Health communication strategy 2010–2013
ECDC’s strategic communication objectives are to raise awareness of issues related to communicable diseases among specific target EU audiences; and to establish ECDC’s reputation as the leading European expert authority in the field.
In the ECDC Multi-annual Strategic Programme (MSP) 2007–2013, target area 6 concerns communicating information on communicable disease prevention and control. Target 6 states: ‘By the year 2013, ECDC’s communication output will be the main European source of authoritative and independent scientific and technical information in its field and will be the reference support point in the European Union for risk communication on communicable diseases’.
This target will be reached through three strategies:
- To efficiently communicate ECDC’s scientific and technical output to professional audiences.
- To develop the means, procedures and necessary partnerships for efficient and coordinated communication of key public health messages and information to the media and to the European public.
- To support the Member States’ health communication capacities.
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ECDC strategic multi-annual programme 2007–2013
1 Jan 2007 - Public health activities, disease-specific programmes and multilateral partnerships.
Traditional interventions are no longer seen as enough to effectively prevent and control major health threats such as antimicrobial resistance, measles and HIV. Research shows that properly designed behaviour-based health communication activities can have a significant positive impact on health-related attitudes, beliefs and behaviours. ECDC supports the EU and EEA countries’ efforts to integrate behaviour change and risk and crisis communication strategies in their communicable disease prevention programmes and public health campaigns.Read more
ECDC Country Support Strategy
14 Jun 2016 - Europe’s defences against communicable diseases is not stronger than its weakest links. ECDC has an important complementary role to support the efforts of the Commission and the Member States to ensure that capacities are adequate to meet the needs.