841 new clinical units in hospitals across Europe requested to become members of the European Reference Networks. The call closed on the 30 of November and the full evaluation process is now starting to determine which of the applicants, will eventually join the ERNs. The ERNs already count 953 members and have recently included 247 Associated National Centres and 4 National Coordination Hubs as Affiliated Partners.
The average number of consultations of dentists is far lower than the average number of consultations of medical doctors. Among the EU Member States in 2017, the Netherlands ranked first, with 2.8 consultations of a dentist on average per year, followed by Czechia and Lithuania (1.6 each). In Romania, Cyprus and Denmark each person consulted a dentist on average 0.5 times per year or less.
At this CHES Policy Briefing, Pasi Mustonen, Counsellor for Health, Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU, will reflect on the priorities and achievements of the Finnish Presidency. He will also present the health-related outcomes of the EPSCO meeting. His intervention will be followed by Tanja Milin Horvat, Attaché for Public Health and Pharmaceuticals, Permanent Representation of Croatia to the EU, who will present the Croatian Presidency’s plans in the health area. The Briefing will be chaired by Hans Martens, Chair of CHES and Senior Adviser at the European Policy Centre.
By European Patients Forum
The European Federation of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) is a platform organisation linking Europe‘s national orthopaedic associations. It is currently implementing the concept of “Implant and Patient Safety Days” as a new form of collaboration, which will integrate orthopaedic surgeons and scientists, industry partners, regulatory authorities and patients’ representatives. The initiative aims to maintain and further improve patient safety in the area of orthopaedic and trauma.
EFORT will hold an inauguration workshop in Brussels on Tuesday, 21 January 2020, when it will present the new concept and discuss important issues around development, introduction and clinical application of implants. The meeting will result in concepts for further action and communication, for example on patient information, collaborative position papers, or proposals for training and education.
Every year, 1 December marks World AIDS Day, proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) in 1988 and aimed mainly at raising awareness. This year’s specific theme, ‘Communities make a difference’, draws attention to the crucial role of community health workers and communities of people living with HIV, highlighting their contribution to ending the epidemic. World AIDS Day also offers an opportunity to take stock of progress, globally and in the EU.
Brain drain and negative effects of demographic change have been key concerns for the SEDEC Commission of the European Committee of the Regions during the current mandate period, which is nearing its end. At its last meeting of the year on 27 November, SEDEC members adopted an opinion drafted by Emil Boc (RO/EPP), mayor of Cluj-Napoca, which urges to address the challenge of brain drain in coordination with all levels of government. Otherwise, “the phenomenon will have long-term and permanent effects on the future of the European Union”, the draft opinion warns
This report has been published jointly by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The Regional Office developed the overview of the European Region as a whole and validated the figures of the non-member countries of the European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) and ECDC developed the overview of the EU/EEA countries and validated the EU/EEA figures.
This report presents the situation of HIV testing in Europe and Central Asia. It summarises data on implementation of national guidelines that shape HIV testing policies, the provision and uptake of HIV testing services in general and among key populations, and efforts being made to widen engagement with HIV testing and reduce late diagnosis.
Today the European Commission published the reports that depict the profile of health systems in 30 countries. Country Health Profiles are being issued with the Companion Report that shows some of the biggest trends in the transformation of the healthcare systems and draws key conclusions from the Profiles.