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Where could we be?. Gérard Dubois Professor of public health, Amiens. natural and man-made environment. death. disease. behaviours. biological abnormalities. genes. screening. risk factors. risk indicators. diagnosis. Primary prevention. Secondary. Tertiary. public health.

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where could we be

Where could we be?

Gérard Dubois

Professor of public health, Amiens

‘Is Europe good for our health?’ EPHA/ERS conference, 27 November 2003

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natural and man-made environment

death

disease

behaviours

biological abnormalities

genes

screening

risk factors

risk indicators

diagnosis

Primary prevention

Secondary

Tertiary

public health

clinical

‘Is Europe good for our health?’ EPHA/ERS conference, 27 November 2003

a vision statement of health
A vision statement of health

A state of complete physical,

mental and social well-being

and not merely the absence

of disease or infirmity.

World Health Organisation, 1946

‘Is Europe good for our health?’ EPHA/ERS conference, 27 November 2003

how did we get there
How did we get there?
  • Hygiene: water, air, food…
  • Legislation: seat belts, health warnings on tobacco…
  • Health promotion: information, education
  • Prevention: vaccination, screening
  • Improved health care system

‘Is Europe good for our health?’ EPHA/ERS conference, 27 November 2003

public health facts
Public health facts
  • Viruses, bacteria, fungi have no boundaries (flu, SARS, diphteria…).
  • Epidemics and pandemics are likely to occur (flu pandemic).
  • What will be the availability of the flu vaccine when the flu pandemic occurs in the EU countries not producing the vaccine?

‘Is Europe good for our health?’ EPHA/ERS conference, 27 November 2003

public health facts1
Public health facts
  • The main causes of early death (<65) in all EU countries are tobacco, alcohol, car accidents, obesity, sedentary life.
  • The first four are linked to industrialised products. The main causes of early deaths are due to

industrial epidemics

‘Is Europe good for our health?’ EPHA/ERS conference, 27 November 2003

public health facts2
Public health facts
  • Any decision on these products have public health implications. Not to take account of this will lead to an hemiplegic system (legislation and administration).
  • EU is favoring smuggling within UK when it is on Court against two cigarette makers in the USA because they organise smuggling!!!

‘Is Europe good for our health?’ EPHA/ERS conference, 27 November 2003

a vision of a europe of health
A vision of a “Europe of health”

LEGAL BASIS: Health protection receives a priority in the new EU treaty with health rights explicitly recognised.

LEADERSHIP: a charismatic and committed Commissionner with political weight.

TEAM: a reinforced DG Health with a mandate that integrates public health, pharmaceuticals, workplace safety, cordination of various EU agencies (EMEA, AFSA, ECDC etc).

FUNDS: sufficient resource allocation (€).

‘Is Europe good for our health?’ EPHA/ERS conference, 27 November 2003

a vision of a europe of health1
A vision of a “Europe of health”

STRATEGY: A comprehensive EU framework for health including legislation, soft law, recommendations, targets, initiatives.

PARLIAMENT: MEP’s that regularly demand health impact assessment (HIA) on all legislation and policies.

INFORMATION: Comparable, reliable data on major risk factors, disease, mortality is consistently gathered by MS and regularly analysed by the EU.

TARGETS: EU sets high common standards in health education, training, medical technology.

‘Is Europe good for our health?’ EPHA/ERS conference, 27 November 2003

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Good health is a fundamental right for children and adults.

Health is a high priority for EU citizens.

‘Is Europe good for our health?’ EPHA/ERS conference, 27 November 2003

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The Convention’s working group on ‘Social Europe’ recommended the inclusion of Public Health into Article I-3 of the draft Constitutional Treaty with the support of many Convention members, MEP’s and public statements by the Greek Presidency of the EU.

But what was the end result of health in the Convention?……………..

‘Is Europe good for our health?’ EPHA/ERS conference, 27 November 2003

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Remember:

There is no economic health without people’s health.

Thank you

‘Is Europe good for our health?’ EPHA/ERS conference, 27 November 2003

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