The overall aim of Correlation II is to tackle health inequalities in Europe and to improve prevention, care and treatment services, targeting blood-borne infectious diseases (BBID), in particular Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS among vulnerable and high risk populations (e.g. drug users and young people at risk).
The project will substantially contribute to filling this gap and contributes to the European Health Programme by collecting, developing and disseminating information and prevention strategies regarding BBID.
The project will approach the issue from different angles and with interventions, which have been identified as effective, such as outreach/early intervention, e-health and peer support. The project will:
• Review models of good practice
• Implement field testing’s
• Develop guidance documents
• Develop and implement training modules
• Support and strengthen capacities of health service providers
• Influencing policy agendas by formulating evidence based policy recommendations
The knowledge base of existing evidence and methodologies in the field of BBID will be extended and the quality of health promotions regarding BBID towards vulnerable and risk groups will improve as well as the capacity of service providers and other players in the field of health promotion, prevention, care and treatment.. Policies regarding BBID strategies on European and national level will be influenced. In particular:
• A platform of exchange and mutual support between service providers, peer educators and other stakeholders is established
• A documentation centre with information of existing evidence and methodologies in the field of outreach interventions, e-health and peer support and hepatitis C prevention strategies is provided
• Innovative interventions and training methodologies in the field of outreach, eHealth, peer support, hepatitis C prevention are developed and implemented
• Policy recommendations towards effective, evidence based policies in the field are developed and disseminated