The first MOCHA meeting was successfully held in London on 20th and 21st October, in the St Bride Foundation in the heart of London’s City.
The first day saw each Work package group meet to discuss the forthcoming work, and for many researchers to meet each other for the first time. Productive discussions were held and plans for the future were made. Everyone left the meeting looking forward to the next three years’ work.
On the 21st, the project was formally launched in the presence of all the delegates and the EC Project Officer. After an introduction from the Project Leader, Professor Mitch Blair from Imperial College, London, each Work Package Leader gave a short presentation about their tasks and outlined the first steps that they would take in their research.
The Country Agent group met for the first time in the afternoon of the 21st so that they could discuss their expectations from the project, and discuss the work process for posing questions and collecting answers from each country.
The External Advisory Board also had an extremely productive meeting, Prof Richard Parish was elected to be the EAB chair, and terms of reference for the EAB were agreed by all present. What became immediately evident in the EAB meeting was the richness of resource that the EAB members can give the project, in terms of experience and knowledge, evidence such as important grey literature documents, and in contacts through their organisations.
National publicity for MOCHA
The MOCHA scientific work has now begun in earnest, and across the European Union our country agents are spreading the word about the importance of children’s health models, and the right of every child to access the best health care, and achieve optimum health.
Dr Indre Butienė is the country agent for Lithuania, from the University of Health Sciences, Faculty of Development in Klaipeda University. She has circulated details of MOCHA to the Lithuanian media.
Greek country agent Adamos Hadjipanayis, Assistant professor of Paediatrics at the European University of Cyprus has been letting the national press know about the Greek involvement in our project. MOCHA has been publicised in the most prominent portal for child health in the country Paidiatros.
The Italian press has also been interested in the forthcoming research work from MOCHA. Nadia Minicuci, the lead scientist in our Italian partner organisation – CNR – has been publicising the project in the CNR institution and will soon be doing so in national Italian news outlets .
In Poland, one of our key researchers, Dr Kinga Zdunek is preparing to share the aims of MOCHA with the national Polish media.Welcome to new MOCHA researchers
MOCHA has recently welcomed two new research staff Dr Grit Kuhne and Ms Sapfo Lignou, both will be based in London, UK.
Dr Grit Kühne will start at Imperial College London, working on the use of Electronic Records to enable safe and efficient models of child health care. Dr Kühne has considerable experience of working on European projects, and is an expert in public health policy.
Ms Sapfo Lignou is shortly to start working with Dr Ingrid Wolfe at King’s College London, investigating evidence from case studies. The aim is to see how the different health service models operate in the light of specific scenarios that are relevant, and universal, to children in the European Union. Ms Lignou has considerable experience of economics and ethics in child health, she will analyse what the case studies will tell us about the quality of care and access that children receive across member states.
We are looking forward to working together and sharing results over the next three years.