Wednesday, November 16, 2011

[EQ] Launch of the European Portal for Action on Health Inequalities

Launch of the European Portal for Action on Health Inequalities

EuroHealth Net, 2011


Good Practice Database available online


The new website is an exhaustive source of information on health inequalities at EU, national and regional level, on social determinants of health and on Health in All Policies.


It aims to provide visitors with practical and useful information and to give them opportunities to promote their own work.

It provides visitors over 300 examples of policies and good practices implemented at EU, national and regional level. Additionally it gives access to a wide range of useful health inequality tools and resources.


The European Portal for Action on Health Inequalities was developed by EuroHealthNet on behalf of the Equity Action Programme. This is the EU funded Joint Action on Health Inequalities, which aims to develop knowledge for action on health inequalities, to support the engagement of Member States, regions and other stakeholders and to share learning and action at a European policy level.

Adoption by the European Parliament of the report on the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion

November 16, 2011
EuroHealthNet hopes that the platform will prove a key move towards concrete action against poverty and social exclusion across a broad range of policies



The health of EU citizens is determined by the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances, which are shaped by policy choices, are mostly responsible for health inequalities – the unfair and avoidable differences in health status between and within countries. Health inequalities persist across the EU, within and between Member States, and there is evidence that they are widening.  They result in:


1. Life expectancy gaps: Between EU Member States there is a 5-fold difference in deaths of babies under one year of age, a 14 year gap in life expectancy at birth for men and an 8 year gap for women;

2. Significant economic costs: Health inequalities related losses have a significant impact on productivity. They have been estimated to cost around €141 billion annually;

3. Increased poverty and social exclusion: Health, poverty and social exclusion are strongly interrelated: ill health can lead to social exclusion while the conditions of poverty and social exclusion often lead to ill health. These are often cyclical and, in many cases, are passed on across generations. Over 80 million people currently live in poverty in the EU.



The EU Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion will aim to improve access to work, social security, education and essential services such as healthcare. EuroHealthNet strongly supports these priorities which will not only contribute to the EU 2020 objectives but also enhance individual well-being.


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