The project seeks to produce and disseminate a European Perinatal Health Report based on data collected in 2006 in all EU countries which includes policy-relevant analyses of maternal and child health outcomes, care provision, inequalities and migrant health. The project will also develop an Action Plan for Sustainable Perinatal Health Reporting with recommendations about the mission, structure, operation and partners of an information network. Partnership with other EU funded projects will be reinforced.
Europe faces common challenges in perinatal health: to maximise safety for mothers and babies, to improve the efficacy of medical technology, to reduce health inequalities, and to use limited resources effectively. Perinatal health care differs throughout Europe. Sharing knowledge about this diversity provides an evidence base for assessing the efficacy of medical practices and improving quality of care. The EURO-PERISTAT project developed perinatal health indicators based on scientific evidence and the consensus of epidemiologists and clinicians. This project promotes the transfer of these indicators to stakeholders through a public health report
The EURO-PERISTAT network of data providers and health professionals from 25 MS and Norway will participate in writing groups to analyse and interpret data on key themes. Members from Bulgaria and Romania will be recruited. The action plan will be developed in collaboration with our partners, after review of other successful health information networks. SCPE, EUROSTAT and EURONETSTAT will lead work on 3 report chapters and provide input to the action plan.
The project will deliver valuable decision-making tools that build on European investment in perinatal health information. A comprehensive dissemination strategy will ensure that these tools reach and reflect the information needs of key target groups.