Demographic change has moved up the agenda in European health policy making, and there it is likely to stay as Europe’s population grows older. If one single disease area is a manifestation of this phenomenon, it is dementia. A health focus of last year’s Luxembourg presidency and the lead of this week’s Netherlands presidency event “Living well with(out) Dementia”, this syndrome is set to remain a priority at the European Council for the years to come.
This blog was written by Helmut Brand, President of the EHFG, and first published on New Europe.
Mass migration causes serious challenges, but fears that it will overwhelm European health systems are unfounded: we can and must adapt now, writes Helmut Brand.
As politicians in Brussels and European capitals attempt to agree a coordinated EU strategy to cope with the continued influx of refugees into Europe, concerns are being raised that refugees will overwhelm Europe’s health systems. While there is much to be concerned about, and medical support is needed in the refugee camps and at border crossings, fears that health systems won’t be able to cope once the refugees have arrived in their host countries are unfounded.
My name is Mari Pollari and I have the great pleasure to be a part of the EHFG-team for the upcoming months. Besides working on interesting tasks in preparation for the EHFG 2016, I am also writing my Master Thesis in the field of European Public Health (Maastricht University).
I am enthusiastic to work towards a healthier Europe, which can be achieved by involving different sectors at all levels. In relation to this, my Master thesis focuses on the impact of NGO actions: are right things done in a right way? By finding out the impact of NGO actions, we can involve different stakeholders and their expertise in further actions towards improved health. Indeed, this is what the EHFG does as well; year after year, the conference has successfully brought a large number of stakeholders together to find out the next moves for success.
I truly believe this spring will offer me interesting and great experiences. It is time to explore Austria and take a step towards the European level!
Back in 2007, I was told about the possibility of attending the Euopean Health Forum Gastein as a Young Gasteiner. It was the 1st time that this type of scholarship was offered at the European Health Forum Gastein and the scholarship was targeted towards junior health researchers and policymakers. No hesitation from my side: it was a one-off opportunity that I could not let go so I sent my application through. Back then, I was working as a health researcher at the Health Technology Assessment Agency in Madrid. Once I got confirmation to participate as a Young Gasteiner, everything went very smoothly. Weiterlesen →