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Therapeutic adherence during the COVID-19 pandemic across Europe: impact, experiences and perspectives from PAGs & relevant stakeholders

In line with its long-term commitment on therapeutic adherence, Active Citizenship Network (ACN) is launching in the second half of 2021 a EU project with the aim to better contribute – starting from citizens’ and patients’ perspective – on understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the therapeutic plans for chronic patients. The ultimate goal is to enhance the actions and reactions implemented by PAGs and relevant stakeholders in front of the community of experts and institutions.

The current COVID-19 pandemic is placing a huge strain on health systems worldwide. Suggested solutions like social distancing and lockdowns in some areas to help contain the spread of the virus have highly affected special patient populations like those living with chronic illnesses who require regular revisits, follow-ups, check-ups, prescription refills, routine care, and medicines management but are unable to access healthcare facilities. Also, the increased likelihood of being infected at hospitals has forced most patients to avoid their health facilities for physician consultations.

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AHEAD: Action for Health and Equity Addressing medical Deserts


In line with its commitment on internal areas at national level, Cittadinanzattiva is taking part to the AHEAD project, which started in April 2021.

The Project AHEAD addresses the challenge of medical deserts and medical desertification in Europe in an effort to help reduce health inequalities. The approach applied in this Project aims to build knowledge, encourage (digital) innovation in health service delivery to improve access and apply a participatory approach to public health policymaking. The Project will be carried out in Romania, Serbia, Moldova, Italy and the Netherlands and will benefit health policymakers, patients’ organizations, health professionals’ organisations, affected communities and more. The countries were carefully selected to highlight different manifestations of medical deserts and to address interconnectedness as a result of health worker mobility. The ultimate impact at society and EU level is better access to health services, especially in underserved areas, and more equitable access to sufficient, skilled and motivated health workers, starting with the countries involved in the Project.

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#MakeWorkWork for those affected by Neurological Disorders and Chronic Pain Conditions

Active Citizenship Network supports the Written Declaration, under Rule 136 of Parliament’s Rules of Procedure, on access to employment for those affected by neurological disorders and chronic pain conditions. The initiative is promoted by the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA) and Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) with the aim to encourage research into and access to innovative treatments, promote prevention and self-management approaches, decrease stigma and work together to improve quality of life for people living with these disabling conditions.

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4 March 2016 - Improving patients’ rights in the age of the Cross Border Healthcare Directive

Active Citizenship Network organized a webinar-conference on 4 March 2016 in Rome, on the topic of “Improving patients’ rights in the age of the Cross Border Healthcare Directive”. The event involved online and on-the-spot participation of national and international experts to debate the European Directive on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare and the current state of its implementation throughout Europe.
On this occasion, the communication campaign “Patients’ rights have no borders” has been presented for the first time.
Read more about the event here.

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