NIGHTINGALE Project is developing and integrating new tools for the management of medical emergencies during big disasters, useful for emergency medical staff and non-medical civil protection agencies (firefighters, police and personal search and rescue) but also volunteers and citizens! The III Lubjiana roundtable - held last 5th and 6th of May 2023 - was a perfect opportunity for end-users of these tools to review the progress made and discuss recommendations for the technical partners, who are developing them, for the next phase of the project. A session was dedicated to future planning for small - and full-scale exercises that would help to test and validate the NIGHTINGALE tools and solutions for triage and emergency response during mass casualty incidents (MCIs).
Cittadinanzattiva, through the Director of its EU branch Active Citizenship Network, recently took part to the initiative titled “What are the challenges faced by Covid-19 high-risk patients and how can we improve their care?”, held in Brussels last 24 of May 2023. In particular, the ACN’ Director was involved in the opening and in the final remarks.
The event – very well moderate by the journalist Mariam Zaidi - was a unique occasion to put a further spotlight on achieving optimal care for high-risk patients with Covid-19. During the roundtable event, a discussion has held among participants to exchange further insight on how to support national and European policymakers in improving the current fragmentation for high-risk Covid-19 patients, as well as for the establishment of effective surveillance and response systems. To address these challenges, a set of “Recommendations on Covid-19 Patient Pathways”, was developed following the Advisory Board, which took place the 23 February 2023, and then presented during the event in May, organized at the Stanhope Hotel Brussels by RPP Group with the support of Active Citizenship Network and funded by Pfizer.
Also this year Cittadinanzattiva, through the Director of its EU branch Active Citizenship Network recently took part to the Pfizer's 5th Annual Global AMR Patient Summit, held in Brussels last 25 and 26 of June 2023. The summit’s agenda encompassed a wide range of topics, including policy updates, mobilizing the community for action, effective communication strategies, and the latest advancements in AMR research. Participants engaged in lively discussions, sharing their expertise, experiences, and innovative approaches to address the challenges posed by antimicrobial resistance. Here you can find the long-term engagement on the topic at the national and EU level by Cittadinanzattiva/Active Citizenship Network.
Also this year, on 18 April 2023, the “Associação Europeia de Saúde Educativa e Preventiva em Epigenética”, Portuguese partner of Active Citizenship Network, organized the national celebration of the European Patients’ Rights Day. For the occasion, the event, titled “Oral health and gastrointestinal diseases in Europe: how to prevent?”, has been realized with the participation of the Portuguese Society of Health Literacy within the Coimbra Business School-ISCAC. Active Citizenship Network joined the panel to talk about the topic in the context of Antimicrobial Resistance, and more in general to emphasize the value of this celebration from a citizen and patients’ perspective. To know more about the presentation of the ACN’ Director, click here (EN language). For the recording of the event, click here (PT language).
Almost a year and a half has passed since the project, in which Cittadinanzattiva-ACN is a partner, started in January 2022 and #FACILITATE has remained true to its mission: to put patients at the center of the clinical trial process about the return and reuse of results after their involvement in a clinical trial. Research activities are ongoing, and legal, ethical, and regulatory studies are underway, internal meetings are held regularly, and expert decision-making committees have been set up.
The stakeholders’ workshop has been held last 13th of March, 2023, in Rome at the Unitelma Sapienza as part of the WP4 activities of the H2020 EU Project BioReCer (Biological Resources Certifications Schemes), focused on circular economy. In particular, BioReCer aims at assessing and complementing current certification schemes for biological resources according to the new EU sustainability goals to enhance bio-based circular systems.
The meeting organized by the Unitelma Sapienza team was the first occasion to present the main goals of the abovementioned project to the Italian consumers’ organizations. To download the agenda, click here.
Cittadinanzattiva joins the petition to the European Parliament on the respect for international law, EU values and human rights promoted by the European Movement Italy. Sign the petition - by February 23 - by sending an email to: /Dropbox/CITTADINANZATTIVA/bianca/Downloads/
We, as one of the partners, are pleased to announce the launch of the #BioReCer EU project website. BIORECER aims to ensure the environmental performance and traceability of the biological feedstock used by bio-based industries by deploying guidelines to strengthen the current certification procedures. Through this approach, bioproducts' added value, use, as well as social acceptance will be increased. In BIORECER, Cittadinanzattiva-ACN will work in WP4 and WP8, mainly dedicated to communication and dissemination and stakeholders’ involvement. Take a look and Join us HERE in the stakeholders' group, to bring your point of view!
Active Citizenship Network is glad to announce that an official Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with National Patients' Organisation - Malta. The motto of this Patient Advocacy Group is: “Empowering Patients – Working With not For Patients”. National Patients' Organisation - Malta is an active participant in national and international health care discussions, and stands for patient advocacy for everyone, patients’ rights & responsibilities, health, environmental health promotion for all. NPO-Malta provides its members the opportunity to become an empowered patient for a healthy and better quality of life.
Shingles is a painful condition caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone can get it, but it's most common in older people, with the highest burden of disease in those aged 50 years and over. Despite this, shingles is vaccine-preventable. Most adults will remember childhood encounters with chickenpox. Many never think about the fact that the very same virus can cause shingles later in life. 1 in 3 people will develop #shingles in their lifetime and may develop serious and long-lasting complications, impacting their quality of life as a result. Active Citizenship Network is happy to support the communication campaign led by our partner, the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), in collaboration with GSK, to raise awareness of shingles and its associated risks. Read more.