges & Issues"
17 Oct 2019 - 18 Oct 2019 / Kathmandu, Nepal
Organiser: International Center for Research & Development

89th EGPRN meeting - General Practice and the Community: research on health services, quality improvements and training
17 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019 / Vigo, Spain
Organiser: European General Practice Research Network (EGPRN)

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

4th international PPRI Conference, entitled ‘Medicines access challenge – The value of pricing and reimbursement policies’
23 Oct 2019 - 24 Oct 2019 / Vienna, Austria
Organiser: WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies

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

2nd World Congress on Dentistry and Oral Health
30 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 / Rome, Italy.
Organiser: BioCore

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

Leaders in healthcare
4 Nov 2019 - 6 Nov 2019 / Birmingham, United Kingdom
Organiser: Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

16th Annual Johns Hopkins Fall Institute in Health Policy and Management
5 Nov 2019 - 27 Nov 2019 / Barcelona, Spain
Organiser: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Public Health Agency of Barcelona

New 3-Day Certified Course “Scientific Writing and Reporting”
7 Nov 2019 - 9 Nov 2019 / Hall i.T., Austria
Organiser: UMIT the health and life sciences university

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

Paving the way for personalized medicine. Legal, ethical and social challenges
18 Nov 2019 / Salerno, Italy
Organiser: Salerno University, School of Law

Pitt falls and methodological considerations in nutritional epidemiology
25 Nov 2019 - 29 Nov 2019 / Copenhagen, Denmark
Organiser: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Copenhagen University

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

Winter Symposium 2019, Climate Change and Health – Risks, Adaptation, Resilience and Co-Benefits
5 Dec 2019 - 6 Dec 2019 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Health in Detention
9 Dec 2019 - 13 Dec 2019 / Basel,Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

6th European Forum for Evidence-based Health Promotion and Prevention (EUFEP) (Un)sound health information: detect, understand, decide
16 Jan 2020 / Perchtoldsdorf Austria
Organiser: EUFEP

Travellers' Health
20 Jan 2020 - 24 Jan 2020 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

33rd International Papillomavirus Conference & Basic Science, Clinical and Public Health Workshops 
23 Mar 2020 - 27 Mar 2020 / Barcelona, Spain
Organiser: IPVC2020

Health Care and Management (HCM): From Research to Implementation
23 Mar 2020 - 26 Jun 2020 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

9. Interesting publications

Launch of ‘Public Mental Health: Evidence, practice and commissioning’

Malaria eradication within a generation: ambitious, achievable, and necessary

Healthcare is not universal if undocumented migrants are excluded

How Neoliberalism Is Shaping the Supply of Unhealthy Commodities and What This Means for NCD Prevention

Investing in leadership for universal health coverage

Long-term outcomes of childhood sexual abuse: an umbrella review

Achieving health equity: democracy matters

European Health Misconception Study 2019

Farmers' health and wellbeing needs to be at the centre of Brexit response - new report

Immediate impact of minimum unit pricing on alcohol purchases in Scotland: controlled interrupted time series analysis for 2015-18

EuroHealth issue dedicated to Digital Health Systems

Policy brief: Sustainable health financing with an ageing population

Health, digitalisation, inequality, and literacy: how they are linked and why it matters

Cancer patient or cancer survivor? Understanding illness identity

Looking back on 10 years of global road safety

Public Health Policies: State of play, current & future challenges

10. European Commission news

Vaccination: European Commission and World Health Organization join forces to promote the benefits of vaccines

The European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) co-hosted the world's first Global Vaccination Summit in Brussels. The aim is to accelerate global action to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, and advocate against the spread of vaccine misinformation worldwide. The summit took place 12 September in Brussels.

Candidates for the new European Commission

Before the commissioners-designate can take office, Parliament exercises its power of democratic scrutiny by holding public hearings to assess their suitability for the job.

The designated members of the von der Leyen Commission will be heard by the EP committees dealing with their respective portfolios on 30.09-03.10.2019, and 07-08.10.2019. ENVI will be the lead committee with respect to the hearing of Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President designate for the European Green Deal, who will be heard on Tuesday 8 October between 18.30 and 21.30.

ENVI will also be the lead committee with respect to the hearing of Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner-designate for Health, on Tuesday 1 October between 18:30 and 21:30. ENVI will also be jointly responsible for the hearing of Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner-designate for the Environment and Oceans together with the Fisheries Committee.

11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Achievements, challenges and major outputs 2018: Highlights from the Annual Report of the Director

This brochure briefly summarises the Centre’s accomplishments for the previous year. It covers all ECDC Disease Programmes, public health communication, training activities and outbreak preparedness.

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 39, 26 September 2019

Rapid communication
Increased detection of enterovirus A71 infections, Germany, 2019

Listeriosis outbreak likely due to contaminated liver pâté consumed in a tavern, Austria, December 2018

Shedding of OXA-181 carbapenemase-producing Escherichia coli from companion animals after hospitalisation in Switzerland: an outbreak in 2018

New HIV-1 circulating recombinant form 94: from phylogenetic detection of a large transmission cluster to prevention in the age of geosocial-networking apps in France, 2013 to 2017

In the national epidemiological bulletins – a selection from recent issues
ECDC’s latest publications

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 38, 19 September 2019

Rapid communication
Prevalence of new variants of Chlamydia trachomatis escaping detection by the Aptima Combo 2 assay, England, June to August 2019

Tracing local and regional clusters of carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae ST512 with whole genome sequencing, Finland, 2013 to 2018

An outbreak of skin rash traced to a portable floating tank in Norway, May 2017

Targeting TB or MRSA in Norwegian municipalities during ‘the refugee crisis’ of 2015: a framework for priority setting in screening

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 37, 12 September 2019

Rapid communication
Isolation of Candida auris from invasive and non-invasive samples of a patient suffering from vascular disease, Italy, July 2019

Population-level surveillance of antibiotic resistance in Escherichia coli through sewage analysis
Emergence of diversity in carbapenemase-producing Escherichia coli ST131, England, January 2014 to June 2016

Q fever in Bulgaria: Laboratory and epidemiological findings on human cases and outbreaks, 2011 to 2017

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 36, 05 September 2019

Rapid communication
Two cases of multidrug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae related to travel in south-eastern Asia, France, June 2019

Salmonellosis outbreak with novel Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica serotype (11:z41:e,n,z15) attributable to sesame products in five European countries, 2016 to 2017

Promoting vaccination in maternity wards ─ motivational interview technique reduces hesitancy and enhances intention to vaccinate, results from a multicentre non-controlled pre- and post-intervention RCT-nested study, Quebec, March 2014 to February 2015
The United Kingdom Field Epidemiology Training Programme: meeting programme objectives 

12. WHO news

In Europe, people continue to consume more alcohol than in any other place in the world

A recent WHO report shows that rates of harmful alcohol consumption in Europe have not dropped as expected, even though all countries have signed the European Action Plan to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol 2012–2020.

How integrating public and primary health care has improved health for all in Slovenia

People-centred, integrated primary health care has reduced health inequalities in Slovenia and improved the overall health of people. Its successful integration of public health services into primary health care is particularly impressive because few countries have managed to truly integrate such a variety of health promotion and diseases prevention services into primary health care to prevent and control noncommunicable diseases.

Suicide: one person dies every 40 seconds

The number of countries with national suicide prevention strategies has increased in the five years since the publication of WHO’s first global report on suicide, said the World Health Organization in the lead-up to World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September. But the total number of countries with strategies, at just 38, is still far too few and governments need to commit to establishing them.

Stronger focus on nutrition within health services could save 3.7 million lives by 2025

Health services must integrate a stronger focus on ensuring optimum nutrition at each stage of a person’s life, according to a new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is  estimated that the right investment in nutrition could save 3.7 million lives by 2025.

Countries must invest at least 1% more of GDP on primary health care to eliminate glaring coverage gaps

Countries must increase spending on primary healthcare by at least 1% of their gross domestic product (GDP) if the world is to close glaring coverage gaps and meet health targets agreed in 2015, says a new report from the World Health Organization and partners on the eve of a UN General Assembly high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage.
They must also intensify efforts to expand services countrywide.
The world will need to double health coverage between now and 2030, according to the Universal Health Coverage Monitoring Report. It warns that if current trends continue, up to 5 billion people will still be unable to access health care in 2030 – the deadline world leaders have set for achieving universal health coverage. Most of those people are poor and already disadvantaged.

World Patient Safety Day:WHO calls for urgent action to reduce patient harm in healthcare

Millions of patients are harmed each year due to unsafe health care worldwide resulting in 2.6 million deaths annually in low-and middle-income countries alone. Most of these deaths are avoidable. The personal, social and economic impact of patient harm leads to losses of trillions of US dollars worldwide. The World Health Organization is focusing global attention on the issue of patient safety and launching a campaign in solidarity with patients on the very first World Patient Safety Day on 17 September.
“No one should be harmed while receiving health care. And yet globally, at least 5 patients die every minute because of unsafe care,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom

World Patient Safety Day 17Sept2019

United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

On 23 September 2019, a high-level meeting on universal health coverage (UHC) will be held at the United Nations General Assembly. The meeting, Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World, will bring together heads of state, political and health leaders, policy-makers and UHC champions to advocate for health for all.
UHC means all people have access to the health care they need, when and where they need it, without facing financial hardship. With a strong foundation of primary health care, UHC is one of WHO’s key priorities. WHO is working with Member States, partners and other key actors to help countries strengthen health systems for UHC around the world.

Progress on health equity is stalling across Europe; new WHO report reveals gaps can be reduced within the lifetime of a single government

WHO’s first-ever Health Equity Status Report reveals that health inequities in many of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region remain either the same or have worsened despite governments’ attempts to address them. The Report newly identifies 5 key risk factors that are holding many children, young people, women and men back from achieving good health and leading safe and decent lives.

RC69 opens on 16 September with review of progress in public health

On 16–19 September 2019, health ministers and high-level representatives of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region, along with partner organizations and civil society, gathered for the 69th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (RC69).

Croatia increases health literacy to reduce salt intake

As part of the comprehensive national health promotion project Healthy Living, Croatia has implemented measures to help people choose healthy food options and to encourage food producers to reduce the amount of salt added to foods.
In 2015, salt intake in Croatia was estimated to be around 11.6 grams per person per day – over double the WHO-recommended levels. Salt intake is a key contributor to cardiovascular diseases, which cause around 45% of deaths in Croatia.
In response, the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Ministry of Health developed the Strategic Plan for Reduction of Salt Intake. It aims to reduce daily salt intake by 4% each year, from 11.6 grams in 2015 to 9.3 grams in 2019.

Public Health Panorama, Volume 5, Issue 2-3, September 2019

This issue of Public Health Panorama is introduced by Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director, A road to equity: health literacy from a public health perspective. Furthermore interviews with:

And several short communications, reports, and research papers.

10 actions: Everyone should be able to benefit from the power of vaccination

Lessons from the Global Summit on Vaccination and actions needed towards vaccination for all and elimination of vaccine preventable diseases - presented by the WHO and European Commission.

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