health inequalities

Webinar: Improving inclusion of children living with a rare disease through curriculum transformation – 28 November 2022

Webinar: Improving inclusion of children living with a rare disease through curriculum transformation – 28 November 2022

UNESCO-IBE is organising a webinar on “Improving inclusion of children living with a rare disease through curriculum transformation”, co-organised with the Agrenska Foundation and Rare Diseases International and taking place on 28 November 2022 2:00-4:00 PM – Geneva time – (UTC+1).

Panelists:

  • Yao Ydo – Director, UNESCO-IBE
  • Anders Olauson – Founder and Chairman of Agrenska Foundation 
  • Flaminia Macchia – Executive Director of Rare Diseases International (RDI)  
  • Florence Migeon – UNESCO, Programme Specialist, Inclusive Education Expert
  • Gunilla Jaeger – Senior Advisor Agrenska Foundation
  • Carlos David Peña Aragon - Head of Social Networks, Federación Mexicana de Enfermedades Raras (FEMEXER), lives Gaucher disease (Mexico)  
  • Eda Selebatso - Founder of Botswana Organization For Rare Diseases (BORDIS) – Mother of two children living with different rare diseases (Botswana)  
  • Mark Rogers - Parent of a young adult living with DiGeorge Syndrome (New Zealand)
  • Nikita Van Dijk - University student and patient advocate living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (New Zealand)  
  • Robin Yoon - M.D. Candidate, Georgetown University School of Medicine (USA)  
  • Sook Yee Yap and Jaden Lim - We Care, Journey – mother and son, Jaden lives with Growth Hormone Deficiency and Pituitary Microadenoma (15), and his brother lives with SMA Type One (Malaysia)  

To attend the webinar, register here.

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Reducing inequalities by investing in health-promoting care

Reducing inequalities by investing in health-promoting care

COVID-19 uncovered many of the ways that our care systems, such as child care and long-term care, are dysfunctional. Most EU Member States still rely on models that lean heavily on undervalued and underpaid carers and perpetuate health and socioeconomic inequalities. This leaves countries unprepared to meet today’s and future challenges. Alternative approaches to care are out there.

Recently EuroHealthNet published a ‘Policy Precis’. This policy brief sets out models of ‘health-promoting’ care. Such models value care workers and empower those who need care, such as children, older people and those with chronic diseases or disabilities. They strengthen collaboration across sectors, and encourage and enable people to become more socially engaged, and to participate in the formal economy, thereby contributing to an ‘Economy of Wellbeing’. This Policy Précis explores how current care models perpetuate inequalities and gives an overview of EU policies, tools and programmes that can help governments at all levels.

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New Strategic Development Plan EuroHealthNet

New Strategic Development Plan EuroHealthNet

EuroHealthNet has launched its new Strategic Development Plan, which sets out the principles and priorities which will guide their work over the next five years.

EuroHealthNet members (over 60 organisations, institutes, and authorities working on public health, disease prevention, promoting health and wellbeing, and reducing inequalities) have assessed how the Partnership should move forward. New skills, capacities, and competences will be needed and are crucial. The new Strategic Development Plan, describes how the Partnership can continue working together to achieve real and lasting change to improve health and reduce health inequalities in Europe.

EuroHealthNet will focus on: 

  • The application of the equity lens across health and other policies and measures; supporting the ‘economy of wellbeing’, as well as a ‘whole of society’ approach.
  • Novel ways to promote health and prevent diseases. Making solutions attractive and sustainable, whilst contributing to the transformation of health and social protection systems.  
  • The social, economic, environmental, cultural, commercial, behavioural, and political determinants of health, which allows us to be agile and responsive to the diverse threats to health equity. 

They have defined five priority areas:

  • Health equity.
  • Non-communicable diseases.
  • The climate crisis.
  • Prevention and promotion.
  • Life course.

And two cross-cutting themes:

  • Mental health
  • Digital inclusion

More information

Read the Strategic Development Plan

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Webinar – Exploring Global Inequalities in Adolescent Health and Healthcare

Webinar – Exploring Global Inequalities in Adolescent Health and Healthcare

On 25 March 2021 from 13.00 – 14.00 CET, the interactive webinar “Exploring Global Inequalities in Adolescent Health and Healthcare” will take place. The webinar is organised by the UNESCO Chair and WHO Collaborating Center Global Health & Education as part of the International Adolescent Health Week, in collaboration with the International Association for Adolescent Health, the EUPHA section on Child and Adolescent Public Health. The webinar will be held in English.

Our world is home to the largest generation of adolescents ever. Our future global success and prosperity depends on their sustained health and wellbeing. And yet the amount of investment in adolescent health is traditionally very low. This forms the backdrop to a range of health inequalities, and yet the adolescent population has arguably had the least attention of all age groups on this topic. For many disadvantaged, deprived and discriminated youth, health system accessibility and utilization are substantially and unacceptably lower compared to the general population. To increase health system accessibility and utilization in underserved communities, barriers must be removed. In this webinar, examples of underserved communities are presented, as well as possible solutions to make global health systems available, acceptable and affordable for every adolescent.

The webinar will start with an introduction from Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology, University College London; Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity. The experts Professor Susan Sawyer, president International Association for Adolescent Health, The University of Melbourne, Australia and Associated professor Danielle Jansen, immediate past president EUPHA Section on Child and Adolescent Public Health, University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), the Netherlands, will then address the following questions:

  1. What do we know about global inequalities in adolescent health outcomes?
  2. Which health service barriers linked to health inequalities do adolescents experience in Europe?
  3. How can we use this knowledge to redesign healthcare systems to minimise adolescent health inequalities?

Link to join the webinar

More information

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New online portal for resources and information on health inequalities

New online portal for resources and information on health inequalities

EuroHealthNet launched a new online portal for information and resources on health inequalities in Europe, health-inequalities.eu. It is a platform for international exchange including information, policies, research, and initiatives on health inequalities, for anyone who has a role in the COVID-19 recovery and building a more sustainable and fair future.

This portal is for public health professionals to exchange ideas and experiences, and for civil servants, educators, and people working on environment, social, and employment issues to find resources to help address inequalities in their fields.

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Interactive WEBINAR: Education as a “social vaccine” against COVID-19

Interactive WEBINAR: Education as a “social vaccine” against COVID-19

On 10 December 2020 from 14.00-15.00 CET, the interactive webinar: Education as a “social vaccine” against COVID-19 will take place. The webinar is part of the Global Health & Education webinar series and organised by the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education in collaboration with CHAIN (Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research), EuroHealthNet and Newcastle University. The webinar will be held in English.

Historically, pandemics have been experienced unequally with higher rates of infection and mortality among lower educated people, particularly in more socially unequal countries. Emerging evidence suggests that these inequalities are being mirrored today in the COVID-19 pandemic. Both then and now, these inequalities have emerged through the syndemic nature of COVID-19 — as it interacts with and exacerbates existing social inequalities in chronic disease and the social determinants of health.

During this webinar the experts: Professor Terje Andreas Eikemo, Professor of Sociology, Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research (CHAIN), Dept of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, Professor Clare Bambra, Professor of Public Health, Population Health Sciences Institute, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, United Kingdom and Caroline Costongs, Director of EuroHealthNet, Belgium will address the following questions :

  1. What are the inequalities rising from the pandemic and how is COVID-19 being experienced as a syndemic pandemic?
  2. How can we best protect our populations against the negative social, economic and health-related consequences of the current and future pandemics?
  3. What are the consequences for public health, economic and social policies?

To participate: Zoom link.

This webinar will also be broadcast live on our YouTube channel.

More information.

 

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