Preparedness / Projects

3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Strengthened International HeAlth Regulations and Preparedness in the EU - Joint Action [SHARP JA]
The SHARP Joint Action will strengthen implementation of Decision 1082/2013/EU, supporting the EU level preparedness and responses to health threats and the implementation of the International Health ...
The SHARP Joint Action will strengthen implementation of Decision 1082/2013/EU, supporting the EU level preparedness and responses to health threats and the implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005). The Joint Action implements actions mentioned in Annex 1 of the Annual Work plan 2018 of the EU Health Programme 2014-2020.
Through the Joint Action, the member and partner states and the Unions common ability to prevent, detect and respond to biological outbreaks, chemical contamination and environmental and unknown threats to human health will be strengthened. Special efforts will be employed to fill gaps that have been or will be identified in priority countries (countries that have biggest gaps in the capacity required for full IHR capability). The Joint action consists of 10 Work Packages, covering core public health capacities according to the IHR (2005). In addition to a coordination function, these will cover areas such as Communication, Evaluation, Sustainability, IHR core capacity, Preparedness, Laboratories, Training and exercises, Chemical threats and Clinical management.
SHARP will also collaborate with several other Joint Actions, specifically the “Healthy Gateways” that addresses Points of Entry, the Joint Action on Vaccination (EU-JAV) and the Joint Action on Antimicrobial Resistance (EU-JAMRAI).
The partnership of the joint action consists of 26 Associated Partners and 33 Affiliated Entities, which all will receive Commission co-funding. In addition there are 9 Collaborating Partners that will self-fund all activities that they participate in. Totally 30 countries (24 EU members, 3 EEA/EFTA members and 3 European neighborhood countries) participate in the Joint Action. The SHARP JA will liaise with and collaborate with the ECDC, the WHO EURO regional office and the WHO Health Emergency and IHR unit in Lyon, and IANPHI in relevant activities. Special emphasis will be made to avoid duplication of work for the member states.

Start date: 01/04/2019 - End date: 31/03/2022

Call: Joint Actions 2018
Topic: Preparedness
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Preparedness and action at points of entry [Healthy GateWays]
The action aims at supporting cooperation and coordination of Member States (MS) to improve their capacities at points of entry (PoE) including ports, airports and ground crossings, in preventing and ...
The action aims at supporting cooperation and coordination of Member States (MS) to improve their capacities at points of entry (PoE) including ports, airports and ground crossings, in preventing and combating cross-border health threats from the transport sector. In future public health emergencies of international concern, the action will move from interepidemic mode to emergency mode supporting coherent response as per Decision No 1082/2013/EU, International Health Regulations and temporary recommendations. The action objectives will be achieved through: a) facilitating exchange of identified best practices for management of public health events, vector surveillance and control, contingency planning, validated preparedness and response plans and options for improved detection and surveillance of public health events at PoE; b) supporting MS in validating contingency plans by using assessment tools and conduct of tabletop/simulation exercises; c) providing distance and face-to-face training at local, national, European levels about contingency planning and management of events due to infections, vectors, chemical, environmental or other agents at PoE; d) supporting rapid information exchange through electronic tools by the established network for PoE; e) supporting execution of inspections on ships and airplanes; f) producing guidelines to be used by MS for dealing with chemical threats, inter-country communication and information flow in outbreak investigations and management of events on ships, for vector surveillance and control activities at PoE, for inspecting aircrafts and ships including their cargoes for vectors and auditing guidelines for hygiene inspections on ships; g) supporting intersectorial cooperation by promoting implementation of MoU among different sectors at PoE and organizing exchange of visits and exercises among PoE of neighbouring countries. The action falls under the thematic priority 2.2 of Annex I of the 2017 Annual Work Programme.
Start date: 01/05/2018 - End date: 30/04/2021

Call: Joint Actions 2017
Topic: Preparedness
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
European Joint Action on Vaccination [EU-JAV]
Vaccination is a valuable investment in health with highly positive return for the sustained development of populations. It is a preventive tool involving much less cost than the cost of targeted dise...
Vaccination is a valuable investment in health with highly positive return for the sustained development of populations. It is a preventive tool involving much less cost than the cost of targeted diseases and their consequences. Vaccination is a truly complex cross sectoral issue, as pertaining to basic immunology discovery, benefit/safety evaluation and epidemiological surveillance, to public health policies and health system planning, to forecasting and financing, to health professionals’ education and health literacy, to cultural identities and social norms. By involving a wide variety of stakeholders, the EU-JAV project aims at building concrete tools to improve vaccination coverage in EU and therefore improve population health. EU-JAV will also capitalise on the numerous existing initiatives and projects, to challenge and strengthen the European cooperation of Member states on vaccination while contributing to sustainably integrate EU-JAV achievements in health policies of European countries. The JA Vaccination proposes to address several important issues, common to many countries such as establishing a sustained cooperation of relevant Member State authorities, defining basic principles for vaccine demand forecasting, developing a concept and prototype for a data warehouse for EU-wide sharing of vaccine supply and demand data among dedicated stakeholders, defining common stages and criteria for priority-setting of vaccine research and development, developing a concept and prototype for a vaccine R&D priority setting framework, defining structural, technical and legal specifications as regards data requirements for electronic vaccine registries/databases/immunisation information systems and providing a framework to cooperate on confidence from research to best practices and implementation. To achieve this ambitious concrete actions, the project gathers 20 partners from 20 different countries as well as international organisations and relevant stakeholders.
Start date: 01/08/2018 - End date: 31/07/2021

Call: Joint Actions 2017
Topic: Preparedness