EuroHealthNet directs its expertise and advocates for greater health equity by issuing statements, joint letters and articles describing the partnership’s position on legislative developments and other relevant matters. Over the last year, 17 such statements were issued. Topics covered included Topics covered included child rights and investing in children, building a European Health Union, recovery and resilience plans to support sustainable and fair health and social care systems, Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, and mental health.
When important developments for health equity occur, news releases are used to inform the public. Over the last year, 12 releases were sent out to raise awareness on, among other things, the links between social protection and health, the European Pillar of Social Rights, and the effects of the New EU budgets on health spending and outcomes.
As the EuroHealthNet partnership is widely-known for its expertise on health equity, its statements and news releases are regularly picked up by the media and other organisations. For instance this year our work appeared in the press and other publications at least 45 times. EuroHealthNet was frequently mentioned in Dods, Politico, and on the Health Policy Platform. EuroHealthNet’s COVID-19 outputs, the financing e-Guide and the Health Inequalities Portal were mentioned most often. EuroHealthNet was referenced in at least five scientific articles in 2020, all related to inequalities and the sustainability of our health systems in times of COVID-19.
Our statements this year, in addition to those listed throughout this report Included:
A letter to the EPSCO Council: The need for more effective investments and reforms towards sustainable health and care systems. Read in full.
A Joint Letter with the Alliance for Investing in Children on the prioritisation of child poverty reduction in the European Parliament’s Resolution on the Recovery Package and the 2021-2027 EU MFF. Read in full.
Five recommendations for European eHealth priorities, as a member of the eHealth Stakeholder Group. Read in full.
Statements to the WHO Europe Regional Committee meeting on
Provisional agenda item 4 The European Programme of Work, 2020–2025 – “United Action for Better Health in Europe”
Provisional agenda Item 2b: The state of health in the WHO European Region, including lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic
A Joint Statement on the use of the next European and structural investment funds for strategic investments in health and social services with EUREGHA (European Regional and Local Health Authorities). Read in full.
An Open Letter on National Recovery and Resilience Plans to support sustainable and fair health and social care systems, addressed to the heads of the Permanent Representations of Member States to the European Union
A joint letter to the Council of the EPSCO Ministers, welcoming the declaration on “Overcoming poverty and social exclusion – mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on families – working together to develop prospects for strong children” Read in full here.
An open letter to EU states on National Recovery Plans (RRPs) to support sustainable and fair health and care systems. Read in full.
A statement with the EU Alliance for Investing in Children on the ESF+ political agreement. Read in full.
A statement with the EU Alliance for Investing in Children on the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan. Read in full.
An Open letter to the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, all Ministers and Commissioners in the informal EPSCO meetings 15 – 16 March 2021. Read in full.
A statement on health equity for world health day: building a fairer, healthier world. Read in full.
A Joint Statement with the EU Alliance for Investing in Children statement on the European Commission’s proposal for a Council Recommendation establishing the Child Guarantee. Read in full.
Statement to the Oslo Medicines Initiative: ‘better access to effective, novel, high-priced medicines – a new vision for collaboration between the public and private sectors’ Read in full
A joint letter from health organisations on extending the mandate of the ECDC towards an integrated public health approach. Read in full.
A Joint Position Paper led by the Smoke Free Partnership on the cross-border acquisition of excise goods, including alcohol and tobacco. Read in full.
A Statement ahead of the EU’s social summit, the Conference on the Future of Europe and the Global Health summit on the need to use health equity as a compass for long-term recovery from the pandemic. Read in full.