Brochure Foundation call for proposals for visiting researchers in 2012

22 December 2010

THE BROCHER RESIDENCIES

The Brocher Foundation residencies last between one and six months. They give researchers - from PhD students to Professors - the opportunity to work at the Brocher Centre on projects on the ethical, legal and social implications for humankind of recent medical research and new technologies. In 2012 the Brocher Centre will host up to ten researchers at any one time.

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Empower women - Combating tobacco industry marketing in the WHO European Region

20 December 2010

Over the last two decades, smoking by women and girls in many parts of the WHO European Region has increased, largely owing to skilful and successful marketing by the tobacco industry.

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Action for Global Health launches an online guide to global health in the EU

14 December 2010

Action for Global Health is a European network of NGOs advocating for Europe to play a more proactive role in enabling developing countries to meet the Health Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The online guide is an in-depth tool for anyone who wants to know more about EU's global health policies, actors and opportunities to influence the EU institutions. The idea behind the guide is to overcome the fact that EU decisions are often rather opaque to NGOs and advocates outside Brussels.

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Europe's Global Food Industries Join the Fight for Global Health

14 December 2010

Back in 2005 the food giants were certainly regarded as adding to the problems of poverty and poor health by threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of poor farmers and marketing unhealthy junk food. Calls for stronger regulation have grown stronger in the intervening years and some but not all of Europe's global food companies such as Nestlé, Danone, Unilever and European subsidiaries such as Kraft Foods Europe and PepsiCo Europe are taking stock of their contribution both to diet related aspects of poor health in Europe and their global impact on poverty and health. They must be engaged in the forthcoming discussions of action to tackle NCDs.

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UN General Assembly adopts third resolution on global health and foreign policy

10 December 2010

On Thursday, 9 December the UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/65/L.27 on the issue of global health and foreign policy. The resolution was passed following presentations by Brazil, representing the group of countries who comprise the initiative of global health and foreign policy (Brazil, France, Indonesia, Norway, Senegal, South Africa, and Thailand), Belgium, representing the EU, India, representing the Asian countries, Vietnam, speaking on behalf of the ASEAN member states, Switzerland, the USA, Japan, Australia, and the Holy See. The text of the resolution can be accessed at http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/65/L.27

Member state commentary on the resolution can be found below

 

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University of Oslo launches research cooperation on global health and foreign policy

09 December 2010

The Global Health field is creating new ways of collaborating, financing and
transferring technology from industrialized to developing countries. LEVE's
Working Group "Health as Foreign Policy" will lead the start-up of a new
research cooperation which aims to map and exchange knowledge between the
fields of global health and foreign policy.

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EU Consultation: AMR Task Force

09 December 2010

The Commission has launched a public consultation to gather input from stakeholders on the next steps for the EU/US Transatlantic Task Force on antimicrobial resistance.

 

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Roll-out of new meningitis vaccine for sub-Saharan Africa.

08 December 2010

Health officials are set to roll-out a new meningitis vaccine for sub-Saharan Africa's "meningitis belt". The new vaccine, which has been developed in India, costs less the fifty US cents a dose and clinical tests suggest it could offer protection for between 10 and 15 years.

 

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EU raids AstraZeneca and other drugmakers

08 December 2010

EU antitrust regulators have raided the offices of some pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca, suspected of colluding to block the market entry of cheaper generic drugs, Euractiv.com reports.

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EU Development Days 2010

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The 5th installment of the EU's international forum for development cooperation gave special attention to global health issues, from achieiving the Millennium Development Goals to combating the illicit trade in fake medicines.  Below are excerpts from some of these discussions that have been posted on the EU Development Days 2010 website:

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World AIDS Day 2010: at least 56 countries have either stabilized or achieved significant declines in rates of new HIV infections, but Europe still a cause for concern

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New UNAIDS report shows AIDS epidemic has been halted and world beginning to reverse the spread of HIV. New HIV infections have fallen by nearly 20% in the last 10 years, AIDS-related deaths are down by nearly 20% in the last five years, and the total number of people living with HIV is stabilizing. However, HIV/AIDS is still on the rise in the European Region where it is a major public health challenge.

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Triumph over tobacco

24 November 2010

The outcome of the fourth meeting of the parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has been hailed as a victory over industry pressure.

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World Health Report 2010: Health Systems Financing, the path to universal coverage

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Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), launched the latest World Health Report 2010 in Berlin. The occassion of the launch was held within the context of a 2 day international conference organised by the German Federal Government and attended my health ministers from all six WHO regions. The new World Health Report, titled Health System Financing: a path to universal coverage, maps out what countries can do to modify their financing systems so they can move more quickly towards this goal - universal coverage - and sustain the gains that have been achieved The report builds on new research and lessons learnt from country experience. It provides an action agenda for countries at all stages of development and proposes ways that the international community can better support efforts in low income countries to achieve universal coverage and improve health outcomes.

 

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Pope Says Use of Condoms Can Be Acceptable

21 November 2010

While Catholic charities such as Caritas do much to support health and development, the impact of the Vatican's assertions on the use of condoms has been a serious barrier to progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, even though most Catholics reject such views. The Pope is reported as saying that use of condoms could be acceptable in certain cases where the intention is to reduce the risk of infection. This represents a very significant change in the Vatican's position.

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Action for Global Health launches online tool to track EU support for health in developing countries

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Action for Global Health has launched an "Action Tracker" - an online tool that tracks the contributions that EU Member States make to improve health in developing countries.

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Studies Show Drug-Resistant Bug Threats in Europe

17 November 2010

Drug-resistant infections with the "superbug" Clostridium difficile are rising in Europe and are widespread, scientists said on Tuesday, but there are big variations in the way health authorities monitor them.

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FairTrade Foundation reveals "The Great Cotton Stitch-Up"

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A new report describes how subsidies paid to cotton producers in the US, EU and elsewhere of $47 billion over the past 9 years have led to the impoverishment of farmers in some of the world's poorest countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali, leaving those countries dependent on aid.

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Deaths from Cholera in Haiti Pass 1000

16 November 2010

Since the outbreak was confirmed on October 22, more than 11,000 cases have been cited and more than 900 people have died from the disease, which is spread through contaminated food and water.

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Georgetown University Law Center announces global health law LL.M fellowship

12 November 2010

Georgetown University Law Center is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its Global Health Law Fellowship, which covers full or partial tuition for the Global Health Law LL.M. Program or its new Global Health Law and International Institutions Program, jointly offered with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Applications now open for the upcoming executive course on intellectual property, diplomacy and global public health

10 November 2010

The Graduate Institute's Global Health Programme and the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology at Seton Hall Law School (Newark, NJ, USA), are offering an Executive Course on Intellectual Property, Diplomacy and Global Public Health, in Geneva, 16 - 18 Frebruary 2011

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Negotiating Health in the 21st Century: Global Health Governance in Fragile States Fourth High-Level Symposium on Global Health Diplomacy to be held on 29 November 2010

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The governance role of the modern nation-state is not only to ensure a well functioning democracy and the security of the country but also to provide access to public goods and social welfare, such as education and health. In weak or failed states, these ‘traditional' state functions very often cannot be guaranteed and, consequently, new forms of provision emerge. Non-governmental and hybrid actors become important players and often take over typical state functions to ensure that basic services are delivered.

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European Regions Launch Health Technology Consortium

10 November 2010

Funding from European Commission has enabled the development of a new Health Technology Innovation Union.

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New Breakthrough in Viral Disease Research

03 November 2010

Dr Leo James of the Medical Research Council Laboratory at Cambridge announced the discovery of a hitherto unknown mechanism whereby antibodies fight viruses from within infected cells.

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Transparency International Publish 2010 Corruption Perception Index (CPI)

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The CPI is a measure of the extent to which the public sector is seen as corrupt taken from 13 independent surveys. It is an important indicator of the quality of governance.

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ASPHER opens its Brussels office to the European Academic Alliance for Global Health

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The Academic Alliance, formed earlier this year at a meeting at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine organised by Andy Haines, advocates for evidence based EU policies, capacity strengthening and links between EU and partner country institutions to support research and evaluation for global health. It brings together academic groups across Europe - mostly members of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region engaged with global health issues.

 

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Lancet: signs of wear and tear in key global partnerships

20 October 2010

Editorials and commentaries in last week's Lancet raise questions about the future of the Global Fund and Stop TB

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EU Open Consultations: Public Health; Development

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20 October 2010

The Commission has launched two new open consultations to all interested stakholders. The first, from DG SANCO is on the possible revision of the Tobacco Products Directive 2001/37/EC; and the second, from DG DEV concerns the Green Paper on the Future of EU Budget Support to third countries.

 

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EU Commission launches webpage for Global Health Policy Forum

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The Commission regularly hosts this Global Health Policy Forum (normally every second thursday of the month), giving the opportunity for external participants to engage in a dialogue with the Commission, to receive updated information on the Global Health agenda and to make short presentations on their views, activities, and priority issues related to global health. Today the Commission has launched a website making available all meeting minutes, materials distributed in the sessions, and news about upcoming sessions.

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Acclaimed scientists join senior advisory group on health inequities in Europe

19 October 2010

Nobel-Prize-winning economist Professor Amartya Sen will be among the many globally acclaimed experts joining a senior advisory group to assist the WHO Regional Office for Europe with a research project mapping health inequities in the 53 countries in the WHO European Region. Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the International Institute for Society and Health and Research Professor in Epidemiology at University College London, United Kingdom, will chair the two-year study.

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OECD hosts meeting of health ministers

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At a meeting in Paris on 7-8th October, Ministers discussed how to enhance quality, reduce waste and promote healthy lifestyles in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

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Hungarian Health Minister on EU Presidency health priorities

6 October 2010

Hungarian Minister of State for Health, Dr. Miklós Szócska, spoke about his country's health policy priorities for their upcoming EU presidency at the opening plenary of the 2010 European Health Forum Gastein. Hungary will take over the rotating EU Presidency role from Belgium in January 2011. The key phrase for this presidency's health policy will be "patient and professional pathways in Europe" which emphasizes the need to focus policy on both individuals and processes, and in particular on the needs of those communities to which the health system is most important - those who use it, and those who make it possible.

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Japan launches its global health policy

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Following a short Lancet article from September introducing the new global health policy, Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially launched the policy last week, 1 October.  Japan's global health policy 2011-2015 is entitled EMBRACE - Ensure Mothers and Babies Regular Access to Care, and as is obvious it focuses primarily on health development assistance to achieve MDGs 4 and 5 on maternal and newborn health.  The policy clearly takes a public diplomacy approach to global health, similar to the US initiative - its primary goal being to save millions of lives with an investment of US$ 5 billion over the next five years.

 

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New malaria vaccine on trial but funds are running low

2 October 2010


The second "Malaria Vaccines for the World" conference met on the 28-30 September in Washington. It focussed on the RTS, a promising vaccine against the deadliest strain of the disease for which trial data should be available by 2012.

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President Obama issues first-ever US development policy

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Last week President Obama addressed the UN General Assembly and announced the first-ever US Development policy. Global health features prominently in the policy alongside issues such as food security and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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Sarkozy proposes global financial tax to fund the MDGs

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In an address to the UN General Assembly at the High-Level Summit on the Millennium Development Goals, French President Nikolas Sarkozy proposed a global tax on financial transactions as an innovative source of funding to end extreme poverty and suffering.

 

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New Tests could revolutionise TB care

15 September 2010


Shortly after the announcement by a team from the US funded by the Swiss Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics that they had developed a way of diagnosing Tuberculosis within two hours, that could be applied in low income countries, a team from the UK Health Protection Agency laboratories announced today that they have developed an even faster means of detection.

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Prof. Ilona Kickbusch on health foreign policy and the role of the European Office of WHO

16 September 2010

Professor Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Heath Programme at the Graduate Institute and Chair of the Global Health Europe Task Force was interviewed in Moscow at the 60th annual Regional Committee meeting of the European Office of WHO.

 

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WHO Director General praises Europe for leadership and warns against complacency in fragile times

14 September 2010

The second day of the 60th annual meeting of the European Regional Committee (RC) of the World Health Organization was opened with an inspirational address from WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan. The Director General (DG) spoke of phenomenal progress that has been made thanks to unwavering commitments from Member States to improve the health of their populations and of populations the world over. But "this is a time of reckoning, and it is a fragile time" warned Chan, "public health must be smart, strategic, and resourceful as never before"

 

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Pakistan health threats mount as floods recede

30 August 2010

Millions of children face acute health threats from contaminated water, 38,000 cases of acute diarrhoea amongst children have been reported so far and one death from cholera.

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Food riots foretell global health crisis

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Food riots in Mozambique, following similar protests in India, Egypt, the Philippines, Bangladesh and elsewhere show one of the key impact of global warming on the health of the poorest people.

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13th European Health Forum Gastein

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This year's European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) asks if Europe is ready for the future? The EHFG is a high level discussion platform for key actors in European health policy offering an excellent opportunity for an exchange of experience and networking. The participants are decision-makers and experts at national, European and international levels coming from politics & administration, business & industry, civil society as well as science & academia. This outstanding field of delegates ensures the creation of a unique network in Europe. At this year's EHFG Global Health Europe will be hosting the Parallel Forum Health is Global: new health dynamics in Europe.

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Discussion on the future financing of the WHO

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18 August 2010

During the 127th meeting of the Executive Board in January of 2011, the World Health Organization will be presenting a report on The Future Financing for WHO. The debate around this topic is covering critical issues such as the role of WHO and the nature of its core business in a changing environment of global health, approaches to technical cooperation, mechanisms and/or criteria for defining priorities, greater predictability and flexibility of funding, as well as greater alignment of donor funding with agreed priorities. Global Health Europe would like to extend this discussion to stakeholders beyond the WHO member states.

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Eurohealth explores health of migrants in the EU

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16 August 2010

The latest edition of the LSE magazine looks at how European health systems are addressing a vulnerable and dynamic population.

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Does subsidiarity trump solidarity?

12 August 2010

A recent BBC article explores the tragedy that is the Romanian healthcare system.

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Researchers call for Global Action to Monitor Spread of Superbugs

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11 August 2010

New strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria that make an enzyme called NDM-1 have been detected in patients travelling back to the UK after treatment in India and Pakistan.

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Floods, Fire and Landslides all Linked to Global Warming

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10 Aug 2010
The floods in Pakistan, that the UN has rated as the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history, wildfires in Russia and Landslide in China may all be the result of the "supercharged jet stream" which shows that global warming is already affecting weather patterns according to UN experts.

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International Convention on Cluster Bombs will Save Lives and Disability

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04 August 2010

The international convention banning use and production of cluster bombs came into force on the 1st of August, as 38 countries have ratify the treaty.

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Climate Change Doubt Down to 3%


30 July 2010

Anthony Costello of University College London notes that a study by Stanford University suggests that at most 3% of the scientific community now doubt or deny the reality of man made climate change.

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European Multinational found Guilty of Exporting Toxic Waste to Africa

23 July 2010


The export of toxic waste to Adibjan from Amsterdam in 2006 resulted in thousands of people in the Ivory Coast falling ill.

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WHO, WIPO, WTO join forces to address access to medicines

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22 July 2010

A symposium held by the World Health Organization (WHO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and World Trade Organization (WTO) on 16 July 2010 has kicked off a closer, factual look at a range of issues affecting how poorer populations can obtain the medicines they need.

 

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Malaria proof mosquitoes

19 July 2010

Researchers at the University of Arizona have successfully genetically engineered malaria-resistent mosquitoes

 

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OPHI Launch New Measure of Poverty to be used by UNDP

14 July 2010

The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative has developed a new multidimensional poverty index that takes into account health, education and standard of living.

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Committee reviews International Health Regulations and the response to H1N1

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Last week the International Health Regulations Review Committee established to probe into the international response to H1N1 pandemic influenza held its second meeting at WHO Headquarters in Geneva. Global Health Europe was present to monitor the segments of the meeting accessible to journalists. The International Health Regulations (IHR) is an international legal agreement that is binding on 194 States Parties across the globe. The basic purpose of the IHR is to help the international community prevent and respond to acute public health risks that have the potential to cross borders and threaten people worldwide. The H1N1 pandemic is the first public health emergency of international concern to occur since the 2005 revised IHR came into force. In January 2010, the WHO Executive Board called for an independent review of the IHR.

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The G8 Muskoka Initiative: Maternal, Newborn and Under-Five Child Health

1 July 2010

At Muskoka, the G-8 has sought to mobilize the global community by championing a major initiative to improve maternal, newborn and child health.

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EU Parliament Takes Half a Step to Counter Obesity

17 June 2010

The decision of the EU Parliament on 16th June to move towards common minimum standards for food labelling is a step in the right direction.

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Health in Europe: ready for the future? List of speakers for European Health Forum Gastein 2010

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EU launches consultation on future trade policy

8 June 2010

Following the 'Europe 2020' paper adopted by the European Commission on 3 March 2010, the European Commission is now launching a broad public consultation on the future direction of EU trade policy.

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Canada’s Civil Society Platform for the G8/G20 Conference

07 June 2010

A group of some 50 Canadian civil society organisations came together under the Make Poverty History banner to endorse a joint platform for submission to the G8/G20 Summit to be held in Huntsville, Ontario, from June 25-27, 2010.

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Webstream for High Level Health Event, Brussels 10-11 June

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07 June 2010

Next week the High Level Event on Global Health is taking place from the 10 - 11th June in Brussels. As places have been very limited many people who would like to have attended may not be able to. A live web stream has been set up so that it is possible to watch the event from your computers.

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EU Health Director General highlights commitment to global health

03 June 2010

In her debut editorial for the European Commission's Health-EU Newsletter, Director General for Public Health and Consumers Paola Testori Coggi highlights the importance of addressing health globally.

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EU stakeholder consultation on pandemic infleunza preparadness and response

28 May 2010

The Commission has just announced a new public consultation in public health on Strengthening European Union Preparedness on Pandemic Influenza.

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EU Leadership in Global Health Workforce Recruitment

27 May 2010


The "Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel" agreed at the 2010 World Health Assembly is intended to serve as a frame of reference for drawing up bilateral and multilateral legal instruments and institutional measures between countries from which health workers are attracted and those to which they migrate. This accords closely with current EU policy expressed in the "Strategy for Action on the Crisis in Human Resources for Health in Developing Countries", which was reaffirmed in the recent paper on the EU Role in Global Health. In this article we examine the opportunities for the EU to provide leadership in this field by developing a legal basis for health worker migration into and within the EU and mechanisms to support health workforce planning both within EU Member States and partner countries in the developing world.

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UN General Assembly adopts resolution on the prevention and control of noncommunicable disease

Dr. Ala Alwan, World Health Organization Assistant Director General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health had the following message for stakeholders in light of the UN General Assembly's unanimous adoption of a resolution to counter the neglected global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases:

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Council of the European Union Adopts Conclusions on the EU Role in Global Health

10 May 2010

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

1. The Council welcomes the Commission Communication on the EU Role in Global Health which highlights the need to take action to improve health, reduce inequalities and increase protection against global health threats. Health is central in people's lives, including as a human right, and a key element for equitable and sustainable growth and development, including poverty reduction.

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Launch of the Salon Series: innovation in global health and development

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The Embassy of Slovenia in Washington D.C. and many prestigious institutions working in the field of global health and development organized the first in the series of "Salon Lectures," which are dedicated to the topics in "Innovation in Global Health and Development," on April 7, 2010, World Health Day.

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Better global financial governance needed to achieve the MDGs

A new GFI report, Illicit financial flows from Africa, hidden resource for development, estimates that the volume of illicit capital flows from Africa since 1970 approaches US$1.8 trillion.  The issue of illicit captial flows is a severe reminder that achieving global health goals requires policy and action addressing the political determinants of health within donor countries just a much as within aid recipient countries.

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Public consultation regarding a future proposal for a new European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership

08 April 2010

The European Commission directorate for Research policy has launched a ne public consultation to invite the views and opinions of European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) stakeholders, experts active in the fields and the wider public on the need for and nature of a new EDCTP initiative.

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Action for Global Health calls on the EU to "get real" on the health MDGs

07 April 2010

On World Health Day 2010, a new report from Action for Global Health urges EU leaders to commit 0.1% of GNI to ensure universal access to healthcare for people in developing countries.

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Renewed impetus for food security: the EU tackles hunger in developing countries

06 April 2010

The European Commission adopted two new EU policy frameworks to help developing countries address the issue of food security, both in emergency and long-term situation.

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UK NHS goes global

The UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham and Lord Mandelson announced the launch of NHS Global as a vehicle to support the NHS in promoting its services across world markets, together with a "Framework for NHS Involvement in International Development" and a new "UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation", which will be a partnership with Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, UCL and the Medical Research Council (MRC) working closely with the NHS and will also address global health challenges

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Commission appoints Ms Paola Testori Coggi as Director-General of the DG for Health and Consumers

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31 March 2010

Today, the European Commission decided to appoint Mr Robert Madelin as Director-General of the DG for Information Society and Media, to replace Mr Fabio Colasanti, who will retire on 1 April. The Commission also appointed Ms Paola Testori Coggi to replace Mr Madelin as Director-General of the DG for Health and Consumers. Both decisions will take effect on 1 April.

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Commission calls on EU to gear up on health actions

31 March 2010

Today the European Commission adopted proposals to enhance the EU's role in global health. The objective is to make Europe's contribution more effective so as to better accompany developing countries in getting back on track towards achieving health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Commission presents four approaches to improving global health: establish a more democratic and coordinated global governance; push for a collective effort to promote universal coverage and access to health services to all; ensure better coherence between EU policies relating to health; improve coordination of EU research on global health and boost access in developing countries to new knowledge and treatments.

The Communication on the EU Role in Global Health can be accessed in English here (PDF), along with the three accompanying staff working papers: Contributing to universal coverage of health services through development policy; Global health: responding to the challenges of globalization; European research and knowledge for global health.

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Commission launches the second EU Health Prize for Journalists

29 March 2010

This week, the European Commission has launched the second EU health prize for journalists in print and on-line articles. The prize is part of the 'Europe for Patients' campaign launched in September 2008. It aims to stimulate and reward high-quality journalism that raises awareness of healthcare and patients' rights issues.

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EU trade ambitions and global health responsibilities collide

13 March 2010

MSF warns that an EU-India free trade deal could threaten access to affordable medicine in low-income settings as protesters gather at EU-India free trade negotations in New Delhi, Reuters reports.

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What Makes the Healthiest and Happiest Societies? Hint: It's Not Wealth

09 March 2010

Yes! Magazine's Brook Jarvis interviews epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson who explains why it's equality, and not high income, that makes a society thrive.

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New innovative finance mechanism for global health

On 4 March former US President Bill Clinton and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon launched an initiative asking travelers to give $2 to fight deadly diseases whenever they buy a plane ticket, book a hotel room or rent a car. (Bloomberg; Varner)

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Europe 2020: Commission proposes new economic strategy in Europe

On 3 March the European Commission launched the Europe 2020 Strategy to prepare EU economy for the next decade, identifying three key drivers for growth, to be implemented through concrete actions at EU and national levels:

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UN's annual conference with civil society groups to spotlight global health issues

Global health will be the focus of this year's annual United Nations conference with
non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the head of the UN's Department of Public Information (DPI) announced today.

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Economists and MEPs call for Tobin Tax

A letter from 350 leading economists including Joseph Stiglitz calls on the G20 countries to tax international financial transactions as a way of both reducing harmful currency speculation and to generate funds to help poorer countries.

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Global Health and Foreign Policy: toward a common EU agenda

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. UN Photo/Mark GartenGlobal Health Europe strongly supports the UN Resolution on "Global health and foreign policy" (A/RES/64/108) adopted at the General Assembly by consensus on the 10th of December 2009, and seeks support for our request to High Representative Ashton to bring European Member State Foreign Affairs representatives together with the European Health Community to discuss the creation of a common agenda for health and foreign policy.

We suggest that this process should be linked to the ongoing discussion of the "EU Role in Global Health" and should engage academic, business and civic society groups. We therefore invite interested stakeholders to suggest items to be included in the agenda for EU Global Health and Foreign Policy.  To submit your suggestions please log-in and leave your comments below.

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EU publishes summary of consultation on EU Role in Global Health

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The European Commission has made a summary of the contributions it received from stakeholders during last year's open consultation on the EU Role in Global Health available online.

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Zsuzsanna Jakab begins work as new WHO EURO Regional Director

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On 1 February 2010, Mrs Zsuzsanna Jakab took up her post as the new World Health Organization Regional Director for Europe. A native of Hungary, Mrs Jakab has held a number of high-profile national and international positions in public health policy in the last three decades. Most recently she served as the first Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm, Sweden.

"These are not 'business as usual' times"

In her acceptance speech Mrs Jakab outlined the many challenges, from new pandemics and persistent health inequalities, to climate change and the financial crisis, for which Europe must "develop and strengthen 21st century public health tools and approaches."  Mrs. Jakab acknowledged that such challenges "in an increasingly globalised world, demand new ways of advocating, managing and responding to health issues at all levels."  While the diversity within the European region can present additional challenges, Mrs Jakab believes that "the diversity of Europe is also an opportunity - as it is a unique resevoir of many innovative health policy and health systems solutions that we need to share better with each other and the world."  Europe needs to "take full advantage of the collective wisdom, experience and know-how of our vast and diverse region - not only for improved health in Europe but also for Europe's contribution to global health."

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Applications now open: 2010 Executive Course on Global Health Diplomacy

GHPlogoThe Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva, has launched its application period for its summer executive course on global health diplomacy.  The course will be held in Geneva from 21 - 25 June 2010.

Diplomacy is undergoing profound changes in the 21st century - and global health is one of the areas where this is most apparent. As health moves beyond its purely technical realm to become an ever more critical element in foreign policy, security policy and trade agreements, new skills are needed to negotiate global regimes, international agreements and treaties, and to maintain relations with a wide range of actors. The summer course will focus on health diplomacy as it relates to health issues that transcend national boundaries and are global in nature, discuss the challenges before it, and how they are being addressed by different groups and at different levels of governance.

Further information including course highlights, former participant testimonials and an online application form can be accessed at http://graduateinstitute.ch/corporate/executive/training-workshops/global-health-diplomacy.html

The course flyer can be downloaded here (PDF)

Pepsico Turns to Healthy Eating

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Indra Nooyi, Chief Executive of the soft drink giant announced the aim of trebling its revenues from its healthy food products,

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Measuring and tackling health inequalities across Europe

Eurohealth (volume 3, number 15) is dedicated to addressing health inequalities. Articles include a Commission perspective on reducing health inequalities in the EU; challenges with measurement and data availability; and examples of national strategic approaches in France, Hungary and the Netherlands.

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Glaxo offers "Open Lab" for Malaria

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Fourth Global Health Policy Forum

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Global Health Europe applies governance lens to EU Global Health Consultation

Global Health Europe was among nearly 100 submissions to the European Commission's consultation on the EU Role in Global Health.  This consultation feeds into the drafting process for an EU framework communication on global health that is expected to adopted in March 2010.  Of the contributions Global Health Europe stands out in its application of a "governance lens" to the questions raised in the consultation.  Many stakeholders focus on specific sub-issues of global health, such as one or a set of diseases, or one sector, for example development cooperation. In contrast Global Health Europe perceives global health as representing a continuum of issues that span multiple sectors of which development and medical research are a part but not the whole.

All the contributions to the consultation can be downloaded: http://ec.europa.eu/development/how/consultation/index.cfm?action=viewcons&id=4765

What follows is Global Health Europe's responses to the consultation. The responses are based on questions raised in an issues paper which can be viewed through the above link or here (PDF)

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logo-GAHP-lowres-neg_2The Geneva Health Forum at the Geneva University Hospitals and Global Health Europe would like to invite you to join an online discussion on: EU as crisis manager: How does it respond to a pandemic?

This discussion held on the Global Access to Health Platform from 11 to 29 January 2010 intends to discuss EU ambitions to become a capable, active and coherent actor in global crisis management. Taking the current H1N1 pandemic as a starting point, we would like to hear your expectations for EU health policy and agencies at regional and national levels and in relation to other international institutions when preparing for and responding to pandemics

To join the discussion visit the Global Access to Health Platform and join the group ghg (global health governance) or click here for more details instructions

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The European health report 2009: Health and health systems

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