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Europe for patients – Commission campaign for better health care for all in Europe

efpA European Commission campaign bringing together different policy initiatives that share a common goal - better health care for all in Europe. More about the campaign

The Executive Agency for Health and Consumers supports number of projects that tackle problems addressed by the campaign – rare diseases, patient safety, organ donation and transplantation, cancer, and mental health. Here are a few examples.


  • Organ donation and transplantation

Project highlight: European Training Program on Organ Donation (ongoing project)

etpodThis project, managed by the Institute of Life-Long Learning at the University of Barcelona, is currently designing and validating a professional European Training Program on Organ Donation in order to contribute to increase organ donation knowledge, to maximize the impact in the growth of organ donation rates, and to disseminate reliable information to the concerned public to rise donation consciousness as well as to encourage a positive attitude towards it. Among other health care professionals from the EU will be trained, provided with necessary know-how and motivated to become "transplant coordinators" and successfully lead organ donation and procurement programmes.

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  • Rare diseases

Project highlight: Rare Diseases Portal (ongoing project)

etpodOrphanet is a database of information on rare diseases and orphan drugs for all publics. Its aim is to contribute to the improvement of the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with rare diseases.
Orphanet includes a Professional Encyclopedia, which is expert-authored and peer-reviewed, a Patient Encyclopedia and a Directory of expert Services. This Directory includes information on relevant clinics, clinical laboratories, research activities and patient organizations. The project is managed by Institut national de la santé et de la recherché médicale (Inserm).

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  • Cancer

Project highlight: FACT - Fighting against cancer today

etpodFACT aimed at ensuring that the best practice is shared across the EU and at closing the gap that exists in cancer prevention, screening, treatment and care and research between and within EU Member States. Its primary aim was to send a strong political signal that immediate concerted action is needed to reduce cancer rates and improve cancer outcomes. In addition, it included and embraced extensive and existing knowledge, projects and initiatives on cancer. Numerous institutions, organizations and individuals were given opportunity to contribute to the project.

Among others FACT produced extensive review of the current status of cancer control in the European Union. Please consult also conclusions of FACT conference held under auspices of the Slovenian Presidency of the EU. 

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  • Mental health

Project highlight: The Anti Stigma Programme: European Network

iop_kclThe Anti Stigma Programme: European Network (ASPEN), coordinated by Kings College London, Institute of Psychiatry, will contribute to reduction of stigma and discrimination against people with depression in the 27 EU Member States. Approximately one tenth of the adult population in Europe suffer from mental disorders. Such disorders now account for about 12.3% of the global impact of disease, and this figure will rise to 15% by the year 2020. In Europe 20 million people experience depression and associated personal distress. The total cost of this is estimated at over 100 million euro a year.

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You can find information about these projest and more in the Project Database

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