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SDU Health Promotion partner in the new CONFIDE project in Tunisia

CONFIDE is a new project in SDU’s Unit for Health Promotion. The project brings together 6 universities from 4 countries for 3 years (2017-2020). Its main aim is to strengthen research capacity and to contribute to the use of evidence in policy making in public health in Tunisia. CONFIDE is part of the European Commission 'Cooperation' program developed to enhance transnational partnerships and build capacity in key development domains.

CONFIDE project launched in Tunisia

CONFIDE - Strengthening Public Health Research Capacity to Inform Evidence Based Policies in Tunisia – has been launched in Sfax, Tunisia, from 11 to 13 December 2017. The kick-off meeting was organized by Sfax University. Other Project Consortium members present were: Babeș-Bolyai University, University of Southern Denmark, Trnava University, University of Tunis El Manar, and University of Sousse. National stakeholders such as non-governmental organizations, medical specialists, journalists and members of the local public administration also attended.

The Unit for Health Promotion Research in CONFIDE

The Unit for Health Promotion Research in Esbjerg is responsible for the Quality Assurance: Evaluation and Monitoring work package in CONFIDE. In addition, the Unit contributes to the Advisory Board, Management Committee and is involved in establishing the Center for Evidence into Health Policy (C4EHP). The Unit is also responsible for the training module of evidence-based public health policy and hosts Tunisian trainers in their on-the-job training at SDU Esbjerg.

The CONFIDE project is a natural step forward in the Unit’s expertize area in both the international research collaboration on evidence into policy work in the REPOPA project and the educational export experience at Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University in Saudi Arabia. The CONFIDE team in the Unit consists of Arja R. Aro, Leena Eklund Karlsson, Maria Palianopoulou, Pernille Tanggaard Andersen and Maja Bertram.


CONFIDE Consortium partners in Sfax

Voting at the Consortium meeting

Visit at the Sfax University

National stakeholders at the Sfax kick-off meeting

Objectives of CONFIDE

CONFIDE will build capacities, which will strengthen the relations between higher education institutions and the wider economic and social environment in three regions of Tunisia. The project will establish a sustainable Public Health Research Center (Center for Evidence into Health Policy; C4EHP) with its headquarters in the University of Sfax.

CONFIDE will also develop teaching modules and train local trainers and arrange on-the-job training in the fields of public health research, health promotion and evidence-based public health policy. Further, the project will consolidate national and local partnerships between the public health academic and non-academic sector. The students will gain transferable skills and career development opportunities through networking activities and student internships.

CONFIDE is part of the European Commission ‘Cooperation’ programme that aims to enhance transnational partnerships and build capacity in key development domains.

Project Coordinator: Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Project Partners: University of Southern Denmark; Trnava University; Sfax University; The University of Tunis El Manar, University of Sousse. Grant no: 586291-EPP-1-2017-1-RO-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP; Agreement no: 2017-2981; Project period: 15.10.2017-15.10.2020; Funder: Erasmus+ Programme; Budget: 719,340 Euro

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SDU contact: Arja R Aro,, mobile +45 6011 1874

Redaktionen afsluttet: 08.02.2018