Manifesto on Digestive Health

UEG’s plea to policymakers ahead of the 2019 European Elections

Following the appointment of the next European Parliament in May 2019, a new political leadership will revitalise the core of EU’s decision-making. 2019 will not only reshape EU’s political composition, but also its future, bringing forward a brand-new agenda. Determined to prioritise digestive health on EU’s future agenda, UEG is launching a manifesto to advance the treatment and prevention of digestive diseases.

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About the Manifesto

Each year, all across Europe, digestive diseases lead to the death of one million people of all ages. Digestive diseases are the main cause of cancer-related death in Europe. Moreover, poor dietary habits, heavy alcohol consumption and the rise in obesity, are all linked to the growth of chronic digestive diseases. However, all these factors are preventable through the right lifestyle changes, which can ultimately decrease the incidence of chronic digestive diseases. 

Considering the bearing health and well-being have on fostering sustainable economies, our Manifesto calls on policymakers to recognise and tackle the burden of digestive diseases, set up a EU-wide strategy on chronic diseases, increase the funding of prevention and management efforts undertaken in the field of digestive diseases and put an end to healthcare inequalities across Europe. 

The Manifesto underlines three major areas of concern: nutrition, alcohol consumption, chronic digestive diseases and digestive cancers. On nutrition, we call for food reformulation based on scientific evidence and push for policies which incentivise healthy lifestyles. Since in Europe alcohol-related harm is an alarming reality, we call for EU schemes on reducing alcohol consumption and a regulatory approach to labelling. Despite their prevalence, digestive cancers receive disproportional consideration. We, thus, stress on the need for colorectal cancer screening and increased funding for pancreatic cancer research. 

We salute the EPF Manifesto championing for making health an EU policy priority, for which we stand united, and side with their call to have patient’s rights implemented across the EU.

We invite you all to join us in raising awareness with regard to the impact digestive health has on our lives, our community and the economy, by sharing and promoting the Manifesto on Digestive Health through your communication channels. 

Digestive health deserves attention. It’s high time EU’s policymakers sat up and took notice!

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Jana Tenglerova 

UEG Public Affairs
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