Project Methodology

The primary principle of CHILDRENHEALTH methodology is to take full advantage of the consortium’s accumulated expertise and competencies. Every aspect is based on synergy among the partners aiming for maximum impact to the general community and to the protection of children health in the cross-border region. 

 

The project activities are divided to 6 Work Packages (WPs). 

 

WP1 will run through the entire duration of the project and involves project management activities, reporting, meetings and coordination activities. A quality assurance plan will guarantee the achievement of the project objectives.

 

WP2 includes information and publicity activities, such as the creation of the project website and of promotional material (leaflets & posters) and the dissemination of results in scientific conferences/publications.  The partnership will make all necessary actions to achieve maximum synergy with the local education boards and medical associations through the Ministries of Health and of WP3 initiates the project with study reports on the 2 main aspects: a.On risk factors affecting children health, mainly obesity and cardiovascular diseases as well as on risk profiles associated to genetics, polymorphisms and lipid profiles of children. b.On state-of-the-art technologies that will be used for the scope of the project (geo-tagging for epidemiological mapping, web2.0 and web 3.0 tools for education and communication).Preparatory actions will be attempted for the planning of blood samplings and procurement of the required consumables and equipment.

 

The blood samplings of 800 children from the cross-border area will be carried out within WP4. All partners will perform samplings in their respective areas. Educational sessions and analysis of medical data through biochemical and genetic laboratory testings will be performed by AUTH which has the required infrastructure (state of the art biochemical and genetic analyzers) and expertise through the facilities of the 2nd University Pediatrics Clinic of AHEPA General Hospital.

 

WP5 involves the installation of equipment and the design and development of all sub-systems as well as the testing and development of the system documentation.  The development model is iterative; the functionality and quality of all sub-systems will be built up incrementally, ensuring consistency between initial requirements and development activities. 

 

Within WP6 the project partners will integrate the sub-systems (EHR and geomappings) with the medical examination results, in order to achieve the pilot operation of the platform and the semantic representation of findings allowing medical professionals to provide improved health services and guidance to the populations in question. Also, educational content will be created and web2.0 tools will be populated for the effective communication of medical professionals with the public.