Diseases and health threats

In an increasingly interconnected world, both humans and animals are increasingly threatened by communicable diseases and health threats, including zoonoses, as evidenced by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit FEAM’s COVID-19 hub page with information about activities by FEAM, national member academies, sister network academies, and partners.

Key challenges such as increasing antibiotic resistance, climate change, and emerging and re-emerging diseases, call for global and European systems to support surveillance and early warning. They also call for multidisciplinary research and multi-sectoral cooperation.

FEAM has supported a One Health approach to address these challenges by connecting research and supporting cooperation between human and animal health, and environmental research. One Health calls for the integration of data and research coming from different disciplines and wider cooperation between different sectors (e.g. animal and human health, agriculture, environment).


In April 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation and a Communication on Strengthened Cooperation against Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. FEAM has contributed to current debates on the challenges of vaccination, including through a commentary on the EC Roadmap on Vaccination (in cooperation with EASAC), a Conference with Member Academies on Vaccination: Scientific and social perspectives, and discussion with other stakeholders through the FEAM Forum event Vaccination challenges and EU cooperation: what is the way forward?

In 2019, the European Commission convened a Coalition for Vaccination to bring together associations of healthcare workers and students´ associations across the EU. The Coalition supports the delivery of accurate information to the public, combating myths around vaccines and vaccination, and the exchange of best practices on vaccination.

The Coalition is currently composed of 25 partners, and co-chaired by the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU), and the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME).

FEAM is an Associated Member of the Coalition.

For all past publications and activities on diseases and health threats, including on Mental Health, One Health, Vaccination, and more, see publications and events below.

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