Cittadinanzattiva's project, “Health for the Youngs”, came to its second edition and aimed to involve high school students in an educational path dedicated to prevention, antimicrobial resistance and vaccines. It provides students with the tools and necessary information to adopt correct hygiene and prevention behaviours to limit the spread of infectious diseases. “Health for the Youngs” transfers power on a fundamental issue such as health and well-being and awareness to younger generations. And it did so within the Italian public school system that has shown to be one of the privileged places in which propose and develop new approaches capable of impacting health education for young people, making them protagonists. To learn more about the project, click here (IT).
In coherence with its multi annual commitment on the topic of sustainable mobility and as associated partner, for the 2022 European Mobility Week Cittadinanzattiva launched in Italy an online guide and a telephone number available to citizens and appealed to institutions and companies to promote a new urban mobility culture. The guide includes information on how the public transport service is provided, practical information on the various benefits of the so-called shared mobility, what the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) provides, and advice for ecological driving. For citizens wishing to report disservices regarding public transport, Cittadinanzattiva provided a national telephone desk active on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To know more & download the guide, click here (IT).
EENA, Cittadinanzattiva's partner on the European project ENGAGE, analyses what else can be done to involve children more actively in public safety and, in doing so, cites Cittadinanzattiva's initiative for the "19th National Day of Safety in Schools" that sheds light on how the pandemic changed schools. On this occasion, Cittadinanzattiva created a safety smartbox (IT) with valuable materials to promote resilience in the face of disasters in schools. To download the EENA report, click here, to know more about Cittadinanzattiva's contribution, click here.
With the escalation of the hostilities and the destruction of most of the infrastructure in the Eastern and Southern regions of Ukraine, millions of civilians are bracing ahead of the cold months to come.
Orphans Feeding Foundation, partner of Active Citizenship Network, has now launched "Winter is Coming" campaign, which aims to provide the necessary support to millions of civilians in the coming cold months to come. Click here to learn more and help people in need in the liberated areas in Ukraine. Recently, The Ukrainian parliament has awarded Mariam Lambert, the co-founder of Orphans Feeding Foundation, a medal of merit for services to Ukraine.
All potential eligible patients have the right to access Advanced Therapies Medical Products (ATMPs) and national health budget constraints cannot be a barrier to this. Read ACN Director’s article published on Active Citizenship Network’s media partner Health Europa on the occasion of the event “Securing Equitable Patient Access to Advanced Therapies across Europe”, realized Monday 24 of October 2022 by Active Citizenship Network at the EU Parliament.
How to answer vaccine misinformation online? How to track what is wrong and what is right? The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has developed an e-learning course addressing vaccination misinformation on social media and other digital platforms. The e-learning targets public health practitioners and risk communication experts at the national, regional and local levels in the EU/EEA. ACN has been identified as an expert in the field and therefore involved in the revision process to give insights and comments on the near-final version of the e-learning. Interested?
Please register for the ECDC Virtual Academy and try the course now.
Data on vaccination coverage in adults and at-risk groups are not systematically collected, unlike what happens for vaccinations in childhood and adolescence and flu shots. In this context, the offer of pneumococcal vaccination in Italy, as recommended and free, has considerable regional differences in its organization and delivery, with important repercussions on the right to fair and equal access for all citizens. Cittadinanzattiva’s survey on pneumococcal vaccination has involved citizens aged from 18 to 70 years old and general practitioners, and it analyzes how the 2021-2022 flu vaccinations may have favoured the good practice of performing pneumococcal vaccine co-administration in adults at the GP’s office, also investigating citizens’ knowledge and confidence in this vaccine. The report moreover focuses on pneumococcal vaccination for healthy adults aged 65 to adults suffering from chronic diseases or who have predisposing conditions regardless of their age and aims to contribute and present civic proposals for a more effective vaccination strategy on the national territory.
The demand for influenza vaccines has been increasing, therefore, anticipating better the need for future seasonal influenza vaccines and taking appropriate measures to prepare for pandemic influenza vaccine’s industrial and delivery capabilities is crucial to secure adequate doses for European citizens and protect them against influenza and serious complications. In this context, an EU Virtual Roundtable Day on Influenza Vaccination was hosted by Members of the European Parliament, Dolors Montserrat (EPP, ES), on 21 September 2021 and ACN was an active participant in the roundtable and gave, its endorsement of the originated recommendations, i.e. the outcomes of experts’ discussions how to improve influenza vaccines supply, forecasting and demand predictability.
ACN supports the SymptomSurvey, a collaboration between the Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative and civil/advocacy organisations (Families Fighting Flu, Make Mothers Matter, the European Parents’ Association, Think Young) and the European Academy of Pediatrics. The survey’s goal is to understand better a person’s/patient’s subjective experience of flu-like symptoms and COVID and how this may relate to a person’s willingness to get vaccinated and/or seek treatment to prevent or mitigate symptoms. Completing the questionnaire will take you about 30 minutes, and the obtained insights will be used for informing the healthcare system and improving patients' positions.
Last 2 September 2022, Active Citizenship Network published a new manuscript dealing with the significance of adult vaccination entitled “Addressing the Burden of the Vaccine-Preventable Respiratory Diseases: From the Pneumococcal Vaccination Case Study in Italy to the EU Council Conclusion on (adult) Vaccination”on the SL Vaccines and Vaccination Journal, an international peer-reviewed journal publishing novel fundamental and applied research related to all aspects of vaccines and vaccination. The article examines the growing burden that the trio of vaccine-preventable respiratory diseases (VPRDs), namely pneumococcal pneumonia, Covid-19 and flu, have been placing on healthcare systems among European countries. This is evidenced greatly by the data emerged from the EU survey “Pneumococcal Vaccination in adults: proposals for a fair and informed access”, carried out by Cittadinanzattiva in Italy in the 2021-2022 winter season and presented also at the EU level during the event realized by Active Citizenship Network last 7 July 2022 titled “Towards the next Council conclusions: which role of adult vaccination?”.