BUNDESMINISTERIUM FUER GESUNDHEIT [ BMG ]

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Involved in the following projects during the 3rd programme

3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Towards the European Health DAta Space Joint Action​ [TEHDAS]
The Joint Action Towards the European Health Data Space (TEHDAS) is a consortium of 26 EU MS and other countries that work to improve cross-border use of health data for the benefit of citizens’ hea...
The Joint Action Towards the European Health Data Space (TEHDAS) is a consortium of 26 EU MS and other countries that work to improve cross-border use of health data for the benefit of citizens’ health, for public health, research and innovation.TEHDAS builds on earlier EU actions fostering the digital transformation of European health systems. It contributes to responding to the Member States’ call at the October 2020 European Council to set up a European Health Data Space and proposed by the von der Leyen Commission.The Joint Action helps Members States and the Commission in developing and promoting concepts for sharing of data so that in the future Europe, citizens, communities and companies benefit from a protected and seamless access to health data regardless where it is stored.TEHDAS will suggest options for an operational framework and governance in order to overcome legal and technical differences between countries. TEHDAS is grounded on the principles of transparency, trust and citizen empowerment. It will work on technical and semantic challenges, propose services, architectural and infrastructural elements required in the European Health Data Space.Citizens increasingly manage their data which requires a better understanding and a European perspective. To maintain trust in fair and secure data sharing, TEHDAS will suggest strengthened governance mechanisms for cross-sector use of health data in common data spaces at the EU and Member State levels.TEHDAS will reach out and engage with many types of stakeholders to reflect their needs and expectations, explore views on economic issues, and suggest concrete ways to integrate results into the future the European Health Data Space.
Start date: 01/02/2021 - End date: 31/07/2023

Call: Direct Grants for Joint Actions with Member State's Competent Authorities under the Annual Work Programme 2020 of the 3HP
Topic: • Addressing differences in national General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) implementation in the health sector, including the European Health Data Space and the health data us...
Topic: • Addressing differences in national General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) implementation in the health sector, including the European Health Data Space and the health data use
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Strengthened International HeAlth Regulations and Preparedness in the EU - Joint Action [SHARP JA]
The SHARP Joint Action will strengthen implementation of Decision 1082/2013/EU, supporting the EU level preparedness and responses to health threats and the implementation of the International Health ...
The SHARP Joint Action will strengthen implementation of Decision 1082/2013/EU, supporting the EU level preparedness and responses to health threats and the implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005). The Joint Action implements actions mentioned in Annex 1 of the Annual Work plan 2018 of the EU Health Programme 2014-2020.
Through the Joint Action, the member and partner states and the Unions common ability to prevent, detect and respond to biological outbreaks, chemical contamination and environmental and unknown threats to human health will be strengthened. Special efforts will be employed to fill gaps that have been or will be identified in priority countries (countries that have biggest gaps in the capacity required for full IHR capability). The Joint action consists of 10 Work Packages, covering core public health capacities according to the IHR (2005). In addition to a coordination function, these will cover areas such as Communication, Evaluation, Sustainability, IHR core capacity, Preparedness, Laboratories, Training and exercises, Chemical threats and Clinical management.
SHARP will also collaborate with several other Joint Actions, specifically the “Healthy Gateways” that addresses Points of Entry, the Joint Action on Vaccination (EU-JAV) and the Joint Action on Antimicrobial Resistance (EU-JAMRAI).
The partnership of the joint action consists of 26 Associated Partners and 33 Affiliated Entities, which all will receive Commission co-funding. In addition there are 9 Collaborating Partners that will self-fund all activities that they participate in. Totally 30 countries (24 EU members, 3 EEA/EFTA members and 3 European neighborhood countries) participate in the Joint Action. The SHARP JA will liaise with and collaborate with the ECDC, the WHO EURO regional office and the WHO Health Emergency and IHR unit in Lyon, and IANPHI in relevant activities. Special emphasis will be made to avoid duplication of work for the member states.

Start date: 01/04/2019 - End date: 31/03/2023

Call: Joint Actions 2018
Topic: Joint Action to strengthen preparedness including laboratories in the EU against serious cross-border threats to health and support the implementation of International Health Regula...
Topic: Joint Action to strengthen preparedness including laboratories in the EU against serious cross-border threats to health and support the implementation of International Health Regulations (IHR)
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Joint Action to support the eHealth Network [JAseHN]
The overall ambition from EU Member States (MS) is to better include eHealth into health policy and better align eHealth investments to health needs. A central aspect is the transferability of health ...
The overall ambition from EU Member States (MS) is to better include eHealth into health policy and better align eHealth investments to health needs. A central aspect is the transferability of health data across borders of MS and therefore the organizational, technical, semantic and legal interoperability. In order to ensure progress and to bridge the gaps between the governance, strategy and operational levels, a dedicated mechanism for eHealth at EU level has been established: The eHealth Network was formally established in 2011 through the Commission’s Implementing Decision 2011/890/EU based on Art. 14.3 Directive 2011/24/EU and represents the highest decision-making body at EU political level. At a European level there is a strong need to maintain this mechanism and to ensure further common political leadership and ongoing integration of eHealth into health policy in order to continue developing eHealth services responding to health systems‘ needs and health objectives. This is the framework for the Joint Action to support the eHealth Network which is led by the MS and co-financed by the European Commission through a Joint Action.

Hence, the main objective of the Joint Action is to act as the main preparatory body for the eHealth Network. By doing so, the Joint Action aims to develop political recommendations and instruments for cooperation in the four specific priority areas that are specified in the eHealth Network's multi-annual work plan 2015-2018 and that were adopted by the eHealth Network in May 2014:
(1) Interoperability and standardisation,
(2) monitoring and assessment of implementation,
(3) exchange of knowledge and
(4) global cooperation and positioning.

Thereby, the Joint Action functions also as a platform for operational and strategic cooperation between MS on eHealth including their relationship with eHealth Stakeholder Groups and Standardization Organizations.
Start date: 01/05/2015 - End date: 30/06/2018

Call: Grants for actions co-financed with Member State authorities 2014 (Joint Actions)
Topic: eHealth Joint Action
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Preparedness and action at points of entry [Healthy GateWays]
The action aims at supporting cooperation and coordination of Member States (MS) to improve their capacities at points of entry (PoE) including ports, airports and ground crossings, in preventing and ...
The action aims at supporting cooperation and coordination of Member States (MS) to improve their capacities at points of entry (PoE) including ports, airports and ground crossings, in preventing and combating cross-border health threats from the transport sector. In future public health emergencies of international concern, the action will move from interepidemic mode to emergency mode supporting coherent response as per Decision No 1082/2013/EU, International Health Regulations and temporary recommendations. The action objectives will be achieved through: a) facilitating exchange of identified best practices for management of public health events, vector surveillance and control, contingency planning, validated preparedness and response plans and options for improved detection and surveillance of public health events at PoE; b) supporting MS in validating contingency plans by using assessment tools and conduct of tabletop/simulation exercises; c) providing distance and face-to-face training at local, national, European levels about contingency planning and management of events due to infections, vectors, chemical, environmental or other agents at PoE; d) supporting rapid information exchange through electronic tools by the established network for PoE; e) supporting execution of inspections on ships and airplanes; f) producing guidelines to be used by MS for dealing with chemical threats, inter-country communication and information flow in outbreak investigations and management of events on ships, for vector surveillance and control activities at PoE, for inspecting aircrafts and ships including their cargoes for vectors and auditing guidelines for hygiene inspections on ships; g) supporting intersectorial cooperation by promoting implementation of MoU among different sectors at PoE and organizing exchange of visits and exercises among PoE of neighbouring countries. The action falls under the thematic priority 2.2 of Annex I of the 2017 Annual Work Programme.
Start date: 01/05/2018 - End date: 30/04/2022

Call: Joint Actions 2017
Topic: Joint Action on preparedness and action at points of entry (air, maritime and ground crossing
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Joint Action supporting the eHealth Network [eHAction]
Ageing population and increased prevalence of chronic conditions combined with limited human and financial resources are putting health systems under increasing strain. Digital tools, however, bring a...
Ageing population and increased prevalence of chronic conditions combined with limited human and financial resources are putting health systems under increasing strain. Digital tools, however, bring an opportunity to improve health care sector. Integrating eHealth into health policy and aligning eHealth investments with health requirements is of high importance, especially when recommendations and practices can be transferred across countries. Targeting Members Sates and Countries of the EU and eHealth stakeholders, as well as the general public, this project aims to improve health care with the use of ICT. eHAction is the Joint Action supporting the eHealth Network, which, in its Multiannual Work Programme 2018-2021, sets targets for exploring eHealth to facilitate the management of chronic diseases and multi-morbidity, by increasing sustainability and efficiency of health systems, and by facilitating personalized care and empowering the citizen. Specifically, it will work to find ways to empower people by giving them an active role in managing their health care data and processes, to use health data in an innovative way and to enhance continuity of care through the use of interoperable and cross-border solutions. The eHAction is in line with the Third Programme of EU actions in the field of health contributing to foster health in Europe by promoting the use of eHealth in a structured policy framework.
Start date: 01/06/2018 - End date: 31/05/2021
Keywords : [ Action ] [ Ehealth ]

Call: Joint Actions 2017
Topic: Joint Action supporting the eHealth Network
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Joint Action on Nutrition and Physical Activity [JANPA]
In all EU Member states (MS), the high level of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents is of particular concern. In the EU, around 1 in 3 children 6-9 years old were overweight or obese in...
In all EU Member states (MS), the high level of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents is of particular concern. In the EU, around 1 in 3 children 6-9 years old were overweight or obese in 2010, a sharp rise in prevalence despite numerous MS or EU initiatives.Physical inactivity and poor diet from birth (and even in utero) are important determinants of adiposity leading to overweight and obesity. They are also independently associated with various non-communicable disease risk factors leading to the main pathologies European populations are suffering from, including detrimental psychosocial outcomes. Overweight and obesity represent an economic burden with up to 7% of EU health budgets spent each year directly on diseases linked to obesity, with more indirect costs resulting from lost productivity. Nutritional problems and physical inactivity need to be addressed in an integrated way so as to promote healthier environments, to make the healthy option the easiest option and to inform and empower families.Within the general frame of the EU Action plan on childhood obesity 2014-2020, the JA’s general objective is to contribute to halting the rise in overweight and obesity in children and adolescents by 2020. Through the, identification, selection and sharing of best data and practices within the 25 countries involved, the JA will allow for : to advocate based on an estimation and forecast of economic cost of overweight and obesity; to improve the implementation of integrated interventions to promote nutrition and physical activity for pregnant women, families with young children; to improve actions within school settings; and to increase the use of nutritional information on foods by public health authorities, stakeholders and families for nutrition policy purposes. The JA will reinforce the links between national nutrition and physical activity policies initiated by the EU Strategy on nutrition, overweight and obesity-related health issues.
Start date: 01/09/2015 - End date: 30/11/2017

Call: Grants for actions co-financed with Member State authorities 2014 (Joint Actions)
Topic: Nutrition and physical activity Joint Action
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Joint Action on Implementation of Validated Best Practices in Nutrition [Best-ReMaP]
The main focus of the Best-ReMaP Joint Action will be on adapting, replicating and implementing effective health interventions, based on practices that have been proven to work in the areas of food re...
The main focus of the Best-ReMaP Joint Action will be on adapting, replicating and implementing effective health interventions, based on practices that have been proven to work in the areas of food reformulation, framing of food marketing and public procurement of healthy food in public settings, thus contributing to increased offer of healthier options of processed foods (by reducing salt, sugar and fat from the processed foods) available in EU (super)markets. The JA will implement a European Standardised Monitoring system for the reformulation of processed foods. The JA aims to deliver a harmonised EU approach to reducing unhealthy (digital) food marketing to children and adolescents and to use already developed tools for harmonised monitoring of (digital) marketing. A prototype catalogue of food will be tested in the public procurement procedure to contribute to the higher quality of menus by assuring transparent quality of the procured foods within public institutions. Building on this work, the JA will support implementation, transfer and integration of the results, outcomes and recommendations of the Best-ReMaP JA into national and EU-level policies. Throughout the JA processes, the participatory engagement of EU and national stakeholders in the field will be prioritised.
Start date: 01/10/2020 - End date: 30/09/2023

Call: Joint Actions under the Annual Work Programme 2019 of 3HP
Topic: Joint Action on implementation of validated best practices (in Nutrition)
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
JA on Implementation of Best Practices in the area of Mental Health [JA-02-2020]
Mental disorders are one of the greatest public health challenges in terms of prevalence, burden of disease and disability and they cause major burden to economies, demanding policy action. More than...
Mental disorders are one of the greatest public health challenges in terms of prevalence, burden of disease and disability and they cause major burden to economies, demanding policy action. More than one in six people across EU countries had a mental health issue in 2016, equivalent to about 84 million people. Moreover, in 2016, 165,000 deaths were attributed to mental and behavioural disorders, including self-harm, in EU.The burden of mental illness in the European WHO region is estimated to account for 14.4% of years lived with disability (YLDs) and 5.8% of disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs), placing thus mental illness as the second biggest contributor to YLDs after musculoskeletal disorders and as fourth in terms of DALYs in the WHO European region. Total costs pertaining to ill mental health have been gauged at more than 4% of GDP- or over 600 billion- across EU in 2015.
Many European countries have in place policies and programmes to address mental illness at different ages. Nevertheless, much more can be done to manage and promote mental health. Delivery of MH care services takes various forms across EU. Some countries still rely on big psychiatric hospitals, while others are delivering the care for MH mostly in community settings.This need for prioritizing mental health becomes more imperative, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Converging evidence substantiate emerging mental health needs and difficulties faced by the mental health care systems to tackle them.
Building upon 15+ years of EU efforts including the Joint Action for Mental Health and Well-being the European Framework for Action and the EU Compass, the Members of the SGPP have selected two best practices (i) the Mental health reform in Belgium and (ii) Suicide prevention form Austria to be implemented during the new Joint Action on mental health, with an aim to extend the benefits of these best practices to participating countries.
Start date: 01/10/2021 - End date: 30/09/2024

Call: Direct Grants for Joint Actions with Member State's Competent Authorities under the Annual Work Programme 2020 of the 3HP
Topic: • Joint Action to Support for Member States’ implementation of best practices in the area of mental health
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
"People's food - people's health. Towards healthy and sustainable European Food Systems" [HP-PC-FOODSYS]
Objectives: A healthy and sustainable diet must become available, affordable, acceptable and appealing for all. The main aim of the conference is to facilitate the initial dialogue between all relevan...
Objectives: A healthy and sustainable diet must become available, affordable, acceptable and appealing for all. The main aim of the conference is to facilitate the initial dialogue between all relevant stakeholders in the food system. The conference is seen as a first step towards a healthier and more equitable food system for all.
Activities: To tackle obesity and therefor contributing to the halt of the current rise of NCDs a whole systems approach is needed. Access to a healthy and sustainable diet is determined by a long chain of actors along the food supply chain ranging from agricultural producers, manufactures, transport, retailers and consumers. Measures which are good for health and for other sectors can build a basis for change. These “co-benefits” need to be addressed throughout the conference and future activities.
Persons benefiting from the project: On the long run all people who live in the European Union should benefit from the project. At the conference itself representatives from public bodies, private entities and non-governmental-organizations involved in the food system will be invited. In total approx. 140 participants are expected to take part.
Expected results: As a short term goal it is expected that awareness among the participants will be raised of the impact of health on the food system and vice versa. The conference should be used as a starting point of future actions. As a long term result changes in the food system (food supply chain; food environments) are expected.
Outputs: A Policy brief on “Addressing co-benefits in the food system: What health can do for agriculture, environment and trade.”(working title) will be produced prior to the conference. A multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary platform/knowledge hub could be established after the conference. A conference report including an overview of best and promising practice examples within the food system in different EU-member states will be produced after the conference.
Start date: 15/02/2018 - End date: 14/03/2019

Call: Austrian EU Presidency Conference
Topic: Presidency conference grants - Austria