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Health at a Glance: Europe 2018

State of Health in the EU Cycle

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Health at a Glance: Europe 2018 presents comparative analyses of the health status of EU citizens and the performance of the health systems of the 28 EU Member States, 5 candidate countries and 3 EFTA countries. It is the first step in the State of Health in the EU cycle of knowledge brokering. This publication has two parts. Part I comprises two thematic chapters, the first focusing on the need for concerted efforts to promote better mental health, the second outlining possible strategies for reducing wasteful spending in health. In Part II, the most recent trends in key indicators of health status, risk factors and health spending are presented, together with a discussion of progress in improving the effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of European health systems.

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Public health laboratory capacity to control infectious diseases threats

Infectious diseases and resistance to antibiotics are global public health threats. Resilient health systems depend on the ability to detect emerging diseases accurately in time to stop outbreaks and avert major international crises such as the recent Ebola epidemic (Albiger, 2018). Public health preparedness requires adequate capacity of microbiology laboratories to: 1) ensure rapid infection diagnostics to guide treatment, detect and control epidemics; 2) characterise infectious agents for designing effective vaccines and control measures; and 3) monitor the impact of prevention of infections and containment of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

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