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Issue 172, 14 April 2016


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Towards better prevention and management of diabetes - The Joint Action CHRODIS

by Marina Maggini (National Institute of Health, Rome, Italy) and Jelka Zaletel (National Institute of Public Health, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

by Marina Maggini (National Institute of Health, Rome, Italy) and Jelka Zaletel (National Institute of Public Health, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Diabetes is a common and serious disease: in 2015 there were 415 million adults (aged 20-79 years) with diabetes worldwide, according to the most recent estimates of the International Diabetes Federation. This represents about 9% of the population of this age group. If left unchecked, some 642 million people are expected to have diabetes by 2040. In the European Union, the frequency of diabetes varies from around 4.0 to 4.5% in Lithuania, Estonia and Ireland to just under 10% in Cyprus, Malta and Portugal.

Diabetes increases the risk for many serious health problems such as cardiovascular diseases, blin [...]

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Health Programme Projects »

CHRODIS – Addressing Chronic Diseases and Healthy Ageing Across the Life Cycle

InPreSD-SA - Innovative Prevention Strategies for type 2 Diabetes in South Asians Living in Europe

PRE-START - Prevention Strategies for Adolescents at Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

EUBIROD - EUropean Best Information through Regional Outcomes in Diabetes


News from the EU 

Health Commissioner Andriukaitis addresses stakeholders at nutrition and physical activity meeting  »

The Action Plan on Childhood Obesity and Food Reformulation were on the menu at the Joint Meeting of the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity and the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, held on 6 April 2016. Participants also got a preview of the EU Health Policy Platform.

Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health adopts final Opinion on Disruptive Innovation  »

On 5 April 2016, the Commission’s independent Expert Panel adopted its Opinion on the Implications of Disruptive Innovation for health and health care in Europe.

Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety Opinion on Phenoxyethanol open for comment  »

The Opinion concerns the safety of the use of Phenoxyethanol as a preservative in cosmetic formulations at a maximum concentration of 1.0%. Open for comments through 31 May 2016.

Toolbox on Living Kidney Donation now available  »

The Toolbox was developed for national authorities by the EU Working group on Living Donation.

Publication of first call for tender in the context of the Joint Procurement Agreement  »

The contract is specifically for “the supply, storage and dispatching of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers who might need to deal with infectious diseases of high consequence in European healthcare settings”. The call runs until 9 May 2016.

Interventions in vulnerable groups are the key to eliminating tuberculosis in Europe  »

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control gave policy makers an overview of  the situtation in view of World Tuberculosis Day on 24 March.

Call for experts on ad hoc rapid risk assessment of cross-border chemical threats: enrol now!  »

In case of cross-border chemical threats, the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks is asked to provide a risk assessment within 36 hours. DG Sante is launching a call for experts to create a pool of experts to assist in this task. Deadline 22 April 2016.

Forthcoming events 

Conference: 'Towards better prevention and management of chronic diseases' (Brussels, 21 April 2016)  »

Follow the livestream of this event that brings together EU policy-makers, leading experts, health practitioners and patient groups. The EU Health Policy Platform will be presented at this event.

eHealth Week (Amsterdam, 8-9 June 2016)  »

This year's event has three themes: Empowering People, Trust and Standards and Social Innovation and Transition.

Reporting from across Europe 

Romania bans smoking in enclosed public places  [Romania]  »

The new smoking ban came into effect on 16 March, 2016.

EU Health Award for NGOs 

Manos Unidas  »

Joining efforts towards the reduction and elimination of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Masanga UK  »

An intuitive digital training platform for enhanced infection prevention and control training for health professionals and community workers

 More information on the Award


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