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3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Improving IMMunisation cooperation in the European UNION [IMMUNION]
Vaccination is an increasing priority at global, European, and national levels. Given stagnating vaccination coverage across Europe, fueled in part by growing vaccine hesitancy and the specific challe...
Vaccination is an increasing priority at global, European, and national levels. Given stagnating vaccination coverage across Europe, fueled in part by growing vaccine hesitancy and the specific challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, targeted action through a 'whole of society' approach should be taken to increase vaccine uptake and contribute to the 2018 Council Recommendation on vaccination. Building on existing initiatives and learnings, the IMMUNION project (Improving IMMunisation cooperation in the European UNION) will add value to EU and national initiatives - particularly the Coalition for Vaccination. IMMUNION's consortium partners represent five Coalition for Vaccination members, four national public health actors, one university and two media and communications firms. This balanced partnership will cooperate to increase stakeholder collaboration to address issues of access to accurate information about vaccination and to improve education and training opportunities for health professionals and students. Project activities are tied directly to the project's general and specific objectives, with the ultimate aim to support the Coalition for Vaccination. Activities are spread across six complementary and inter-linking work packages that are joined together by a focus on effective communication - both within the health sector and to wider groups in society. Activities include the development of a dedicated Coalition for Vaccination website with integration to the existing SEKI Platform, a Training-of-Trainers Workshop, developing National Toolboxes of vaccination communication best practices, and improving the visibility of the Coalition for Vaccination. Expected outcomes include increased awareness and use of validated training materials, increased ability for health professionals and students to communicate about vaccines, enhanced media reporting on vaccination, and improved overall equity in vaccination for populations with lower vaccine coverage.
Start date: 01/04/2021 - End date: 31/03/2023

Call: Call for Proposals for Project Grants under the Annual Work Programme 2020 of the 3rd EU Health Programme
Topic: 2.2 Support capacity-building against health threats in Member States, including, where appropriate, cooperation with neighbouring countries: develop preparedness and response plann...
Topic: 2.2 Support capacity-building against health threats in Member States, including, where appropriate, cooperation with neighbouring countries: develop preparedness and response planning taking into account, and coordinating with, global initiatives, components of generic and specific preparedness planning, public health response coordination, non-binding approaches on vaccination; address the increasing health threats resulting from global population movements; develop guidelines on protective measures in an emergency situation, guidelines on information and guides to good practice; contribute to the framework for a voluntary mechanism, including the introduction of optimal vaccination coverage to effectively combat the resurgence in infectious diseases and for joint procurement of medical countermeasures; develop coherent communication strategies.
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Reaching the hard-to-reach: Increasing access and vaccine uptake among prison population in Europe [RISE-Vac]
Tackling low vaccine coverage (VC) is a key area for action. Despite efforts, pockets of unvaccinated individuals persist in Europe. People in prison constitute a sizeable fraction of the population, ...
Tackling low vaccine coverage (VC) is a key area for action. Despite efforts, pockets of unvaccinated individuals persist in Europe. People in prison constitute a sizeable fraction of the population, in absolute number and for its rapid turnover. Incarcerated individuals largely belong to socially-deprived communities with low socio-economic status and education level, high disease burden and prevalence of risk behaviours; and often, sub-optimal access to care. Prisons may be a gateway to offer appropriate and high quality healthcare and vaccination services to individuals while in detention.
To respond to this public health priority, the RISE-Vac consortium brings together multisectorial skills, solid experience and well established networks in the prison health field, reflecting epidemiological and structural diversities of European context.
RISE-Vac aims at improving the health of prison population in Europe by promoting vaccine literacy (VL), enhancing vaccine offer and increasing vaccine uptake (VU). Using state-of-the-art methodologies, RISE-Vac will gather existing evidence on vaccination strategies and services targeting people in prison and combine it with prospectively collected data on (i) attitude and VL among prison population and staff; (ii) vaccination status and VU during incarceration. RISE-Vac will use a co-creation approach to develop information and training materials tailored to people in prison and staff to increase their VL. Models of vaccination delivery will be devised and piloted to respond to the needs of prison population, prison settings characteristics and national priorities. Benefits resulting from RISE-Vac activities will accrue also in the general population, increasing overall VC. By upholding the principle that prison health is public health, the RISE-Vac project will provide tools and data-driven, evidence-based options to guide European countries in improving health status of people in prison and European population at large.
Start date: 01/05/2021 - End date: 30/04/2024

Call: Call for Proposals for Project Grants under the Annual Work Programme 2020 of the 3rd EU Health Programme
Topic: 2.2 Support capacity-building against health threats in Member States, including, where appropriate, cooperation with neighbouring countries: develop preparedness and response plann...
Topic: 2.2 Support capacity-building against health threats in Member States, including, where appropriate, cooperation with neighbouring countries: develop preparedness and response planning taking into account, and coordinating with, global initiatives, components of generic and specific preparedness planning, public health response coordination, non-binding approaches on vaccination; address the increasing health threats resulting from global population movements; develop guidelines on protective measures in an emergency situation, guidelines on information and guides to good practice; contribute to the framework for a voluntary mechanism, including the introduction of optimal vaccination coverage to effectively combat the resurgence in infectious diseases and for joint procurement of medical countermeasures; develop coherent communication strategies.
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Increased Access To Vaccination for Newly Arrived Migrants [AcToVax4NAM]
Increased Access to Vaccination for Newly Arrived Migrants (NAM)- AcToVax4NAM aims to improve vaccination access for NAM making access conditions equitable & guaranteed. The project responds to 2020 ...
Increased Access to Vaccination for Newly Arrived Migrants (NAM)- AcToVax4NAM aims to improve vaccination access for NAM making access conditions equitable & guaranteed. The project responds to 2020 WP’s specific topic “Increased access to vaccination for newly arrived migrants in first-line, transit & destination countries”. Objectives: (1) Describe immunization guidance, reception & vaccination offer systems for NAMs (2) Characterize system barriers hindering immunization of NAMs & identify possible solutions
-Reinforce networking capacity among institutional & non-institutional organizations & actors to address health literacy & cultural competency of the health care system with respect to NAM immunization. (3) Strengthen health literacy & responsiveness of organizations, health care professionals and other health operators (such as cultural mediators) to increase capacity building & cultural sensitivity of the health care system for promoting NAM’s active immunization (4) Develop country specific action-oriented flow charts to improve access to immunization comprising identified barriers & proposed solutions/tools/strategies validated by the target group (6) pilot test & evaluate country specific solutions to overcome system barriers emphasizing the life course approach, produce final recommendations & create networks of collaboration. AcToVax4NAM targets health and social care professionals and other related professionals such as mediators working with NAM. The final beneficiaries are NAMs. Expected results/outputs: (1) Updated knowledge on reception & vaccination systems/conceptual framework (2) Country specific information on system barriers & relevant solutions/logic flow charts/Database with tools (3) Capacity building to strengthen health literacy perspectives among target groups/related activities and training (4) Pilot testing solutions to overcome system barriers and demonstrate concrete and effective practices to increase coverage/Recommendations.
Start date: 01/05/2021 - End date: 30/04/2024

Call: Call for Proposals for Project Grants under the Annual Work Programme 2020 of the 3rd EU Health Programme
Topic: 2.2 Support capacity-building against health threats in Member States, including, where appropriate, cooperation with neighbouring countries: develop preparedness and response plann...
Topic: 2.2 Support capacity-building against health threats in Member States, including, where appropriate, cooperation with neighbouring countries: develop preparedness and response planning taking into account, and coordinating with, global initiatives, components of generic and specific preparedness planning, public health response coordination, non-binding approaches on vaccination; address the increasing health threats resulting from global population movements; develop guidelines on protective measures in an emergency situation, guidelines on information and guides to good practice; contribute to the framework for a voluntary mechanism, including the introduction of optimal vaccination coverage to effectively combat the resurgence in infectious diseases and for joint procurement of medical countermeasures; develop coherent communication strategies.