|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - February 2020
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.
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:
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 email@example.com
More information and resources: www.eupha.org/euphw 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: https://academic.oup.com/eurpub/subscribe.
16th World Congress on Public Health, 12 – 17 October 2020, Rome, Italy
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
HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH
Healthcare use in patients with multimorbidity
Perceived quality of HIV care and client satisfaction across different service providers in Ukraine
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
Individual preferences for voluntary vs. mandatory vaccination policies: an experimental analysis
Health-related quality of life in home care recipients after a falls prevention intervention: a 6-month follow-up
Prevention of chronic diseases in middle-age women: a cross-sectional study on an Italian large sample
Socioeconomic inequalities in suicide mortality in European urban areas before and during the economic recession
Social mobility, accumulation of disadvantages and health. An analysis with retrospective data from the GSOEP (2002–14)
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH
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
The 2013–2016 Ebola epidemic: evaluating communication strategies between two affected countries in West Africa
Brodie F Walker, Emmanuel C Adukwu
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
Identifying people at risk for influenza with low vaccine uptake based on deprivation status: a systematic review
Psychotropic medication before and after disability retirement by pre-retirement perceived work-related stress
Night sleep duration and sleep initiation time with hypertension in Chinese rural population: the Henan Rural Cohort
FOOD AND NUTRITION
Evaluating reach, adoption, implementation and maintenance of Internet-based interventions to prevent eating disorders in adolescents: a systematic review
Youth to adult body mass index trajectories as a predictor of metabolically healthy obesity in adulthood
EUROPEAN PUBLIC HEALTH NEWS
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.https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default...
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.
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
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 Migrationhttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30107-0/fulltext
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
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
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
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
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:https://ec.europa.eu/info/publications/2...
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:https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
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.https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-reg...
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:https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
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:https://ec.europa.eu/health/amr/sites/he...
11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 5, 06 February 2020
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 6, 13 February 2020
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 7, 20 February 2020
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 8, 27 February 2020Rapid 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
Screening for Trypanosoma cruzi 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.
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:
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.http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics...
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