AUGUST  2017

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Enabling change for health: Breaking down barriers to action against chronic diseases.

Despite the existence of a strong evidence base for effective policy action on health promotion and disease prevention, too little has been achieved. Policy-makers already know what needs to be done to overcome barriers to good health, so the focus of the EPHA 2017 Annual Conference will be to explore how new levers and different levels of power can break through to real action on chronic diseases – by making health everyone’s business.

In this issue

EPHA updates
Members updates and featured events



Make Health Your Business – EPHA Annual Conference, coming up on 7 Sept

We’re ready to go for our annual conference, taking place on 7 September in Brussels.  We’re very excited this year to be welcoming inspiring speakers from all over the world. Our keynote speaker is Dr Sania Nishtar, recently shortlisted for the leadership of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and stands out as both a civil society leader and former health minister in Pakistan.

We’re going to be discussing the game changers that are needed to tackle chronic diseases in Europe. Chronic diseases represent 86% of mortality and 77% of the disease burden in Europe. EU member states spend 9-10% of GDP on healthcare with 80% of this spending goes towards the treatment of chronic diseases, amounting to around € 700 billion per year. 

However when it comes to world-leading policies to take on the commercial causes of ill health, Europe is – regrettably – lagging ever further behind, and we have to look further afield.

Our conference is an opportunity to meet thought leaders and policy-makers just ahead of several landmark policy discussions, including WHO’s European Regional Committee meeting (11-14 Sept, Budapest) where progress towards Health 2020 and the SDGs for 2030 are top of the agenda, and European Commission President Juncker’s annual State of the European Union address (#SotEU, 13 Sept). September will also see final negotiations among WHO member states of the ‘Montevideo Roadmap 2018-2030 on NCDs as a Sustainable Development Priority’ - you can still have your say on the consultation here.

Speaking of President Juncker, if your organisation isn’t yet one of the 179 groups (Wow!) who have signed our open letter asking the EU to do more for health, you can add your voice here and by using #EU4Health

Our governments already know very well the package of policies which need to be put in place if Europe is to have a hope of reaching their promises to dramatically cut premature mortality from chronic diseases, thanks to a wealth of evidence from the WHO, OECD and the public health research and advocacy community worldwide.  Likewise, we are getting an ever- clearer view of the barriers and tactics deployed by those with a vested interest in continued inaction. 

We will hear at the conference about tried and tested ways to break the deadlock, and how to take on those who seek to block action against chronic diseases – and win.  

This month’s articles give you a taster of our conference themes. For the conference agenda and to register visit the conference website

We look forward to welcoming you there and turning the tide together!  

Nina Renshaw
Secretary General

EPHA updates

EPHA together with a number of other organisations have written to President Juncker calling for continued EU action on health supported by a robust EU Health Programme and the leadership of a dedicated Directorate in the European Commission. 

179 organisations now support our joint 'EU: do more for Health!' campaign - how can you get involved?
  • Sign our petition on behalf of your organisation. Your organisation's name will be added to the list of 'Who is on board?' in alphabetical order with a link to your organisation's website 
  • Encourage your member organisations to sign, and non-health organisations in your network
  • Share the petition on social media using #EU4Health!  

Other EPHA News

Report | CHRONIC DISEASES: From the Frontline 

Ahead of EPHA's 2017 Annual Conference, the membership of EPHA has brought together frontline experiences of experts, patients and practitioners across different diseases, specialisations and campaigns trying to reduce the impact of chronic diseases on our health and economies.      >>Read More

Event | Medicines: new game, new rules 

Members updates and featured events

Mental Health Europe Open Letter endorsing the Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health >>Read more

Eurochild | Infographic How does poverty in childhood affect the rest of one's life? >>Read more

European Association of Hospital Pharmacists Statements Survey 2016 >>Read more
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