ECHIM: European Community Health Indicators Monitoring – Joint Action

Project title European Community Health Indicators Monitoring - Joint Action
Acronym ECHIM JA
Funding EC, DG SANCO, EAHC Agreement No. 11240184
Duration 01/2009 – 06/2012
Project leader Prof. Mika Gissler; National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Helsinki, Finland
National coordinator Dr. Iveta Rajnicova-Nagyova
Budget for UPJS KISH 0 / 0 EUR (no funding; Slovakia is collaborating partner}

The main goal of the ECHIM project (European Community Health Indicators Monitoring) is to implement reliable and comparable health indicators among European countries and hereby construct a sustainable European health information system  | General coordinator of project is National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki, Finland (THL, Helsinki).At European level there are 4 associated partners of THL. They are coordinating and resolving tasks related to ECHIM:


- Robert Koch-Institute (RKI, Berlin, Germany)

- National Institute for Health and the Environment (RIVM, Bilthoven, The Netherlands)

- Institute of Hygiene (HI, Vilnius, Lithuania)

- Public Health Institute (ISS, Rome, Italia)


Besides the coordinating centre project is lead also by the ECHIM Core Group and group of national experts, Slovak Republic has one participant here (Dr. Iveta Rajnicova-Nagyova). The ECHIM Core Group facilitates liaison between EU (DG SANCO), Eurostat and WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe).


The main stakeholder of ECHI project is European Commission, in particular DG SANCO (Directorate - General for Health and Consumers). Slovak Republic  is collaborating partner, which means we do not receive any eligible funding, but we are responsible for implementing at the national level. Implementation of the tasks is provided by the Safarik University in Kosice, Faculty of Medicine in cooperation with the Slovak Public Health Association (SAVEZ) and WHO Country Office in Slovakia (WHO SR). For successful realization the National Implementation Team (NIT) was established. NIT also coordinates participation of politicians, key employees from Ministry of Health, statisticians, medical societies representatives, health insurance companies, and other health experts (source: ECHIM.CZ, adjusted).