Publish Date: 30.11.2017

Category: News from the University

On Monday 27 November 2017, the EU Health Group Platform, a member of the European Commission and comprises of several organisations, had a meeting in Brussels. The organisations are present in the field of health and food policy. As part of the event, awards were given to non-governmental organisations working in the field of Health Promotion on behalf of NGOs promoting vaccination. Twenty-seven (27) organisations from 16 different countries were registered.

After the first part of the meeting, Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis announced the winners of the competition. First place was occupied by the Imuno project, which operates within the Society of Medical Students of Slovenia, with its members being students of the Faculty of Medicine from the University of Ljubljana. The Association National Network of Health Mediation (NRHM) and the European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (EPSA) occupied the second and third places.

The Imuno project is a group of volunteer students who are aware that an increasing frequency of vaccination failure due to incorrect information may soon become a very large public health problem. Their goal is to bring the public closer to the facts about vaccination, highlight new findings in this field, and thus help the general public in a convenient and accessible way that enables them to make a responsible decision on vaccination.

The main activity is the education of lay people as well as medical students and health professionals. The aim is to reduce fears by constructively debating, educating the public about the importance of vaccination, with the aim of decreasing doubt in the effectiveness and safety of vaccination.

In the name of the project, the Imuno project manager Eva Vrščaj, accepted a cash prize which will help to establish new project activities and motivate members for further work. Students of medicine, dental medicine, biotechnology, pharmacy and laboratory biomedicine are thus a community that fills the gap between doctors and lay individuals, thus facilitating understanding of this topic.