EU Health Award for NGOs 2017


Rewarding initiatives in the field of Vaccination


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This year award aims to reward outstanding initiatives by NGOs which have helped achieve higher levels of public health for Europeans through vaccination. There were 27 candidate NGOs which were considered for the prize, with applications coming from 16 different countries. Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis announced the shortlisted NGOs' initiatives at the at the European Health Forum Gastein in Austria. The winners of the EU Health Award for NGOs 2017 were announced on 27 November 2017 at the Award Ceremony hosted during the EU Health Policy Platform annual meeting, in presence of EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis.

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1st Prize


SloMSIC Ljubljana

Project Immuno

Project Immuno is part of a medical students’ organisation called SloMSIC Ljubljana. Their main goal is to raise general public's awareness of importance of vaccines through workshops for future parents and high school students, as well as organizing seasonal flu vaccination. Petitioning decision makers is one of the key aspects of this project. Project Immuno advocates for movements, legislature and projects that have proven effective abroad or in the past. SloMSIC encourages other societies of medical students in Europe and around the world to set up a similar activity.

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2nd Prize

Association National Network of Health Mediators

Association National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM)

Vaccine Prophylaxis Through Health Mediation In Roma Community

For many years NNHM collaborates with EU NGOs and NGOs from the Balkans developing the Health Mediators (HM) model for work with vulnerable communities (Roma). The key task of HM is achieving good immunization coverage, which will indeed improve the level of public health through inclusion of the most marginalized in the health care system. Trainings at the Medical University-Sofia (Bulgaria) have been organised in a regular basis to gather and exchange experiences between skilful Health Mediators.

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3rd Prize


European Pharmaceutical Students' Association (EPSA)

EPSA Vaccination Awareness Public Health Campaign 2016

The vision of the Association is to represent, reach and engage every single pharmacy student in Europe to collaborate on the development of the future of pharmacy and healthcare together. EPSA organizes public health campaigns that aim at preventing and informing the general public by promoting healthy lifestyles but also by applying the sustained work done by professional health organizations and competent law entities. Their Vaccination Awareness campaign focuses on disseminating the benefits of vaccination at local, national and European level, develop a targeted approach to different social categories, and emphasize the role of pharmacists in vaccination delivery.

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As with the EU Health Awards 2015 and 2016, this award is linked to the European Commission’s work to build up a database of good practices in various health fields (Ebola in 2015 and AMR in 2016) from NGOs that can serve as models for the future. Access to this inventory should inspire other NGOs and public authorities in EU Member States as well as international organisations to replicate these good practices in protecting human health.

The European Commission calls upon international, European, national and regional NGOs active in the field of vaccination to present details of their initiatives to the EU Health Award 2017. The call for applications targets initiatives that help achieving  higher level of public health for Europeans through vaccination, with particular attention to several related aspects:

  1. Prevention: availability of vaccines and access to sustainable immunization services
  2. Awareness and information: promoting vaccination/advocacy
  3. Countering growing vaccine hesitancy
  4. Engaging with health care professionals to strengthen education/medical curricula/training, advocacy and  health care professionals’ communication skills
  5. Surveillance
  6. Tackling vaccination from a specific disease perspective (e.g. Human Papilloma virus HPV, seasonal flu, childhood immunisation, life-course vaccination/adult vaccination, synergies between vaccination and use of antibiotic)
  7. Other initiatives that can promote higher levels of public health in EU through vaccination.   

Potential activities – targeting the general public, patients, healthcare workers or international organisations - that NGOs carry out could include the following:

  1. Advocacy
  2. Service providing: providing cost effective and safe vaccination
  3. Awareness-raising
  4. Education/training: to general public / national authorities/ health professionals
  5. Knowledge: such as about social and behavioural aspects and balancing supply and demand.

Among the non-governmental organisations that respond to this call, a number will be shortlisted and three will be awarded for their outstanding initiatives. The prizes will rank as follows:

  • 1st prize: 20 000 €
  • 2nd prize: 15 000 €
  • 3rd prize: 10 000 €

The EU Health Award is funded under the 3rd Health Programme 2014-2020.

Please find more information on the rules and how to apply.