The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) Summer School 2016 gathers over 100 health professionals from the European countries and beyond the continent (Public Health Agency of Canada and representatives from partner countries from the Mediterranean Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (MediPIET) – Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Moldova, etc.). Experts from the national public health institutes spend a week in beautiful Stockholm to strengthen the technical and the mentoring skills in applied epidemiology.
Europe is undergoing a period of profound demographic change. Populations are ageing, fertility patterns are changing, modern living has impacted our habits, and consequently, there is an increasing prevalence of people living with one or more chronic disease. Cases of diabetes, for example, are expected to rise from 58.9 million cases in 2015 to 71.1 million by 2040. Today over 10 million people are living with dementia in Europe and it is set to double by 2050. All the while, governments struggle to manage health care spending as much of the continent recovers from the damaging global recession and faces a rising cost of treatments.
With so many potential stumbling blocks for European health systems, can we all truly access quality care?
There is more to demographic change than “only” ageing. At the #EHFG2016 we will discuss the full spectrum of what dynamics create a stir in Europe’s populations – and Europe’s healthcare systems. With this short video EHFG President Brand and EHFG Secretary General Kahr-Gottlieb invite you to this unique health policy forum in the Gastein Valley.
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.