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Universal health: Investing in Health and Wellbeing for All

Time 29/06/2015 09:00 - 30/06/2015 15:00
Location Riga, Latvia
Organizer European Patient’s Forum (EPF), European Generic medicines Association (EGA), European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA).

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The 2015 Riga Health Conference, held under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and organised jointly by EPF, EPHA, EFPIA and EGA,  aims to identify strategies to harness the input of citizens to create efficient and equitable European health systems.


The conference will build on the Vilnius declaration the outcomes from the 2013 Health Summit organised by the Lithuanian Presidency and will call for immediate action in the following areas:

  • Investing in cost-effective health promotion and disease prevention;
  • Ensuring universal access to high quality people-centred health services; and
  • Ensuring that health system reforms are evidence-based and grounded in common European values of solidarity, high quality and equity of access, while focusing on cost-effectiveness, sustainability and good governance.


EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, WHO Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab and Latvian Minister of Health Guntis Belevics will be speaking at this event.

Speakers also include Anders Olauson, EPF President, Stanimir Hasurdjiev, EPF board member and Gunta Anca, from our member SUSTENTO.

In his interview on universal access to healthcare, European Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis says that “EU citizens need clear information on access to healthcare, the performance of the healthcare system, and on their rights and entitlements. A citizen without clear, relevant and reliable information cannot have a meaningful role in promoting efficiency and sustainability and ensuring equitable access to healthcare”.

Access to healthcare is a core value of EPF and a key aspect of patient empowerment. This conference complements our work on the one year campaign on Patient Empowerment  that we launched in May.