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Start date: Apr 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Despite improved sanitation and the availability of effective antibiotics and vaccines, infectious diseases are still a major cause of disability, death, and socio-economic decline for millions of people. The burden of these infectious diseases is highest in lower income areas, while knowledge and expertise related to prevention and treatment is often limited. These observations are confirmed by recent dreadful outbreaks of Ebola in West-Africa, while recent data suggest an increase of emerging infectious diseases in Europe due to climate changes, increased travelling and transport. To make youth aware of adequate prevention and decrease the impact of infectious diseases, the partners developed a teaching module related to infectious disease prevention. This module was first tested in a small setting in the Netherlands and subsequently in Suriname. After careful analysis and evaluation of the outcomes and results of this pilot the project partners decided the module was ready for the next step: “ a capacity building project to further develop and implement our innovative educative training module for high school students”. With the goal to modernize education and training in an accessible and innovative way for any interested school in Europe and beyond. The project brings experts (scientists) directly into the classroom to work together with high school students on infectious disease prevention. The outcomes of a collaboration between a scientist and experts of latest trends and peer communication (high school students) resulted in innovative useful products during the pilot. This ANTI VIRUS project offers the possibility to raise the capacity of youth organisations, local education institutes and local, regional and national authorities in Partner Countries with the aim to use knowledge, expertise and teaching to reduce infectious diseases. With a reach to large groups of young people, ANTI VIRUS is the place “where skills meet to study and protect”. ANTI VIRUS improves the level of competences and skills of youth and also provides knowledge on how specific problems could be tackled in areas with different cultures and resources. This high quality capacity building project will result in an international network that underlines the objectives of the different partners (as stated in the partner descriptions) and of EU policies in the field of youth, education and training as it fosters strategic cooperation and creates synergies between different organisations all dealing with youth and education. ANTI VIRUS offers the unique possibility to realize capacity building within three countries with the aim to involve other Programme and Partner countries as well. The Netherlands, Suriname and Indonesia will operate as demonstration countries: they will work together on concrete project results and develop and implement a clear and effective dissemination and exploitation strategy in order to reach a maximum impact of the project outcomes and results.
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