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May 16 marks the start of the European Public Health Week. The theme of the week is “Health throughout the life course”, and on its first day, the focus is on “A healthy and health literate youth”.
On April 30, 2021, the European Commission (EC) closed its feedback period for all interested stakeholders to share their list of priorities in the context of the EU Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Initiative – Healthier Together.
The Healthier Together Initiative was launched by the EC in December 2021, with the aim of helping Member States (MS) reduce the burden of major NCDs such as diabetes. A final consensus document, described as a “toolkit to guide and coordinate action on NCDs” will be published by the EC in June. This document will summarise best practices, best buys, research results, and innovative ideas shared by stakeholders. It will also include a list of available legal and financial tools to support the implementation of the initiative. Funding will first be allocated to diabetes, CVDs and health determinants in 2022, with additional focus on chronic respiratory diseases and mental health and neurological disorders as of 2023.
Today is International Nurses Day, a global event celebrated on Florence Nightingale´s birthday, the founder of modern nursing practices to mark the contributions nurses make to society. The global campaign this year launched by the International Council of Nurses is centred around the theme “Investing in nursing and respecting nurses’ rights to secure global health”.