Initiatives

Initiatives

 
 

On 6 October 2017, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis announced the 10 shortlisted initiatives of the EU Health Award for NGOs 2017 at the European Health Forum Gastein 2017.

Speaking at the closing press conference Commissioner Andriukaitis said "Vaccines are one of the safest and most cost-effective ways to ensure public health and avoid preventable disease. It is therefore my honour to announce the shortlist of 10 outstanding initiatives by NGOs which have significantly contributed to higher levels of vaccination in the EU population. I will give the award for the three top prizes during the EU Health Policy Platform Meeting on 27 November 2017, but from my point of view, all 10 NGOs are winners."

The Commissioner went on to announce the following shortlist, in alphabetical order of the NGOs:

SHORTLISTED INITIATIVES

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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cleo

Collaborative Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes Research (CLEO)

Increasing Healthcare Workers’ (HCW) uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) in a tertiary pediatric hospital in Greece with a 3-step, tailor-made multifaceted strategy

CLEO’s vision is to improve patient safety and the quality of healthcare services provided by Greek hospitals, with emphasis on the prevention of hospital acquired infections and the judicious use of antibiotics. Their strategy to increase influenza vaccination among Healthcare Workers' (HCW) has a three-step approach: Identify the factors associated with HCW non-vaccination; design a multifaceted intervention to increase HCW influenza vaccination implement and evaluation of the intervention. It implements EU legislation, promotion of best practices, benchmarking for decision-making and networking.

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como

Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO)

The Life Course Immunisation Initiative

CoMO seeks to promote advocacy and awareness-raising efforts as they are aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of meningitis and septicaemia at a regional, European and International level. The Life Course Immunisation (LCI) initiative focuses on promoting vaccination across the life span from babyhood to old age combating cross-border threats. A benefit of the formation of a coalition of individuals and organisations dedicated to this purpose is that best practices from Member States can be shared. Among other activities, CoMO organises workshops and conferences at EU level to raise this concern.

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epsa

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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ghapro

GHAPRO vzw

Hepatitis B vaccination for sex workers in Flanders

GHAPRO is an organisation that works on the ground, focusing on the needs and requirements of male and female sex workers in Flanders who are exposed to a certain amount of diseases and risks. Sex workers were informed about this initiative through different channels about hepatitis B and about the possibility of being vaccinated for the disease. With this project GHAPRO shows that vaccination for these individuals is possible and effective even if they can be difficult to reach because of language barriers and cultural differences.

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kbo-pcob

KBO-PCOB

Vaccination program for senior citizens

KBO-PCOB is the largest elderly association of the Netherlands. Its goal is to maximize the clear and proven health benefits that can be achieved through the vaccination of the elderly in effective and sustainable manner. Through the vaccination program KBO-PCOB aims to look closely to how other Member States have organized vaccination of elderly, propose a national vaccination schedule and continue to act as a network player across borders. The programme includes constant communication to their membership and through media.

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pavee point

Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre

Community Awareness Programme on Vaccination

Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre is a national non-governmental organisation committed to improving the quality of life, living conditions and status of Irish Travellers and Roma in Ireland. The organisation is a partnership of Travellers, Roma and members of the majority population working together to address the needs of Travellers and Roma as minority ethnic groups who experience exclusion, marginalisation and racism. With a local, regional and national remit, the organisation works within a broad of policy areas, including public health. Drawing on the work of our Primary Health Care for Travellers Project and expertise of Traveller Community Health Workers, the Vaccination Awareness Initiative, addresses the gap of low vaccination uptake amongst Traveller through a peer-led education approach. The initiative combines awareness raising campaigns and promotion of vaccination at community level, demonstrating a cost-effective approach in bridging the gap between a community experiencing high health inequalities and a health service unable to reach and engage that community effectively in health service provision.

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arepmf

Romanian Association for Education In Family Medicine (AREPMF)

Vaccine Advocacy/National awareness and education campaign on the benefits of vaccination and the risks of non-vaccination

AREPMF is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to professional and scientific promotion and development of paediatric practice in the specialty of family medicine in Romania. The Association proposes addressing and debating the most pressing child health issues in order to develop health policies that maintain a high standard of health for children and the family. The main objectives of Vaccine Advocacy Campaign are to improve rates of childhood immunization and to control the vaccine preventable diseases through education, awareness and commitment.

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slomsic

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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vienna vaccine

Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative Think Tank

A Mobile Application empowering parents to understand their children's vaccination records

The Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative derives know-how from a variety of disciplines relevant to vaccinology and infectious disease prevention. It has performed research on improving vaccine communication via the public media and is actively involved in evidence-based communication toward the general public. In collaboration with Hasso Plattner Institute School of Design Thinking, Europe’s first innovation school, developed new approaches to improving vaccine communication. This collaboration lead to the development of the VaccApp, a person-centered digital tool empowering parents to gain a better understanding of the vaccines administered to their children.

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