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Programme funding

EUR 312 million
To contribute to public health activities which seek to reduce the incidence of home and leisure injury.


The Injury Prevention Programme (IPP) was created in 1999 for 5 years with a budget of 14 million euros. It ended with the adoption of the New Public Health Programme in 2002. However, the last projects under the IPP were accomplished 2003/2004.
One of the main goals was to create a common database (ISS – Injury Surveillance System within EUPHIN – European Public Health Information Network) with quality data collected using a common classification and comparable methods. Apart from the data collection projects, epidemiological projects were funded (e.g. 'Social influences on injuries, sports injuries', 'costs of injuries in Europe').

After the completion of the IPP, its activities continue under the New Public Health Programme (2003-2008) within the "Health Information strand" and the "Health Determinants strand".
The IPP is one of the eight individual programmes united in a single coherent framework under the 'New Public Health Programme 2003-2008', the general objectives of which are:
- to improve information and knowledge for the development of public health;
- to enhance the capability of responding rapidly and in a co-ordinated way to threats to health;
- to promote health and prevent diseases through addressing health determinants across all policies and activities.


The activities of the Injury Prevention Programme (IPP) continue under the New Public Health Programme (2003-2008) within two strands: the "Health information" and the "Health determinants".

1.) Health determinants can be categorised as: personal behaviour and lifestyles; influences within communities which can sustain or damage health; living and working conditions and access to health services; and general socio-economic, cultural and environmental conditions. 

Activities on health determinants include:
- preparing and implementing strategies and measures, including those related to public awareness, on life-style related health determinants, such as nutrition, physical activity, tobacco, alcohol, drugs and other substances and on mental health, including measures to take in all Community policies and age- and gender-specific strategies;
- analysing the situation and developing strategies on social and economic health determinants, in order to identify and combat inequalities in health and to assess the impact of social and economic factors on health;
- analysing the situation and developing strategies on health determinants related to the environment and contributing to the identification and assessment of the health consequences of environmental factors;
- analysing the situation and exchange information on genetic determinants and the use of genetic screening;
- developing methods to evaluate quality and efficiency of health promotion strategies and measures;
- encouraging relevant training activities related to the above measures.

2.) Improving health information and knowledge for the development of public health includes the following activities:
- developing and operating a sustainable health monitoring system to establish comparable quantitative and qualitative indicators at Community level on the basis of existing work and of accomplished results, and to collect, analyse and disseminate comparable and compatible age- and gender-specific information on human health at Community level concerning health status, health policies and health determinants, including demography, geography and socioeconomic situations, personal and biological factors, health behaviours such as substance abuse, nutrition, physical activity, sexual behaviour, and living, working and environmental conditions, paying special attention to inequalities in health;
- developing an information system for the early warning, detection and surveillance of health threats, both on communicable diseases, including with regard to the danger of cross-border spread of diseases (including resistant pathogens), and on non-communicable diseases;
- improving the system for the transfer and sharing of information and health data including public access;
- developing and using mechanisms for analysis, advice, reporting, information and consultation with member states and stakeholders on health issues relevant at Community level;
- improving analysis and knowledge of the impact of health policy developments and of other Community policies and activities, such as the internal market as it affects health systems, in contributing to a high level of human health protection, including developing criteria and methodologies for assessing policies for their impact on health and developing other links between public health and other policies;
- reviewing, analysing, and supporting the exchange of experiences on, health technologies, including new information technologies;
- supporting the exchange of information and experiences on good practice;
- developing and operating a joint action with the plans drawn up under e-Europe to improve availability to the general public on the Internet of information on health matters, and considering the possibilities for establishing a system of recognisable Community seals of approval for Internet sites.


The Commission, in close co-operation with the member states, ensures the implementation of the programme. It is assisted by a Committee made up of representatives of the member states and chaired by a Commission representative.
Annual plans of work for the implementation of the programme set out priorities and actions to be undertaken, including allocation of resources.

The Commission ensures that there is consistency and complementarity between the actions implemented under the New Public Health Programme 2003-2008 and those implemented under other Community policies and activities.

To ensure a high level of human health protection in the definition and implementation of all Community policies and activities, the objectives of the programme may be implemented as
- joint strategies and
- joint actions.
This will be done by creating links with relevant Community programmes and actions, notably in the areas of consumer protection, social protection, health and safety at work, employment, research and technological development, internal market, information society and information technology, statistics, agriculture, education, transport, industry and environment, and with actions undertaken by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and relevant Community bodies.

The programme is open to participation of EFTA/EEA countries, the associated countries of Eastern Europe and Turkey. Co-operation with third countries and with international organisations (in particular World Health Organisation, the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) is encouraged.

By the end of the fourth year of the programme, the Commission shall have an external assessment conducted by independent qualified experts of the implementation and achievements during the three first years of the programme. It shall also assess the impact achieved on health and the efficiency of the use of resources, as well as the consistency and complementarity with other relevant programmes, actions and initiatives implemented under other Community policies and activities.
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