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Inform, protect, immunise: engaging underserved populations

04 Sep 2012 - 06 Sep 2012 Dublin, Ireland Organized by: ECDC

Measles has re-emerged in the EU and the 2015 measles and rubella elimination target date set for Europe is looking progressively more challenging. Several countries experienced large measles outbreaks in 2010 and 2011 and the number of measles cases has quadrupled since 2008.

ECDC's consultation meeting "Inform, protect, immunise: engaging underserved populations" provides a forum for discussion on how knowledge and experiences could be used to stimulate the use of preventive services in the area of communicable diseases. The meeting aims at finding practical solutions to current situations, especially within the WHO measles and rubella elimination target by 2015 and facing economic crisis challenges.

The key meeting outcome is a list of possible interventions that could contribute to increasing vaccination uptake in the EU – what, for whom, by whom, when and how.



Tuesday, 4 September

 18:00 – 19:00  

Wednesday, 5 September


9:00 – 10:00 Session 1: Opening speeches

10:00 – 12:30 Session 2a: Sharing knowledge and experiences (I)

  • From evidence-based communication to behaviour change – Ülla-Karin Nurm, ECDC
    - country activities aimed at increasing vaccination uptake
    - evaluation mechanisms of measuring impact of vaccination
    - countries experience in designing and implementing the National traveller and/or Roma Integration Strategies

13:30 – 14:30 
Session 2b: Sharing knowledge and experiences  (II)

14:30 – 15:30 
Session 3: Building blocks for change

15:45 – 17:15 Working groups: Adapt, Adopt and Use
17:15 – 17:45 Feedback to plenary

Thursday, 6 September


9:15 – 10:00 
Session 4: Round table –
How can the European Commission contribute on addressing immunization issues among under-reached population groups

  • Feedback from the free thinkers meeting – Tamsin Rose, Franklin Apfel
  • Working groups: 10 steps for innovative communication

12:00 – 12:30 Feedback to plenary

12:30 – 13:30 
Session 5: What is next – meeting conclusions, next steps Closure
Karl Ekdahl, ECDC


Posters – Countries’ experiences

Intercultural mediation in health care
Hamida Chikhi
Foyer vzw, Belgium

From an outbreak of measles in some orthodox Jewish Communities in Antwerp to specific actions for undervaccinated groups in a new public health goal on vaccination for Flanders, Belgium
Geert Top
Public Health Surveillance of Flanders; Control of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinations

Creation of community councils for zero unvaccinated children in Roma compact inhabited communities
Stefan Panayotov MD
General Practitioner and the Chairman of ”The Health of Roma” Foundation (Sliven, BG)

Project “Initiative for health and vaccination” in Bulgaria
Diliana Dilkova
National Network of the Health Mediators – Bulgaria

Czech Republic
Vaccine preventable infectious diseases in Roma population and in other ethnic minorities in the Czech Republic
Hana Orlíková, Gabriela Kubátová, Radim Miklušák, Pavla Lexová, Kateřina Fabiánová

Paediatric care in a kindergarten for children from Romania in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Peter Neumann MD
Magistrat der Stadt Frankfurt am Main; Amt für Gesundheit

Actions of Support Center for Children and Family: ways to approach Roma population, aiming at improving their health status and quality of life
Andreas Kyriakou, Agapi Kyritsi
Support Center for Children and Family, Athens, Greece

Improvement of immunization status of Roma children after three years of Health Promotion and Health Education Program
Andreas Kyriakou, Agapi Kyritsi 
Support Center for Children and Family, Athens, Greece

Hungarian experience
Zsuzsanna Molnár MD and Gabriella Páll MD
National Center for Epidemiology and Association of Hungarian Primary Care Paediatricians

Local Access-Enabling Initiatives in the field of primary prevention addressing migrants in Italy
Maria Grazia Dente - Italian National Institute of Health - Rome, Italy

Medicins du monde
Access to vaccination of vulnerable populations in Europe - Experience of Medecins du Monde
Medecins du Monde, France

Programme for the Roma community in Poland
Agnieszka Gajewska
Department of Denominations and National and Ethnic Minorities, Roma Minority Division
Ministry of Administration and Digitization of Poland

How to reach “Hard-to-reach-populations”: local projects in Amadora Municipality, Portugal
Rafic Nordin, Catarina Portilheiro

Involving the Roma Health Mediator into the national program for immunization in the Roma communities in Romania
Viorica Gheorghiu, Gindrovel Dumitra, Ana-Maria Domiloiu

Activities aimed at increasing vaccination uptake
Helena Hudecova
Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic

Incidence of measles in Slovakia
Iveta Vaverkova,
Slovak Society of GPs, Slovak Medical Society

MPR vaccination in Sweden
Ann Lindstrand
Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control

The Netherlands
Vaccination coverage in children travelling with fairs in the Netherlands
W.L.M. Ruijs, J.L.A. Hautvast, I.Jansen, P. Oude Vrielink, J.van der Velden

United Kingdom
Country initiatives aimed at improving vaccination uptake
Aileen Kitching
Health Protection Agency – Immunisation Department, Health Protection Services, Colindale, UK


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