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Issue 106, 14 March 2013


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Investment in Health a priority in the Social Investment Package

By Paola Testori Coggi, Director General for Health and Consumers, European Commission

By Paola Testori Coggi, Director General for Health and Consumers, European Commission

The European Commission adopted its Social Investment Package for Growth and Cohesion on 20th February 2013. As highlighted in the Commission paper on Investing in Health included in the package, health is an integral part of the Europe 2020 strategy.

The paper recommends reforming health systems to ensure the twin aims of providing access to high quality healthcare and using public resources more efficiently. It follows on from the 2013 Annual Growth Survey,which recognises the contribution of health for a job-rich recovery and recommends reforming health systems to ensure their cost-effectiveness and [...]

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Health Programme Projects »

EU Joint Action on Health Workforce Planning

Euregio III

EU Health Prize for Journalists – Articles »

Medical geneticist: A rare disease is a real disaster in Estonia. Silja Paavle, Estonian national winner

Alen can finally move his little arms. Meta ńĆernoga, Slovenian national winner


News from the EU 

Pharmaceuticals: New symbol to identify medicines undergoing additional monitoring  »

The symbol will allow patients and healthcare professionals to easily identify medicinal products that are undergoing additional monitoring and encourage them to report unexpected adverse reaction through national reporting systems.

Tackling medication errors: European Medicines Agency workshop calls for coordinated EU approach  »

New proposals made to improve reporting and prevention of medication errors.

World Tuberculosis Day - 24 March  »

2013 is the second year of the two-year 'Stop TB in my lifetime' World Tuberculosis Day campaign

Making the scientific link between the natural environment and good human health  »

PHENOTYPE, the EU-funded research project, is investigating the link between exposure to the natural outdoor environment and improved human health and well-being.

European Week against Cancer (EWAC) Youth Competition 2013  »

Young people aged between 10 and 18 years are encouraged to submit a clear and creative poster communicating what young people can do now to prevent getting cancer later in life. Closing date 19 April.

Reporting from across Europe 

European Health Examination Survey in Luxembourg  [Luxembourg]  »

A sample of 13 400 persons will be invited to take part in the Health Examination Survey of Luxembourg.

Increasing organ donations  [Bulgaria]  »

A three-step action plan by the Ministry of Health and the Executive Agency for Transplantation is underway to increase organ donation across the country.

Third cancer plan – 2014  [France]  »

Contributions for the preparation of the next cancer plan are invited. Deadline 20 May 2013.

What's New on Health-EU 

Investment in Health a priority in the Social Investment Package  »

Strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health systems within tighter public healthcare budgets.

Project PHGEN II  »

Preparing the EU for personalised medicine – tailor-made, individualised diagnostics and therapy that take into account genetic differences.

Forthcoming events 

Innovative Healthcare and Well-being, e-Health week 2013 (Dublin, 13-15 May 2013)  »

The two main events are the High Level eHealth Conference co-organised by the European Commission and the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and WoHIT (World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition) organised by HIMSS Europe.

New publications 

Building European reference networks in health care. Exploring concepts and national practices in the European Union  »

Published by the World Health Organization (WHO), this study outlines the key policy implications and challenges of developing the concept of reference networks at national and European levels.

'The Burden of Liver Disease in Europe: A Review of Available Epidemiological Data' published by the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL)  »

The report is the result of a review of 260 epidemiological studies published in the last five years in order to survey the current state of evidence on the burden of liver disease in Europe and its causes.

JAMIE (Joint Action on Injury Monitoring in Europe) produce fourth edition of 'Injuries in the European Union'  »

The data in this publication is derived from the European Injury Data Base (IDB), with supplementary data from Eurostat and WHO-Europe, the Joint Action is supported by the EU Health Programme.

EU Press Releases 

Q and A on 26 new EU research projects on rare diseases  »

The European Commission will provide €144 million of new funding for 26 research projects, with the objective to deliver 200 new therapies for rare diseases by 2020.

Presidency of the Council of the EU on childhood obesity – The Imperative for a Preventive Approach  »

Obesity-related illnesses now claim at least more than 5 times the number of lives lost to suicide and road traffic accidents combined.

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