Better Health & Well Being – AHF Europe Event

Better Health & Well Being 2019

About the Event

In an effort to bring a fresh and innovative approach to health services across Europe – while also shining a critical spotlight on chronic disease management – AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Europe is honored to host the Better Health & Well Being seminar at the European Parliament in Brussels on November 5, 2019.

AHF Europe invites you to join us and our expert panel of co-hosts, comprised of Members of European Parliament (listed below) from leading political groups, as they call on the next European Commission and EU member states to implement specific policy actions that will usher in a new era of a people-centered approach to healthcare.

Relying on their own national and international perspectives and expertise, they will propose concrete steps to promote a paradigm shift that will ensure numerous aspects of healthcare remain high on the political agenda.

Register today and join AHF’s call to action by being part of the movement towards improved healthcare for all citizens and patients across Europe!

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05 NOVEMBER 2019

Room ASP 3G2, European Parliament, Brussels
*Subject to changes


Introductory remarks by the host MEPs

Cristian-Silviu Busoi

Juozas Olekas


Economy of wellbeing: leaving no one behind

Chair: MEP Cristian-Silviu Busoi

Key note interventions

  • Maya Matthews, Deputy Head of Unit for strategy and coordination, DG Santé, European Commission
  • Masoud Dara, Acting Director Communicable Diseases, WHO Europe
  • Dr. Sanna Isosomppi, Medical Advisor, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
  • Terri Ford, Chief of Global Advocacy & Policy, AHF


Multidisciplinary actions towards inclusive health: people centered care Panel discussion

Chair: MEP: Lidia Pereira

Key note interventions

  • Dovile Sakaliene, Member of National Parliament, Lithuania
  • Ricardo Baptista Leite, Member of Portuguese Parliament, President of UNITE
  • Anna Zakowicz, Deputy Bureau Chief, AHF Europe
  • Maryan Said, patient representative, Norway


Q&A session, conclusions by the chair


Closing remarks by the host MEP Yanna Toom

Seminar Co-Hosts

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MEP Juozas Olekas, Lithuania
Group of the Progressive Alliance
of Socialists & Democrats

MEP Juozas Olekas (Lithuania) from the Socialist & Democrat political group. Doctor in Medicine and former chief physician at the Vilnius University hospital, Mr. Olekas was appointed in 2002 as Minister for Health and, afterwards, as Minister for Defence during two mandates. Mr. Olekas has continuously been appointed for the Committees on Health and on National Security and Defence in the National Parliament. Mr Olekas will address the floor introducing the need of people centered care and the challenges ahead from the perspective of his double hat resposabilities: the decision maker and the professional of health.

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MEP Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, Romania
Group of the European
People's Party

MEP Cristian Busoi (Romania) from the European People’s Party, who serves his 4th term in the European Parliament, is widely recognized by his peers as a leading MEP, steering the European health agenda. Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine and PhD in Public Health and Health Management, he has been continuously focusing on the better healthcare to the Europeans. Mr Busoi, in cooperation with civil society is advocating for a more inclusive health care that can rely upon the necessary research funding to put patients at the center and highlighting the importance of prevention as a method to improve health.

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MEP Yana Toom,
Renew Europe Group

MEP Yanna Toom (Estonia), from the Renew Europe political group, has been working as a journalist until being elected in the European Parliament in 2014. Ms Toom’s focus on the challenges related to social exclusion and human rights led her to be elected as a deputy Chairman of the Social Affairs Committee in the Estonian Center Party. During the years in the European Parliament social affairs have always been on top of her agenda, advocating for a more equal Europe within the Committee on Social Affairs or within the Intergroup on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. Ms Toom’s report on employment and social policies in the Euro area has been recently adopted by the European Parliament.

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MEP Lidia Pereira, Portugal
Group of the European
People's Party

MEP Lídia Pereira (Portugal), from the European People’s Party group. Ms. Pereira is a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and a substitute in the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Climate change, digitalization of the economy and its subsequent implications in the labor model will play a key role in her activities during the mandate at the European Parliament. Ms. Pereira started off her political career as a member of JSD branch in Coimbra and later served as a Vice-President and International Secretary of the National Board also being elected as a President of the Youth of the European People’s Party, the largest political youth organization in Europe.

About AHF

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1.2 million people in 43 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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