Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
Project funded in 2003 - Strand 1: Health Information
Improving information and knowledge for the development of public health
Area of activity
Reproductive Health status among Member States in the enlarged EU, particularly among adolescents and young adults – relevance and impact of the 2004 enlargement. Teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI)s prevention. Summary
AIDFM (Associação para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento da Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa)
Avenida Prof. Egas Moniz, Piso 01
Fax: + 351.21.797.20.37
Web site: http://www.fm.ul.pt/reprostat
Miguel OLIVEIRA DA SILVA
|Starting date and duration of project
- 36 months
Subsidy from the Commission
|Statement of project aim(s) and
To assess the usefulness of a comprehensive set of sexual and reproductive health indicators designed for the enlarged European Union, with particular emphasis on the reproductive health of adolescents and young adults. Objectives:
Review and revise in conjunction with experts from the applicant countries joining the EU in 2004 the reproductive health indicators determined in the previous project, REPROSTAT. Objective 2:
Representatives from each Member State will try and use the revised reproductive health indicators to construct a profile of sexual and reproductive health in each country for a given time period (e.g. 1998-2003). Construction of the compendium will highlight difficulties that are likely to occur when using the reproductive health indicators to make comparisons between groups over time, person or place.Objective 3:
Standard operating procedures will be developed for the agreed use of indicators so that the valid comparisons can be made of the reproductive health of different groups within the EU (e.g. agreement will be obtained and documented on what age groups will be compared when assessing the use of contraception in Member States). Objective 4:
A systematic review of factors associated with and strategies found to reduce teenage pregnancy and STIs in adolescents and young adults will be undertaken by a research assistant based in an academic centre associated with one of the applicants. Objective 5:
The Steering Committee, with input from the full team and other experts, will develop a youth reproductive health survey for piloting in some Member States. Survey development will be informed by the results of the above systematic review. The survey is likely to cover issues such as past and current sexual practices, knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and ease of access to different contraceptives and to services for sexually transmitted infections. Objective 6:
The applicants will use a variety of means (e.g. publication in academic, professional and lay media, use of the Internet, media contacts and professional associations) to promote the use of population-based reproductive health information to inform decisions about the development of policy and provision of services within the EU.
Close collaboration with EUROSTAT (Unit D6: Health and food safety) will be ensured in order to guarantee coherence with EUROSTAT standards and developments on data and indicators as well as health surveys.
Close collaboration with SANCO C2 (Health information) ECHI (European Community Health Indicators) project and Working Party on Health Indicators will be ensured in order to guarantee coherence with SANCO C 2 ECHI concept and strategy on health indicators.
Close collaboration with other complementary projects (such as PERISTAT, EUROCHIP, etc.) funded in the framework of the Public Health Programme will be ensured.
Close collaboration with SANCO C2 Working Party on Morbidity and Mortality and related task force on Health Surveys will be also ensured in order to guarantee coherence with SANCO C2 concept, strategy and developments on Morbidity/Mortality and Health Surveys.