EU Adopts Approaches for Enhanced Global Health Role

The European Commission has unveiled four approaches to enhance the European Union’s global health role. The proposal is in preparation for the September summit on the Millennium Development Goals, “where the EU should speak with a single and credible voice,” according to the commission. 

The approaches involve enhancing global governance on health, working for progress toward universal health coverage, ensuring better coherence of EU’s global health policies, and broadening global health knowledge.

“Health is a right for all, in Europe and beyond. But it is a right that too many people still cannot enjoy today,” said European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy John Dalli and European Commissioner for Research Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn in a joint statement. “The Millennium Development Goals related to health, on child mortality, maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS are among those most off track. We cannot accept this.”

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    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.