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Newsletter - May 2020
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,
2. EUPHA update
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
10. Interesting publications
Epidemic preparedness in urban settings: new challenges and opportunities
COVID and the convergence of three crises in Europe
'The public health turn on violence against women': analysing Swedish healthcare law, public health and gender-equality policies
What is the meaning of health literacy? A systematic review and qualitative synthesis
Global health is more than just 'Public Health Somewhere Else'
Public Health Ethics and 'The Science of Social Justice'
Strengthening the health financing response to COVID-19 in Europe
Covid-19: Known risk factors fail to explain the increased risk of death among people from ethnic minorities
How Covid-19 is accelerating the threat of antimicrobial resistance
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 18, 07 May 2020
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 19, 14 May 2020
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 20, 21 May 2020
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 21, 28 May 2020
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.
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.
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
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.
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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