Has Europe failed to protect its people from covid-19?

Yes, we have failed. This was the short answer to the central question posed during a recent European Health Forum Gastein webinar to discuss the European Health Union Initiative (EHUI) – a campaign for a European Health Union (EHU) – which supports the vision of a European Health Union for concerted action on health threats. The European Health Union Initiative looks beyond covid-19 and addresses longer-term and more comprehensive issues such as environmental sustainability and ensuring the most vulnerable populations are heard and protected.

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YFG Interview: health democracy in action

The final episode of the YFG interview series focuses on a participatory approach in the COVID-19 pandemic. Dheepa Rajan, Health Systems Advisor, Department for Health Systems Governance and Financing, World Health Organization and Young Gasteiner Matej Vinko, Public Health Specialist, National Institute of Public Health of Slovenia, elaborate on the elements of participatory health governance and how civil society can better be part of decision-making processes.

Paving the way for meaningful stakeholder collaborations on health in the aftermath of a pandemic

On February 24th, a group of Young Gasteiners and experts gathered online to share and discuss strategies to improve stakeholder collaboration in health during these challenging times the world is experiencing.  From the outset, participants agreed on one positive that has emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic: responsibility of all actors operating in the health arena has increased, and is higher than ever before. But what are the consequences of this fact, and what implications might it have for shaping stakeholder collaborations on health in the near future?

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YFG Interview: Digital Health Applications

This episode of the YFG interview series focuses on digital health applications and spotlights the German experience. Julia Hagen, Director Regulatory & Politics, Health Innovation Hub, German Federal Ministry of Health, introduces the DiGA – Digital Health Applications and learnings from the process. Interviewed by Michele Calabrò, Policy Adviser, European Patients’ Forum.

YFG Interview: Solutions to mitigate COVID-19’s impact on health inequalities?

Ghazala Mir, Associate Professor, Leeds University, UK, has her research interests in health and social inequalities. Her research covers disadvantaged ethnic and faith communities, women and people with learning disability. She is the Chair of the UK Inequalities Research Network.

During the EHFG 2020, Ghazala Mir was a panellist in the session “Mitigating COVID-19’s impact on health and health inequalities”. Young Gasteiners, Lela Sulaberidze, Curatio International Foundation, and Sabah Boufkhed, King’s College London, interviewed Ghazala on the related topics.