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de Brún welcomes plan for EU co-ordination in health promotion and disease prevention

16 March, 2006


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today welcomed a report which recommends co-ordinated action at EU level in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention.

Ms de Brún made her comments before speaking in an EU Parliament debate regarding the recommendations of a report entitled 'establishing a programme of Community action in the field of health'. The report was compiled by Antonios Trakatellis MEP.

Speaking from Strasbourg, the former Assembly Health Minister said:

"A European wide action programme on health has the potential to support the mainstreaming of health in all community policies. The European Union is in a unique position to complement the work undertaken by health professionals and front line staff in member states, study the impact of other policies on health, promote access to information, improve the early detection, evaluation and communication of risks and make recommendations on best practice.

"I want to stress the importance of involving disadvantaged communities and groups as partners in the shaping of future health policies to ensure that those who have been most disenfranchised have maximum input in their design and delivery. We cannot hope to tackle inequalities in health without the active input of those whose life experiences make them experts in this field.

"Tacaím go mór leis an mholadh na cláracha sláinte agus cosaint tomhaltach a scaradh óna chéile ach córas nasctha a bheith acu. Cuirim fáilte roimh cinneadh Chomhdháil na nUachtarán maidir leis seo.

"Tá ciall le gníomh comhordaithe ó thaobh cur chun cinn sláinte agus ó thaobh straitéisí cosc ar ghalar de.

"De bharr na heagla láithrí roimh an fhéidearthacht go n-athróidh fliú na n-éin, tá an pobal ar an eolas faoin ghá le straitéis nasctha ar ghalair theagmhálacha. Gan a bheith ag baint ar shiúl ón ghá le comhoibriú maidir le galair theagmhálacha, taispeánann figiúirí de chuid Eagras Sláinte an Domhain go mbíonn na galair neamhtheagmhálacha ar an chúis is mó den ualach galar. Caithfimid ár gcuid aire agus ár gcuid acmhainní a dhíriú ar an áit a bheidh an tionchar is mó acu.

"Chomh maith leis seo, tacaím le Leasú 145 a iarrann cur chuige iolraíoch agus a chuireann leigheas malartach i measc na ngníomhartha lena dtacóidh an clár.

"The EU is ideally positioned to take the lead on the promotion of effective health strategies and to complement the work at national levels. For example, co-ordinated action in the field of health promotion and disease prevention strategies make common sense. Current fears regarding any possible mutation of bird flu means that the public is aware of the need for a joined up strategy in relation to communicable diseases. At the same time we need to recognise that non-communicable diseases are by far the greatest causes of the burden of disease, and we need to put resources where they will be most effective.

"Such a programme, if adequately funded and co-ordinated with international bodies in this field, has the potential to move us toward first class health promotion and disease prevention systems, ensuring that we are prepared for health emergencies, that we include health in all EU policies and that we take the necessary measures to tackle health risks and to promote healthier lifestyle models." ENDS

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