European Health Award 2007

Winner & short-listed projects

03-06 October 2007, Bad Hofgastein

We would like to congratulate the winning project "European Alliance against Depression".

The European Alliance against Depression is focused on the alarmingly high number of suicides. The project was run in 17 European countries with a multi-level approach, such as: intervention with primary care physicians, the start of a media campaign, special training for key groups such as teachers, clergymen, police, pharmacists, etc., the initiation of self-help groups and an emergency card for people at risk.

The “European Alliance against Depression” is the winner of the “European Health Forum Award” presented this year for the first time. With the prize the European Health Forum Gastein, the most important health policy event in the EU, honours outstanding initiatives in the area of healthcare that have had verifiable scientific successes.


Project 1: “European Alliance against Depression”

Project 2: “Medicine Safety Belt”

Help for proper use of medications by patients.

Participating countries: Austria, Germany

Project 3: FINDRISC

Screening system for early recognition of the risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Participating countries: 16 EU member states

Project 4: The Maas-Rhein Cross-Border Healthcare Programme

A trilateral network for improved cross-border use of healthcare facilities in border regions.

Participating countries: Germany, Belgium, Netherlands

Project 5: Quality Assurance in Breast Cancer Screening

A network of pilot projects to develop best-practice recommendations and guidelines for the prevention and early recognition of breast cancer.

Participating countries: 19 European countries

Project 6: Smokefree Class Competition

European prevention programme for adolescents on the basis of social learning and group dynamic processes.

Participating countries: 19 European states

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