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3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Joint Action on integrating prevention, testing and linkage to care strategies acros HIV, viral hepatitis, TB and STIs in Europe (INTEGRATE) [INTEGRATE]
The “Joint Action on integrating prevention, testing and link to care strategies across HIV, Viral Hepatitis, TB & STIs in Europe” (INTEGRATE) has the overall objective to increase Integrated earl...
The “Joint Action on integrating prevention, testing and link to care strategies across HIV, Viral Hepatitis, TB & STIs in Europe” (INTEGRATE) has the overall objective to increase Integrated early diagnosis and linkage to prevention and care of HIV, viral hepatitis, TB and STIs in EU Member States by 2020.
A number of tools have been developed to reduce transmission, optimize early diagnosis and linkage to care for one or more of these four diseases. INTEGRATE will map relevant existing tools for cross-linking. A peer-review process will identify which of these tools are complimentary or redundant for other disease(s), and which could be adapted or require further innovation.
HIV, viral hepatitis, TB and STIs are cross-borders public health threats of concern to Europe that affect vulnerable populations disproportionately and require personalised interventions. As multiple dimensional approaches are required to reduce the public health burden, the most optimal profile of approaches that provide additive effects (and that are reasonably cost-effective) should be identified and implemented broadly.
INTEGRATE provides a platform to disseminate and exchange best practice among Member States and facilitate discussions on innovations and emerging issues within the four diseases. In this respect, INTEGRATE is a shared European effort that extends beyond the partners and can create important synergies across European stakeholders, projects and initiatives.
INTEGRATE supports the implementation of the Commission Communication on ‘Combating HIV/AIDS in the European Union and neighboring countries’ and the ‘Action Plan on HIV/AIDS in the EU and neighboring countries’ by ensuring better preparedness across the EU and by identifying innovative evidence-based testing and prevention tools to reduce new cases of HIV, viral hepatitis, TB and STIs in priority groups.
Start date: 01/09/2017 - End date: 31/08/2020

Call: Joint Actions 2016
Topic: 1. Promote health, prevent diseases and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles taking into account the "health in all policies" principle
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
CHRODIS-PLUS: Implementing good practices for chronic diseases [CHRODIS-PLUS]
Europe is paying a heavy price for chronic diseases (CD): it has been estimated that CD cost EU economies 115 billion € or 0.8% of GDP annually; and this figure does not include the additional loss ...
Europe is paying a heavy price for chronic diseases (CD): it has been estimated that CD cost EU economies 115 billion € or 0.8% of GDP annually; and this figure does not include the additional loss in terms of lower employment rates and productivity of people living with chronic health problems. However, the aspiration is a health-promoting Europe, free of preventable CD, premature death and avoidable disability could be possible. Initiatives on CD should build on four cornerstones: health promotion and primary prevention as a way to reduce the burden of CD; patient empowerment; tackling functional decline and quality of life as the main consequences of CD, and making health systems sustainable and responsive to the aging of our populations associated with the epidemiological transition (an increase in incidence of CD and extended life expectancy) whose consequence is an increasing prevalence of CD. In this Joint Action, CHRODIS-PLUS, our goal is to support Member States through cross-national initiatives identified in JA-CHRODIS to reduce the burden of CD, while assuring health systems sustainability and responsiveness. CHRODIS-PLUS aims to promote the implementation of policies and practices with demonstrated success in each of the four cornerstones mentioned, in closely monitored implementation experiences that can be validated before scaling them up. For this, a total of 42 beneficiaries representing 20 European countries will collaborate to implement pilots and generate practical lessons that could contribute to the uptake and use of CHRODIS-PLUS results. Practices to be implemented will be based on the collection of policies, strategies and interventions that started in JA-CHRODIS and in its outputs such as the Integrated Multimorbidity Care Model or the Recommendations for Diabetes Quality criteria or national plans. During the 36-month life CHRODIS-PLUS will disseminate its activities and monitor and evaluate them to verify the progress and impact of the action. CHRODIS-PLUS will look for synergies with international/regional/local policy initiatives in CD. CHRODIS-PLUS will count on the Governing Board of representatives from European Ministries of Health, key to CHRODIS-PLUS development and sustainability, an Executive Board and a General Assembly where all associated partners will gather. A proposal for the EU added value of cross-country collaboration in the field of CD and the sustainability of the results from JA-CHRODIS and CHRODIS-PLUS beyond 2020, when this project ends, will be approved.
Start date: 01/09/2017 - End date: 31/08/2020

Call: Joint Actions 2016
Topic: 1. Promote health, prevent diseases and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles taking into account the "health in all policies" principle
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
European Joint Action on antimicrobial resistance and associated infections [EU-JAMRAI]
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious public health threat that is gaining swift ground. The increase of multi-resistant bacteria associated to the lack of new antibiotics represents a threat to...
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious public health threat that is gaining swift ground. The increase of multi-resistant bacteria associated to the lack of new antibiotics represents a threat to global health. Some patients are faced with no therapeutic solutions as some bacteria resist to all antibiotics. Moreover, “old” antibiotics and to some extent more “recent” ones are gradually removed from the market because they are not economically sustainable, albeit being still possibly efficient. The issue of antimicrobial resistance is a real challenge that decision-makers are well aware of and has gained a high priority among public health challenges.
A closely related challenge is the issue of Healthcare Associated Infections that shall not be considered separately. In fact, infection prevention and control strategies should go hand in hand with i) prudent use of antibiotics ii) appropriate tools for monitoring and surveillance and iii) accurate diagnostic tests to decide on the right therapy.
The various national, European and international initiatives that have emerged over the last decade have shown a great commitment to actively tackle these issues.It is essential that all actors in the field of AMR join forces so as to avoid duplication of efforts and ensure greater coherence. Moreover, it is essential that the strategies adopted extend beyond the sole human health domain and bring a global One Health response.
The overall objective of the AMR-HCAI JA is to ensure that policies for control of AMR and HCAI are adopted and implemented across EU MS in a coordinated way, ensuring national specificities are accounted for, in line with the ECDC and WHO guidelines and recommendations, and in conjunction with other European initiatives.This will be made possible by bringing together different networks of policy makers, experts and organizations on AMR and HCAI working in different European and International initiatives and projects relevant for policy decision.
Start date: 01/09/2017 - End date: 31/08/2020

Call: Joint Actions 2016
Topic: 4. Facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for Union citizens
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Focus on Youth, Football and Alcohol [F.Y.F.A.]
Focus on Youth, Football and Alcohol (F.Y.F.A.)
This project will contribute towards efforts to reduce alcohol related harm with special focus on underage drinking and on heavy episodic drinking. It ...
Focus on Youth, Football and Alcohol (F.Y.F.A.)
This project will contribute towards efforts to reduce alcohol related harm with special focus on underage drinking and on heavy episodic drinking. It will aim at generating good practices targeting the reduction of heavy episodic drinking among young people and develop guidelines for youth sport clubs regarding alcohol across EU. F.Y.F.A. project will facilitate networking to build EU and national capacities. It will among others:
1) To review policies related to young people, sport, marketing and alcohol with particular focus on football on international, national and local level.
2) To interview relevant stakeholders and decision makers at international, national and local level regarding young people, sport, marketing and alcohol.
3) To identify one local youth football club in six Member States, where young people, aged 13-15 participate in regular sporting activities
4) To interview football club management to find out: attitudes, strategies to reduce drinking and harms for young people
5) To interview 8 young people in six countries to discuss and to make recommendations to policy makers about young people, sport, marketing and alcohol.
6) To make a video in three settings, using ESPAD framework – with 6 young women and 6 young men aged between 13 and 15 from three countries.
7) To amalgate the country videos into one video with sub-titles for different countries which will be produced and disseminated.
8) Strengthening capacity of the stakeholders and partners involved through EU networking and good practice exchange.

Excluding tobacco and caffeine, alcohol is the psychoactive substance used most by young people in the European Union. Underage drinking and heavy episodic drinking of alcohol is of particular concern in Europe because it is related to the health and welfare of the population. A number of studies have linked alcohol use by young people to various problems, both short and long term.
Start date: 01/09/2017 - End date: 31/08/2019

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2016
Topic: 1.1 Cost-effective promotion and prevention measures in line, in particular, with the Union strategies on alcohol and nutrition, and including actions to support the exchange of evi...
Topic: 1.1 Cost-effective promotion and prevention measures in line, in particular, with the Union strategies on alcohol and nutrition, and including actions to support the exchange of evidence-based and good practices for addressing risk factors such as tobacco use and passive smoking, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy dietary habits and physical inactivity, taking into account the public health aspects of underlying factors, such as those of a social and environmental nature, with a focus on Union added value.
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
TRANSfusion and transplantation: PrOtection and SElection of donors [TRANSPOSE]
Over five million patients in the EU annually receive transfusions or transplantations of substances of human origin (SoHO): blood components, plasma derived medicines, tissues & (stem) cells, germ ce...
Over five million patients in the EU annually receive transfusions or transplantations of substances of human origin (SoHO): blood components, plasma derived medicines, tissues & (stem) cells, germ cells for assisted reproductive technologies and organs. These treatments depend heavily on the availability of SoHO obtained from more than 13 million donors. Obviously, donor availability is the most vulnerable link in assuring these treatments.

Procedures to collect SoHO, including donor selection and the actual collection or procurement, are regulated in the EU by several directives. In addition, the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Health Care (EDQM) publishes recommendations (Guides) relating to the preparation, use and quality assurance of SoHO forming a basis for standard operating procedures. From this, one could infer that practice throughout Europe is harmonised. However, implementation of the directives and Guides in Member states has resulted in diverging donor selection and protection policies. Expert opinions, lacking quantitative risk-based selection criteria, and prompting a one-size-fits-all approach, have in fact lead to inflexibility and inconsistency.

TRANSPOSE aims at a structured, alternative approach to construct risk-based Guidelines for the selection and protection of donors. To this end, TRANSPOSE will involve a massive pool of experts and take stock of current practices and scientific insights.

TRANSPOSE may facilitate the process of revising related EU Directives. Moreover, the developed guiding principles and Donor Selection & Protection Guidelines will assist EU member states to implement policies in a consistent and clear-cut way. Finally, a standard Donor Health Questionnaire with carefully guided local/regional/national customization will become available, which can be used widely and will enable comparisons between Member States on the prevalence of certain risks and risky behaviours throughout Europe.

Start date: 01/09/2017 - End date: 29/02/2020

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2016
Topic: 4.2 Support Member States, patient organisations and stakeholders by coordinated action at Union level in order to effectively help patients affected by rare diseases. This includes...
Topic: 4.2 Support Member States, patient organisations and stakeholders by coordinated action at Union level in order to effectively help patients affected by rare diseases. This includes the creation of reference networks (in compliance with point 4.1), Union wide information databases and registries for rare diseases based on common criteria.