MAY 2017

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Using economics to overcome policy incoherence

It’s becoming a familiar routine, Europe’s Health Ministers get together several times a year and sign off clear sighted and ambitious conclusions to halt the rise of childhood obesity.  Since 2000, we have had at least 8 Council documents, an EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity, the WHO Global Action Plan on non-communicable diseases and more recently the Sustainable Development Goals which include a sub-target for reduction of preventable chronic diseases.  We have a set of ‘Best Buy’ policies identified by WHO.  The Health community knows very well what works and what still needs to be done in policy terms.
But as the recent lack of progress on the Audio Visual Media Services Directive shows, even some mild common sense measures to protect kids from intrusive, ubiquitous advertising for unhealthy products were too much to ask. Health Ministers and the community are not getting the message through to their Ministerial colleagues.  This despite the fact that the ‘Best Buy’ public health measures usually have rates of return on investment that would turn any investment banker green with envy.
But perhaps the tide is turning.  The World Bank has just approved the world’s first ever bonds for public health measures.  In this case it is designed to help countries curb the risk of pandemic outbreaks. This is vital progress. Financial instruments are being designed to unlock investments in public health, which will ultimately pay for themselves in cost savings, improved health and prevented loss of life.  It’s not too much of a stretch to imagine similar financial tools might also be introduced to support NCD prevention measures too.  
With the recent report which showed that ever Euro investments in public health programmes pays back on average 14 times over, the economics are unequivocally on the side of public health. Finding the tools to unlock health investments will be a game changer, which non-Health Ministers will no longer be able to ignore.
Nina Renshaw
Secretary General, EPHA

EPHA events




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 this 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.

EPHA is honoured to announce the Conference keynote speaker will be: 
Dr Sania Nishtar
President of Heartfile, and Co-Chair of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity 

EPHA updates

Take Action on the Future of Europe!

Europe is at a crossroads, following the presentation, in April 2017 by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker of the White Paper on the Future of Europe, which set out 5 possible scenarios for discussion at European and Member State levels.
Since then, EPHA and our members have been at the forefront of the discussions: 
  • EPHA, together with 38 other organisations have written to President Juncker asking him to protect the Health Programme and the Directorate General for Health (DG SANTÉ) post 2020. Visit the campaign page and find out how your organisation can get involved in our call to the European Commission to ensure health remains a core function of the EU. 
  • 257 civil society organisations across Europe, including EPHA and some of our members, have presented an alternative vision of Europe, calling for the inclusion of a 6th scenario for a Sustainable and Fair Europe in which care for people and planet are key.  Find out how to get involved here 

Other EPHA news

Members updates and featured events

Royal College of Physicians | Report | Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution >>Read More 

FEANTSA | Press Release | Destitute EU Mobile Citizens Should be Supported, not Criminalised >>Read More

AGE Platform Europe | Press Release | Let’s break the silence:Older persons suffering abuse need protection and support! >>Read More 

Cancer Research UK | Report : The impact of collaboration: The value of UK medical research to EU science and health >>Read More

Mental Health Europe | Joint-statement on mental health for the EU Health Policy Platform  >>Read More
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