Join our event at the 17th EPH Conference 2024 in Lisbon

EPH conference in Lisbon
“From Insight to Impact: Advancing Equitable Vaccination Across Europe”

On November 12th, 2024, in Lisbon, Portugal, RIVER-EU, along with two other European projects — Rise-Vac and ActoVax4NAM — will be hosting a pre-conference event at the 17th European Public Health (EPH) Conference. This unique event unites three sister projects, all dedicated to promoting vaccine equity among underserved communities across Europe. Together, we share the commitment of addressing system-level barriers to enhance vaccine equity. Come and join us in Lisbon, and be part of the conversation on advancing equitable vaccination across Europe!

Event overview

Title: From Insight to Impact: Advancing Equitable Vaccination Across Europe
Date: 9:00 – 17.00, November 12, 2024
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Event type: RIVER-EU, Rise-Vac, and ActoVax4NAM

The aim is to drive systemic change by addressing vaccination barriers at the health system level. Given that these projects have addressed various underserved communities, the workshop provides a unique opportunity to explore the nuanced challenges and opportunities encountered in targeting each group. We will explore effective research methodologies, practical interventions, and policy recommendations designed to enhance vaccine literacy and access to vaccination services for such communities. By focusing on tailored, evidence-based strategies, we seek to shift the emphasis from individual responsibility to systemic responsiveness, ensuring equitable vaccination coverage for all populations.

Key components to be discussed during the event:


The workshop will begin by establishing a research base for evidence-based actions that target health system barriers to vaccination. It will showcase methodologies like transferability and participatory approaches, emphasising the importance of tailored interventions rather than adopting a one-size-fits-all approach.


The discussion will then focus on translating research findings into practice, particularly through collaborative approaches aimed at improving vaccine awareness and literacy at both individual and organisational levels. Contributors will share the importance of co-creation with different actors in the health system and across different fields to achieve their goals.  


Finally, the practical results will be presented as recommendations, advocating for a shift in focus from labelling individuals as “hard-to-reach” to enhancing the health system’s responsiveness to all populations. Furthermore, important discussions will address necessary policy-level changes, such as improving data collection on vaccination among underserved communities and identifying responsibility for addressing barriers to vaccination, such as the working hours of vaccination centres.

Distinguished contributions

We are honoured to have contributions from representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Commission (EC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA). These experts will provide insights into current and future priorities for reducing vaccine inequalities.

Register now!

Registration for this event is available at a reduced cost of only 20 euros. For more information and to secure your spot, please visit the #EPHC2024 website

Stay tuned as more information about the event will be available on RIVER-EU website and social media platforms after the summer.

About the organising projects

RIVER-EU focuses on reducing inequity in measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines among underserved communities, including the marginalised Roma communities in Slovakia, Ukrainian migrants in Poland, migrants and refugees in Greece, and people with Turkish and Moroccan migration backgrounds in the Netherlands. Rise-Vac aims to enhance vaccine literacy and uptake among the prison population, while ActoVax4NAM works to improve vaccination access for Newly Arrived Migrants (NAM). These projects address system-level barriers and employ innovative methodologies to advance equitable vaccination practices.