The final conference of EU Joint Action on Health Inequalities, “Equity Action”, will take place in January 2014. It will bring together international experts on health inequalities, such as Professor Sir Michael Marmot who ha! s been a prominent actor in that field for the past 30 years. The participants will showcase the results of the joint action, assess the progress made on addressing health inequalities in the EU and consider opportunities and priorities for action.
According to the Marmot 2013 report on “Social Determinants and the Health Divide in the WHO European Region”, the wide variation in life expectancy and infant mortality historically found between EU countries is narrowing. The gap between the longest and shortest life expectancy found in EU-27 decreased by 17% for men between 2007 and 2011 and 4% for women between 2006 and 2011. The average infant mortality in EU also fell during the same period - from 5.7 to 3.9 per 1000 live births.
European Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, said: “Inequalities in health in terms of life expectancy and in particular in infant mortality have been significantly reduced in the European Union in the past few years. This is encouraging. However, our commitment must be unwavering in order to address the continued gaps in health between social groups and between regions and Member States, as shown in this report”.
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