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Fighting anti-microbial resistance 23-06-2020

 
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A dual approach to protect public health

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), defined as “the ability of a microorganism to stop an antimicrobial from working against it”[i], is a growing global public health threat, with 30 000 patients in the EU dying annually as a result of infections caused by resistant bacteria, while antibiotic consumption in the EU almost doubled between 2010 and 2014[ii]. The European Commission is launching discussions on ways to tackle AMR and to address the lack of new antimicrobials, in the context of its upcoming Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe.

As a contribution to this discussion, the European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP) representing the statutory social insurances in 17 Member States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, would like to raise awareness amongst decision-makers of the importance of tackling the spread of AMR by improving infection prevention and control as well as increasing the development and availability of new effective antimicrobials inside and outside the EU.

COVID-19 & social security 25-05-2020

 
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Safeguarding public health & social protection in times of pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for the health and social security systems in the European Union. Social security systems play a key role in providing healthcare, sickness benefits, unemployment benefits and much more to insured persons, during this pandemic and beyond. By implementing several measures such as simplifying procedures to access benefits and providing additional benefits to those most affected, ESIP members have shown their flexibility and ability to cope with the current situation.

COVID-19: Joint letter to the European Commission 19-03-2020

 
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Statement on the current developments of the COVID-19 pandemic

On 18th March 2020, the European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP) signed a joint letter addressed to the European Commission on the response at EU level to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The statement was co-signed by AIM (the International Association of Health Care Mutuals and Health Care Funds), CPME (Standing Committee of European Doctors) and HOPE (the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation).

ESIP, together the with co-signatories, welcome the ‘Corona Response Investment Initiative’ and offer their full support on the European Union’s efforts to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. While slowing down the spread of the virus, it is essential to ensure that healthcare professionals have access to suitable equipment and that patients receive appropriate treatment.  The discussion against vital medicine shortages in Europe remains important, in particular Europe’s dependency on single sourcing in the production and distribution chain of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

As European level representatives of the health care community, ESIP, AIM, CPME and HOPE remain at the disposal of the European Commission to provide any information and support they can in tackling this and similar health threats in the future.

Find out more in the statement.

Supporting gender equality in social security 10-03-2020

 
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EU gender equality strategy: the role of social protection systems

On 5 March, the European Commission published its Gender equality strategy for 2020 to 2025. ESIP welcomes this strategy which in some respects goes beyond the previous strategic engagement for gender equality for 2016 to 2019, with its broader approach to gender mainstreaming, to be included in all steps of EU policies. As recognised in the targeted actions proposed by the Commission on closing the gender employment, care and pension gaps, social protection systems have an important role to play to empower women, by supporting their participation in the labour market and compensating for the impact on their income of care responsibilities.