Tenders

Call for tenders concerning the Provision for the Provision of a Study Exploring the Feasibility of and Identifying Options for Physical Stockpiling of Vaccines (NEW CALL)

The purpose of this contract is the provision of a study:

  • (i) exploring the feasibility of and identifying options for physical stockpiling of vaccines; and
  • (ii) developing a concept for a mechanism for exchanging vaccine supplies from one EU Member State to another in case of an outbreak.

Dead line: 23 March 2020

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Call for tender on the provision of EU networking and support for public health reference laboratory functions for antimicrobial resistance in priority healthcare associated infections (NEW CALL)

The requested services will support reference laboratory activities and services for AMR in human health and complement existing activities of the ECDC. The support covers a range of training, external quality assessment (EQA) schemes and networking activities to improve public health reference laboratory functioning and through this improve laboratory functioning at local, regional and national levels in all countries participating in the EU health programme – currently EU countries plus Iceland, Norway, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia and Moldova.

Dead line: 23 March 2020

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Healthcare public procurement in the EU

Public procurement can be deployed as a strategic tool to boost effective, efficient, resilient and sustainable health systems. Notably, the action will provide an opportunity for Member States to come together and reflect on how public procurement within the health sector can be performed and on their possible efficiency gains as well as on the benefits in terms of health outcomes. The aim of the action will be to provide a platform for discussion and research on the topic of public procurement in the healthcare sector.

Consolidating the existing knowledge and allowing Member States to have facilitated discussions on the topic will further provide a foundation for subsequent actions. The project should provide an analysis on what further, non-legal EU action (e.g. projects, research, and other actions) can be taken up to facilitate public procurement in the health care sector.

Dead line: 03 June, 17:00:00 Brussel time.

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Support for health investment

Health stakeholders face challenges when it comes to planning, accessing and blending financing to respond to their health systems’ needs. Most health authorities are used to receiving direct funding from government budgets and EU grants; and do not possess sufficient skills for configuring investment strategies and plans. There is an evident need to improve the health sector's capacity to prepare investment plans, consolidate multi-source financing and use alternative financial instruments (such as loans, equity and payment-by-results schemes) for this purpose.

The call responds to recommendations of a recent study on health investments[1], which was commissioned by the European Investment Bank and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (and financed by the European Investment Advisory Hub), in particular, the recommendations concerning strategic planning and technical assistance for investments.

Dead line: 03 June, 17:00:00 Brussel time.

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Support for the implementation of best practices in the area of mental health – Transfer of iFightDepression (European Alliance Against Depression)

Mental health problems affect about 84 million people across the EU. This is more than one in every six citizens. The total costs of mental ill-health are estimated at more than 4% of GDP (more than EUR 600 billion) across the 27 EU Member States. Out of this, EUR 190 billion reflects direct spending on health care, EUR 170 billion is spent on social security programmes, and EUR 240 billion represents indirect costs to the labour market due to lower employment and productivity. In a dedicated chapter, the Health at A Glance: Europe 2018 report stressed the need to improve and promote mental health, concluding, inter alia, that mental ill-health leads to lives lived less fully and to lives lost prematurely.

Dead line: 03 June, 17:00:00 Brussel time.

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Support for the implementation of best practices in the area of mental health – Transfer of Housing First Portugal (Casas Primeiro Portugal)

Through this call for proposals, the Commission now seeks to support the roll-out of those practices with the highest priority ranking and that require a strong involvement of non-governmental actors, notably:

  • Housing First Portugal (Casas Primeiro Portugal)

Actions under this topic shall transfer the best practice Housing First Portugal: The objective of Housing First is to provide integrated housing in the community for long-term homeless people with severe mental illness, in some cases combined with substance abuse. It has a service delivery approach or method fostering social inclusion and citizenship.

Dead line: 03 June, 17:00:00 Brussel time.

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Increased access to vaccination for newly arrived migrants in first line, transit and destination countries

The main objective of the call is to address cross-border threats produced by infectious diseases in order to reduce risks and mitigate their consequences.

The most efficient public health and primary prevention measure is vaccination. However, vaccine preventable diseases are not completely controlled in the EU as the vaccination coverage is not the adequate one in all countries and for all vaccines. Even if the coverage of 95% of the population -the one considered necessary for herd immunity- is achieved, it is not equally distributed in specific geographic areas and population groups.

Differences in access to health services, health literacy, provision of information, etcetera, can have an impact in the percentage of population vaccinated.

Dead line: 03 June, 17:00:00 Brussel time.

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Increased access to vaccination for disadvantaged, isolated and difficult to reach groups of population

The main objective of the call is to address cross-border threats produced by infectious diseases in order to reduce risks and mitigate their consequences.

The most efficient public health and primary prevention measure is vaccination. However, vaccine preventable diseases are not completely controlled in the EU as the vaccination coverage is not the adequate one in all countries and for all vaccines. Even if the coverage of 95% of the population -the one considered necessary for herd immunity- is achieved, it is not equally distributed in specific geographic areas and population groups and there are gaps that produce specific vulnerable groups for the development of vaccine preventable diseases.

Differences in access to health services, health literacy, or provision of information can have an impact in the percentage of population vaccinated.

Dead line: 03 June, 17:00:00 Brussel time.

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Stakeholder activities to support strengthened cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases

Vaccination coverage has decreased in the EU in recent years. As a consequence, new outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases occur.

The Special 2019 Eurobarometer on attitudes towards vaccination shows that EU citizens largely trust the advice of health professionals in vaccination matters. However, health professionals need to receive updated training to be able to communicate accurate information to the public and to combat myths and exchange best practices

Dead line: 03 June, 17:00:00 Brussel time.

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Support to reforms in health workforce field - Initiatives on retention policies

The European health workforce is facing major challenges due to an ageing population, a higher demand of new primary care models and better-integrated and more patient-centred care, and rise of chronic diseases, in a broader context of persistent budgetary constraints. Moreover, the health workforce itself is ageing rapidly while financial cutbacks compound broader migration patterns and are causing severe health workforce shortages in various Member States. Finally, several EU regions are facing the problem of so-called “medical deserts” with falling number of medical practitioners. It becomes more than urgent to promote evidence-based reforms to address the challenges that the European health workforce is facing, through actions focusing on retention policies, medical deserts and task shifting.

Dead line: 10 June, 17:00:00 Brussel time.

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Support to reforms in health workforce field - Initiatives on medical deserts

The objective of the initiative is to provide support to Member States to design and implement their policies related to healthcare workforce retention, task-shifting and regional medical deserts. This should be achieved through the development of supporting tools –guidelines, scaling up of good practices, creating a platform for policy dialogue to advance on these challenging issues.

Dead line: 10 June, 17:00:00 Brussel time.

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Support to reforms in health workforce field - Initiatives on task-shifting

The objective of the initiative is to provide support to Member States to design and implement their policies related to healthcare workforce retention, task-shifting and regional medical deserts.

This should be achieved through the development of supporting tools –guidelines, scaling up of good practices, creating a platform for policy dialogue to advance on these challenging issues.

Dead line: 10 June, 17:00:00 Brussel time.

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