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EU Health Award for NGOs 2017

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Rewarding initiatives in the field of Vaccination

 

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The European Commission dedicates this year’s EU Health Award to initiatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that contributed or are contributing to high standards of public health in the European Union through vaccination.

Immunising people against diseases caused by viruses or bacteria is one of the most cost-effective public health measures available today. Who still remembers that smallpox killed between 300 million and 500 million people in the 20th century alone? In a way, vaccination has become a victim of its own success, but we mustn't become complacent. The growing scepticism about the need to vaccinate is extremely worrying. The role of NGOs is crucial in the effort to ensure high vaccination coverage.

With this award, the European Commission will highlight and reward outstanding initiatives of international, European, national or regional non-governmental bodies which have significantly contributed to higher levels of vaccination within the EU population.

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.