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In this edition - 09 March 2017
 

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Editorial
"Thousands of patients will benefit" from European Reference Networks
On 1 March, 2017, 24 thematic European Reference Networks began working, gathering together over 900 highly specialised healthcare units from 26 countries. Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, says the value of EU collaboration is particularly clear in the case of rare and complex diseases.
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Project in the Picture
RD-ACTION Promoting Implementation of Recommendations on Policy, Information and data for Rare Diseases
This joint action will expand and consolidate the achievements of the former joint actions on rare diseases supported by the European Commission and will help Member States to implement recommended measures.
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News from the EU
Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis says promoting health throughout the lifespan is key to healthy ageing
Speaking at the last conference of the CHRODIS Joint Action, the Commissioner called on Member States and stakeholders "to focus more on health promotion – pro-active health promotion in all ages – to keep people in good health, and for longer."
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Joint Action CHRODIS helped tackle chronic disease challenge at EU-level
Director General of DG Sante Xavier Prats-Monné praises the work of CHRODIS in his editorial for the last JA-CHRODIS newsletter, which also reviews the outcomes of the joint action.
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European Commission hosts 17th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI) in Brussels to discuss global preparedness
On 24 February, Ministers and delegations from the members (European Commission, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA, Mexico, and WHO) discussed global preparedness in the event of an outbreak and response to both conventional and to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) terrorist attacks.
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Procedure launched for Joint Actions 2017
Member State health authorities have been invited to nominate competent authorities for the actions co-financed (commonly called ‘Joint Actions’) in 2017, namely concerning health inequalities, action against cancer, vaccination, preparedness and actions at points of entry, e-health networks and health information.
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Take part in the 2017 EU-Compass for Action on Mental Health and Well-being Good Practices questionnaire
The questionnaire aims to identify European good practices in mental health and well-being practices and programmes by Member States and non-governmental stakeholders.
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Joint Action Cancon: Five Policy papers on cancer hot topics
The policy paper topics were suggested by the Member States and are targeted at policy makers at both Member State and EU level.
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New EU Taskforce to take Health and Digital policies further
The European Commission has set up a task force bringing together technology and health policy makers to explore how technology can improve healthcare.
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EU Press Releases
Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use
The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommended six medicines for approval at its 20 - 23 February meeting.
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Forthcoming events
Informal Health Council meeting (Malta, 20 March 2017)
Topics, among others, will include halting the rise of childhood obesity and scaling up efforts on HIV/AIDS.
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Rare Diseases Registry meeting (Madrid, 21-22 March 2017)
The Rare Disease Registries workshop unites key stakeholders for the development of patient registries for rare diseases allowing them to share the results from several EU Health Programme projects and Joint Actions funded between 2008-2015.
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World Tuberculosis Day (24 March 2017)
This year, WHO will focus on uniting efforts to "Leave No One Behind", including actions to address discrimination and to overcome barriers to access care.
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Luxembourg National Health Care Summit 2017 (Luxembourg, 5 April 2017)
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New publications
Public Procurement of Food for Health: Technical Report on the School Setting
This report by the European Commission and the Maltese Presidency of the EU is a practical tool to support Member States translate their national school food standards related to health and nutrition into food procurement specifications.
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Study review and meta-analysis on fruit and veg intake and its impact on heart disease, cancer and overall mortality
Just published by the International Journal of Epidemiology, this review suggests that an estimated 5.6 and 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide in 2013 may have been prevented by sufficient fruit and vegetable intake.
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Booklet - Good Practices in Mental Health and Wellbeing
This booklet was produced under the EU Health Programme (2014-2020) in the frame of a service contract with the Executive Agency (CHAFEA) acting under a mandate from the European Commission.
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Edition 3 - EU Mental Health Compass newsletter
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EU Health Policy Platform
EU Health Award 2016 recognised NGOs active in the fight against AMR
The winners of the European Commission's EU Health Award for 2016 were announced on 6 February 2017. Winning and shortlisted NGOs will be listed here and in upcoming editions.
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1st Prize winner: The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)
The European Consumer Organisation runs the antibiotic resistance campaign and advocates for stronger rules regulating the use of antimicrobials in livestock.
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