Tagged: Health Policy

NEWS: Germany and France Commit to Increased Support to WHO

Just before taking on the EU Presidency on July 1st, Germany announces its commitment to increase support for the World Health Organization (WHO) with €500 million – underlining that the world needs a strong World Health Organization. Meanwhile, France has committed to provide €90 million to a WHO research center in Lyon as well as an additional contribution of €50 million…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Comment on Draft European Program of Work

The European office for the World Health Organization (WHO) has opened an online consultation on its proposed European Programme of Work (EPW) entitled “United Action for Better Health”. The EPW sets out the future priorities for WHO’s Regional Office for Europe…

NEWS: Anchorage, USA: Voters Reject Big Alcohol, Back Alcohol Tax

Anchorage, USA held their Municipal election on April 7, 2020. As votes are tallied results show the people reject Big Alcohol and back the new alcohol tax measure. Despite a well-funded and aggressive Big Alcohol campaign against the proposed tax, it appears the people of Anchorage have rejected Big Alcohol and came out in support for higher alcohol taxation. Slightly over 51% have said yes to the tax increase…

REPORT: Assessing the European Impact of Alcohol Use Disorder and Illicit Drug Dependence Research

The volume of research on illicit drug addiction is commensurate to the European burden, whereas alcohol use disorder is far below what is needed to curb a significant source of harm.
The research asymmetries call for attention to the causes of the problem. Development of research-based solutions to a serious social harm is needed, including minimum pricing and collaborative work to harmonise efforts on disease management and treatment practices across European countries…

NEWS: EU: Consultation for “Beating Cancer Plan” Launched

On February 4, 2020, on World Cancer Day, the European Commission launched an EU-wide public consultation for the “Beating Cancer Plan.”
The consultation will help shape the Plan, identify key areas, and explore future action. But one glaring omission from the discussion thus far is cause for concern.
According to the European Commission, Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, which will be presented before the end of this year, will propose actions at every key stage of the disease…

REPORT: Prevention of Non-Communicable Disease: Best Buys, Wasted Buys, and Contestable Buys

WHO’s list of best buy interventions aims to assist the global community’s fight on non-communicable diseases. Best buys evaluated in one setting may not be cost effective in other settings. Evaluation of context is essential to ensure resources are best deployed towards universal health coverage…

REPORT: Trade Challenges at the World Trade Organization to National Noncommunicable Disease Prevention Policies

Policy makers appear to face significant pressure to design food, beverage, and tobacco regulations that other countries will deem consistent with trade rules. Trade-related influence on public health policy is likely to be understated by analyses limited to formal trade disputes…