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Medical deserts are isolated or depopulated areas with such significant falling numbers of medical practitioners and overall health workforce shortages that they hamper health worker availability and exacerbate health inequalities in the population, especially among vulnerable groups. Our goal is to achieve better access to health services, especially in underserved areas, and more equitable access to sufficient, skilled and motivated health workers, starting with the countries involved in the project: Italy, Moldova, the Netherlands, Romania and Serbia. We aim to do this by building knowledge encouraging (digital) innovation in health service delivery, and applying a participatory approach to public health policy making. 

The AHEAD project runs from April 2021 – May 2023

AHEAD Newsletter – October 2021

  AHEAD Newsletter – October 2021 Welcome to our first newsletter We are happy to introduce you to the first newsletter edition of the EU project Action for Health and Equity: Addressing medical Deserts (AHEAD)! As a subscriber, you will receive bi-monthly updates...

Medical deserts – A growing problem across Europe

“For many years in many European countries, policymakers simply did not pay enough attention to effectively managing stocks and flows of healthcare workers, and it was even public policy to reduce numbers rather than invest in workforce education, training and...

Health Worker Migration

“Health worker migration is a given, especially in the European context with its freedom of mobility.” In a blog on the website of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), Corinne Hinlopen (Wemos) explains why decision-makers should seize the opportunity that...

EU’s Health Workforce Projects Cluster

The AHEAD team would like to invite you to join the official launch of the new Health Workforce Projects Cluster on the European Health Policy Platform. The aim of this network is to provide supporting tools, practical guidelines and to improve sharing of best...

Press Release

August 2021 Addressing Europe’s urgent health workforce problem:Action for Health and Equity Addressing medical Deserts (AHEAD) One of Europe’s urgent health challenges for the 21st century is medical desertification. Medical deserts are isolated or depopulated areas...

Leaflets

These leaflets are the short presentation of the AHEAD project, project partners and main elements of the implementation in English and four partner's languages: Dutch, Italian, Romanian and Serbian.