This pandemic has taught us how much damage an uninformed citizen & patient who perpetrates unhealthy health-related behaviour can cause and how much, on the other hand, an informed citizen & patient can make the difference not only to his or her individual health but to the public health in general.
The 14 March 2023 from 14:00 -15:00 CET has been heald an online training seminar realized in the framework of the project "Improving health literacy for better public and patient involvement in mitigating COVID-19 pandemic using interactive and intuitive educational tools" led by IAPO P4PS Observatory with the involvement of IAPO (International Alliance of Patient Organizations), the Italian NGO Cittadinanzattiva through ACN, ALCER (Spanish federation of associations fighting kidney disease) and Studiorum (Macedonian center for regional policy research and cooperation) and supported by a Pfizer’s unrestricted grant.
The training was addressed to representatives of Patients Advocacy Groups (PAGs) & civic associations coming from different European countries. In fact, among the 50 connected participants, there were representatives of Patients Advocacy Groups from several countries like Poland Netherlands, Croatia, Kosovo, Lithuania, Slovenia, Ukraine, Italy, Malta, Hungary, and Sweden but also representatives of European Institutions (Commission and ECDC), media, private sector and health care professionals. It allowed us to provide a common set of updated data, share information, identify the lessons learned but also to obtain feedback.
The topics (identified and agreed upon with patients groups & civic associations coming from different European countriesthanks to a pre-event survey):
"Knowing and Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19":
- Essential language and dangerous beliefs
- Virus mutations, how they happen and what to expect
- What should we expect (and not expect) from the anti-COVID-19 vaccine?
- Antibiotic use in COVID-19, when is it appropriate?
Alessandra Medolla General Practitioner out-of-hours service, ASL Salerno, member of the National Cardiovascular area of the Italian Society of General Medicine and Primary Care (S.I.M.G.)
Marco Vatri, General Practitioner out-of-hours, Resident in Geriatrics, at the Careggi University Hospital of Florence
Cittadinanzattiva's engagement against COVID-19 here.
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The project has been realized thanks to the unconditional support of Pfizer