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Debate between the EU institutions, health professionals and patients on the draft directive launched

The roundtable "High Quality Healthcare in Europe," organized jointly by the Council of European Dentists (CED) and the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) on the 10th of September in Brussels, provided one of the first opportunities for stakeholders to discuss the Commission's recent proposal for a Directive on Patients' Rights in Cross-Border Healthcare. The event under the patronage of Othmar Karas, MEP, brought together Commission officials and MEPs to exchange views with the main organisations of European health professionals and patients on the proposed Directive, as well as on the wider institutional and political framework for cross-border healthcare in Europe.


European ECAT Conference: “Empower the Community in response to Alcohol Threats” Friday 24 October 2008

VAD and ECAT network are hosting this conference in line with their mission to enhance the effectiveness of local alcohol prevention campaigns. By establishing guidelines for local campaigns, assessing varying local situations to develop specific actions and prevention strategies and evaluating the reach and viability of those local campaigns, the ECAT project combines principle and practice in the hopes of reducing the threat of alcohol to local communities throughout Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Belgium.

The conference will take place in Flemish Parliament, Leuvenseweg 86, 1000 Brussels, Belgium on Friday, 24 October 2008, beginning at 9:30 am. It is open to everyone and the admission fee is 35 euro. Every participant will receive a copy of the ECAT manual for further elucidation of the project's scheme.


CSPI makes case against Sparks

On the 8th of September, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) filed suit against MillerCoors Brewing Company over its alcoholic energy drink, Sparks . This bold action is an important new step in the effort to protect America's youth from these dangerous and deceptive products.


Eurocare Evening Reception Photos

The photos from the Eurocare evening reception marking International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) day, held in the European Parliament on the 9th of September 2008, are now available.


Press Release - Eurocare Marks International FASD Awareness Day

Drinking alcohol in pregnancy remains a significant public health issue in Europe. A substantial number of women across the EU, continue to drink during pregnancy–ranging from 25% in Spain to 35%-50% in the Netherlands and even higher rates in the UK or Ireland.

Prenatal exposure to alcohol is a leading preventable cause of birth defects an developmental disorders, and the only one which is 100% preventable. Unfortunately, many women are not aware that, throughout the pregnancy, even at low levels of exposure, alcohol interferes with the normal development and can seriously damage the unborn child.


Together for mental health and well-being

More information on the EU conference "Together for mental health and well-being", held in Brussels on 13 June, is available on the DG SANCO website:


Closing the health gap in a generation - the role of the EU health strategy

On 28 August, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the report of its Commission on Social Determinants of Health. It highlights major differences in life expectancy and rates of disease between rich and poor within all countries as well as between different parts of the world. In many instances these gaps have increased. The report makes wide ranging recommendations in order to 'close the gap in a generation' emphasising action on living conditions, access to services, social support, information and research, as well as on health promotion and disease prevention.


Eurocare holds successful Evening Reception on ‘Alcohol and Pregnancy' in European Parliament

Over 50 people attended the Eurocare Evening Reception in the European Parliament, marking ”International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day” on Tuesday 9th September 2008.


NordAn Conference

NordAN will be hosting a conference on alcohol, drugs and harm to others from the 10th to the 12th of October in Talinn, Estonia. The conference focuses on the harm done to others – and of course the still unborn child is the most powerless and innocent victim of someone drinking and thus harming them. If you look at the numbers of damages that even low levels of exposure of alcohol can do to the normal development, the facts are shocking. Individuals born with FASD often fail in the education system, and come into difficulties with criminal justice system. And this is not a marginal problem: FASD is believed to affect about 1% of people in the Europe (27), which amounts to nearly 5 million people…..

Please register before the 18th of September!




Mums-to-be told 'no safe level of drink'

DUBLIN'S three maternity hospitals are to back an information campaign telling women there is no 'safe' level of alcohol to consume while pregnant.
Medics now regard alcohol consumption during pregnancy as a significant factor on the health of a newborn, but a large proportion of women continue to drink while expecting the birth of their child.
Every year, the situation leads to an average of 354 Irish babies in Ireland being diagnosed with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.