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Increasing consciousness and access to treatment, reducing the burden of cardiovascular diseases across Europe – AWARNESS CAMPAIGN

In the framework of the project Increasing consciousness and access to treatment, reducing the burden of cardiovascular diseases across Europe ACN co-builted ( with the associations involved in the project) an European and national awareness campaign on proper lifestyles and on the prevention of the risks linked to cardiovascular disorders. It was decided to avoid threat/fear messages and the use of a dramatic style but to put at the heart of this campaign the feelings of hope, happiness and personal empowerment to inspire and motivate the audience.

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Taking part in the decision-making process on health priorities”

20 – 21 April 2022 (tbc)

Given the current situation of uncertainty, the conference will be organized in a digital format, with the hope that it can be transformed into a hybrid format event, with onsite & online attendance


The European celebration of the XVI European Patients’ Rights Day (EPRD) will be organized by Active Citizenship Network (ACN) with its traditional format of a big multi-stakeholder conference focused on the role played by key actors in the decision-making process on health priorities. In particular, just before the end of the Conference on the future of Europe (22-24 April 2022 tbc), the expectations and requests of citizens and Patients Advocacy Groups (PAGs) addressed to the institutions will be analysed. What has been discussed? Why did only a small percentage of the initiatives promoted within the CoFoE concern health issues? How to ensure that the priorities defined in the context of CoFoE will be incorporated in the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs)? What is the level of involvement of citizens and patients’ associations in defining the implementation process of the priorities that have been identified in the health sector?

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Network News

#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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