Pain Euro-Mediterranean Coalition (PEMeC) Aliança Euro-Mediterrânica da Dor

A primeira incubadora cívica de melhores práticas contra a dor em toda a Europa

Enquadramento: O que é a Dor Crónica e as suas implicações
A dor crónica é uma condição grave de saúde que afeta negativamente a qualidade de vida dos doentes, tanto a nível físico como a nível psicológico. Geralmente, a dor começa como um sintoma ou como um efeito colateral de outros problemas de saúde, mas após um determinado período de tempo, ela torna-se uma doença crónica por si só. No entanto, ainda é grande a luta para que a dor crónica seja reconhecida e tratada como uma doença e não como um sintoma porque não pode ser facilmente medida ou diagnosticada.


National consultations: European active citizens for vaccination - 2019

National Civic consultations on the life-course immunization across Europe”

ACN, thanks to the work and cooperation of its constituency of national citizens’ organizations in various European countries, will bring together around the table different key people about the theme of vaccination: leaders of civic and patients association, healthcare professionals, policymakers and other possible stakeholders involved in each country in the administration of vaccines (these might also include representatives of the education system -for vaccination in schools- and unions/employers- for vaccination in the workplace).


The involvement of Active Citizenship Network in SIP

sip 2019

The "Societal Impact of Pain" (SIP) is an international platform created in 2009 as a joint initiative of the European Pain Federation EFIC® and the pharmaceutical company Grünenthal GmbH and aims for:


The involvement of Active Citizenship Network in SIP SYMPOSIUM 2019


More than 210 persons have registered to the international SIP 2019 Symposium on November 7 in Brussels titled “Bringing Pain Policy to the next Decade”, and many followed the event via live stream. Have a look at the impressions from the Opening Ceremony on November 6 in the Concert Noble where the winners of the 2nd edition of the EU Civic Prize on Chronic Pain, led by Active Citizenship Network, were awarded, and also the impressions from the SIP 2019 Symposium on November 7.


European Civic Prize on Chronic Pain Second edition 2018-2019 Award Ceremony


Award Ceremony of the II° Edition of the
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Concert Noble, Brussels

Programme (19:00 – 20:30)


European active citizens for vaccination - 2019

Improve the awareness on the importance of vaccination across Europe Project

European active citizens for vaccines promotion 2019

Leaders and activists engaged in social, civic and patients associations, parents, teachers, health workers, bloggers and popularizers: everyone can commit to disseminate correct scientific information, ready to defend the importance of vaccination from the wave of misinformation that is being spreading for some years.

Active Citizenship Network (ACN), is deeply committed to contribute to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination across Europe and to shift to a common knowledge linked to a life-course vaccination approach: immunization is vital to prevent diseases and protect life.

For this reason in the second half of 2019 ACN has realized:

  • a Spot for a social media communication campaign that supports and spread this core messages: “Together, as active and aware citizens, we can protect ourselves, become the champion of your future! “sending a unified, clear and strong message on the importance of vaccination directly from citizens to citizens. Moreover, an informative leaflet in a different language has been produced (you can download them here below on the page).

  • with the cooperation of its constituency of national citizens’ organizations in various European countries, hold national focus groups on the specific theme of the life-course immunization approach in the national immunization plan. The aims were finding together proposals and gather impressions, suggestions, advice on that aspect and provide institutional and health care, stakeholders, with the strengths/weaknesses of national policies and plans on life-course - vaccination for each selected country; the common elements or specificities that affect a greater or lower success of this approach in the different countries. Read more about national events!

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In Spain
The Foro Español de Pacientes and the Asociación Española contra la Meningitis promote life course immunization approach!

See the Spot in Spanish
Download the Leaflet in Spanish


In Hungary
The Vedem - Civilian for Vaccination promotes a life course immunization approach!

See the Spot in Hungarian

Download the Leaflet in Hungarian


In Poland
The Institute of Patients’ Rights and Health Education promotes a life course  immunization approach!

See the Spot in Polish

Download the Leaflet in Polish

In Ireland
The Irish Patients Association promotes  a life course immunization approach!

See the Spot in English


Prevent diseases without borders! See the vaccine schedules in all countries of the EU

Immunization throughout the life-course enables adults to age with reduced risk to such vaccine-preventable diseases.
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The project will be realized thanks to the support of


Read more about the Active Citizenship Network engagement on vaccination

The Engagement of Cittadinanzattiva-Active Citizenship Network on Therapeutic Adherence

At the National level
The topic of therapeutic adherence was addressed by Cittadinanzattiva through the National Coalition of Associations for Patients Suffering Chronic Diseases (CnAMC). The CnAMC is a network of Cittadinanzattiva established in 1996, which represents an example of crosscutting alliance between associations of people with chronic and rare diseases for the protection of their rights. It has about one hundred members.


Our policy on patient safety: focus on Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Our commitment on the topic
Since its inception in 1978, Cittadinanzattiva Onlus has worked continuously to advocate for safer healthcare, first at the National level and then also at EU level through its international branch called Active Citizenship Network (ACN). In particular, in 2002, ACN drafted the European Charter of Patients' Rights together with other patient associations from 15 different countries. The Charter underlines, among others, the Patients’ Right to preventive measures, the Patients’ Right to the observance of quality standards, the Patients’ Right to safety, the Patients’ Right to Innovation.


TOWARDS HIGHER PATIENT SAFETY IN EUROPEAN HOSPITALS. Innovation in hygiene and sanification to reduce healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistance

4-5 February 2019

Patient safety is the reduction of risk of unnecessary harm associated with health care to an acceptable minimum. An acceptable minimum refers to the collective notions of current knowledge, resources available and the context in which care was delivered and weighed against the risk of non-treatment or alternative treatment (WHO 2004).


The Engagement of Cittadinanzattiva on Vaccination

Cittadinanzattiva has a more than 30 year experience in the protection of citizens' rights in the health sector, which initiated with its Tribunale per i diritti del malato ("Tribunal for Patients' Rights" or TDM) in 1980 and was later strengthened through the Coordinamento nazionale Associazioni Malati Cronici (National Coordination Centre of Chronic Patients' Associations) in 1996.


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