Planning a healthy future for Europe’s population

"Healthy ageing starts here"

The MOCHA project will appraise the differing models of child health that are used across Europe.

Why? Children’s health is important for Europe’s future. Today’s children are citizens, future workers, future parents and future carers. Children depend on good health services. But these are structured differently throughout the European Union, and there is little research into what works best. To help every child benefit from optimum health care, the MOCHA project will perform a systematic, scientific evaluation of the types of health care that exist.

How? The MOCHA scientific team are from 11 European countries, and will be joined by experts from Australia and the United States. We will use expertise from networks in child health, previous children’s health projects and knowledge from local agents in different European countries to build a picture of what type of health care for children exists in all 30 EU/EEA countries.

The disciplines encompassed by the project include medicine, nursing, economics, informatics, sociology and policy management. Emphasising prevention and on wellness, we will:

  • Categorise the models, and school health and adolescent services
  • Develop innovative measures of quality, outcome, cost and workforce of each and apply them using policy documents, routine statistics, and available electronic data sets
  • Assess effects on equality and on continuity of care with secondary care
  • Systematically obtain stakeholder views
  • Indicate optimal future patterns of electronic records and big data to optimise operation of the model(s).

Our results will identify the optimal models of children’s primary health care. We will analyse what factors will help the results of this knowledge be adopted across Europe, and provide indicators for policy makers of the health and economic gains that can be achieved.

Throughout the 42 month long project, we will keep in touch with public, professionals, policy makers and politicians through the website, conferences, scientific journals and publications.

* Thank you to the Quality of Childhood Working Group at the European Parliament in Brussels