A healthy population is vital for a stable, sustainable and inclusive society. Economic growth is only possible on the basis of a healthy population. Many challenges are currently faced in the area of the health of the European population due, among other factors, to the demographic challenge caused by an ageing population, combined with an increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases, with a consequent increase in expenditure on health systems.
Given the enormous relevance that health has for European development, the health area has a dedicated Cluster in Pillar 2 – Health Cluster.
The Health Cluster is based on several challenges:
the lack of effective health promotion and disease prevention;
the increase in non-communicable diseases;
the spread of resistance to antimicrobial agents and the emergence of infectious epidemics;
the growing environmental pollution;
the persistence of health inequalities between and within countries, disproportionately affecting people who are disadvantaged or at vulnerable stages of their lives;
detecting, understanding, controlling, preventing, and reducing health risks in a rapidly changing social, urban, and natural environment;
the rising costs of European health systems and the progressive introduction of personalized medicine approaches and digitalization in the health and care sector;
the increasing pressure on the health and care industry to remain competitive in terms of health innovation against new and emerging global players.
Major intervention areas of the Health Cluster:
Social and Environmental
Determinants of Health
Non Communicable Diseases
and Rare Diseases
Digital tools, technologies
and solutions in Health
Health Care Systems
Thus, the Work Programmes of the Health Cluster for the period 2021-2024 will be directed towards activities that allow six Expected Impacts to be achieved (referred to as Destinations), which will contribute to filling the various gaps that currently exist in the identified areas of intervention.
(2021 – 2024)
working in a health-promoting enviromment
sustainable and globally competitive health-related industry