Launch of the European Portal for Action on Health Inequalities

The new website was developed by EuroHealthNet in the framework of its EU-funded Joint Action on Health Inequalities project. Featuring a searchable database of projects and initiatives that are considered examples of good practice, the website aims to provide visitors with a wide range of information and tools that address health inequalities at the European, national and regional levels.

Africa 's demographic challenges - how a young population can make development possible

The Berlin Institute for Population and Development in cooperation with Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (SW) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis has launched its EU funded study "Africa 's demographic challenges - how a young population can make development possible".

Against the backdrop of a rapidly growing population in Africa -the United Nations project that the continents' population might double by mid-century- the accompanying report investigates key questions such as possibilities to influence population growth and potential ways for Africa to maximize its development potential.

Human Development Report 2011 highlights global inequities

UNDP's 2011 Human Development Report finds that income distribution has worsened in most regions of the world. Assessing national average achievements in health, education and income, the report places Norway, Australia and the Netherlands at the top of the 2011 ranking. Congo, Niger and Burundi represent the bottom three. The rest of the top ten list comprises the United States, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Germany and Sweden. Strikingly, adjusting the index according to internal inequalities causes some of the top ranked nations to drop considerably in the ranking, with the United States falling from #4 to #23.

As its title "Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All" indicates, the report also highlights possible detrimental effects of environmental degradation on equitable development. In this context, different "environmental challenges" scenarios project an 8% to 15% decrease of the global development index by 2050 compared to baseline assumptions that do not take into account possible adverse effects of global warming.

The complete report is available here; a summary and individual chapters can be found here.

European Commission's DG Health & Consumers launches stakeholder consultation on cross-border recognition of prescriptions

Following the Directive 2011/24/EU of the European Parliament and the Council from March 2011 on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare, the European Commission invites patients, health professionals and the medical industry to gives their views on possible measures to improve the recognition of prescriptions issued in another EU member state.

Contributions are requested until mid-January 2012 via an online questionnaire. More information, including the original directives and the consultation documents, are available here.

EU Commission launches new webpage for Scientific Committees

The new website is designed to offer comprehensive up-to-date information on all open consultations and calls, scientific opinions, mandates and upcoming events of the EC's non-food Scientific Committees.

UNFPA report: People and possibilities in a world of 7 billion

As the global media marks today as the day that welcomes the symbolic 7 billionth person into the world, UNFPA has released its 2011 report on the State of World Population, aptly titled "People and possibilities in a world of 7 billion"

Final version of the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health

Agreed upon at the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health held in Rio de Janeiro from 19-21 October, 2011, the declaration is expected to generate political momentum for tangible action on the recommendations elaborated by 2008 WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health.

With delegations from 125 WHO member states attending, the Rio conference constituted one of the largest meetings in WHO history since the International Conference on Primary Health Care in 1978 and is hoped to serve as starting point for the development of national action plans and strategies.

New ILO publication: Addressing inequities in access to health care for vulnerable groups in countries of the European region

Recently published by the International Labor Organization (ILO), this paper analyses persisting inequalities in access to health care for vulnerable groups in the broader European region, including countires from the European Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Among the issues addressed are key determinants of vulnerability such as labour market impacts and related gaps in access to social protection.


Consultation on the European Review of the Social Determinants of Health & the Health Divide launched by Marmot Review Team

The consortium chaired by Professor Sir Michael Marmot of the University College London has launched a consultation in the framework of its review of the Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide commissioned by WHO/Europe. Together with other recently commissioned studies, including a study on governance for health in the 21st century led by Professor Ilona Kickbusch of Global Health Europe, the review is to inform the development a new health policy framework for the European region known as Health 2020.

The Marmot Review Team welcomes responses from individuals and organisations from across the 53 countries of the European Regions, from within all sectors and levels of government. Reponses are requested to be returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 25th, 2011.

The consultation document is available here.

The list of questions for consultation is available here.

For more information, visit the website of the Marmot Review Team.

WHO Mental Health Atlas 2011 released

The World Health Organization has released the WHO Mental Health Atlas 2011.Presenting data from 184 WHO member states, this new publication highlights the unmet need for mental health care as underinvestment in the sector continues and an uneven distribution of resources across countries and region persists.

Video summary of the EHFG 2011

The video summary of the 14th European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) documents this year's conference "Innovation & Wellbeing - Europe's Health in 2020 and beyond" that was held 5 - 8 October in Gastein, Austria.

European Commission publishes Mid-term Evaluation of the EU Health Strategy

The EC has published its report on the mid-term evaluation of the EU Health Strategy 2008-2013. The full report can be found here, an executive summary is also available.

Summary of the Global Health Europe Workshop at the European Health Forum, Gastein


On the 5th October, Global Health Europe held a pre-conference workshop on global health governance at the 14th European Health Forum in Gastein (EHFG), Austria with a special focus on the reform of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The debate centred on processes for engagement within the WHO reform processes, in particular the role of civil society, organisations such as the European Union, and private industry within reform. A range of reform and general global health governance challenges were discussed, including the tensions between NGO and private interests within governance, and timely reform versus the need for adequate mechanisms to ensure democratic processes and representation. (Above: S.Battams, M. Kokény, I.Kickbusch, A.Rys, L.Andersen, T.Gebauer). Read more.

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