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EPHA Briefing on EU Policies and their iImpact on Children’s Health

HEAL member The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) has just produced a Briefing on Children’s Health. The briefing aims to provide an overview of this important policy fields where actions urgently need to be taken to deal with the social determinants of health inequalities in European societies, and from a "health in all policies" approach with a view to improving health throughout the life cycle.

The early, formative years of a child’s life serve as the foundation for all of life’s later endeavours. In the European Region on average, most children enjoy reasonably high standard of health and well-being. However, there are also huge differences in infant and child mortality rates between certain countries in the region. These differences betray vast health inequalities in Europe which the European Institutions and Member State governments must tackle from the very earliest stages if the interventions are to have any lasting effect on the health of Europeans. View the briefing here.

Originally posted on 31 January 2012

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