The European Commission has recently launched the initiative “Healthier together” inviting governmental and non-governmental actors to submit proposals for best practices in the EU on non-communicable diseases. The initiative aims to support EU countries in identifying and implementing effective policies and actions to reduce the burden of major non-communicable diseases and improve the health of citizens. The initiative will include five strands:
  • Dardiovascular diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic respiratory diseases
  • Mental health and neurological disorders
  • Horizontal strand on health determinants
Actions can also help to address challenges common to all strands, such as social determinants of health and health literacy; age/gender/culture-sensitive prevention and management; effective and efficient screening; participation of (recovered) patients in the labour market; multimorbidity; and improvements towards person-centred, integrated care. The European Commission will then invite the owners of the top-ranked best practices to present them to EU countries’ representatives in a ‘marketplace event’. During this event, countries may identify best practices for joint/wider implementation across the EU under the EU funding programmes. During this event, countries can identify best practices for joint and wider implementation across the EU within EU funding programmes. The deadline for submission of proposals is 15th May 2022. An evaluation process will immediately follow the deadline of submissions. After 15 May 2022, it will still be possible to submit best practices but they will be evaluated at a later stage (date to be communicated).

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