WHO publishes NCDs Progress Monitor 2015

The World Health Organization’s new Noncommunicable Disease Progress Monitor tracks the extent to which 194 countries are implementing their commitments to develop national responses to the global burden of NCDs. The Monitor provides a snapshot of some of the achievements and challenges faced by both developed and developing countries as they strive to reach globally agreed targets to combat cancer, diabetes, and heart and lung disease. Click here to read the report.


Particulates Matter: Why the EU must do more to tackle air pollution

In anticipation of the imminent vote on the National Emission Ceilings Directive,  ECDA has issued a position paper which provides important information on the link between air pollution and ill health. Click here to read the paper.


Clean air petition targets European Commissioners on World Heart Day

Europe's top heart doctors, patient representatives, policy makers and the public have petitioned European Commissioners for Health, Environment, Climate Change and Transport in Brussels to tackle air and noise pollution. The petition was presented today in a meeting called by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR), the European Heart Network (EHN) and the MEP Heart Group on the occasion of World Heart Day, which this year focuses on creating heart healthy environments.

The petition, which obtained 2 500 signatures in a very short time, was a result of the 'Environment & the Heart Campaign' which was held to raise awareness about the need to create healthy environments for the protection of heart health and to encourage policymakers' action. Please click here to read the full press release.


22 concrete measures to tackle COPD: time to act

COPD will be the 3rd leading cause of death by 2030 according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) if  politicians, healthcare professionals, and other stakeholders, do not  step up their efforts to act upon this condition.

The European COPD Coalition re-launches its Call to Action drafted in 2011 in September 2015, to better inform the new teams in the European Commission and European Parliament (after the 2014 elections) and provide them with solutions.

Please read ECC’s Call to Action, sign and share it.

Call to Action


Press Release: EConDA - EU Project unveils obesity & smoking trends across Europe and shows how primary prevention is the key to a healthy future

Results of the EConDA (Economics of Chronic Diseases) EU-funded project will be announced today in Brussels at a conference bringing together EU policymakers, health professionals, health economists and health stakeholders from the EU arena.

The project, which lasted 2.5 years, showed how 'upstream' prevention interventions focusing on reducing people's exposure to risk factors before a chronic disease has occurred is generally more cost-effective in terms of healthcare savings – including social care, welfare costs and losses in productivity - than treating an individual for a chronic condition. Click here to access the full press release.


Environment & the Heart - A healthy environment for a healthy heart

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC), together with the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR) and the European Heart Network (EHN), launched on 29 August, during ESC Congress 2015, a public awareness campaign entitled ‘Environment & the Heart’.

The campaign aims at raising awareness about the need to create healthy environments for the protection of heart health and at encouraging policymakers’ action. Healthcare professionals, patients’ advocates, policymakers and the wider public are all invited to join the campaign by supporting the 'Environment & the Heart Call for Action' by signing the online petition here.


The JA-CHRODIS report "Health Promotion and Primary Prevention in 14 European countries: a comparative overview of key policies, approaches, gaps and needs"

More investment  in health promotion and primary prevention is needed to reduce the burden of chronic diseases across Europe, says a report published  by the Joint Action  CHRODIS on the 15th July. The report provides a comparative  overview of key policies and approaches used to promote health and prevent chronic diseases across 14 European countries.

18/06/2015 - FDA decides that trans fatty acids are no longer safe and have to be eliminatedThe American Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has decided that trans fatty acids (TFAs) are no longer considered as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) and have to be eliminated.  Producers have been given until 18 June 2018 to comply. This decision is very timely and should help the European Commission to draw the conclusion that the same is true for the EU.

03/09/2015 - Environment & the Heart - A healthy environment for a healthy heartThe European Society of Cardiology (ESC), together with the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR) and the European Heart Network (EHN), launched on 29 August, during ESC Congress 2015, a public awareness campaign entitled ‘Environment & the Heart’.

The campaign aims at raising awareness about the need to create healthy environments for the protection of heart health and at encouraging policymakers’ action. Healthcare professionals, patients’ advocates, policymakers and the wider public are all invited to join the campaign by supporting the 'Environment & the Heart Call for Action' by signing the online petition here.


EConDA Final Conference to take place in Brussels on 22 September

EConDA stands for Economics of Chronic Diseases and it is a project co-funded by the European Commission Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency. The key aim is to aid EU Member States to develop, select and implement more cost-effective policies to improve chronic disease prevention and impact upon populations with the highest rates of premature deaths from chronic diseases and reduce health inequalities.

A final conference will be organized in Brussels on Tuesday 22 September 2015 to disseminate information about the project and its results to interested stakeholders, such as: health economists, key opinion leaders from EU member states, EU NGOs involved in public health promotion, in relation to chronic diseases, patients organisations, representatives of the European Commission, press & media.

The program features speakers from the UK Health Forum, University of Groningen, University of Oxford and OECD. For registrations  please fill out the Registration Form and return it by 10th September at the latest.

 


FDA decides that trans fatty acids are no longer safe and have to be eliminated

The American Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has decided that trans fatty acids (TFAs) are no longer considered as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) and have to be eliminated.  Producers have been given until 18 June 2018 to comply. This decision is very timely and should help the European Commission to draw the conclusion that the same is true for the EU.