Young EAP Blog June 2018: Childhood Obesity – A Global Public Health Concern

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Introduction Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. Last year, the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) reported that the number of obese children and adolescents globally has increased tenfold in the last 40 years. In 2016, an estimated 41 million children …

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WHO Independent High-Level Commission (IHLC) releases Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) Report

In preparation for the UN General Assembly’s third High-level Meeting on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which will take place on the 27th of September 2018 in New York, the WHO Independent High-Level Commission (IHLC) published its “NCDs – Time to Deliver” report on the 1st of …

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Health Priorities of the future Austrian Presidency (July – December 2018)

As Austria is getting ready to take over the Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1st July 2018, Vienna is narrowing its focus on health and it is prioritising 3 dossiers above all else: The European Commission Proposal for a Council Recommendation on Strengthened Cooperation against Vaccine Preventable …

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European Commission proposes Council Recommendation on Strengthened Cooperation against Vaccine Preventable Diseases

In April 2018, the European Commission proposed a (non-binding) Council Recommendation through which it hopes to reduce vaccine-preventable disease across the European Union. Although the EU member states are in charge of their vaccination policies, the Commission hopes to strengthen their cooperation in order to tackle vaccine hesitancy, improve coordination on vaccine …

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Health policies in the upcoming EU budget (2021 – 2027)

On the 2nd of May, the European Commission adopted the legislative proposal the future EU budget for 2021 – 2017, also called the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). Within this new MFF, health has been incorporated into the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) programme, and it is supposed to support public …

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ISSOP – Aftermath of the Budapest Declaration

(by Dr. Peter Altorjay Hungary, EAP National Delegate; and Dr. Paul Torpiano, Malta’s Young EAP member) After having ISSOP’s 2017 Budapest meeting’s position statement on migrant child health – widely known as the Budapest Declaration – endorsed by many paediatric societies, the European Academy of Paediatrics was invited this March …

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Call for Abstracts – ISSOP’s Annual Conference

The International Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health (ISSOP) is accepting abstract submissions for its annual conference, which will take place in Bonn on 27-29 September 2018. This year’s conference theme is Early Childhood Intervention: Science, Systems and Policies Promoting Healthy Development of Vulnerable Children. Following the discussions in …

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ESPGHAN celebrates its 50th anniversary

The European Society for Paediatic Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN), a long-standing and active EAP member association, celebrated 50 successful years since its creation. ESPGHAN started in 1968 as a group of 36 friends, who held an informal meeting with some 20 oral presentations to share their work in the …

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EAP contributes to WHO Nurturing Care Framework

EAP and Young EAP were key contributors to WHO’s Nurturing Care Framework, which was launched at the 71st World Health Assembly and can be accessed here. Key issues of EAP’s contribution to the Nurturing Care Framework include: The need for a multisectoral approach on Nurturing Care; The need for adequate, …

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EAP takes part in WHO/ECDC-led EIW campaign

To celebrate the European Immunization Week (23-28 April), a health initiative on the importance of vaccine confidence and increased immunisation rates by the WHO and the ECDC, EAP carried out a social media campaign in support of vaccination. Statements from EAP representatives on increasing vaccine confidence, posted on Twitter throughout …

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UEMS Spring Meeting outcomes

The Spring Meeting of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) was held in April in Marrakech. EAP had a number of presentations at the meeting, including the recently approved training requirements in Paediatric Allergy, Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Paediatric rheumatology, all of which were formally approved by the General …

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“Healthy Child, Healhy World” Week

EAP Executive Committee Member and Chairman of the European Board of Paediatrics (EBP), Dr. Robert Ross Russell, is planning the upcoming “Healthy Child, Healthy World” event, a week of celebration of child achievements in Cambridge that will be run in October this year. The format is to hold daily events …

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EBP prepares paediatric exam

The European Board of Paediatrics (EBP) is busy taking forward the plans for the paediatric exam. We have shortlisted two companies who will be presenting to the EC in Sofia, and expect to decide shortly after that which one will be running our exam for the next 3 years. EBP …

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Young EAP Blog May 2018: Protecting children from tobacco

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The situation Exposure to SHS leads to an estimated 166.000 child deaths each year worldwide, with most of those deaths resulting from lower respiratory diseases. Eighty-six percent (86%) of youth in Europe are exposed to SHS in public spaces. Following international studies, several European countries started implementing tobacco control in …

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Young EAP Blog March 2018: Creating confidence in vaccines

Across Europe we have been facing the problem of decreasing immunisation coverage that undermines the progress made towards eliminating specific infectious diseases, and allows vaccine-preventable disease to re-emerge. We need to explore the reasons behind this phenomenon, and to address them. Therefore, EAPRASnet, the practice-based research network within the European …

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New Young EAP Officials

Young EAP now has official representatives to support the European Board of Paediatrics (EBP) and EAP advocacy activities, especially in areas where the voice of trainees is needed. In addition, several Young EAP members have submitted their candidatures for Young EAP Core Group positions. The elections will take place during …

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DG Health Publishes 2017 Country Health Profiles

Through its Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG HEALTH), the European Commission (EC) has made available the 2017 Country Health Profiles for each of the EU member states. Prepared in cooperation with the OECD and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, the Profiles take stock of the …

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ECDC warns about measles outbreaks in Europe

A new European Centre from Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) report shows high measles rates in EU countries such as Romania, Italy, Germany and Greece in 2017. The majority of the cases listed (87%) were due to the lack of, or incomplete, immunisation. Other countries, such as the UK, France …

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EU Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Knowledge Gateway launched

The EU has launched its Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Knowledge Gateway, a complete and user-friendly online platform with up-to-date information on key prevention elements of non-communicable diseases. The Gateway presents key data, definitions, policy updates and recommendations for best-practices and actions on diet and physical activity, as well as …

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Refugee children health concerns highlighted in new UNICEF report

A new UNICEF Humanitarian Situation Report on refugee and migrant children stressed the health, education and other social challenges faced by migrant and refugee children arriving to Europe, despite recent EU efforts such as the Communication on the protection of children in migration. According to the report, the situation of …

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EU Commissioner for Health’s Head of Cabinet replies to EAP concerns on AMR and tuberculosis

Following its open letter to the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council of the EU and to the EU Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis, EAP has received a reply from Commissioner Andriukaitis’s cabinet. In the document, EU Commissioner Andriukaitis’s Head of Cabinet, Mr. Arūnas Vinčiūnas, thanked EAP …

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EAP supports freedom of speech – statement

Following the arrest of leaders of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB, in the original acronym), EAP released a statement supporting TTB’s position that “war is a public health problem”. Likewise, the statement joined the requests of the international community to release TTB’s leaders, and to ensure the prevalence of human …

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Update on the European Board of Paediatrics

The European Board of Paediatrics (EBP) is delighted to be making progress on several fronts towards its full establishment and regular operations. Firstly, Robert Ross Russell (UK) (as the newly elected chair) is joined by Martin White (Ireland), who is the new Officer for Assessment and Examination and brings great …

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7th EAPS Congress – call for abstracts

The 7th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies (EAPS) – co-organised by EAP –, which will take place in October-November 2018, has opened its call for abstracts period. Interested candidates must choose a topic or sub-topic among those listed on the EAPS website and submit their proposal until …

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The situation of junior health professionals in Poland

In Poland, strikes by health care professionals have become an almost annual occurrence. Last June, junior doctors demonstrated against poor wages and quality of training and a lack of regulation of working hours.  After this strike, another round of failed negotiations over increased medical spending led to a month-long hunger …

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EAP is working with LOWeurope to improve its communications

To reinforce perceptions of EAP as the voice of children’s health in Europe, we have been collaborating with LOWeurope, a Brussels-based consultancy specialising in strategic advice, marketing communications (such as PR and social media) and event management. This successful collaboration, which began in 2017, has already contributed greatly to having …

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European Commission Issues Report on the Impact of the Paediatric Regulation

In a report to the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, the European Commission says that the Regulation has had a substantial impact on the development of medicines. Between 2007 and 2016 over 260 new Medicines for use by children were authorised. There is also a clear upward trend …

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ECDC, EFSA and EMA Publish Harmonised AMR Indicators

The European Centre for Disease Control, European Food Safety Agency and European Medicines Agency have published harmonised outcome indicators to assist EU member states in assessing their progress in reducing the use of antimicrobials and antimicrobials resistance (AMR). In humans, indicators include total consumption and the ratio of community consumption …

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WHO urges animal antibiotic curbs

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended governments dramatically cut antibiotic use in farm animals, including a ban on their use in growth promotion. Key recommendations include: – a reduction in use of medically important antimicrobial in food-producing animals; – a complete restriction of use in food-producing animals for growth promotion; …

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EAP and EPA Reach Agreement on a Future Common Paediatric Society

The EAP and EPA met in Moscow on the 9th of November to discuss the future collaboration opportunities between the two societies. The meeting sought to explore the possibility to merge the two societies, leading to only one European Paediatric Society in Europe representing the paediatric population and the European …

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Infectious Diseases and Migrant Children at the core of EAP’s 2017 Congress and Masterclass

Like previous years, the EAP Congress and MasterCourse 2017 was again a success! More than 700 paediatricians from 80 countries visited Ljubljana (Slovenia) to exchange ideas and information, and to meet colleagues from all over the world. This year, the MasterCourse focussed on Paediatric Infections and included a diverse range …

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EAP Signs Budapest Declaration on Children on the Move, Guidelines on Migrant’s Health to be Published Soon

EAP has created its own detailed guidelines on the health risks and needs of refugee and migrant children entitled Providing primary care for migrant children in Europe. Seeking to provide optimal care for migrant and refugee children in need of paediatric treatment, the publication of the Guidelines (which contain 12 …

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Antimicrobial Stewardship at the Top of EAP’s Agenda

On the 15th November 2017, and as a part of the World Antibiotics Awareness Week, EAP has released its statement on Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) in collaboration with the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID). Underlining the importance of AMS as a key component to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), the …

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EAP commemorates World Obesity Awareness Day with infographic on overweight and obesity

To acknowledge and celebrate the World Obesity Awareness Day, EAP took to Twitter to publish its brand new “Childhood Obesity: Facts and Figures” infographic, as well as an accompanying banner. Presenting the main causes and consequences of obesity and weight excess, as well as the key actions needed to tackle …

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Brexit and Health

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  “Brexit is bad for health, and doctors should say so”. Neena Modi, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) in the UK, argued in a recent personal view in the British Medical Journal that leaving the EU will have wide ranging effects on the health …

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