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Public Health (20-04-2016)

Conference: "Towards better prevention and management of chronic diseases", 21 April, Brussels

A conference taking place in Brussels tomorrow aims to set out an EU approach to promote good health and to prevent and manage chronic diseases to complement national policies in the 28 Member States. The Commission will discuss ideas with representatives from all EU countries, international organisations and stakeholders.

As all places have already been filled, interested parties are invited to follow the conference via web streaming and to join the conversation on Twitter (#EU4Health).

European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis will give an opening speech at 10:00. The Commissioner is expected to invite Member States, patients groups, health professionals and all relevant stakeholders to build a solid and committed alliance in the pursuit of the common objective to better promote good health and to prevent and manage chronic diseases. He is also expected to highlight the benefits of eHealth in the management of chronic diseases, and the importance of country-specific and cross-country knowledge, which can inform policies at national and European level. The Commissioner's speech will be available on his website during the course of the day.

In addition, the IT platform of the EU Health Policy Platform will be launched during the conference (circa 12:30), to give members of the platform the opportunity to discuss chronic diseases and other health topics, and to share documents, online.

Chronic diseases and their risk factors: figures for the EU

  • More than 60% of people over the age of 65 suffer from one or more chronic diseases
  • Currently in the EU 32 million adults  are living with diabetes
  • One in four deaths in the EU are due to cancer
  • More than 70% of health system budgets are spent on chronic diseases
  • One in three children is obese or overweight
  • On average, nearly one in four adults in Europe are smokers

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