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This section on health in the EU has been created as a trustworthy gateway to a wide range of information and data on health-related issues and activities at both European, national and international level. The content is produced by the European Commission, the Member States of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA), plus EU candidate countries; by international organisations; and by pan-European non-governmental organisations in the area of public health.

A global view on the prevention of cardiovascular disease    escardio.org

The theme of this year's congress is [...]

Hepatitis A: EFSA and ECDC update their rapid outbreak assessment    europa.eu

Published on: 11 April 2014 More than 1,300 hepatitis A cases have been reported in eleven Member States since January 2013, with 240 confirmed cases related to the ongoing outbreak. Initially the ou[...]

Hepatitis C treatment guidelines issued    who.int

WHO has issued its first guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C, a chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million to 150 million people and results in 350 000 to 500 000 deaths a year wor[...]

Fruitful Steering Committee Meeting in Amsterdam    aidsactioneurope.org

On Monday 31st of March and Tuesday 1st of April 2014, the Steering Committee of AIDS Action Europe came together in Amsterdam. The new chair, Anke van Dam, looks back at a fruitful meeting: [...]

European Commission launches new action plan to fight HIV/AIDS    epha.org

On March 14th, 2014 the European Commission (EC) presented the new Action Plan (AP) on HIV/AIDS in EU and neighboring countries for 2014-2016, which builds on the achievements of the previous Action [...]

 EFSA assesses the risk of Salmonella and Norovirus in leafy greens    europa.eu

Published on: 27 March 2014 Rainfall, use of contaminated water for irrigation or contaminated equipment are among the factors that cause contamination of leafy greens with Salmonella and Norovirus. [...]

Peroxyacetic acid: EFSA assesses safety and efficacy to reduce pathogens on poultry carcasses and meat    europa.eu

Published on: 26 March 2014 Using solutions containing peroxyacetic acid (PAA) to reduce contamination from pathogens on poultry carcasses and meat would not pose toxicity concerns, EFSA's experts sa[...]

Antimicrobial resistance remains commonly detected in bacteria in humans, animals and food:...    europa.eu

Antimicrobial resistance remains commonly detected in bacteria in humans, animals and food:...[...]

Infographic: Europe’s fight against antimicrobial resistance    europa.eu

Published on: 25 March 2014 The fourth joint EFSA and ECDC report on antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic bacteria affecting humans, animals and foods. The report is based on data collected by EU Mem[...]

Antimicrobial resistance remains commonly detected in bacteria in humans, animals and food: EFSA -ECDC report    europa.eu

Published on: 25 March 2014 Bacteria most frequently causing food-borne infections, such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, show significant resistance to common antimicrobials, according to the EFSA-E[...]

Faster diagnosis key to finding drug-resistant tuberculosis in the Republic of Moldova    who.int

Almost one third of people newly diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in the Republic of Moldova, and two thirds of those returning for treatment, have multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). Following WHO reco[...]

World Tuberculosis Day 2014: Reaching the missing 3 million    edctp.org

Every year 9 million people contract tuberculosis (TB). Of these nine million people, approximately 3 million are [...]

World TB Day – three new medicines recommended in last six months for patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis    europa.eu

Tuberculosis is an infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis that primarily affects the lungs.[...]

Fight against HIV/AIDS: launch of enhanced Action plan in EU and neighbouring countries for 2014-2016    aidsactioneurope.org

The European Commission put forward an Action Plan on HIV/AIDS which prolongs and extends existing EU action in this area, building on the achievements of the Action Plan 2009-2013. The new Action Pl[...]

New resource for educators: Toward a malaria-free world    xplorehealth.eu

Worksheets for pupils | Toward a malaria-free world This document invites students to find out all about malaria and some of the research projects currently underway with the aim of eradicating the [...]

New publication: Tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring in Europe 2014    who.int

Disaster preparedness and response Haemophilus influenza (HiB) diseases Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being Vector-borne and parasitic diseases The former Yugoslav Republic of[...]

Press release: Fight against HIV/AIDS: launch of enhanced Action plan in EU and neighbouring countries for 2014-2016    europa.eu

European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 March 2014 Today the European Commission put forward an Action Plan on HIV/AIDS which prolongs and e[...]

EU Council of Ministers adopts a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived    epha.org

The European Union's Council of Ministers adopted the Regulation on the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). The Fund will give Member States a €3.5 billion support over 2014-2020 i[...]

Periodic Report Summary 3 - CUT'HIVAC (Cutaneous and Mucosal HIV Vaccination)    europa.eumsw8

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6 Project context and objectives: The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) / AIDS is one of the greatest health challenges the world faces today. To date approx[...]

Commission welcomes final adoption of new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived    europa.eu

The European Commission welcomes today's adoption of the regulation on the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). The Fund will give Member States valuable support in their efforts to[...]

EU research and innovation on preventive vaccines    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 March 2014 Important notice: Depending on their intended use, vaccines can broadly be grouped into preventive vaccines (which are administered to healthy persons[...]

Poverty: Commission welcomes final adoption of new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 March 2014 The European Commission welcomes today's definitive adoption by the EU's Council of Ministers of the Regulation on the new Fund for European [...]

Poverty: new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived - frequently asked questions    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 March 2014 The European Commission proposed to set up a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) on 24 October 2012 (see IP/12/1141). The European P[...]

HIV clinical trials PROMISE-PEP and 2LADY: results presented at CROI 2014    edctp.org

Today, the ANRS held a press conference to highlight results from several studies presented at CROI 2014, among which were two EDCTP cofunded clinical trials, PROMISE-PEP and 2LADY.[...]

AIDS Action Europe at Quality Action meeting in Berlin    aidsactioneurope.org

What is Quality Action? Quality Action is the EU co-funded Joint Action on [...]

HIV prevention among MSM in Russia, interview with Andrey Beloglazov    aidsactioneurope.org

Russia passed in 2013 a law, banning `gay propaganda'. Due to the timing of the law coming within a year of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi there has been ongoing protests and discussions worldwide ab[...]

Joining forces in the battle against HIV    aidsactioneurope.org

AFEW wants to work smarter instead of harder In a time of constraints, we need to utilize scarce resources efficiently and effectively. On January 16, 2014, Aids Foundation East-West (AFEW) hosted re[...]

European Parliament adopts report on new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived    epha.org

At its plenary meeting in Strasbourg on 25 February, the European Parliament adopted MEP Emer Costello's report on a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAMD). The proposal is due to be [...]

Poverty: new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived - frequently asked questions    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels/Strasbourg, 25 February 2014 The European Commission proposed to set up a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) on 24 October 2012 (see IP/12/1141). [...]

Commissioner Andor welcomes European Parliament's approval of proposed new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived    europa.eu

European Commission Statement Strasbourg, 25 February 2014 I welcome today's approval by the European Parliament of the proposed new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived, which will be worth €3[...]

European Medicines Agency advises on compassionate use of a new combination therapy for chronic hepatitis C    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has given an opinion on the use of a fixed-dose combination of ledipasvir and sofosbuvir in the treatment of chro[...]

Campylobacter decreases slightly, Salmonella down, Listeria up – EFSA and ECDC say    europa.eu

EFSA is the EU risk assessment body for food and feed safety. It provides independent scientific advice to risk managers.[...]

Campylobacter decreases slightly, Salmonella down, Listeria up – EFSA and ECDC say    europa.eu

Published on: 19 February 2014 Human cases of campylobacteriosis decreased slightly in 2012 for the first time in five years, but campylobacteriosis remains the most commonly reported zoonotic diseas[...]

Proceedings of the EDCTP Stakeholder meeting on HIV/AIDS published    edctp.org

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) published the report of its Stakeholder meeting on HIV/AIDS today. The meeting was held in Lisbon, Portugal, on 3-4 Septemb[...]

Periodic Report Summary 2 - REDMAL (Clinical development of a Pfs48/45-based malaria transmission blocking vaccine)    europa.eumsw8

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT Project context and objectives: Malaria vaccines are needed to reduce the unacceptably high burden of disease and death in particular in the lowest income countries.[...]

EDCTP Stakeholder meeting on tuberculosis and other mycobacterial infections: proceedings available online    edctp.org

Today, the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) published the report of its Stakeholder meeting on tuberculosis and other mycobacterial infections. The meeting was [...]

Dutch Aids Fonds launches the "Dutch Kiss" in solidarity with LGBT community    aidsactioneurope.org

Only one in ten gay men has access to HIV care due to violation of human rights.Across the globe, only one in ten men who have sexual relations with other men has access to sex education, HIV care an[...]

Addressing the Spread of HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia    aidsactioneurope.org

HIV AND AIDS RISING Rates of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) are growing alarmingly faster than anywhere el[...]

Tuberculosis: An injection of hope    europa.eu

Tuberculosis still turns some people s lives to hell. At a boo-pharmaceutical lab near a hospital in Spain, scientists from a European Union research project are trying to find answers to the complex[...]

Report examines how HIV and TB drug procurement loopholes feed epidemics in the Ukraine    aidsactioneurope.org

Spread of HIV/AIDS and TB in Ukraine is the second highest in Europe after Russia. Because of corruption in public procurement of drugs thousands of Ukrainians don't receive proper treatment, accordi[...]

Controlling malaria in southern Africa    europa.eu

Malaria is still a big killer in southern Africa, and all available technologies need to be employed effectively to control the mosquitoes that spread it. Earth Observation (EO) techniques, such as r[...]

Across Europe young MSM are at higher risk of HIV infection    aidsactioneurope.org

The highest proportion of new HIV infections across Europe occur in young men who have sex with men (MSM), according to results of a 15-country analysis. In 2012, newly reported human immunodeficienc[...]

Periodic Report Summary 2 - TBSUSGENT (Sustaining research momentum over the coming decades: mentoring the next generation of researchers for tuberculosis)    europa.eumsw8

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON Project context and objectives: TBSUSGENT is a European Community (EC) funded Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) project whose overall aim is to sustain investigator and scie[...]

European Medicines Agency recommends approval of a new medicine for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended granting a conditional marketing authorisation for Sirturo (bedaquiline)...[...]

Executive Coordinator AAE is saying goodbye    aidsactioneurope.org

Dear AIDS Action Europe members and other colleagues, Over the years I've updated you about many of our advocacy actions through this network news. Now I use this channel for a goodbye message. By th[...]

BCN Checkpoint mobilized the MSM community in Barcelona during the European HIV Testing Week    aidsactioneurope.org

Volunteers encourage dialogue 22 to 29 November more than 400 organisations and institutions across Europe hosted activities to help people to become aware of their HIV status. One of these organizat[...]

18th HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum in Luxembourg    aidsactioneurope.org

We gathered in Luxembourg 9 to 12 December, to exchange information, discuss and influence the future of HIV/AIDS policy in Europe. The highlights: Interim HIV Action Plan for the region As the curre[...]

EDCTP stakeholder meeting on malaria: report now available    edctp.org

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) has published its report of the Stakeholder meeting on malaria today. The meeting was held in Vienna, Austria, on 19-20 Sep[...]

EFSA evaluates molecular typing methods for food-borne pathogens    europa.eu

Published on: 18 December 2013 Molecular typing methods are laboratory techniques, such as whole genome sequencing, that enable the classification and comparison of strains of disease-causing bacteri[...]

Call for the expression of interest to become a member of the EU HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum (deadline for participation: 31 January 2014    europa.eu

European Commission - The Directorate General Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) of the European Commission invites non-governmental organisations and networks to apply for a memb[...]

Public consultation on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance    europa.eu

European Commission - When preparing its policy and proposals relating to consumer safety, public health and the environment, the Commission relies on independent Scientific Committees to provide it [...]

EMA publishes report on workshop on regulatory options in the fight against antimicrobial resistance    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) today published a report highlighting the outcomes of its workshop entitled `Best use of medicines legislation to bring new antibiotics to patients and combat the [...]

HIV causes structural heart disease - detectable blood viral load nearly doubles the prevalence of heart disease    escardio.org

Presented at EuroEcho-Imaging, the findings support the introduction of CV screening in all HIV patients: [...]

New publication: Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in the European Region: a progress report    who.int

Disaster preparedness and response Haemophilus influenza (HiB) diseases Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being International Health Regulations Vector-borne and parasitic disease[...]

New publication: Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in the European Region: a progress report    who.int

Disaster preparedness and response Haemophilus influenza (HiB) diseases Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being International Health Regulations Vector-borne and parasitic disease[...]

New Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived    epha.org

European Parliament and EU Council agree to €3.5 billion on support to healthy diets including healthy diets - 2. Healthy diets, healthy food and healthy agriculture / food, diet and nutrition, Gende[...]

World AIDS Day 2013: EDCTP prepares for its second programme to support the fight against HIV/AIDS    edctp.org

Important progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS has been achieved but HIV still affects millions of lives. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the continent most affected by the disease. Currently, E[...]

World AIDS Day 2013: The Fight Against HIV/AIDS by the EU    europa.eu

European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission MEMO Brussels, 29 November 2013 What are the latest figures on HIV/AIDS in the EU and neighbouring countries? According to the [...]

New publication: HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe 2012    who.int

Disaster preparedness and response Haemophilus influenza (HiB) diseases Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being International Health Regulations Vector-borne and parasitic disease[...]

EMCDDA launches new toolkit for monitoring infectious diseases among people who inject drugs    europa.eu

Ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December, the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) has released today a new toolkit offering countries the latest guidance on monitoring infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and vir[...]

New breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer and AIDS    europa.eu

Cancer and AIDS have compromised the quality of life for millions of people around the globe, and, despite recent breakthroughs, they still represent major challenges for the medical and scientific c[...]

HIV infections up by 8% across Europe    aidsactioneurope.org

More testing and better treatment coverage recommended According to new data published today by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, m[...]

World AIDS Day 2013 – Revised guidance to facilitate development of new medicines    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency plays a key role in the authorisation of medicines to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).[...]

European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2013: everyone is responsible    who.int

Mapping both the consumption of antibiotics and the resistance patterns of infectious agents is important to spot and tackle a growing public health problem.[...]

HIV infections up by 8% across Europe. More testing and better treatment coverage recommended    who.int

According to new data issued today by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and WHO/Europe, more than 131 000 new HIV infections were reported in the WHO European Region in 20[...]

HIV/AIDS in the European Region    who.int

HIV infections in Europe continue to increase. Scaling up HIV prevention measures and antiretroviral treatment is of key importance to effectively address the epidemic.[...]

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