The Health Theme includes a mandate on research to serve the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) under the section titled: 'International
cooperation'. To date, including the very successful special Call on Africa,
some 35 research projects are currently supported or under negotiation
in this area through 'specific international cooperation actions' (SICAs)
corresponding to approximately EUR 97 million. This area is of particular
relevance in the light of the European Commission Communication to
enhance the EU's role in global health that was adopted in March 2010.
The objective is to make Europe's contribution more effective so as to
better accompany developing countries in getting back on track towards
achieving health-related MDGs. Four approaches to improving global health
were presented including improving coordination of EU research on global
health and boosting access to new knowledge and treatments in developing
countries. The Council, in its May 2010 Conclusions on the EU role in
global health, called on the EU and Member States to promote effective and
fair financing of research that benefits the health of all.
The objective of such actions in this domain is to support research in order to provide a scientific base for International Cooperation Partner Countries to improve their health service delivery, including aspects of accessibility, effectiveness, efficiency and quality of care and user friendliness. The mandate also covers public health concepts and interventions beyond health services through cross-sectorial and multidisciplinary research approaches. These actions on particular priorities, such as health systems, health policy, maternal and child care, reproductive health and neglected communicable diseases, aim to reinforce the research and cooperative capacities of candidate, neighbourhood, developing and emerging countries. Particular attention is paid to facilitating access to these actions for these countries, in particular developing countries. Note: research on neglected infectious diseases is taken up under the 2nd Activity, 'Translational research in major infectious diseases: to confront major threats to public health'.