The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a programme of Community action on the prevention of AIDS and certain other communicable diseases in the following areas: - Data collection; - Measures for children and young people; - Prevention of transmission; - Safety of blood and blood products; - Social and psychological support; - Combating discrimination. The new programme will build on the important work being carried out under the existing 'Europe against AIDS' programme which has been extended pending adoption of the new programme. The new programme will cover certain other communicable diseases such as hepatitis, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases and other diseases treatable by vaccination. There is a general need for more cooperation and coordination between the Member States. For example, the recent outbreak of plague in India has clearly demonstrated the need for a Community-wide network to facilitate exchanges of information on epidemics and disease outbreaks and improve coordination between Member States. The new programme envisages Community activities under the following headings: - Actions related to vaccination; - Creation and development of networks; - Information, education and training; - Early detection and systematic screening. The new programme will run for a five-year period and will require funding of about ECU 50 million. Community action will focus on encouraging cooperation between the Member States and lending support to their efforts through the development and implementation of networks, joint actions and information exchange systems. Projects proposed by the Member States and initiatives involving competent organizers will be supported, and cooperation with international organizations and transnational associations promoted.
Policy making and guidelines
19 February 1996