Capacity Building / Projects

3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Strengthening the role of civil society within the TB response in Europe [TBEC]
The TB Europe Coalition (TBEC) is an advocacy network that brings together civil society representatives (individuals and organisations) from across the WHO European Region; in order to strengthen the...
The TB Europe Coalition (TBEC) is an advocacy network that brings together civil society representatives (individuals and organisations) from across the WHO European Region; in order to strengthen the role of civil society within the regional response to tuberculosis (TB), and to increase the political and financial commitment required to effectively control the epidemic in region. TBEC was formed by a group of TB advocates in 2009. They identified a need to capacitate and bring together civil society in order to address two major concerns: high-rates of drug resistance, coupled with low awareness among general populations and policy-makers about this problem. This was especially due to a scarcity of civil society stakeholders working on TB in the region, despite their important role within an effective response, with few capable of advocating for TB at national or regional level. TBEC addresses this by providing a coordinating body that brings together civil society stakeholders across the region, disseminates high-quality information and resources, promotes collaboration and best practice, and aims to build the advocacy capacity of civil society stakeholders working to control TB.
Start date: 01/01/2015 - End date: 31/12/2015

Call: Specific Grant Agreements for 2015 under the Framework Partnership Agreement for Operating Grants 2015-2017
Topic: Capacity Building
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Alzheimer Europe (2015-2017) [AE 2015-2017]
The 2015-2017 framework programme of Alzheimer Europe aims to achieve the following objectives:
1. Increasing knowledge about current national dementia policies and strategies, in order to promote be...
The 2015-2017 framework programme of Alzheimer Europe aims to achieve the following objectives:
1. Increasing knowledge about current national dementia policies and strategies, in order to promote best practices and reduce inequalities in dementia care in Europe (dementia-friendly communities, legal capacity and proxy decision making, care standards and care services for people with dementia and their carers),
2. Promoting collaboration and exchange on ethical issues linked to dementia through the organisation's European Dementia Ethics Network (Ethical challenges faced by professional carers, the changing definition of Alzheimer's disease and disclosure of risk information, societal obligations to people with dementia and their carers),
3. Improving the involvement of people with dementia in EU activities through the active consultation and involvement of the European Working Group of People with Dementia,
4. Improving the information exchange on dementia through the setting up of a European Dementia Observatory and the organisation of an Annual Conference,
5. Capacity building for national Alzheimer associations via the organisation of an Alzheimer Association Academy,
6. Ensuring effective governance.

The organisation's activities are fully aligned with the European Commission Communication on a European initiative on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias which recognised that "the importance of these conditions has long been recogned at a European level has long been recognised at a European level" and will provide important support to the growing number of Member States that are implementing or developing national dementia strategies. The work plan also addresses the priority identified in the third health programme of "support[ing] cooperation and networking in the Union in relation to ]...] improving the response to chronic diseases including [...] neurodegenerative diseases, by sharing knowledge, good practices and developing joint activities.


Start date: 01/01/2015 - End date: 31/12/2015

Call: Specific Grant Agreements for 2015 under the Framework Partnership Agreement for Operating Grants 2015-2017
Topic: Capacity Building
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Schools for Health in Europe network [SHE network]
The aim of the Schools for Health in Europe (SHE) network is to improve the health of children and young people in Europe, including reducing health inequalities, through a specific setting focus on s...
The aim of the Schools for Health in Europe (SHE) network is to improve the health of children and young people in Europe, including reducing health inequalities, through a specific setting focus on schools. The network supports its members to further develop and sustain school health promotion by providing a European platform for school health promotion.
For 2015-2017 4 specific objectives are formulated. By the end of 2017:
• the functioning of national and regional health promoting school networks and the implementation of health promoting schools has been supported by sharing good practices, expertise and skills;
• the professional development of SHE network members and other stakeholders has been supported by the delivery of the SHE support programme;
• the visibility and access to evidence based information on school health promotion has increased by the delivery of publications and presentations;
• the dissemination of school health promotion research findings and innovative research consortia has been promoted.
Methods to achieve these objectives are: organising annual meetings and capacity building workshops. Maintaining SHE website, helpdesk, share information through newsletters and social media and by encouraging regional and cross-border cooperation. Developing online school twinning tool and the SHE online school manual. Developing an e-learning tool, organising a summer school, support publications and consultancy visits. Making SHE leaflets, factsheets, an online glossary and by representing the network at international conferences.
The health of children and young people are and will be a key priority for the European Commission. The activities in the network relate directly to the first overall objective of the third programme of community action in the field of health (2014-2020) and thematic priorities 1.1 till 1.4 are high priority issues in school programmes and settings. The SHE network encourages a whole school approach to these priorities.
Start date: 01/01/2015 - End date: 31/12/2015

Call: Specific Grant Agreements for 2015 under the Framework Partnership Agreement for Operating Grants 2015-2017
Topic: Capacity Building
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Proposal for Operating Grant Framework Partnership Agreement 2015-2017 for the European Organisation for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS) [EURORDIS FY2015-2017]
The European Organisation for Rare Diseases – EURORDIS – represents the voice of an estimated 30 million people living with a rare disease in the EU, and their families. The proposal submitted for...
The European Organisation for Rare Diseases – EURORDIS – represents the voice of an estimated 30 million people living with a rare disease in the EU, and their families. The proposal submitted for Operating Grant FPA 2015-2017 is structured around four main objectives of utmost importance for the European rare disease patients’ community:1. To consolidate the Rare Disease patients’ community and strengthen the RDs patients’ voice;2. To actively engage rare disease patients’ representatives into the effective implementation and monitoring of relevant EU legislation / strategies and support their integration at national level;3. To build capacities and empower rare disease patients advocates, members and volunteers;4. To sustain human, financial and organisational resources. EURORDIS achieves these objectives through the following activities: collecting data as well as gathering, disseminating and sharing information; support capacity-building to empower patients’ advocates; providing patients, families, carers, decision-makers and other stakeholders with relevant expertise to inform policy-making; generating EU added-value and support Member States efforts; promoting translational research towards therapeutic intervention for patients; serving as a relay of two-ways information flow between policy makers and rare disease patient groups; promoting access to high quality and safe healthcare services for rare disease patients throughout the EU. Through these activities, EURORDIS will contribute to the implementation of the priorities of the Third Public Health Programme which are to complement, add value and support national policies and strategies implemented by Member States to improve health, reduce health inequalities, support health capacity-building, generate and disseminate health information, contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems, support cross border healthcare in order to facilitate access to better and safer healthcare.
Start date: 01/01/2015 - End date: 31/12/2015

Call: Specific Grant Agreements for 2015 under the Framework Partnership Agreement for Operating Grants 2015-2017
Topic: Capacity Building
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
8 NGOs for migrants/refugees' health needs in 11 countries [8 NGOs in 11 States]
Eight NGOs will support the health authorities of 11 Member States (BE, BG, DE, EL, ES, FR, HR, IT, NO, SE, SI) in providing adequate and accessible health services to newly arrived migrants with a sp...
Eight NGOs will support the health authorities of 11 Member States (BE, BG, DE, EL, ES, FR, HR, IT, NO, SE, SI) in providing adequate and accessible health services to newly arrived migrants with a specific focus on children, unaccompanied minors and pregnant women. Where needed, flexible and adaptive mobile health surveillance and response units will identify arrival and transit locations and provide general health assessments. Individual mental and physical health assessments will be conducted using the standardized personal health record developed by IOM and DG SANTE. Migrants will receive a health booklet to facilitate referrals to adequate and accessible primary healthcare (including vaccinations). Psychosocial support and preventative care will also be delivered. Depending on the rapidly changing context, and as long as adequate patient privacy can be ensured, actions will take place in mobile units, in temporary ‘clinics’ or in already existing centres run by the partner organizations or one of their associate local partners. Wherever possible, access to national health systems will be supported through social and health mediation activities and the provision of information on migrants’ rights to access care.

Experiences and lessons learned will be systematically shared with local, national and European health authorities. Core indicators on migrants’ health and main vulnerability factors will be routinely collected and used both to improve field teams’ responses and to inform health authorities. Finally, teams’ capacities will be reinforced through active European coordination and mutual learning mechanisms, including an intermediary workshop.

As a result, geographically changing needs will continuously be assessed and met, cross-border health threats will be reduced, local coordination between all operational actors will be improved and applicants and their teams’ capacities in responding to urgent migrants’ health needs will be strenghtened.
Start date: 01/01/2016 - End date: 31/03/2017

Call: Support Member States under particular migratory pressure in their response to health related challenges
Topic: Capacity Building