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  Air pollution is the largest environmental health risk in Europe: exposure to the pollutants causes more than 700,000 deaths every year. Besides the contribution of large industries and the agricultural sector to this health issue, an important role is played by transport on city level. The easiest solution to improve our health and the air quality is by taking steps and travelling healthy. A transition to active mobility in cities needs to be made now. As future health professionals, it is our responsibility to engage fellow students, health professionals and the public towards change. Today is World Environment Day. Join us in our campaign and take your steps towards a healthy Europe! Campaign materials available here:...

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EMSA celebrates World No Tobacco Day 2020

  Today, we are celebrating World No Tobacco Day. This global campaign is to keep us remembering of the achievements we have made in the past decades when we work towards a world free from tobacco. This year, World No Tobacco Day focuses on us, young people, with its theme “Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use”. For decades, the tobacco industry has been targeting young people by making their products glamorous and using attractive marketing strategies. This has resulted in 1 out of 8 children between the ages of 13 and 15 smoking. And while we have been trying to tackle this by implementing more and more legislation, young people are still being seduced into this unhealthy behaviour, over and over again. Today is our day. Today is the day for young people to say it is enough. It is time to break these tobacco tactics that undermine public health. It is time to speak up and to stop the tobacco industry’s influence on youth. It is time to act against tobacco and protect...

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World Environment Day 2019: An EMSA Press Release

Every year the World Environment Day inspires millions of people to take action for the sake of the planet by contributing to different events and projects around the world. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has chosen Air Pollution as the theme for this year and encourages everyone to raise awareness of this crucial issue via their official website and with their official hashtag #BeatAirPollution. As air pollution and climate change are closely related, reducing air pollution is one of the most important steps in the fight against climate change and its impacts on people’s lives. As a healthcare student association, we recognize that climate change is a big threat to public health and therefore we commit to advocating for and taking action towards a climate-resilient Europe. In our recent policy statement on climate change and health, we call on European countries to reaffirm their commitments for sustainable, innovative and adaptive national policies on climate change and its impacts on health and wellbeing. Our policy statement can be viewed here. The European Parliament Elections are important milestones for the policies created in the next five years. As the future doctors of Europe, EMSA released a Manifesto for the elections and called upon the next European Parliament to take action for several issues, one of which was a climate-resilient Europe. Our Manifesto for the 2019 European Parliament Elections can be...

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EMSA at the European Public Health Alliance 2018 Annual General Assembly

  Our Public Health Director Esra Zhubi represented EMSA at the EPHA(European Public Health Alliance) 2018 Annual General Assembly which took place on the 28th of June in Brussels, Belgium. EPHA is a member-led organization made up of over 90 public health NGOs, patient groups, health professionals and disease groups, who work to improve health and strengthen the voice of public health in Europe. EPHA participates in policy debates and stakeholder dialogues to raise the profile of health in all policy areas, supporting collaboration and partnerships between non-governmental organizations and other organizations active at European, national and local level on health promotion and public health. EPHA Annual General Assembly each year gathers all the EPHA members in Brussels to reflect on the work previously done and the ongoing EPHA projects, campaigns and activities, to elect and welcome the new EPHA board members and EPHA member organizations and strengthen the collaboration and encourage the members to keep up with the work and the mission of EPHA. EMSA is an official member of the EPHA and has the opportunity to engage in the EPHA’s activities of shaping the future of public health in...

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Every year on the 14th of June we mark World Blood Donor Day. The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need of the safe blood and blood products and to celebrate and thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors around the world for their life-saving help. The day also helps raise awareness of the importance of regular blood donations for those in need. Every few seconds, someone somewhere in the world needs blood. Blood transfusions and blood products help save millions of lives every year, and can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life. As blood can be stored for only a limited time before use, regular blood donations from healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood is always available. A decision to donate your blood can save a life or even several if your blood is separated into its components such as red cells, platelets and plasma, which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions. Donated blood should always be screened for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and syphilis before transfusion. However, 35 countries are not able to screen all donated blood for one or more of these infections and testing is not reliable in many countries. If you are interested in donating blood there are restrictions on who is a suitable donor, but you...

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