30 January 2015 // Getting ready for the assessment of the European Union's work in implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the Disability Intergroup has elected a whole new Bureau consisting of four co-presidents and eight vice-presidents.
This election took place in Strasbourg, during the first meeting the Disability Intergroup had had since being re-established. Although Intergroups have no legislative power, they are key elements in promoting an exchange of views between people from all nationalities and political groups.
A network of 12 leading global health organizations announces the first annual World Birth Defects Day, to be observed March 3, 2015. The purpose of this observance is to raise awareness about the occurrence of birth defects, develop and implement primary prevention programs, and expand referral and care services for all persons with birth defects.
29 January 2015 // The European Patients Forum (EPF) released a position paper called “Healthcare for all” to promote the development of EU and national policies that tackle discrimination faced by patients in exercising their right to healthcare. EPF is strongly committed to realise its vision that all patients with chronic and/or lifelong conditions in the EU have access to high quality, patient-centred equitable health and social care. This implies that healthcare should be free of discrimination, and that it should be respectful of and responsive to the diversity of patients in the European Union. EPF encourages more engagement from the EU on this theme.
Read more on the EPF website.
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