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Health Council discusses action plan to combat cancer, "Europe against AIDS", and health promotion

At the Health Council in Luxembourg on 2 June 1995, Mr. Padraig Flynn, Commissioner for Social Affairs and Public Health, welcomed the fact that the Council of Ministers in charge of health adopted three common positions with regard to: - A third action plan to combat cancer ...

At the Health Council in Luxembourg on 2 June 1995, Mr. Padraig Flynn, Commissioner for Social Affairs and Public Health, welcomed the fact that the Council of Ministers in charge of health adopted three common positions with regard to: - A third action plan to combat cancer (budget: ECU 59 million); - A programme of Community action concerning the prevention of AIDS and certain other communicable diseases (budget: ECU 49.6 million); - A programme for Community action on health promotion, information, education and training (budget: ECU 30 million). - Third action plan to combat cancer: The primary aim of the third action plan on the fight against cancer is to improve the knowledge of the causes of cancer so that steps can be taken to prevent development of the disease. The Commission proposal for a third action plan against cancer seeks to ensure a continuation of the successful actions initiated in the first two plans. It will endeavour to place more emphasis on large-scale, large-impact projects involving, as far as possible, the participation of governmental and non-governmental organizations. The projects selected will contain precise targets directed towards a reduction in mortality from cancer from now to the year 2000. This remains the principal objective of the "Europe Against Cancer" programme. - AIDS and other communicable diseases: The Community programme on the prevention of AIDS and other communicable diseases is a five-year programme centred on collecting data, developing networks, information, training and education (especially young people), prevention, social and psychological support, and on the fight against discrimination. - Health promotion programme: The new Community health promotion, information, education and training programme covers the period 1996-2000. Its aim is to encourage a healthier individual lifestyle through a series of information initiatives on: - Health as such; - Health education; - Training of the people professionally involved in the promotion of health.