The Health-EU Portal is a gateway to simple and sound information on 47 topics that range from babies' health to bio-terrorism, and from infectious diseases to health insurance. It is aimed at citizens, patients, healthcare professionals and scientists alike. Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou said: "The Health-EU Portal is a very large project bringing together all EU Member States as well as EFTA nations, international organisations and NGOs. Web surfers will have access to over 40,000 links to trustworthy sources. The translation of the Portal into all 20 official EU languages means that up to 1.5 billion people worldwide can use it to help them to make healthy choices."
One of the main goals of the Portal is to help people take responsibility for and improve their own health. It provides information on a wide range of health concerns. Forty-seven topics are divided into six thematic areas:
- "My Health" â e.g. women's health, people with disabilities, babies and children (nutritional advice, toy safety tips etc)
- "My Lifestyle" â e.g. nutrition, drugs, tobacco, sports and leisure, travel advice (pan-EU emergency call number, what to do if you get sick in another Member State etc)
- "My Environment" â e.g. at home, road safety, consumer rights
- "Health Problems" â e.g. cancer, mental health, cardiovascular diseases (nutritional and lifestyle advice etc)
- "Care for Me" â e.g. long term care, insurance, mobility, medicines
- "Health in the EU" â e.g. research, indicators, statistics.
The site is also intended to be an important tool for scientists, policy makers and health professionals. It will provide the latest developments in research and supply links to a large number of specialist websites.
Window to the world
In addition to information from the Commission and its agencies, for example those working on communicable diseases, drug prevention, medicines and health and safety at work, a Member States' section gives easy access to health and health-related policies of all EU governments. Further sections on European NGOs and international organisations give details of their work. Visitors will also find facts about the latest events, statistics, health indicators, news, legislation and publications.
The â¬600,000 project is an initiative of the EU Public Health Programme 2003-2008 with financial support from the Interchange of Data between Administrations, which aims to promote greater involvement of the public, institutions, organisations and associations in health. The Portal also corresponds with the aims of the e-Europe Action Plan â providing citizens with simple, clear and scientifically sound information on-line.
An Editorial Board composed of Commission services and Member States representatives will oversee the content development of the Portal using standard procedures.
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