IDF Europe News Update October 2013 Your monthly update on policy and advocacy across Europe
In the SpotlightComing Soon: IDF Europe study on Access to Medicines and Medical Devices for Diabetes Care in Europe - The publication highlights disparities in access to quality medicines and medical devices for diabetes care in the 47 countries of the IDF Europe Region. This study aims to provide evidence to policy makers and stakeholders on the current challenges faced by people living with diabetes in terms of access to the treatment they need.
Initial findings of the study will be discussed on 13 November at the IDF Europe World Diabetes Day breakfast meeting in the European Parliament in Brussels. The full report will be available early December, in time for the World Diabetes Congress taking place in Melbourne from 2-6 December. For more information, visit www.idf-europe.org
Join us at the award ceremony of the IDF Europe Prize in Diabetes - The prize aims at increasing awareness of diabetes and recognizing outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of people with diabetes through their work and through research. This year, IDF Europe is awarding two prizes: one in the category Long-Standing Achievement and one in the category Young Researcher. Join us at the award ceremony on Wednesday 13 November as part of World Diabetes Day celebrations in the European Parliament in Brussels. RSVP to Lala@idf-europe.org
WHO Europe publishes 3 volumes of case studies on Improving the lives of children and young people - As part of the European review of social determinants of health and the health divide, experts share case studies on major national policy developments and frameworks, local projects driven by community organisations and transnational initiatives in the field of childhood and health. Click here to access the publication.
Making health systems people-centred in the context of Health 2020 - Five years on from the signing of the Tallinn Charter: Health Systems for Health and Wealth, which called for greater investment in health systems, ministers and high-level officials met again in Tallinn, Estonia on 17 & 18 October 2013, at a follow-up meeting called “Health systems for health and wealth in the context of Health 2020”. For more information on the outcomes of the meeting, click here.
WHO Europe launches Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region - The review answers the demand from policy-makers for practical guidance on social policies that reduce inequities in health between and within low-, middle- and high-income countries. It presents compelling new Region-specific economic and human-rights-based evidenceas to why action on the social determinants of health is needed now. For more information, click here. The review is available for download here.
EPHA launches EU and Health Guide - The European Public Health Alliance, with two decades of expertise in advocating for better health for everyone living in Europe, has launched a handbook to ease the reader’s journey into the EU competences on public health: its legislative basis, actors, policies, funding and key upcoming developments. Click here to access EPHA’s EU and Health Guide.
EU Directive on Patients' Rights in Cross-border Healthcare enters into force - The EU law enshrines citizens' right to go to another EU country for treatment and get reimbursed for it. All EU countries should have transposed the Directive on Patients' rights in Cross-border Healthcare, adopted 30 months ago, into their National law. For more information, click here.
Improving health for all EU citizens - The European Commission explains in a recently-published report why we need an EU public health policy. Click here to access the publication.
Call for a common EU Health Literacy Strategy - With health literacy varying greatly across the EU, this paper calls for action from politicians. Click here to access the document.
Not to be missed
- European Federation of the Associations of Dieticians EFAD/DIETS Conference, 7-9 November - Lake Garda, Italy. Find out more.
- EU Diabetes Working Group Meeting - A Look Forward: Diabetes In Europe with Commissioner Borg, 12 November, Brussels. Click here for the agenda.
- World Diabetes Day 2013, European Parliament, 11-15 November, Brussels. With the support of Sarah Ludford MEP, IDF Europe organises a week-long campaign with a special focus on access to diabetes care and healthy living. Find out more.
IDF World Diabetes Congress Melbourne: European Regional Stand - The 2013 edition of the IDF World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne (2-6 December 2013) is fast approaching! Call to European Member Associations: contact your sub regional champions to organise your exhibition day at the stand!
Keep up to date with the latest diabetes news and initiatives of diabetes associations from all over Europe on the IDF Europe Newsroom!
For more information or to subscribe to the IDF Europe News Update, contact Katie Gallagher at Katie.Gallagher@idf-europe.org
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