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Project
Acronym: SHARE-COVID19 
Name: Non-intended health, economic and social effects of the COVID-19 epidemic control decisions: Lessons from SHARE 
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Project status: From: 2020-11-01 To: 2023-10-31 (Execution)
Contract number: 101015924 
Action line: SC-1 
Type (Programme): HORIZON 2020 
Instrument: RIA 
Project cost: 6.847.680,25 EUR
Project funding: 6.847.680,25 EUR
Project coordinator
Organisation Name: MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV 
Organisation adress: Hofgartenstrasse 8, 80539 Muenchen 
Organisation country: Germany 
Contact person name: Axel Börsch-Supan, PhD 
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Croatian partner
Organisation name: Ekonomski fakultet 
Organisation address: Trg J. F. Kennedyja 6, 10000 Zagreb 
Contact person name: Šime Smolić
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Partners
Organisation nameCountry
SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET Denmark 
UNIVERSITE PARIS DAUPHINE France 
THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM Israel 
UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA Italy 
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA Italy 
FUNDACION CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS MONETARIOS Y FINANCIEROS Spain 
SZKOLA GLOWNA HANDLOWA W WARSZAWIE Poland 
UNIVERSITY OF PIRAEUS RESEARCH CENTER Greece 
NARODOHOSPODARSKY USTAV AKADEMIE VED CESKE REPUBLIKY VEREJNA VYZKUMNA INSTITUCE Czechia 
UMEA UNIVERSITET Sweden 
UNIVERSITATSKLINIKUM HEIDELBERG Germany 
STICHTING CENTERDATA Netherlands 
EUROPEAN RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE CONSORTIUM FOR THE SURVEY OF HEALTH, AGEING AND RETIREMENT IN EUROPE Germany 
Short description of project

The non-intended consequences of the epidemic control decisions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic are huge and affect the well-being of European citizens in terms of economics, social relationships and health. The overarching objective of SHARE-COVID19 is to understand non-intended consequences and to devise improved health, economic and social policies. In our policy recommendations, we strive to make healthcare systems and societies in the EU more resilient to pandemics in terms of prevention, protection and treatment of the population 50+, a most vulnerable part of the population.
The project aims to identify healthcare inequalities before, during and after the pandemic; to understand the lockdown effects on health and health behaviours; to analyse labour market implications of the lockdown; to assess the impacts of pandemic and lockdown on income and wealth inequality; to mitigate the effects of epidemic control decisions on social relationships; to optimise future epidemic control measures by taking the geographical patterns of the disease and their relationship with social patterns into account; and to better manage housing and living arrangements choices between independence, co-residence or institutionalisation.
The project pursues a transdisciplinary and internationally comparative approach by exploiting the data sources of the SHARE research infrastructure. It covers all EU MS. The project’s team represents medicine, public health, economics and sociology and has worked together since the creation of SHARE. It is experienced in translating data analysis into concrete policy advice. The project’s policy recommendation are targeted at policy makers in the Commission and in national ministries as well as at national and international NGOs and social organisations.

 
Short description of the task performed by Croatian partner

Working Package 2 (WP2) lead by FEB - University of Zagreb will provide evidence-based recommendations how to contribute to a holistic public health preparedness and response in the context of ongoing and future epidemics and provide health authorities with guidance for further public health interventions. By identifying how the crowding-out of essential care services varies across countries, WP2 will reveal to policy makers which countries need to focus additional effort to prepare their health systems as the pandemic progresses and which countries may serve as a model for how to manage COVID-19 without overriding other services (transferable best practices, methodologies). Second, we will also provide inputs to health systems on which essential services are most likely to be crowded out and thus need to be prioritised. Third, the predictive model will be directly relevant to public health and policy professionals as it will identify which groups of individuals need to be more closely monitored as the pandemic progresses, to ensure that their essential needs are not being lost and to mitigate health inequalities.
While the diversity of EU MS healthcare systems resulted in different responses to the epidemic, they all had to impose certain restrictions to access to healthcare services. However, the actual and the long run consequences of these decisions on population health status might differ substantially between countries. WP2 will identify the subpopulations most affected by restrictions in the healthcare system, and will examine whether social health inequalities have increased. We will analyse social and geographical differences in access to appropriate care. The impact will be recommendations for mitigating the negative consequences of limited access to healthcare, either from SHARE’s time series experience or from comparisons across countries.

 


   

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