Greece

Key Activities:

The Greek Blood and Beyond initiative has kicked off at the end of 2020 and will continue in 2021 through policy-related and call-to-action activities. A first step towards paving the way to policy change, was the organization of a round table in the framework of the National Health Policy Conference (Dec.2020), where the European Blood and Beyond report was publicly presented and PAGs discussed optimal blood management. Next step is the organization of a multi-sector Blood and Beyond stakeholders meeting on blood inefficiencies, proposed solutions and the drafting of a policy paper, which will be presented later within 2021 to policy makers through media-related activities.

Achievements:

From the Blood and Beyond localization activities, we have achieved so far:

The successful organization of a round table in the framework of the National Health Policy Conference (December 2020), where the European Blood and Beyond report was publicly presented by Thalassaemia International Federation representative Dr. Androula Eleftheriou. In addition, representatives from the Greek Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Disease PAG and the Greek Patients Confederation, participated in an open discussion about the current situation and challenges and eventually argued about potential solutions regarding optimal blood management in the country.

Contact person (Affiliate):

Zefi Vlachopioti, Market Access Lead, BMS Greece and Sophocles Chanos, Patient Advocacy & Communications Manager, BMS Greece