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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - February 2020

Newsletter - February 2020

  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 the February issue of our newsletter. In this newsletter you will find updates on the current COVID-19 outbreak, as well as updates from our members, the World Congress on Public Health, the European Journal of Public Health, European Commission, ECDC, and WHO.

Wishing you pleasant reading,

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

2. EUPHA update

Statement on COVID-19

As the umbrella organisation for public health associations in the European region, EUPHA stands with its members and colleagues in each country who are working tirelessly to detect and manage cases, identify contacts and prepare health services for worst-case scenarios.
EUPHA recommends its members to regularly look for updates through the listed sources.
Read the full statement here.

eHealth Stakeholder Group

EUPHA is nominated as member of the European Commission eHealth Stakeholder Group. The primary purpose of the Group is to provide advice and expertise, contributing to policy development and the implementation of the Communication on enabling the digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market. 

The president of the EUPHA Digital health section will represent EUPHA in this group. 

Prevention at the heart of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan - joint statement

Prevention is the foundation of public health policy and central to protecting and improving people’s health and well-being. Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan is a key opportunity to put prevention where it belongs – at the heart of the European Union’s (EU) health agenda. Over 30 organisations signed this joint statement


Get involved in the 2nd European Public Health Week! 11-15 May 2020

Join other countries in organising an event or activity during the EUPHW, online or in your local community. This year’s themes are:

  • Monday – Promoting health through the Global Goals
  • Tuesday – Primary care in the digital age
  • Wednesday – Staying together for mental health
  • Thursday – Equal health for all
  • Friday – Grow old, grow healthy

The first edition (2019) was a huge success with 145 events registered in 35 countries. Let’s raise the bar to celebrate healthy populations!

To sign up for EUPHW updates and ask any questions, please contact Débora Miranda at

More information and resources: and #EUPHW on social media

3. European Public Health Conference

12th European Public Health Conference, 20 – 23 November 2019, Marseille, France

Free access to the EJPH for the participants of Marseille 2019

The 3-months free subscription to the European Journal of Public Health (EJPH) for delegates of the 12th European Public Health Conference in Marseille, has now ended. if you would wish to further subscribe to the EJPH then please visit:
If you would like to submit an article to the European Journal of Public Health you can find all the details on the Oxford University Press website under the submit tab:

16th World Congress on Public Health, 12 – 17 October 2020, Rome, Italy 
Public health for the future of humanity: analysis, advocacy, and action

In October 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), and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA). 

Abstract submission deadline extended

Acknowledging and supporting public health professionals’ efforts in preventing the spread of the coronavirus and in promoting health and wellbeing, the deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to 8 March 2020, 18:00 p.m. CET. This applies to all types of abstracts: single presentation, workshops and pre-conferences.

Early bird registration

You can benefit from early bird fees until 6 May 2020 with reductions for EUPHA members, delegates from emerging countries and students. Don’t miss the largest global public health event in 2020 and register early to benefit from the reduced rates. Members’ fees EUR 620, delegates from emerging countries EUR 450, students EUR 390 (all fees inclusive of VAT). Registration here

We received reports that a World Congress on Public Health is being advertised, to be held 20 - 21 May 2020 in Berlin, Germany, reportedly organised by Conference Era and a conference on Public Health, Epidemiology, and infectious Diseases in October 2020 in Rome by The Experts Meet. We would like to point out that we, as organizers of the 16th World Congress on Public Health, are in no way involved in these events.

4. EUPHA members update

UK Faculty of Public Health launches new five-year strategy

The new five-year strategy outlines the Faculty's mission of working with members to promote and protect human health and its wider determinants for everyone in society, leaving no one behind. This high level strategy is supported by delivery plans for each of FPH’s areas of work.

5. European Journal of Public Health

Volume 30, Issue 1, February 2020

The old Iron Curtain split our continent in half: the new ones could tear apart our nations
Rok Hrzic, Helmut Brand
European burden of disease network: strengthening the collaboration
Brecht Devleesschauwer

Does public report card matter? A 10-year interrupted time series analysis on total knee replacementTsung-Tai Chen, Ya-Seng (Arthur) Hsueh, Chen-Kun Liaw, Ling-Na Shih, Li-Ying Huang

A survey of knowledge, attitudes and awareness of the human papillomavirus among healthcare professionals across the UK
Susan M Sherman, Claire R Cohen, Hayley J Denison, Collette Bromhead, Hersha Patel

Healthcare use in patients with multimorbidity
Guilherme Quinaz Romana, Irina Kislaya, Susana Cunha Gonçalves, Mário Rui Salvador, Baltazar Nunes, Carlos Matias Dias

Cost-effectiveness of public health interventions against human influenza pandemics in France: a methodological contribution from the FLURESP European Commission project
Ariel Beresniak, Caterina Rizzo, John Oxford, Paweł Goryński, Adriana Pistol, Massimo Fabiani, Christian Napoli, Marta Barral, Laurent Niddam, Ahmed Bounekkar, Stephane Bonnevay, Christos Lionis, Charmaine Gauci, Dominique Bremond
Associations between health literacy and patient outcomes in adolescents and young adults with cystic fibrosis
Abaigeal D Jackson, Laura Kirwan, Sarah Gibney, Paulina Jeleniewska, Godfrey Fletcher, Gerardine Doyle

Placing sexually transmitted infection surveillance data in perspective by using national probability sample surveys
Janneke C M Heijne, Fleur van Aar, Suzanne Meijer, Hanneke de Graaf, Birgit H B van Benthem

Surveillance of malaria in mainland Portugal in 2016 after the introduction of an electronic system: is it enough?
Rita Miranda Ferrão, Inês Fronteira, Rita Sá Machado, Eduardo Duarte

Association between marital status and insomnia-related symptoms: findings from a population-based survey in Japan
Yumi Kawata, Mitsuya Maeda, Tomoyo Sato, Koutatsu Maruyama, Hiroo Wada, Ai Ikeda, Takeshi Tanigawa

Sedentary behaviour associations with health outcomes in people with severe mental illness: a systematic review
Judit Bort-Roig, Laia Briones-Buixassa, Mireia Felez-Nobrega, Anna Guàrdia-Sancho, Mercè Sitjà-Rabert, Anna Puig-Ribera

6. Call for proposals, job opportunities

Scientific Officer Communicable Disease at ECDC

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is currently looking to recruit a Scientific Officer for its sexually transmitted infections, blood-borne viruses and tuberculosis programme.

7. Interesting news

Survey that evaluates the public health professionals' knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing (DTC-GT)

DTC-GTs are defined as genetic tests that are both marketed and sold directly to the public, including over the counter, without the supervision of a healthcare professional. 
This anonymous survey, with an estimated duration of ten minutes, includes a first section on personal information and professional activity. In the next sections, you are asked about your knowledge, opinion and behaviour regarding DTC-GTs.
The survey takes part in The Innovative Partnership for Action Against Cancer (iPAAC) Joint Action, Grant Agreement No. 801520 - HP-JA-2017, an initiative that is co-funded under the Third Health Programme 2014–2020 of the EU commission. The overall aim of iPAAC is to develop innovative approaches to advance in cancer control, while the key focus is placed on the implementation process among the local, regional and national policymakers. 

The “Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy, is supporting Istituto Superiore di Sanità (the Italian National Institute of Health) in the task on DTC-GTs. Since the implementation of precision genomics may have profound impact on individuals’ health behaviours as well as preventive healthcare practices, it remains crucial to gather the perspectives of public health professionals about DTC-GT.

The survey is available here:

Major transformations needed to achieve the SustainableDevelopment Goals in the EU by 2030, shows new report by SDSN and IEEP

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) have published the 2019 Europe sustainable development report, the first independent quantitative report on the progress of the European Union and its member states towards the SDGs. The report notes that European countries lead globally on the SDGs, though none are on track to achieve the Goals by 2030. An annex to the report provides profiles of the EU and each member state, as well as indicator profiles.

8. Upcoming courses and conferences

Patient Safety Policy Summit
3 Mar 2020 - 4 Mar 2020 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA)

Building social value into economic evaluation and prioritisation in public health
17 Mar 2020 - 18 Mar 2020 / Chester, United Kingdom
Organiser: Bangor University

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

Better future of healthy ageing
6 Apr 2020 - 7 Apr 2020 / Zagreb, Croatia
Organiser: University of Zagreb school of medicine/Ministry of Science and Education

International Conference on Salutogenesis, Advancing Salutogenesis towards thriving societies
14 Apr 2020 - 15 Apr 2020 / Zurich, Switzerland
Organiser: University of Zurich and others

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

International symposium on vaccination
4 May 2020 - 5 May 2020 / Vatican City, Italy
Organiser: World Medical Association (WMA), the German Medical Association (GMA), the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL) and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS)

15th International Congress of Auxology - Child growth and health
27 May 2020 - 31 May 2020 / Šibenik, Croatia
Organiser: International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology (ISGA)

How to make a future health workforce happen? Policy, practice and people.
18 Jun 2020 - 19 Jun 2020 / Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Organiser: EUPHA Health workforce research section

Summer course: Exploring the Linkages Between Mental Well-Being & Physical Health Outcomes
13 Jul 2020 - 17 Jul 2020 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health at University College London (UCL)

29th ETC-PHHP summerschool titled “People centered health promotion: empowerment, competencies and evaluation”
19 Jul 2020 - 31 Jul 2020 / Lodz, Poland
Organiser: European Training Consortium in Public Health and Health Promotion (ETC-PHHP)

5th European Summer School in Evidence-Based Public Health
20 Jul 2020 - 24 Jul 2020 / Munich, Germany
Organiser: LMU Munich and University of Liverpool

16th Annual meeting and 11th conference of HEPA Europe (WHO/Europe network for the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity)
2 Sep 2020 - 4 Sep 2020 / Nice, France
Organiser: HEPA Europe

10th Europaediatrics 2020
3 Sep 2020 - 5 Sep 2020 / Zagreb, Croatia
Organiser: EPA / UNEPSA with European Confederation of Primary Care Paediatricians

9. Interesting publications

Lancet Migration: global collaboration to advance migration health

Miriam Orcutt, Paul Spiegel, Bernadette Kumar, Ibrahim Abubakar, Jocalyn Clark, Richard Horton, on behalf of Lancet Migration

Characteristics of successful programmes targeting gender inequality and restrictive gender norms for the health and wellbeing of children, adolescents, and young adults: a systematic review

The Lancet Global Health | Volume 8, ISSUE 2, Pe225-e236, February 01, 2020
Authors: Jessica K Levy, Prof Gary L Darmstadt, Caitlin Ashby, Mary Quandt, Erika Halsey, Aishwarya Nagar, Margaret E Greene

Deprivation matters: understanding associations between neighbourhood deprivation, unhealthy food outlets, unhealthy dietary behaviours and child body size using structural equation modelling

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health | Original Research | 26 February 2020
Authors: Victoria Egli, Matthew Hobbs, Jordan Carlson, Niamh Donnellan, Lisa Mackay, Daniel Exeter, Karen Villanueva, Caryn Zinn, Melody Smith

The European Court of Human Rights: a tool for improving prison health

The Lancet Public Health | Comment | Volume 5, ISSUE 2, Pe78-e79, February 01, 2020
Author: Angus EM Wallace

The health of adolescents in detention: a global scoping review

The Lancet Public Health | Scoping Review | Volume 5, ISSUE 2, Pe114-e126, February 01, 2020

Measuring multimorbidity beyond counting diseases: systematic review of community and population studies and guide to index choice

The BMJ | Research | BMJ 2020; 368 | 18 February 2020
Authors: Lucy E Stirland, Laura González-Saavedra, Donncha S Mullin, Craig W Ritchie, Graciela Muniz-Terrera

10. European Commission news

European Semester: Publication of Country Reports

On 26 February 2020, the European Commission published its country reports for each Member State. These reports from part of the European Semester which provides a framework for the coordination of economic policies across the European Union. The country reports, published in the so-called Winter Package on 26 February,  address some of the most important economic and social policy challenges for Member States, including for their health systems. Healthcare reforms are ongoing in most Member States, with varying levels of focus and pace. Country specific information can be found under this link:

The EU's Response to COVID-19

The European Commission is working on all fronts to support efforts to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes ongoing coordination with Member States to share information, assess needs and ensure a coherent EU-wide response. The Commission is also funding research, offering support through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and supporting China with emergency medical supplies to tackle the outbreak at its source. More information can be found under this link:

Europe's Beating Cancer Plan: Public Consultation

Every year, 3.5 million people in the EU are diagnosed with cancer, and 1.3 million people die from cancer each year. In fact, 40% of us are likely to face this disease at some stage of our life. The EU has been actively working to reduce the incidence of cancer for decades. The first ‘Europe against Cancer Plan’, dating back to the late 1980s, resulted in important EU legislation on tobacco and occupational health. Since then, EU Member States have committed to reducing mortality from chronic diseases, including cancer. Against this background Commission President von der Leyen has committed to a European plan to fight cancer, to support Member States and stakeholders in improving cancer control and care to reduce the suffering caused by this disease. There is currently a public consultation on this topic and you can contribute to this consultation until 7 March 2020 by filling in the online questionnaire.

Commission presents strategies for data and Artificial Intelligence

The Commission has unveiled this week its ideas and actions for a digital transformation that works for all, reflecting the best of Europe: open, fair, diverse, democratic and confident. It presents a European society powered by digital solutions that put people first, opens up new opportunities for businesses, and boosts the development of trustworthy technology to foster an open and democratic society and a vibrant and sustainable economy. More information can be found under this link:

AMR : Commission publishes its progress report on Action Plan

On 12 February 2020, the European Commission published its 4th progress report on the implementation of the European One Health Action Plan against Antimicrobial Resistance, which was adopted in June 2017. Substantial progress has been made since the last progress report published (mid-2019). This includes meetings of the AMR One Health Network and of the Health Security Committee to enhance cooperation and coordination on AMR and One Health visits to Member States to support the implementation of national One Health action plans. See the report here:

11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 5, 06 February 2020

Note from the editors: World Health Organization declares novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) sixth public health emergency of international concern
Rapid communication
Effectiveness of airport screening at detecting travellers infected with novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) 
Incubation period of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infections among travellers from Wuhan, China, 20–28 January 2020 
Validation of an Aptima-format Finnish new variant of (FI-nvCT) surveillance assay, 2019 
Seroprevalence of hepatitis E virus among blood donors on Corsica, France, 2017 
How nasopharyngeal pneumococcal carriage evolved during and after a PCV13-to-PCV10 vaccination programme switch in Belgium, 2016 to 2018

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 6, 13 February 2020

Epidemiological research priorities for public health control of the ongoing global novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak
Rapid communication
Laboratory readiness and response for novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in expert laboratories in 30 EU/EEA countries, January 2020
Prolonged outbreak of New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-producing carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales (NDM-CRE), Tuscany, Italy, 2018 to 2019
First cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in France: surveillance, investigations and control measures, January 2020
Cyber security threats in the microbial genomics era: implications for public health
Latest updates on COVID-19 from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 7, 20 February 2020

Rapid communication
Interim estimates of 2019/20 vaccine effectiveness during early-season co-circulation of influenza A and B viruses, Canada, February 2020
Large concomitant outbreaks of acute gastroenteritis emergency visits in adults and food-borne events suspected to be linked to raw shellfish, France, December 2019 to January 2020
Measles outbreak in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia, May to June 2018
Acute hepatitis C infection among adults with HIV in the Netherlands between 2003 and 2016: a capture–recapture analysis for the 2013 to 2016 period

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 8, 27 February 2020

Rapid communication
Differential diagnosis of illness in patients under investigation for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), Italy, February 2020 Early transmission patterns of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in travellers from Wuhan to Thailand, January 2020
Systematic Review
Screening for infection in immigrants and refugees: Systematic review and recommendations from the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology
Letter to the editor: Plenty of coronaviruses but no SARS-CoV-2
Authors’ response: Plenty of coronaviruses but no SARS-CoV-2
Latest assessment on COVID-19 from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
Job vacancy at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

12. WHO news

Appointment of the Regional Director for Europe

Dr Hans Kluge was confirmed as the WHO Regional Director for the European Region by the WHO Executive Board during its 146th session in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr Kluge’s confirmation follows his nomination by the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region, which took place at the 69th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in September 2019. Congratulating Dr Kluge on his confirmation, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros said: "You have inherited a Regional Office in an enviably strong position – a network of dynamic Country Offices; programmatic work that leads the world in many areas, including on addressing the health of refugees and migrants, and tackling antimicrobial resistance; and a team of highly-motivated, skilled staff."

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

On this website, you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first reported in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates. WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.

Screening: When is it appropriate and how can we get it right?

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies has released a new policy brief on screening with the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The policy brief was launched at the WHO European Conference on Screening in Copenhagen (11-12 February 2020) and supports the wider WHO European initiative to improve screening practice through the life-course. This publication is essential reading for anybody involved in decisions on screening or its provision, especially in view of the pressures that stem from technological advances that make it possible to screen for an ever increasing number of conditions.
The brief explains the core components of a screening programme, asks when screening should be done and examines the pressures to implement screening. Furthermore, where screening is inappropriate, it suggests possible ways to reduce it and where screening is appropriate, evidence is presented on how to achieve optimal results.

UNECE launches Knowledge hub on statistics for SDG

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has launched The knowledge hub on statistics for SDGs, to help countries develop and communicate statistics and formulate and evaluate evidence-driven policies to achive the SDGs. The hub is the first part of UNECE’s regional platform on SDG statistics, as a direct response to the Declaration on the role of national statistical offices in measuring and monitoring the SDGs, which was adopted by the Conference of European Statisticians (CES) in 2015, calling on national governments to support their statistical offices in measuring and monitoring the SDGs.

Changes to the sustainable development goal (SDG) indicators are under way

The United Nations (UN) Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) has proposed 32 changes to the global SDG indicator set. In addition to seven new indicators in the framework, replacements for indicators under SDG 13 have been proposed. The changes include:

  • Prevalence of anaemia in women aged 15-49 years, by pregnancy status (%), for SDG target 2.2; 
  • The percentage of bloodstream infections due to selected antimicrobial resistant organisms, for SDG target 3.d;
  • Number of migrants killed while attempting to cross maritime, land and air borders (pending clarification on data sources), for SDG target 10.7;
  • Proportion of the population who are refugees, by country of origin, also for SDG target 10.7; and
  • Total greenhouse gas emissions per year, for SDG target 13.2. 

The changes will be considered by the UN Statistical Commission in March 2020.

Up to a quarter of Europeans will develop cancer: from prevention, early diagnosis, screening and treatment to palliative care, countries must do more

Each year, 4.6 million new cancer cases are diagnosed in the WHO European Region and 2.1 million people die from cancer. Twenty percent of these deaths are from lung cancer, followed by colorectal (12%), breast (7%), pancreatic (6%) and stomach cancer (5.7%). “We are all touched by cancer, either directly or through the experiences of friends and family. Across the WHO European Region, we can do much more to prevent cancer and provide care,” says Dr Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe.

This newsletter received co-funding under an operating grant from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020). The content of this newsletter represents the views of the author(s) only and is his/her sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission and the Agency do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.


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