EU4Health programme

Background

EU4Health is the EU’s health programme which seeks to improve the experience of patients, improve health systems, as well as examining crises response a dn resilience, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Established by Regulation (EU) 2021/522, EU4Health will run between 2021-2027, with approximately EUR 5.1 billion of funding.

Objectives and focus

The 10 specific objectives under the 4 general goals are:

  1. To improve and foster health in the Union
    • disease prevention & health promotion
    • international health initiatives & cooperation
  2. To tackle cross-border health threats
    • prevention, preparedness & response to cross-border health threats
    • complementing national stockpiling of essential crisis-relevant products
    • establishing a reserve of medical, healthcare & support staff 
  3. To improve medicinal products, medical devices and crisis-relevant products
    • making medicinal products, medical devices and crisis-relevant products available and affordable
  4. To strengthen health systems, their resilience and resource efficiency
    • strengthening health data, digital tools & services, digital transformation of healthcare
    • improving access to healthcare
    • developing and implementing EU health legislation and evidence-based decision making 
    • integrated work among national health systems

EU4Health will pave the way to a European Health Union by investing in urgent health priorities:

Other areas, such as health systems’ digitalisation, reducing the number of antimicrobial-resistant infections and improving vaccination rates will also be boosted.

Further information on the EU4Health programme can be found at: https://ec.europa.eu/health/funding/eu4health_en