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WHO, COVID-19, and winter preparations

WHO, COVID-19, and winter preparations

World Health Organization Regional Director for Europe, Dr Hans Kluge, highlights concerns over a winter wave of COVID-19. Speaking at an emergency meeting of ministers...
workplace mental health

Workplace mental health: from bit player to the red carpet?

Acas Senior Policy Advisor Adrian Wakeling explores the increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace. It has become increasingly apparent that mental health is...
routine testing

Routine testing patients for COVID-19 before major surgery could save lives

A new study, led by researchers at the University of Birmingham, revealed that routine testing patients for COVID-19 before major surgery could reduce the risk of respiratory complications and save lives.
Contact tracing and data protection in the UK

Contact tracing and data protection in the UK

JMW Solicitors Head of Data Protection Toni Vitale speaks to HEQ about data security in the UK’s Test and Trace programme. Earlier this year, the...
The creation of a European Health Union

The creation of a European Health Union

The European Commission is beginning the building of the new European Health Union to help strengthen the EU’s health security framework, and to reinforce...
childhood vaccinations

Parents advised to keep childhood vaccination appointments

Public Health England (PHE) is urging parents to keep vaccination appointments for their children during national COVID-19 restrictions.
World Health Assembly

WHO Director-General calls for new era of cooperation at World Health Assembly

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,  Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) delivered a powerful speech at the 73rd World Health Assembly on 9 November.
Could COVID-19 lead to measles and polio epidemics?

Could COVID-19 lead to measles and polio epidemics?

UNICEF and the World Health Organization are calling for emergency action to avoid potential measles and polio epidemics as COVID-19 disrupts normal immunisation programmes. The...
ENISA discusses cyber-challenges in digital health

ENISA discusses cyber-challenges in digital health

The EU Agency for Cybersecurity speaks to HEQ about cybersecurity and data protection in healthcare. The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) is the EU’s...
Fighting for what’s right: protecting the older population

Fighting for what’s right: protecting the older population

The Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), Dr Jane M Barratt, spoke to Health Europa Quarterly about how COVID-19 is impacting...
The vaccine industry – meeting the challenges of COVID-19

The vaccine industry – meeting the challenges of COVID-19

Magdalena Rodriguez de Azero, Executive Director Vaccines Europe, discusses issues around vaccine provision, including supply and increased demand, as well as vaccine hesitancy in...
ADASS calls on UK Government to prioritise adult social care this winter

ADASS calls on UK Government to prioritise adult social care this winter

To ensure that working-age disabled people and older people get the care they need, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) is...
Mental health funding urgently needed as UK suicides increase

Mental health funding urgently needed as UK suicides increase

A mental health charity is calling on the UK Government to back more funding for mental health charities helping UK workers as depression and...
covid-19 women

Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on women

Laura Turquet of UN Women tells us how the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on the lives of women around the world. The...
Community pharmacies – ready to act as a vaccine gateway

Community pharmacies – ready to act as a vaccine gateway

Jan De Belie, Professional Affairs Advisor at the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU), spoke to Health Europa Quarterly about how community pharmacies...
China’s organ harvesting crimes announced to UK research group

China’s organ harvesting crimes announced to UK research group

In a landmark speech delivered today by leading international human rights lawyer, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, the findings of the China Tribunal were presented to...
Calls for families to see loved ones in care homes during COVID-19

Calls for families to see loved ones in care homes during COVID-19

A campaign has been launched to call for a lift on restrictions which prevent families from seeing their loved ones in care homes due...
Vaccination: the pathway for concrete citizens’ engagement

Vaccination: the pathway for concrete citizens’ engagement

The involvement of civil society actors in discussions around vaccination is crucial. Cittadinanzattiva’s Mariano Votta and Daniela Quaggia outline their work in this area. Vaccine...
futureproofing healthcare

Futureproofing healthcare post-pandemic

Mary Harney, Ireland’s former Minister for Health, tells us about the need for a sustainable, futureproof healthcare sector. Mary Harney served as Ireland’s Tánaiste (the...
UK tops excess death figures in first wave

UK tops excess death figures in first wave

A study from Imperial College London places England, Scotland and Wales among countries with the highest rates of excess pandemic-related deaths. With global deaths from...

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