Five best practices have been awarded today during the event titled “Patients’ right to avoid pain: reducing the burden of COVID-19, promoting best practices across EU”. It has been hold in the framework of the cycle of Eu Webinars «Health at the heart of the future of Europe», which the Italian NGO Cittadinanzattiva-Active Citizenship Network (ACN) will hold to feed the debate of the Conference on the Future of Europe and it included the Award Ceremony of the bi-annual project: “European Civic Prize on Chronic Pain Collecting Good Practices”, la cui terza edizione has been realized with support of Pfizer Inc.

This multi-stakeholder event - which involved civil society, patients, experts, institutions - provided an occasion for demonstrating what the community can offer in terms of good practices, as well as sharing experiences useful for raising awareness about the condition, enhancing the knowledge of positive cases and success, and strengthening the commitment on this topic. Throughout 2020 and 2021, this initiative has allowed us to collect 44 Good Practices coming from 13 different countries: Spain (4), Italy (19), Portugal (5), Belgium (2), Germany (1), The Netherlands (1), Ireland (1),Denmark (1), UK (3), Austria (1), and from extra EU countries: 3 from USA, 2 from Canada, 1 from the Dominican Republic.


Global Health Summit: Active Citizenship Network, the EU branch of the NGO Cittadinanzattiva, send a video message and 10 concrete proposals to the institutions called upon to discuss how to prevent future global health crises - 21st May, 2021

Priority attention to non-Covid patients, especially oncological and chronic, in order not to lose the progress achieved in the last 20 years in terms of prevention and treatment. Ease of access to health services and medicines to reduce inequalities and “leave no one behind”.

Investments to have more resilient health services and to support research for more equitable access to care and to address unmet health needs. Strong reference to the sense of responsibility at all institutional levels in order to transform into acts the spirit of solidarity between countries which is a precondition for dealing with crises worldwide.

These, in summary, are the main messages hosted in the video created by Active Citizenship Network, the European branch of the Italian NGO Cittadinanzattiva, and addressed to the political leaders and experts gathered today in Rome on the occasion of the Global Health Summit, co-organized by the European Commission and Italy as chair of the G20. Here is the link to the video


Sustainable Development Goals: the Inter-Institutional Group promoted by civic organizations for an inclusive and sustainable Europe is born. Tomorrow the launch event!

Rome, 15February 2021

Civil society organizations, together with European Institutions to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): this is the main message of the new political initiative that will be launched at the European level, tomorrow, the 16th February, in the occasion of the conference “Making sustainability an easy choice for EU citizens”.

Promoted by Cittadinanzattiva – through its European branch Active Citizenship Network (ACN) – by the European Consumers Union association (ECU) and by the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS), theInter-Institutional Group “SDG’s for well-being and consumers’ protection is currently supported by eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from different countries and political groups: Nikos Androulakis (Greece – S&D); Tanja Fajon (Slovenia – S&D); Jose Gusmão (Portugal – GUE/NGL); Aldo Patriciello (Italy – EPP); Sabrina Pignedoli (Italy – NI); Giuliano Pisapia (Italy – S&D); Marcos Ros Sempere (Spain - S&D); Patrizia Toia (Italy – S&D).



The role of civic society and Patients Advocacy Groups for more resilient Health Care Systems. 10 recommendations towards a European Health Union

In the role of needed changes towards more resilient healthcare systems, it is necessary to recognize the key role of Patients' Advocacy groups (PAGs), citizens’ organizations involved in healthcare issues and, more generally, of all actors that promote health as a common good. This is the message that came to light during the European conference of the 15th European Patients’ Rights Day, which started today and will end tomorrow, involving more than 150 civic society representatives from across Europe, members of the European Institutions and key stakeholders.

The event is promoted by Active Citizenship Network, the European branch of the Italian non profit organization Cittadinanzattiva. and has been realized thanks to the unconditional support of: F. Hoffmann-La Roche LTD, Teva Europe, Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH and Viatris.


18-19 november XIV EUROPEAN PATIENTS’ RIGHTS DAY - Fighting paradoxes on AMR in the age of Covid-19: One Health Approach is planned, multiple actions are required

Brussels, 19 November 2020

Antimicrobial resistance: one of the ten most urgent threats for the Global Health but totally underestimated among the populations; more dangerous than car accidents & cancer but not enough prioritized in the EU and National public health policies. Interlinked with Covid-19 pandemic but almost ignored by the media. The world is losing its most powerful tool in healthcare: antibiotics. By 2050 super bacteria could cause 350 million of deaths and meantime research is still waiting for EU incentive mechanisms as well as an overall strategy to integrate the development of - and access to - affordable and quality antimicrobials.

Despite the fight against AMR requires policies focused on the prevention and extension of vaccinations, the health expenditure for prevention programmes are the “Cinderella” of the public health budget.



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