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EuroHealthNet continues work on EU Joint Actions at distance

While meetings in person have necessarily been cancelled or postponed during the COVID-19 crisis, work has been continuing at distance on important EU Joint Actions in which EuroHealthNet is involved.

  • The EU Joint Action on Health and Equity (JAHEE) is looking at key national and EU developments in the light of health inequalities in the new circumstances. EuroHealthNet is helping to lead joint work on the contents of the annual EU Semester process for economic, social and sustainable development, which is likely to be amended to account for new needs ahead. Current news is here
  • The EU Joint Action on tackling chronic non communicable diseases (CHRODIS+) has carried out extensive national policy dialogues. EuroHealthNet is considering outcomes from these events to identify common learning and feed into EU policy processes. Curent news is here
  • Meanwhile, the EU Executive Agency for Health and Consumer actions, CHAFEA, has updated the timeline for Joint Actions under the Annual Work Programme 2020. Please click here to access the update timeline

Developing a draft European action plan for health literacy 

An expert meeting to launch the process of developing the WHO European action plan on health literacy has been held in Copenhagen, hosted by the Danish Health Authority. This builds on the draft Roadmap approved by the WHO Regional Committee 69th Meeting in 2019, at which EuroHealthNet expressed its support in our Statement, and EuroHealthNet Director Caroline Costongs participated actively in the process and meeting. The outcomes will be used to draft the vision, actions, expected outcomes and relevant indicators to guide the enhancement of health literacy related actions in the European Region by 2030 and beyond. A draft action plan will now be developed, and a wider consultation will be launched.

Pharos organises ‘week against health inequalities’ 

In the Netherlands, people who live in poverty or who have low levels of education generally live 6 years less and face health issues 15 years sooner than people with high income and education levels. During the week against health inequalities, from 9 to 13 March, Pharos focused on health disparities in the Netherlands. Themed “And they lived happily every after, the week raised attention for the fact that determinants such as poverty, loneliness and housing issues have a great impact on our health, and that all citizens should work together for health for all.

SOSTE proposes a new health-based excise tax in Finland 

As public health expenditure increases in Finland, SOSTE has proposed a new health tax model. The new tax will apply to products that are high in salt, sugar and/or saturated fat to decrease ill-health and its costs to individuals and society.  

LISER policy brief on economic and political integration of migrants 

In Luxembourg, half of the population is foreign born, making it one of the most diverse populations of Europe. A new policy brief by LISER examines to what extend migrants are involved in the political process in the destination country. The brief sets out that economic and political integration are closely intertwined. 

Public Health Wales publishes profiles about mental wellbeing, and life expectancy and mortality 

A new interactive profile looks at mental wellbeing in Wales. It presents indicators on “life worthwhile”, “life satisfaction”, “sense of happiness” and “sense of anxiety” in adults. It also includes data on child wellbeing, including factors such as community safety, volunteering and feeling that people can be trusted.  Because the profile includes demographic and socioeconomic characteristic breakdowns for Wales, it allows for comparison of wellbeing in the most and least deprived areas.

Public Health Wales also published a report on life expectancy and mortality in the nation. The report concludes that life expectancy has shown little improvement since 2011 for both men and women compared to previous periods. Similarly, whereas mortality rates decreased by 20% in the 10 years before, they have shown little change since 2011. 

EuroHealthNet staff are woring remotely while our office is closed

The EuroHealthNet Brussels Office is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 situation. All colleagues are currently safe, well, and teleworking daily. We continue supporting our Partnership via our core European Employment and Social Innovation Programme (EaSI) priorities plus the many international projects and EU Joint Actions in which we are involved. We continue to keep in close contact with our Members, Partners and stakeholders working in European countries, regions and communities.

Please see our website for information, or contact if you have any queries with which we can help. Health Highlights will continue to be published each month.