ECSA wins the European Health Award 2011

European Health Forum

On October 7 the European Child Safety Alliance was honoured to receive the Award of the European Health Forum Gastein for a (Health) Policy Initiative of European Importance. The European Jury selected ECSA's Child Safety Report Card initiative as the winner of this year's award.

The European Health Award honors initiatives for the improvement of medical care in Europe. The main criteria are that more than one European country be involved in a project and that the results be transferable to other states and directly benefit a substantial part of the population or relatively large patient groups. Nine cross-border health projects were short listed for the European Health Award 2011, covering child injuries, cardiovascular risk, osteoporosis, the strengthening of primary care, education about sexual diseases, and diabetes prevention

The winning Child Safety Report Card initiative is a component of ECSA's Child Safety Action Plan project which launched in 2007, and the initiative will be continued under ECSA's new TACTICS project, with the support of the European Commission. The CSAP project in which the report cards were developed was managed by ECSA Programme Manager Morag MacKay, who is also managing the TACTICS initiative under the leadership of ECSA Director Joanne Vincenten

The report cards are useful advocacy tools which comparably measure a country´s application of child safety policies, encompassing road safety, water safety, burns, falls, and other risk areas. They also assist in the monitoring and benchmarking of a country´s progress in injury prevention.

The first 2 sets of report cards were released in 2007 and in 2009, with first 18 and then 26 countries participating. All EU member states plus Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Norway and Switzerland will be releasing the next set of report cards in spring 2012, for a total of 32 participating countries.

Comparison of performance scores for countries which participated in both 2007 and 2009 showed policy and capacity improvement in every country.

The next set of child safety report cards will for the first time include intentional injury.

Upon accepting the award, European Child Safety Alliance Director Joanne Vincenten said, "We are thrilled and honoured to be the recipients of the European Health Award... Our message is straight forward – it is estimated that three out of four deaths would be prevented if the child injury death rates in all EU countries were just reduced to the level of countries with the lowest rates – that is more than 7,500 children saved each year."

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