Organized by JAHEE: Joint Action Health Equity Europe
The JAHEE initiative, financed by the Third EU Health Programme 2014-2020, has represented an important opportunity for 24 European countries to work jointly to address health inequalities both in health status as well as in access to health and related social services
The pre-conference offers an excellent opportunity for experts and researchers from various backgrounds to know more about the recommendations produced by JAHEE and the policy message that should be integrated in the policy agendas of different countries and at European level.
Health inequalities (HI) still represent a major challenge for policy makers across the world. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated already existing HI between and within countries and created new ones with long term consequences which are still difficult to foresee. We now have a real chance to rethink which priorities should be put at the centre of the political agenda. What we have learned is that a global and cross-sectoral governance as well as policy mechanisms should be implemented to address HI and develop effective measures to remove those factors that favour structural inequalities of a society. National and international institutions working together can play key roles in both addressing existing inequalities and in reaching a more equitable response and recovery to the immediate and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.