EU policy on health in developing countriesImproving health in developing countries is essential to reduce poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) , three of which directly relate to health:
- reducing child mortality,
- reducing maternal mortality,
- the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.
- helping developing countries to strengthen their healthcare systems
- providing specific support for action on the main public health challenges in developing countries.
EU policy on Global Health
1st EU Global Health Seminar, 27-29/06/2011
The European Commission and the EU Member States are organising the "First European Union Global Health Seminar: Putting the EU Global Health Policy into Practice" from 27th to 29th June, 2011 in Brussels.
- About the event
- Concept note
- Preliminary programme dated 23/06/2011
- Background documents:
The global factors affecting health - challenged by the globalization ,- require a coherent approach of internal and external policies and strategies. In view of those challenges, the Commission has adopted a Communication on " The EU role in Global Health " (31-03-2010).
- See also the three related Staff Working Documents:
- see the Council Conclusions on this Communication, adopted by the Council on 10 May 2010
The EU Commission regularly hosts a Global Health Forum, giving the opportunity for external participants to dialogue with the Commission, to receive updated information on the Global Health agenda and to make short presentations on their views, activities, and priority issues related to global health. See the presentations from the forum of 9-9-2010 .
Specific priority areas
The EU has taken action to address the critical shortage of health workers in developing countries:
- Strategy for action (2005)
- Action programme (2007-13)
- Progress so far: implementation report
- The EU has also earmarked €40m under its Investing in people programme to supplement its action in the different countries concerned.
Different EU countries have been actively supporting action to provide social health protection and finance health systemsin developing countries since 2002.
A range of options for joint EU action in this area was as set out in a Social health protection and health-care financing in developing countries (2008) by the EU's French Presidency and the Commission in 2008.
The Commission has also organized a consultation workshop with a broad range of stakeholders from developing countries, EU member states and civil society on 23/24 March 2009 .
Public health challenges
EU action to improve public health in developing countries focuses on:
- communicable diseases HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria ( Action programme )
- Sexual and reproductive health and rights.
- There is also a growing need to address non-communicable diseases and lifestyle health risks (tobacco and alcohol).
Funding and support
EU funding is provided through:
The EU also works through key partnerships: