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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - October 2019

Newsletter - October 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

October has been a busy month. Not only because of the preparations for Marseille 2019, but also because of the large number of health events that were organised throughout Europe. As you can see, EUPHA representatives have been busy participating in several of these events.

If you wish to remain informed on the European Public Health Conference in Marseille next month, follow us on twitter @EUPHActs and @EPHconference and use our tags #eph2019 and #EUPHAateph2019 to find out more. 

We hope to see many of you next month in Marseille. 

Wishing you pleasant reading, 

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

2. EUPHA update

Walter Ricciardi appointed as chair of Horizon Europe cancer mission board

We are very pleased that Prof Walter Ricciardi, past president of EUPHA and president-elect of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, has been appointed as chair of Horizon Europe mission board for cancer.
Horizon Europe

Public health ethics survey

Public health ethics is a core public health competency and there is growing recognition of its importance in decision making, policy and practice. 
EUPHA, in collaboration with other colleagues, is carrying out a brief survey to better understand current activities, views and perspectives on the issue. This understanding will assist in considering options for further development of education and training in public health ethics. The EUPHA Ethics in Public Health section is continuously working on the issue of public health ethics competence and training.
We should be grateful if you could assist in completing the following online questionnaire through the link below. This will take no more than ten minutes to complete and your kind assistance will be much appreciated. This survey is complementary to a survey we recently disseminated via ASPHER. The ASPHER one surveys institutional educational offers, this one is focusing on individual experts. We will get a good overview, thus, to potentially present at the EPH conference in Rome 2020.
The survey can be accessed via your computer, tablet or mobile phone at: 

Contact person is Dr Frances Butcher,

Successful Public Mental Health Summer School in Vilnius

The Public Mental Health Summer School, co-organised by EUPHA, took place 7-11 October 2019 in Vilnius, Lithuania. No health without mental health. Even though the burden of mental ill – health is well known, there are still few learning opportunities in the Public Mental Health field. Accordingly, there is an urgent need to increase knowledge and research capacities in the field of Public Mental Health.
Therefore, for the fourth time a Public Mental Health summer school was organized by the president (Prof. Dr. Jutta Lindert, University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer, Germany) and the vice-president (Dr. Marija Jakubauskiene, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania) of the EUPHA Public mental health section in cooperation with the respective universities and with EUPHA. This year`s Public Mental Health summer school was hosted by Vilnius University. The summer school explored the short and long term effects of violence (including suicide) on mental health and the burden of psychopathologies in Europe, supported by mental health research ethics and scientific writing. Public Mental Health Summer school  was attended by participants  from many countries, including Croatia, Germany, Lithuania, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK.

We will continue the tradition of the Public Mental Health summer school in 2020 in in Porto, Portugal. The host of this summer school in 2020 will be Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto (ISPUP), Porto, Portugal.

EUPHA supported the Law enforcement and public health conference

The fifth Law enforcement and public health conference took place 21-23 October in Edingburgh. EUPHA was a supporting organisation of this event and contributed by co-financing the keynote lecture by Prof John Middleton, president of ASPHER. 

Interesting two-day conference on Chronic Diseases and Integrated Care in Kosice, Slovakia

EUPHA co-organised the International conference on Chronic Disease, held 24-25 October 2019, Kosice, Slovakia. The conference theme was Chronic Diseases and Integrated Care: Rethinking Health and Welfare Systems. The conference was organised by the PJ Safarik University, Dr Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president-elect, and Dr Zuzana Katreniakova, president of SAVEZ. 
Dr Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA Executive Director, shared a very powerful message and her personal view on rethinking health and welfare systems from a patient perspective. 
Iveta Nagyova and Zuzana Katreniaková at the International conference on Chronic Disease, October 2019 in Kosice, Slovakia.

European Health Forum Gastein looks at the potential impact of disruption on health

At the beginning of this month the 'disruptive' edition of the European Health Forum Gastein took place. The theme of the forum was disruption, and its potential impact on health. EUPHA participated in both the forum programme, as well as the hackthon that took place at the same time.

Martin McKee, EUPHA past president, moderated an afternoon session asking the audience ‘true or false?’ of public health issues in the era of fake  news. Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, EUPHA president, was speaker at the health inequalities session and noted that there remains more to be done. She called for more awareness about the link between poor environments and health inequalities, as well as the drivers of inequalities. Maaike Droogers, EUPHA scientific officer, participated in a closed meeting with Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis, to discuss the role of NGOs in European policy making.

SItI's 52nd conference

The 52nd National Congress of the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI) took place from 16 to 19 October. The conference was on the scientific evidence for Public Health: from emergencies to health promotion. Stefania Boccia, president of the EUPHA Public health epidemiology section, presented the PRECeDI project, where EUPHA is a partner.

Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat at a To-Reach workshop in Bern, Switzerland

On 25 October, Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, spoke at the To-Reach workshop organised in Bern, Switzerland. EUPHA is one of the disseminating partners of this project. 

3. European Public Health Conference

European Public Health Conference, 20-23 November 2019 in Marseille, France

Lunch symposiums

Thursday 21 November, 12:30 – 13:30, Endoume 1
How can we join forces to engage in multi-stakeholder actions to reach optimal influenza Vaccination Coverage Rates in Europe?
Martin McKee, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, will present the recent Report on Organisation and Delivery of Vaccination Services, prepared for the European Commission. Panellists: George Kassianos, GP and National Immunisation Lead RCGP, United Kingdom; Litjen Tan, Immunization Action Coalition, United States ; Anne-Sophie Joly, Présidente Projet vaccination grippe, France; Florence Baron Papillon, Sanofi Pasteur. Moderator: Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, EUPHA President

Friday 22 November, 12:30 – 13:30, Endoume 1
Working together - The EU 3rd Health Programme as the enabler towards success
This round table looks into how countries work together to respond to different challenges of EU public health. The EU 3rd Health Programme proves to be an enabler towards success ensuring dialogue, transfer of knowledge and best practices.
Speakers/Panellists: Donata Meroni, Chafea EU Health Programme; Tit Albreht, Joint Actions on Cancer; Christos Hadjichristodoulou, EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS Joint Action; Andrea Pavlickova, Scirocco Exchange Integrated care and health systems reforms; Anne Sophie Lapointe - European Reference Networks. Moderator: Dineke Zeegers Paget, Executive Director, EUPHA


Wednesday 20 November
EU cooperation to strengthen preparedness and management of cross-border health threats.Speakers from DG SANTE, DG ECHO, DG HOME, ECDC, WHO EURO, JA SHARP, Health Gateways, and others. Organised by: Chafea, EUPHA and DG SANTE.


Over 2,100 people have already registered for the biggest annual  public health event in Europe. Lunch symposiums are free of charge, registration is not required. Pre-conferences can be added to your registration after you have registered. You can do so by logging into your account and updating your registration.


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Next year EUPHA and EPH Conference will be joining with colleagues from across the globe in a unique partnership organizing the 16th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) in Rome, Italy. The 13th EPH Conference will be an integral part of the World Congress on Public Health. WCPH 2020 is organized by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in collaboration with the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI), the European Public Health Association (EUPHA).
Abstract submission is organized by EUPHA and is open from 1 December 2019 to 1 March 2020. See our website for more information.

4. EUPHA members update

Prof. Nicola Nante awarded with the 'Gold medal for the promotion of health 2019'

On October 7, 2019, at the Salone degli Affreschi of the University of Bari, during the Opening Ceremony of the VII National Meeting of the Italian Society for Health Promotion (SIPS), Prof. Nicola NANTE was awarded with the "GOLD MEDAL FOR THE PROMOTION OF HEALTH 2019". The following statement was said "distinguished for having contributed with his commitment to the growth of health promotion with activities of study and scientific research".
The award rewards not only Prof. Nante but his entire research group which he coordinates at the University of Siena (EUPHA institutional member) - Department of Molecular Medicine and Development.

Interview with Yves Charpak on building bridges for solidarity and public health

The special news flash of the French society for public health (Société Française de Santé Publique) includes an interview with Yves Charpak, chair of the European Public Health Conference 2019. Yves reflects on the conference theme and talks about building bridges for solidarity and public health. 
Read the email Flash Spécial (in French), here.

Communication and health at APPSP's meeting in Lisbon

The 25th meeting of the Portuguese Association for Public Health Promotion (APPSP) took place 29 October in Lisbon, Portugal. The theme was ‘communication and health’. The programme (in Portuguese) is available here. Débora Miranda shared her experience with the European Public Health Week 2019.  

COTEC: change of presidency

On 26 October, Stephanie Saenger stepped down as president of the Council of Occupational Therapists for the European Countries. Through her networking, COTEC and EUPHA started working together and exchanging information. We thank Stephanie for the warm collaboration over the past three years and look forward to continuing our partnership for health with COTEC. The new contact email address is:

5. European Journal of Public Health

Advance Articles

The impact of life course exposures to neighbourhood deprivation on health and well-being: a review of the long-term neighbourhood effects literature
Stephen Jivraj, Emily T Murray, Paul Norman, Owen Nicholas

Prevalence of gambling behaviours and their associations with socioemotional harm among 11–16 year olds in Wales: findings from the School Health Research Network survey
G J Melendez-Torres, Rebecca E Anthony, Gillian Hewitt, Simon Murphy, Graham F Moore

Favourable changes in physical working conditions and the risk of all-cause sickness absence: a pseudo-experiment
Rahman Shiri, Aapo Hiilamo, Olli Pietiläinen, Minna Mänty, Ossi Rahkonen, Tea Lallukka

Health literacy and hypertension outcomes in a multi-ethnic population: the HELIUS study
R Miranda, K A C Meeks, M B Snijder, B J van den Born, M P Fransen, R J Peters, K Stronks, C Agyemang

Vitamin D deficiency in a population of migrant children: an Italian retrospective cross-sectional multicentric study
Manuela Ceccarelli, Elena Chiappini, Rosangela Arancio, Mauro Zaffaroni, Simona La Placa, Marianna D’Andrea, Chiara de Waure, Rosalia Maria Da Riol, Piero Valentini, National Working Group for the Migrant Children of the Italian Society of Pediatrics (NWGMC-ISP)

Late start of upper secondary education and health-compromising behaviours among Finnish adolescents—a follow-up study
Henrik Dobewall, Leena Koivusilta, Sakari Karvonen, Pirjo Lindfors, Jaana M Kinnunen, Mari-Pauliina Vainikainen, Arja Rimpelä

Utility of emergency call centre, dispatch and ambulance data for syndromic surveillance of infectious diseases: a scoping review
Janneke W Duijster, Simone DA Doreleijers, Eva Pilot, Wim van der Hoek, Geert Jan Kommer, Marianne AB van der Sande, Thomas Krafft, Liselotte CHI van Asten

Individual preferences for voluntary vs. mandatory vaccination policies: an experimental analysis
Nicolas W Meier, Robert Böhm, Lars Korn, Cornelia Betsch

Social inequalities in health: duration of unemployment unevenly effects on the health of men and women
Paula Acevedo, Ana I Mora-Urda, Pilar Montero

How does socioeconomic status affect the incidence of hospital-treated poisonings? A retrospective study
Lauri O Koskela, Lasse V Raatiniemi, Janne H Liisanantti

Prevalence and adverse obstetric outcomes of female genital mutilation among women in rural Northern Ghana
Engelbert A Nonterah, Edmund W Kanmiki, Isaiah A Agorinya, Evelyn Sakeah, Mariatu Tamimu, Juliana Kagura, Michael B Kaburise, Emmanuel Y Ayamba, Esmond W Nonterah, Denis A Awuni, Majeedallahi Al-Hassan, Winfred Ofosu, John K Awoonor-Williams, Abraham R Oduro

Healthcare access for asylum seekers and refugees in England: a mixed methods study exploring service users’ and health care professionals’ awareness
Louise J Tomkow, Cara Pippa Kang, Rebecca L Farrington, Ruth E Wiggans, Rebecca J Wilson, Piyush Pushkar, Maya C Tickell-Painter, Alice R Lee, Emily R Whitehouse, Nadia G Mahmood, Katie M Lawton, Ellen C Lee

European Union initiatives in child immunization—the need for child centricity, e-health and holistic delivery
Michael J Rigby, Catherine E Chronaki, Shalmali S Deshpande, Peter Altorjai, Maria Brenner, Mitch E Blair

The Dutch Public Health Foresight Study 2018: an example of a comprehensive foresight exercise
Marieke Verschuuren, Henk B M Hilderink, Robert A A Vonk

How can we monitor the impact of national health information systems? Results from a scoping review
Marie Delnord, F Tille, L A Abboud, D Ivankovic, H Van Oyen

Impact of physical activity, protein intake and social network and their combination on the development of frailty
Sandra Haider, Igor Grabovac, Deborah Drgac, Christine Mogg, Moritz Oberndorfer, Thomas Ernst Dorner

6. Call for proposals, job opportunities

PLOS ONE call for papers Health Inequities and Disparities Research

PLOS ONE has launched a Call for Papers on Health Inequities and Disparities, which is now inviting submissions, and which will showcase research articles on the topic of Health Disparities in a Special Collection.

Full Professor of Health Systems - University of Groningen (UG)

Call for expression of interest for expert panels on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices

The European Commission published a call for expression of interests to appoint experts to scientific panels. The selected experts will need to provide consistent scientific, technical and/or clinical advice concerning the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on medical devices.
Deadline: 10/11/2019

Call for good practices of intersectoral collaboration to end HIV, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis

WHO/Europe is calling for partners across the whole of society to showcase their work in responding to HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and viral hepatitis from outside the traditional health sector.

WHO tobacco control call for papers

Public Health Panorama is calling for the submission of papers for a themed issue on making tobacco a thing of the past and taking strong action. This special issue will focus on accelerating implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and its contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development within the WHO European Region. It aims to celebrate the gains and successes of countries in the Region in advancing the long-term vision of a WHO European Region free of tobacco-related morbidity, mortality and addiction, and will examine the remaining challenges in tobacco control and how these could be overcome.
Deadline for submission: 31 December 2019

Contribute to public consultation on European Partnership for Health Innovation

Five health industry associations are currently in discussions towards the creation of a Public-Private Partnership under Horizon Europe, the next EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation. As part of the creation of the partnership, all relevant stakeholders and the public are invited to contribute to the development of the Strategic Research Agenda.

Join the internationally recognised Tobacco Control Research Group

We’re recruiting for new roles to support our work with international partners to expose the tactics of the tobacco industry.

7. Interesting news

Abortion: Northern Ireland law breaches European human rights, rules Belfast court

BMJ 2019;367:l5880 - by Clare Dyer

"Northern Ireland’s abortion law, in denying terminations to women whose babies have fatal fetal abnormalities, is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights, a judge in Belfast’s High Court has ruled."

Read here

What can you do about flu?

The only thing certain about the influenza season is that it will arrive. Factors such as when it starts, or how severe it will be, change as often as influenza viruses themselves.
As countries prepare their health systems, including hospitals and clinics, for the annual epidemic, we can all take steps to be ready and help stop the spread of infection. As we kick off our preparedness for seasonal influenza with the annual Flu Awareness Campaign, here are 3 steps to consider.

1. Get vaccinated
Anyone can benefit from influenza vaccination, but it is particularly important if you are in a high-risk group. WHO recommends that older people, pregnant women, children under 5 years old, and people with an underlying health condition such as asthma or diabetes get vaccinated. If a loved one falls into one of these categories, encourage them to get the vaccine.

2. Use good manners when you cough and sneeze
Coughs and sneezes spread the germs that cause influenza. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze using your arm or a tissue. Make sure you throw any tissues away before washing your hands with soap and water.

3. Keep your hands clean
Washing your hands regularly throughout the day can help protect you from influenza and other germs.

1 in 8 deaths due to coronary heart disease, says Eurostat

Over 609,000 deaths in the EU in 2016 were due to coronary diseases, including from heart attacks. The large majority - 90% - of these deaths occurred in people over the age of 65, and men were nearly twice as likely to die from coronary heart disease than women.

8. Upcoming courses and conferences

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
Organiser: Finnish institute for health and welfare

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

Official side event of Finland’s EU Presidency: Supporting Refugees’ Mental Health
11 Dec 2019 - 12 Dec 2019 / Helsinki, Finland
Organiser: The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)

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

The 10th International Conference on Children's Health and the Environment
22 Apr 2020 - 24 Apr 2020 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: INCHES

9. Interesting publications

Achieving health equity in the European region

The Lancet Public Health | Editorial | Volume 4, ISSUE 10, Pe482, October 01, 2019
On Sept 10, 2019, WHO published a report, Healthy, prosperous lives for all: the European Health Equity Status Report, which reviews progress and gaps in achieving health equity in the WHO European region and provides critical evidence to inform governments in designing their policies and foster action. Health equity implies that everyone should have a fair opportunity to attain their full health potential and that no one should be disadvantaged from achieving this potential—this report, unfortunately, reveals that progress towards health equity in many of the 53 countries of the WHO European region is stalling. Despite overall improvements in health and wellbeing in the European region over the past 15 years, these successes have not been distributed equally and strong inequities within countries persist.
Read more

Smoking reduction interventions for smoking cessation

Cochrane Systematic Review - Intervention
The full article is available here, followed by a plain language summary.

Eating habits and weight status in Finnish adolescents

Public Health Nutrition | Volume 22, Issue 14 | October 2019 , pp. 2617-2624
Read the article

Offline: The necessity of the engaged scientist

The Lancet |Comment| Volume 394, ISSUE 10207, P1398, October 19, 2019
by Richard Horton
"What should we expect of scientists in society? To do great science for sure. But to demand more is surely unreasonable. When medical journals publish research on war, the climate crisis, migration, Brexit, President Trump, and even notions of social justice, for some readers we clearly violate a principle that they hold dear—that science and politics do not mix, and certainly should not be mixed in the pages of a medical journal. I remember one ardent (and knighted) advocate of evidence-based medicine saying that journals should focus only on publishing the best available science. The social and political consequences of that science, he argued, should be left for others to decide. Although I disagree with him, I certainly acknowledge that these are controversial matters that invite difficult questions about the role of scientists in society. Where might one look for answers to these dilemmas? The question is important as we confront planetary threats of unprecedented magnitude."
Read more

Russia's alcohol policy: a continuing success story

The Lancet | Editorial | Volume 394, ISSUE 10205, P1205, October 05, 2019
Russia—historically considered one of the heaviest-drinking countries in the world—now stands as an example of how a long-term strategy using stringent policy reforms targeting both alcohol production and individual consumption can reverse the devastating effects of alcohol on a nation.
Read more

No more butts -Reducing plastic pollution means banning the sale of filtered cigarettes

The British Medical Journal | Editorial | 23 october 2019
Authors: May C I van Schalkwyk, research fellow, Thomas E Novotny, professor emeritus, public health, Martin McKee, professor of European public health

Growing awareness of the harm done to ecosystems through disposal of vast quantities of plastic has created public outrage and compelled governments to act. The European Union, for example, will ban many single-use plastic products, such as cutlery, plates, and straws, from 2021. However, these measures do not extend to one of the leading sources of plastic waste worldwide that is hiding in plain sight: the cigarette butt.
Read the article

National health care in Portugal: a new opportunity

The Lancet | Editorial | Volume 394, ISSUE 10206, P1298, October 12, 2019
On Sept 15, Portugal celebrated the 40th anniversary of its national health system. Since its creation, there has been impressive progress in Portugal's health indicators. Infant mortality per 1000 livebirths decreased from 3·3 in 2006 to 2·9 in 2017, and life expectancy of men and women increased by more than 4 years over the same period to 81·3 years (longer than the EU average). However, the tide is changing and after the economic crisis, cuts in public expenditure have introduced new challenges. According to WHO, Portugal is one of only four countries (of 33 analysed) that reduced public health expenditure between 2000 and 2017.
Read more

How executives' expectations and experiences shape population health management strategies

The BMC | Research article | Open Access | Open Peer Review | 26 October 2019
Authors: Betty M. Steenkamer, Hanneke W. Drewes, Natascha van Vooren, Caroline A. Baan, Hans van Oers & Kim Putters
Read the article


Building operational public health capacity through collaborative networks of National Public Health Institutes

The BMJ Global Health | Analysis | 23 october 2019
Authors: Robert Verrecchia, Osman Dar, Olaa Mohamed-Ahmed, Neil Squires
The strengthening of public health systems internationally is integral to the improvement and protection of global population health. Essential public health functions and services are provided for by a range of organisations working together, often co-ordinated and strategically led by national Ministries of Health. Increasingly, however, National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) are being developed to better integrate and support the delivery of these services. In this paper, we outline the role of NPHIs, analyse their advantages and shortcomings, and explore their potential to deliver enhanced public health through collaborative networking as well as partnership with WHO.
Read the article

Financing Health Promoting Services - an information guide

This document is the first stage of an online information tool on financing health promoting services. The guide originated from an initiative by the Coalition of Partners of the WHO European Region. EuroHealthNet is grateful for the opportunity to lead the effort to develop this guide on behalf of the CoP.
This document will serve as a basis for the online tool highlighting how to overcome existing gaps in investment in health promoting services by providing concrete, ‘out-of-the-box’ examples of how investment can be mobilised. The online tool is expected to be available before the end of 2019.

Social sustainability and economic progress: it's time for a new narrative

Read EuroHealthNet's Semester analysis
View the infographic on health inequalities

10. European Commission news

Hearing of Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner-designate for Health

On 1 October, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee of the European Parliament questioned Stella Kyriakides, candidate for the Health portfolio.
You can watch the video recording of the full hearing here.

The EU Health Policy Platform Holds its Annual Meeting

On Thursday 17 October, the EU Health Policy Platform held its fourth annual meeting in Brussels. The meeting kicked off with the 2019 EU Health Award ceremony where the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis announced this year’s winners.

Digital solutions can make health care easier and more equitable

Andrzej Rys, the European Commission’s Director responsible for health systems, medical products and innovation at the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, talks about the benefits and opportunities of digitalisation, as well as its challenges.

Sign up for European Testing Week taking place 22 - 29 November 2019

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control invites more organisations to sign up for this annual event that gives organisations across Europe the chance to increase testing efforts and raise awareness about the benefits of earlier testing for hepatitis and HIV.

11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 43, 24 October 2019

Rapid communication
New tick-borne encephalitis virus hot spot in Northern Zealand, Denmark, October 2019 

A systematic review of source attribution of human campylobacteriosis using multilocus sequence typing

Substantial prevalence of enteroparasites spp., and sp. in asymptomatic schoolchildren in Madrid, Spain, November 2017 to June 2018 

Job vacancies at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 40, 03 October 2019

Current practices for respiratory syncytial virus surveillance across the EU/EEA Member States, 2017
Antenatal HIV screening: results from the National Perinatal Survey, France, 2016
Risk factors for developing acute gastrointestinal, skin or respiratory infections following obstacle and mud run participation, the Netherlands, 2017

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 41, 10 October 2019

Rapid communication
Estimating the ‘PrEP Gap’: how implementation and access to PrEP differ between countries in Europe and Central Asia in 2019

Prescription of antimicrobials in primary health care as a marker to identify people living with undiagnosed HIV infection, Denmark, 1998 to 2016 Monitoring liver transplant rates in persons diagnosed with hepatitis C: a data linkage study, England 2008 to 2017 Prevalence, risk factors and genetic characterisation of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase and carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-E and CPE): a community-based cross-sectional study, the Netherlands, 2014 to 2016

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 42, 17 October 2019

Rapid communication
The ‘Finnish new variant of ’ escaping detection in the Aptima Combo 2 assay is widespread across Norway, June to August 2019
Large outbreak of tularaemia, central Sweden, July to September 2019 Spatial variability in the reproduction number of Ebola virus disease, Democratic Republic of the Congo, January–September 2019

International travel as source of a hospital outbreak with an unusual meticillin-resistant clonal complex 398, Denmark, 2016

Burden of varicella complications in secondary care, England, 2004 to 2017

12. WHO news

World Mental Health Day: suicide prevention in Ukraine

Each year, up to 7000 people in Ukraine die by suicide. The data shows dramatic gender differences in deaths caused by self-harm – almost 80% of suicides in the country are by men. In many cases, doctors and health professionals at the primary health care level overlook tell-tale signs in their patients. To support general health practitioners who are not mental health specialists, WHO has been conducting a series of trainings in the country, focusing on the use of the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Intervention Guide.

Health Equity Status Report

This report identifies five essential conditions needed to create and sustain a healthy life for all: good quality and accessible health services; income security and social protection; decent living conditions; social and human capital and decent work and employment conditions. Policy actions are needed to address all five conditions. The Health Equity Status Report also considers the drivers of health equity, namely the factors fundamental to creating more equitable societies: policy coherence, accountability, social participation and empowerment. The report provides evidence of the indicators driving health inequities in each of the 53 Member States of the Region as well as the solutions to reducing these inequities.

Parliaments urged to help deliver universal health coverage by 2030

Parliaments are being called upon to take all legal and policy measures to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030, following a resolution adopted by the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Belgrade, Serbia.

WHO launches Collaborating Centre on Cardiovascular Diseases, eHealth and Value-based Care in St Petersburg

The Institute of Heart and Vessels of the Almazov National Medical Research Centre, based in St Petersburg, Russian Federation, has now joined the international community of more than 800 WHO collaborating centres.

World Polio Day marks a major milestone towards polio eradication

On 24 October is was World Polio day. On this day the independent Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (GCC) has declared wild poliovirus type 3 to be globally eradicated. This is a major milestone in the global effort to rid the world of all poliovirus strains and ensure that no child will ever again be paralysed by any poliovirus anywhere.

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