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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - May 2020
 
 

Newsletter - May 2020

  1. Editorial
  2. EUPHA update
  3. European Public Health Week
  4. European Public Health Conference
  5. EUPHA members update
  6. European Journal of Public Health
  7. Call for proposals, job opportunities
  8. Interesting news
  9. Upcoming courses and conferences
  10. Interesting publications
  11. European Commission news
  12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
  13. WHO news
 

1. Editorial

Welcome to the May newsletter of EUPHA.

The European Public Health Week (11-15 May) was a great success with 147 events in 31 countries. We are grateful for all partners and participants that joined forces for healthier populations. Other news includes the EU4Health programme that is proposed by the European Commission as a new, ambitious stand-alone health programme for the 2021-2027 period, COVID-19 updates, and the publication of a new supplement to the European Journal of Public Health on the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

Wishing you a pleasant reading and stay safe,
Dr Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president and Dr Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA executive director

2. EUPHA update

COVID-19 updates

Our COVID-19 updates for May:

View the complete overview of COVID-19 updates on our dedicated webpage.

Announcement: EUPHA presents COVID-19 video reports - COVID-19 through a public health lens

As COVID-19 continues to cause widespread fatalities and disruption around the world, EUPHA is producing video reports shining light on the vital work of Europe’s public health community, and the sector’s role in maintaining and improving public health through the pandemic and into the future. The video reports will feature a series of films exploring the outbreak’s broad impact on health and the economy in Europe. It will look at the immense pressure on health systems and their response to this unprecedented challenge, highlight the importance of evidence-based approaches and health literacy in providing much needed solutions, and address key lessons to support the development of prevention and response strategies for future pandemics. The video reports will be available to view on our COVID-19 updates page and on our social channels (expected early June).

Read the full announcement here.

EU action on health is more urgent than ever, says EU4Health coalition

The Coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated and exposed the vulnerability of our healthcare systems, our societies and our health. Severe care disruptions, medicines shortages and unequal access to healthcare are but a few examples of the challenges affecting millions of people living in Europe. 
To effectively deal with the COVID-19 aftermath, ensure access to care, reduce the damage of future pandemics and tackle shared challenges, a common health policy which would place shared interest above national demands is essential. The coordination of the European Union requires sufficient resources and a strong mandate for this.
Shaping the future of health in the EU together has therefore never been more urgent. To this end, members of the EU4Health coalition, which EUPHA is part of, have pooled their strengths together in a joint EU4Health statement, calling to act now for a stronger and more ambitious European health policy. Read our full statement on the EU4health website.

Digital health in 2019 - track report Marseille 2019

On the second day of the European Public Health Week, EUPHA publishes 'Digital health in 2019' report. The theme of this day is primary care in the digital age.

The 'Digital health in 2019 track report' summarises the digital health track from the 12th European Public Health Conference, held 20 till 23 November 2019 in Marseille, France. It reports on key messages from the sessions and discussions in Marseille.

https://eupha.org/repository/conference/...

EUPHA and EPHA joint statement: Digitalisation to support an effective public health response to the COVID-19 emergency

The COVID-19 crisis is demonstrating the potential of digital health technology to manage some of our greatest public health challenges. In COVID-19 times, communicating the purpose, objectives and direction of digitalisation in public health is increasingly important as data-driven solutions become more common, presenting new ethical challenges. The access and affordability, inclusion, diversity and transparency, the intended and unintended effects around these new technological developments must also be critically addressed. To fully leverage digital innovation in public health, EPHA and EUPHA aim to create a
suitable environment for the introduction of emerging digital technologies, including by better informing policymakers about real societal needs and by training public health professionals, patients and other end users so they can effectively engage with digital tools in practice, policy and research. 

https://eupha.org/repository/advocacy/EU...

The Health-Related Sustainable Development Goals in the European Region -Where Are We 4 Years On?

With only one decade remaining to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we ask: how is Europe progressing towards the health-related SDGs? Read the answers to this in the supplement to the European Journal of Public Health, including an editorial, 8 papers and 3 case studies.

https://academic.oup.com/eurpub/issue/30...

3. European Public Health Week

European Public Health Week 2020: Last chance to share your feedback

Despite the current challenges, this year’s EUPHW saw 147 events hosted in 31 countries in Europe and beyond.
EUPHA is very grateful and proud of the public health community who 'joined forces for healthier populations’ in a pandemic context.
Your opinion is crucial to help us improve in the future! Please complete this brief evaluation survey by 1 June.

4. European Public Health Conference

16th World Congress on Public Health goes virtual from 12-16 October 2020

Since we announced last month that the 16th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) will be held as an entirely virtual and online congress from 12 – 16 October we have worked hard on revising the programme of plenary and parallel sessions, networking opportunities and exhibition areas.
WCPH 2020 will be an exciting and engaging event with live streams of eight plenary sessions, 30 World Leadership Dialogues and 150 workshops. We will bring all accepted oral papers in pre-recorded sessions to life on our virtual platform with options for attendees to interact through chat boxes. Posters are clustered in congress tracks and viewable at all times.
WCPH 2020 will offer an incredibly full and varied programme from early morning to late in the evening to accommodate attendees living in different time zones across the globe.

Registration
Registration fees for the virtual congress has been significantly reduced as to offer each and everyone the possibility to join the global public health community at WCPH 2020. Reduced fees are available for EUPHA and WFPHA members, attendees from emerging countries and students. Register now to benefit from standard fees until 5 August. More information and registration here

Programme
When the WCPH 2020 actually takes place in October it is more relevant than ever. As the world confronts the coronavirus, the sharing of knowledge becomes ever more important, and the WCPH 2020 is the place to do it. The congress will feature a dedicated Covid-19 track, covering the latest on the fight against the pandemic, the impact on health systems and the future for public health after the crisis.  But we will also focus on other pressing challenges: climate change, food and water supply, poverty and inequalities. The theme of the congress remains unchanged: ‘Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy, and Action’. More news on our website.  

Abstract submission results
Abstract submission results are out. You can find the results in your personal account by logging in here. We will be in touch shortly about the new format of the congress and what it entails for your presentation 

Funding opportunities
We are happy to inform you that EUPHA and EPH Conference Foundation offer funding to support participation in the virtual WCPH 202 0. You may apply for a waiver of registration fees if you come from countries in the European Region (including Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Central Asia) and having a presentation at the congress or being speaker/panellist in a workshop. For applications, contact r.klarecki@euphaoffice.org and mention abstract number, country of origin and information on your activities at the congress (e.g. workshop organiser, presenter). Deadline for applications: 15 June 2020. Read more here.

5. EUPHA members update

Croatian Public Health Association presenting at EU presidency event

To support the Croatian EU Presidency on the theme of healthy ageing, EUPHA and the Croatian Public Health Association (HDJZ) published an e-collection. This e-collection presents the evidence-base on health and ageing, listing scientific peer-reviewed papers on healthy ageing that are published in the European Journal of Public Health in the past three years. The e-collection is accompanied by an editorial describing the policy links and summarising the evidence. During the BFHA 2020 Conference, the e-collection will be presented by Danijela Štimac Grbić (HDJZ) and Tugce Schmitt (EUPHA). The presentation will be on the third day of the Conference, 5 June 2020, in Session 1C. 

Link to Better Future of Healthy Ageing conference: https://bfha2020.hr/ 

 

6. European Journal of Public Health

Advance articles - May 2020

The great convergence? Mortality in Ireland and Europe, 1956–2014
James Eighan, Brendan Walsh, Sheelah Connolly, Maev-Ann Wren, Conor Keegan, Adele Bergin

Inequalities in participation in colorectal cancer screening programmes: a systematic review
Isabel Mosquera, Nere Mendizabal, Unai Martín, Amaia Bacigalupe, Elena Aldasoro, Isabel Portillo from the Desberdinak Group

European citizens’ perspectives on direct-to-consumer genetic testing: an updated systematic review
Ilda Hoxhaj, Jovana Stojanovic, Stefania Boccia

Factors associated with the uptake of the UK routine childhood immunization schedule in a bi-ethnic population
Gillian Santorelli, Dan Mason, Chris Cartwright, Leena Inamdar, Caroline Tomes, John Wright

HIV prevention and treatment in Southern Europe in the aftermath of bailout programmes
Gonçalo F Augusto, Ioannis Hodges-Mameletzis, Marina Karanikolos, Alexandre Abrantes, Maria R O Martins

Health indicators of the National Roma Integration Strategy in Spain in the years 2006 and 2014
Daniel La Parra-Casado, Javier Arza-Porras, Jesús Francisco Estévez

Sexual health services in community pharmacy for women on opioid substitution treatment: a qualitative study
Laura Medina-Perucha, Jenny Scott, Sarah Chapman, Julie Barnett, Charlotte Dack, Hannah Family

Priorities for improving chemicals management in the WHO European Region—stakeholders’ views
Joanne A Vincenten, Irina Zastenskaya, Peter Schröder-Bäck, Dorota Iwona Jarosinska

Uncovering TAPS strategies of the tobacco industry at PoS in low- and middle-income countries: the case of Turkey
Fatih Uznay, Sevtap Gumus

Youth injury and parents’ unemployment—the importance of socio-economic status and ethnicity context
Siman-Tov Maya, Tur-Sinai Aviad, Kolobov Tanya, Baron-Epel Orna, Harel-Fisch Yossi

Association of the global activity limitation indicator with specific measures of disability in adults aged below 65
Julio Cabrero-García, Rocío Juliá-Sanchis, Miguel Richart-Martínez

The dynamics of frailty and change in socio-economic conditions: evidence for the 65+ in Europe
Nicolas Sirven, Magali Dumontet, Thomas Rapp

The perception of youth health centres’ friendliness: does it differ between immigrant and Swedish-Scandinavian youths?
Mazen Baroudi, Miguel San Sebastian, Anna-Karin Hurtig, Isabel Goicolea

Measuring multimorbidity inequality across Italy through the multisource comorbidity score: a nationwide study
Giovanni Corrao, Federico Rea, Flavia Carle, Mirko Di Martino, Rossana De Palma, Paolo Francesconi, Vito Lepore, Luca Merlino, Salvatore Scondotto, Donatella Garau, Liana Spazzafumo, Giuseppe Montagano, Elena Clagnan, Nello Martini, working group “Monitoring and assessing care pathways (MAP)” of the Italian Ministry of Health

Infection-associated hospitalizations of women in labour
Katarzyna Kopeć-Godlewska, Agnieszka Pac, Anna Różańska, Paweł Żbikowski, Jerzy Rosiński, Jadwiga Wojkowska-Mach

7. Call for proposals, job opportunities

CALL FOR PAPERS -- Special issue Int J Care Coordination on New Health Ecosystems

Are you interested to contribute to a special issue of the Int J Care Coordination by sharing experiences and lessons in the strengthening of health systems and the rapid reorganization of service delivery into new health ecosystems to respond to COVID-19 with a focus on coordination of such initiatives?
We aim to bring together submissions ranging from thought pieces to studies using primary or secondary data looking at the level of coordination between new and/or existing measures to deliver affordable, timely, and effective health care to people. For more information about the call: https://journals.sagepub.com/pb-assets/c...

8. Interesting news

Coronavirus: negative impacts of Covid-19 lockdown on mental health

Read the lead article for CABI’s Global Health online resource for the month of May 2020.  

Call for Action: Time to strengthen the EU's public health policy powers

Europe is going through an unprecedented challenge caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a health crisis, an economic crisis, and, potentially, a social crisis. It presents an existential challenge to the European project: are we doing enough to protect the health of our citizens? write Klaus Hänsch, Violeta Bulc and Vytenis Andriukaitis.

https://www.euractiv.com/section/coronav...

Obesity not related to how close you live to fast food or gyms

A new study from Lund University in Sweden has shown no correlation between obesity and how close you live to fast food restaurants or gyms. Studies from other countries have previously indicated that these factors may be important in adult obesity. Read the original research paper

OSH Barometer: interactive tool to discover the status of OSH in Europe

The OSH Barometer is the first data visualisation tool with up-to-date information on the status of and trends in occupational safety and health (OSH) in European countries.The tool consists of four groups of indicators on a range of OSH topics, such as OSH authorities, national strategies, working conditions and OSH statistics. You can visualise and compare data, generate graphics and download reports on specific topics.
The OSH Barometer is updated regularly with new indicators, data and features.
Discover the barometer

Testing for drug-related infectious diseases - a crucial step towards meeting international health goals

"Testing for drug-related infectious diseases among people who inject drugs (PWID) is crucial if international health targets are to be met." This is among the conclusions of a new EMCDDA report: Drug-related infectious diseases in Europe. The update, from the agency’s drug-related infectious disease network, stresses that early diagnosis through testing, and improving links to treatment and care, are crucial steps towards reaching global health goals.

Covid-19 threatens more than you think - global guidance needed for a sustained, rights-based response

Democratic societies require freedoms of expression, movement, association and access to information to function – without free access to information and the right to challenge government action publicly and through the courts, democratic freedoms lose meaning.
COVID-19 is undoubtedly a global health emergency which warrants broad and urgent responses. However, it also provides a pretext for autocratically inclined governments to unduly limit freedoms in the name of public health. [Continue reading the full blog here]

Recognising nurses' hard work in this 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale birth

The International Nurses’ Day is celebrated around the world each year on 12 May, the birth of Florence Nightingale, with this year marking the 200th anniversary. This annual event provides an opportunity to mark the contribution of nurses and reflect on the vital work they do every day. However, the significance of recognising each and every nurse this year is all the more important among the trauma and tragedy of the global COVID-19 pandemic. http://www.efnweb.be/

Risks to children and young people during covid-19 pandemic

Rapid Response "Securing improved primary health care for children and adolescents post-COVID-19" on BMJ, bringing to readers’ attention a selection of the worrying issues the MOCHA (Models of Child Health Care Appraised) research project brought to light, from Danielle E.M.C. Jansen PhD, chair section Child and Adolescent Public Health, EUPHA, Research on organization of care for children and adolescents at Department of Health Sciences, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m166...

Who is paying the bill ? (Negative) impacts of EU policies and practices in the world

A report from SDG Watch Europe, highlighting the impact of EU policies in other regions, including the Common Agricultural Policy, health and the environment, waste management and climate policies. https://www.sdgwatcheurope.org/documents...

9. Upcoming courses and conferences

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

NHS Workforce Management Virtual Conference
7 Jul 2020 - 8 Jul 2020 / Online
Organiser: NHS

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)

33rd International Papillomavirus Conference (IPVC 2020)
20 Jul 2020 - 24 Jul 2020 / Virtual event
Organiser: IPVC2020

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

Farewell Symposium for Ingrid Felger and Hans-Peter Beck: Molecular Biology, Epidemiology and Diagnostics of Malaria
1 Sep 2020 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss TPH

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

Virtual Island Summit: Sharing knowledge for resilient, sustainable and prosperous islands worldwide
6 Sep 2020 - 11 Sep 2020 / Online
Organiser: Organisations of Eastern Caribbean States

5th International public mental health summer school 2020
21 Sep 2020 - 25 Sep 2020 / Porto, Portugal
Organiser: EUPHA Public mental health section and partners

Winter Symposium 2020: From Manufacturer to Patient: Reshaping Healthcare Supply Chains
1 Dec 2020 / Parterre Rialto Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss TPH

The 10th International Conference on Children's Health and the Environment
1 Dec 2020 - 3 Dec 2020 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: INCHES

1st Conference of the Swiss Implementation Science Network (IMPACT)
21 Jan 2021 - 22 Jan 2021 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: University of Basel, Pflegewissenschaft Nursing Science, Swiss TPH

Health Care and Management (HCM): From Research to Implementation
8 Mar 2021 - 11 Jun 2021 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

10th Europaediatrics 2021
10 Jun 2021 - 12 Jun 2021 / Zagreb, Croatia
Organiser: EPA / UNEPSA with European Confederation of Primary Care Paediatricians

10. Interesting publications

Epidemic preparedness in urban settings: new challenges and opportunities

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanin...

COVID and the convergence of three crises in Europe

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpu...

'The public health turn on violence against women': analysing Swedish healthcare law, public health and gender-equality policies

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...

What is the meaning of health literacy? A systematic review and qualitative synthesis

https://fmch.bmj.com/content/8/2/e000351

Global health is more than just 'Public Health Somewhere Else'

https://gh.bmj.com/content/5/5/e002545

Public Health Ethics and 'The Science of Social Justice'

https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/page...

Strengthening the health financing response to COVID-19 in Europe

http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics...

Covid-19: Known risk factors fail to explain the increased risk of death among people from ethnic minorities

https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m187...

How Covid-19 is accelerating the threat of antimicrobial resistance

https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m198...

11. European Commission news

EU4Health – a vision for a safer and healthier European Union 2021-2027

COVID-19 has had a major impact on medical and healthcare staff, patients and health systems in Europe. The pandemic has revealed a clear need to strengthen crisis management and health systems. 

EU4Health is the EU’s response to this challenge. By investing €9.4 billion, this programme will:

  • boost EU’s preparedness for major cross border health threats
  • make sure health systems are resilient and can face epidemics as well as long-term challenges such as an ageing population and inequalities in health status.

https://ec.europa.eu/health/funding/eu4health_en 

Europe's moment: Repair and prepare for the next generation

On 27 May 2020, the European Commission has put forward its proposal for a major recovery plan. To ensure the recovery is sustainable, even, inclusive and fair for all Member States, the European Commission is proposing to create a new recovery instrument, Next Generation EU, embedded within a powerful, modern and revamped long-term EU budget. The Commission has also unveiled its adjusted Work Programme for 2020, which will prioritise the actions needed to propel Europe's recovery and resilience.

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...

Reinforcing Europe's resilience: halting biodiversity loss and building a healthy and sustainable food system

On 20 May 2020, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive new Biodiversity Strategy to bring nature back into our lives and a Fram to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. The two strategies are mutually reinforcing, bringing together nature, farmers, business and consumers for jointly working towards a competitively sustainable future.

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...

European Semester: All Member States should strengthen resilience of their health systems

On 19 May 2020, the Commission adopted proposals for country-specific recommendations that require each Member State to take steps to strengthen the resilience of its national health system. It is the first time, in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, that the Commission has proposed health recommendations to all Member States.

https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/sante/item-detail.cfm?item_id=677481&utm_source=sante_newsroom 

Coronavirus Global Response

On 4 May 2020, the Commission registered €7.4 billion in pledges from donors worldwide during the Coronavirus Global Response pledging event. This includes a pledge of €1.4 billion by the Commission. This almost reaches the initial target of €7.5 billion and is a solid starting point for the worldwide pledging marathon, which began with the pledging conference. The aim is to gather significant funding to ensure the collaborative development and universal deployment of diagnostics, treatments and vaccines against coronavirus.

https://global-response.europa.eu/index_...

Coronavirus: Commission boosts urgently needed research and innovation with additional €122 million

The Commission has mobilised another €122 million from its research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, for urgently needed research into the coronavirus. The new call for expressions of interest contributes to the Commission's €1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response initiative, launched by President Ursula von der Leyen on 4 May 2020.

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...

12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Survey on socially and medically vulnerable populations in the EU/EEA and the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic

This survey is being conducted across the EU/EEA and the UK as part of ECDC’s efforts to identify good practices aimed at addressing the challenges faced by people living in vulnerable situations during the Covid-19 pandemic. The results of the survey – including the good practices identified and the lessons learned – will be synthesised and included in guidance documents to be published by ECDC.

The deadline for responses to the survey is 16.00 CET on Monday June 1.

  • You are welcome to write your response in any European language, though English is preferred if possible.
  • The best practices and lessons learned presented in our reports will be given anonymously, though if relevant, mention may be made of the country in question. No specific, named examples will be highlighted without the explicit written consent of the organisation/agency/institution concerned.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about this survey, please contact PHE.Support.Response@ecdc.europa.eu.

https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/ECD...

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 18, 07 May 2020

Rapid communication
Multicentre Italian study of SARS-CoV-2 infection in children and adolescents, preliminary data as at 10 April 2020
Estimating number of cases and spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) using critical care admissions, United Kingdom, February to March 2020
Evaluation of commercial and automated SARS-CoV-2 IgG and IgA ELISAs using coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient samples
Projected early spread of COVID-19 in Africa through 1 June 2020
Surveillance
Surveillance of OXA-244-producing and epidemiologic investigation of cases, Denmark, January 2016 to August 2019
Letter
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – impact on vaccine preventable diseases
Author's correction
Authors’ correction for Euro Surveill. 2020;25(17)

https://www.eurosurveillance.org/content...

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 19, 14 May 2020

Rapid communication
Mortality impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak by sex and age: rapid mortality surveillance system, Italy, 1 February to 18 April 2020
Early impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and physical distancing measures on routine childhood vaccinations in England, January to April 2020
Rapid reviews for rapid decision-making during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Norway, 2020
Research
High-dose influenza vaccination and mortality among predominantly male, white, senior veterans, United States, 2012/13 to 2014/15
Author's correction
Authors’ correction for Euro Surveill. 2020;25(17)

https://www.eurosurveillance.org/content...

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 20, 21 May 2020

Editorial
Contributing to health security in Europe since 2005 – ECDC’s 15th anniversary
Rapid communication
Cross-border spread of - and -positive : a European collaborative analysis of whole genome sequencing and epidemiological data, 2014 to 2019
Outbreaks
Large community-acquired Legionnaires’ disease outbreak caused by serogroup 1, Italy, July to August 2018

https://www.eurosurveillance.org/content...

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 21, 28 May 2020

Rapid communication
No evidence of secondary transmission of COVID-19 from children attending school in Ireland, 2020
Rapid response infrastructure for pandemic preparedness in a tertiary care hospital: lessons learned from the COVID-19 outbreak in Cologne, Germany, February to March 2020
Research
Using web search queries to monitor influenza-like illness: an exploratory retrospective analysis, Netherlands, 2017/18 influenza season
Transmissibility of influenza during the 21st-century epidemics, Spain, influenza seasons 2001/02 to 2017/18
Letter
Letter to the editor: SARS-CoV-2 detection by real-time RT-PCR Authors’ response: SARS-CoV-2 detection by real-time RT-PCR

https://www.eurosurveillance.org/content...

13. WHO news

Nurses and midwives of the European Region

In recognition of their role and as a call to strengthen nursing and midwifery, 2020 has been designated as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Read some of the stories of the nurses and midwives of the European region - their work, their days, their joys and the challenges they face.

http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics...

Strengthening the health system response to COVID-19

WHO/Europe provides guidance to Member States on strengthening health systems and rapidly reorganizing service delivery to respond to COVID-19 while maintaining core essential services across the continuum of care so that no one is left behind. This overview of policy resources includes overall policy recommendations for a well-aligned health system response, technical guidance and checklists, and planning and monitoring tools.

http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics...

COVID-19: Latest updates

This newsletter provides a weekly overview of COVID-19 situation in the WHO European Region, WHO's preparedness and response activities and guidance for Member States, healthcare workers and the public

http://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/...

Statement - Behavioural insights are valuable to inform the planning of appropriate pandemic response measures

Statement to the press by Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe on the new WHO/Europe tool for behavioural insights, which is critical to inform COVID-19 response.

http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics...

COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor

The new COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor, launched by the WHO Regional Office, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, together with the European Commission is collating evidence of how health systems are responding to the pandemic.

https://www.covid19healthsystem.org/main...

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