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Project partners

Who is involved?

TACTICS is led by the European Child Safety Alliance (ECSA). The Alliance focuses on strategies aimed at reducing injury related deaths and disability amongst children 0 -18 years of age in Europe. It works with a network of child injury expert partners and stakeholders from various disciplines involved in child injury prevention.

TACTICS is supported by the European Commission and has the participation of partners from more than 30 European countries, including national and international experts in the areas of child injury, inequities, health indicators, benchmarking and indexing, and regional health policy analysis.

Project Secretariat

Morag MacKay
TACTICS Project Leader
European Child Safety Alliance

European Child Safety Alliance
RoSPA House,
28 Calthorpe Road,Edgbaston,
Birmingham B15 1RP,
United Kingdom
Phone + 44 121 248 2000
Fax +44 121 248 2001


Evaluation Team

Anthony Staines
Dublin City University (Ireland), anthony.staines@dcu.ie

Mary Rose Sweeney
Dublin City University (Ireland), maryrose.sweeney@dcu.ie

Project Team Leaders

Helmut Brand
Maastricht University (Netherlands), helmut.brand@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Sheila Merrill
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) (UK), smerrill@rospa.com

Morag MacKay
European Child Safety Alliance, m.mackay@childsafetyeurope.org

Michael Rigby
Nordic School of Public Health (Sweden), michael.rigby@nhv.se

Scientific Committee

European Child Safety Alliance

Morag MacKay (Chair)

Maastricht University (Netherlands)

Helmut Brand

Peter Schröder-Bäck

Swansea University (Wales)

Ronan Lyons

Nordic School of Public Health (Sweden)

Michael Rigby

Lennart Kohler

Mika Gissler

Denise Alexander

WHO Regional Office for Europe

Dinesh Sethi

Country partners

N – National partner
R – Regional partner
S – Self-funded

Austria N

Peter Spitzer
SafeKids Austria, peter.spitzer@klinikum-graz.at

Belgium N

Rob Buurman
CRIOC-OVIO, rob.buurman@oivo-crioc.org

Bulgaria N S

Elena Atanassova
UNICEF, eatanassova@unicef.org

Croatia N

Ivana Brkić Biloš
Croatian National Institute of Public Health, ivana.brkic@hzjz.hr

Cyprus N

Olga Kalakouta
Ministry of Health, ykalak@spidernet.com.cy

Czech Republic N R

Veronika Benešová
Motol University Hosptial, veronika.benesova@lfmotol.cuni.cz

Denmark N

Hanne Møller
National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, ham@si-folkesundhed.dk

England N

Sheila Merrill
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, smerrill@rospa.com

Estonia N

Liis Rooväli
Ministry of Social Affairs, liis.roovali@sm.ee

Finland N R

Ulla Korpilahti
National Institute of for Health and Welfare, ulla.korpilahti@thl.fi

France N

Claire Weber
Commission de la Sécurité des Consommateurs, claire.weber@finances.gouv.fr

Germany N R

Martina Abel
Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Mehr Sicherheit für Kinder e.V. [SafeKids Germany], koordination@kindersicherheit.de">

Greece N

Eleni Petridou
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Special Accounts for Research Grants [NKUA/SARG], epetrid@med.uoa.gr

Hungary N R

Dóra Várnai
National Institute for Child Health, Budapest, vdora77@yahoo.com

Ildiko Arki
Child Health Institute, arki.ildiko@ogyei.hu

Iceland N

Herdís Storgaard
Icelandic Safety House, slysahusid@simnet.is

Ireland N

Mary Roche
Health Services Executive, maryveronica.roche@hse.ie

Israel N S

Shira Kislev
Beterem - The National Center for Children's Safety & Health, Safe Kids Israel, shira@beterem.org

Italy N S

Guiseppina Lecce
Ministry of Health, m.lecce@sanita.it

Latvia N

Jana Feldmane
Ministry of Health, jana.feldmane@vm.gov.lv

Lithuania N

Diana Mekšriūnaitė
Center for Health Education and Disease Prevention, diana.meksriunaite@smlpc.lt

Luxembourg N

Yolande Wagener
Ministry of Health / Directorate of Health, yolande.wagener@ms.etat.lu

Malta N

Christine Baluci
Environmental Health Policy Co-ordination Unit, Public Health Regulation Directorate, Ministry of Health, christine.baluci@gov.mt

Netherlands N

Ine Buuron
Consumer Safety Institute, i.buuron@veiligheid.nl

Norway N

Johan Lund
Norwegian Safety Forum, johan.lund@medisin.uio.no

Eva Jakobson Vaagland

Poland N

Marta Malinowśka-Cieslik
Jagiellonian University, Institute of Public Health, mxciesli@cyf-kr.edu.pl

Portugal N

Rita Ferreira
Portuguese Association for Child Safety Promotion [APSI], rferreira@apsi.org.pt

Romania N

Razvan M. Chereches
Center for Health Policy and Public Health, Institute for Social Research, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, razvan.chereches@publichealth.ro

Diana Rus

Scotland N

Elizabeth Lumsden
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, elumsden@rospa.com

Slovakia N

Department of Environment & Health, Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic

Katarína Halzlová

Jana Potuckova

Slovenia N

Mateja Rok-Simon
National Institute of Pubic Health, mateja.rok@ivz-rs.si

Nina Scagnetti

Spain N S

María Jesús Esparza
Spanish Pediatrics Association,
Primary Care Spanish Pediatrics Association

Vicenta Lizarbe Alonso
Ministerio de Sanidad y Política Social, vlizarbe@msssi.es

Spain R

Josep M Suelves
Departament de Salut Generalitat de Catalunya, josepmaria.suelves@gencat.cat

Sweden N R

Daniel Carlsson
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency [MSB], daniel.carlsson@msb.se

Switzerland N S

Barbara Pfenninger
Swiss Council for Accident Prevention [bfu], b.pfenninger@bfu.ch

Wales N S

Karen McFarlane
Children in Wales, karen.mcfarlane@childreninwales.org.uk

Collaborating Partners

Collaborating partners serve on evaluation panels and/or support dissemination/communication of project deliverables.

  • Child Friendly Cities Network, UNICEF Innocenti Centre, Florence, Italy
  • European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), Brussels, Belgium
  • European Public Health Association (EUPHA), Oslo, Norway
  • European Safe Communities Network, Oslo, Norway
  • European Transport Safety Council, Brussels, Belgium
  • Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Brussels, Belgium
  • Network of European National Healthy Cities Networks, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Prevention Institute, Oakland, California, USA
  • Schools for Health in Europe (SHE network), Woerdan, Netherlands
  • UNICEF Central, Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Regional Office (CEECIS RO), Geneva, Switzerland
  • WHO Region for Health Network, Venice, Italy
  • World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe - Violence and Injury Prevention Unit, Copenhagen, Denmark

Michael Rigby

Michael Rigby

Michael Rigby is a Faculty Member of the Nordic School of Public Health in Gothenburg, Sweden. He is also Emeritus Professor of Health Information Strategy at Keele University, United Kingdom and Adjunct Professor at Dublin City University, Ireland.

His initial career was in the English National Health Service, commencing as a policy researcher in community health services, and progressing through posts in planning, computer systems development, and management to become responsible for planning health services for a population of 2.5 million. He transferred to Keele University to develop research and teaching interests. He has considerable experience of child health and information projects in the UK and Europe.

He designed and led the Child Health Indicators of Life and Development (CHILD) project of the EU Health Monitoring Programme, was adviser to WHO for the Child and Adolescent Health and Development Strategy, was a member of the Expert Panel of the Child Safety Action Plans project, and Task Group Leader for children of the Inter-Personal Violence work package of the EU project Public Health Actions for a Safer Europe.

Prof. Ronan Lyons

Ronan Lyons

Professor Ronan Lyons is an epidemiologist based at Swansea University, UK, with a particular interest in the development of surveillance systems for targeting and evaluating public health interventions and also in the measurement of the burden of injuries.

He is a Co-Director of the DECIPHer UKCRC funded Public Health Research Centre of Excellence and of the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) system, which brings together multiple individual level health and environmental datasets to support interventional research. He leads the Wales Electronic Cohort for Children, a total population e-cohort.

He led the Advocacy in Action cluster randomised trial to improve pedestrian safety in deprived high risk communities and the UK Burden of Injuries Study. He is involved in a several international injury research projects involving partners from the European Union, Australasia and north America, including the EU funded Joint Action on Monitoring Injuries in Europe (JAMIE) project.

Dr. Mary Rose Sweeny

Mary Sweeny

Dr. Mary Rose Sweeney (Ph.D., B.Sc (Hons) Human Nutrition, RGN) is a nutritionist and nurse with over 15 years experience in the design, implementation and dissemination of quantitative research studies. One of her major interests has been in the area of folic acid fortification policy and its potential health impacts in the general population passively exposed to folic acid in foodstuffs.

She is also very interested in obesity and its health implications and is involved in several studies in this area, one of which is an economic costing study. She is currently co-ordinating the first Autism prevalence study in the Republic of Ireland.

She previously worked as Director of the All-Ireland Travellers Health study and Director of the all-Ireland Transfusion Research Network. She currently holds a lecturing position in Dublin City University teaching nutrition, research methods and epidemiology. She has recently developed an elearning research methods module in the School of Nursing.

Peter Schröder-Bäck

Peter Schroder

Peter Schröder-Bäck is Associate Professor in the Department of International Health and Programme Director of the Bachelor and Master "European Public Health" at Maastricht University.

He graduated with a Master's degree from Georgetown University (Washington, DC) and received his PhD from Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) where he was a researcher at the Centre for Medical Ethics and member of the DFG-Graduate School "Criteria of Justice in Economics, Social Ethics & Social Policy". Peter continued as a fellow at the Centre for interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) of Bielefeld University (2003-4) before joining the Institute of Public Health NRW (lögd) (2004-8). At the lögd he coordinated the EU-Projects "Benchmarking Regional Health Management II" and the "Public Health Genomics European Network (PHGEN)". In 2008 he joined Maastricht University.

Peter brings his experiences from the EU projects to the scientific committee of TACTICS and WP 6.

Helmut Brand

Helmut Brand

Helmut Brand is Professor of European Public Health at Maastricht University. He studied Medicine in Duesseldorf and Zuerich and earned a Master in Community Medicine from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and London School of Economics. Prof. Brand is a specialist in Public Health Medicine in Germany and the UK.

After working in Health Authorities and various Ministries of Health he was director of the Public Health Institute of North Rhine Westphalia (lögd) in Germany. Since then the European Perspective in Health is the main topic of his work. The research focus of his Department of International Health at Maastricht University is on European Public Health like cross border health, comparative studies and European Integration in Public Health. Helmut Brand will serve as the lead of TACTICS' work package 6 - Case Studies Approach.

Denise Alexander

Denise Alexander

Denise Alexander has worked at the Nordic School of Public Health since February 2010. For the TACTICS project, her primary role is to research the feasibility of and to develop a Child Safety Index. This is to potentially inform regional administration and civil society to take up evidence-based good practice to improve child safety. Denise is also a member of the EU Research Inventory of Child Health in Europe (RICHE) team that aims to create a more communicative environment for research into child health in Europe, including providing indicators and measurement of children's health and health determinants.

Previously, Denise was involved in the PHASE project, which looked at the measurement of and barriers to identifying intentional physical injury to children in Europe (2008 – 2009); and also worked on a major EU project to identify the issues and what data is potentially available to measure the behavioural determinants of obesity in Europe (2007). Denise began her career in public health in 2000, working for the North Wales Health Authority as a public health research support officer. Here she focused on children's public health issues, including the burden of injury to children in North Wales, nationally and in an international context. Extending from this work, she worked on the European Child Health Indicators of Life and Development (CHILD) project in 2002.

Denise's first degree is BA (Hons) English Literature from Queen Mary College, University of London and she has a Master of Research (MRes) in Health and Community from the University of Manchester, UK. She is currently working towards a DrPH at the Nordic School of Public Health, focusing on identifying and using indicators of behavioural determinants of health.

Morag MacKay

Morag MacKay

Morag MacKay is the Project Leader of the European Child Safety Alliance and also serves as an expert advisor for child safety to the European Commission, World Health Organisation and UNICEF.

Morag MacKay has worked in the field of injury prevention at the regional, national and international levels for more than 20 years in the areas of injury surveillance, education, applied research, program planning and evaluation, good practice and policy development. Most recently she managed the Child Safety Action Plan (CSAP) project, a large multi-country initiative working with 20+ countries to develop child safety action plans. She has co-authored several policy documents for child safety in Europe, including the Executive Summary of the World Report on Child Injury Prevention and the child friendly version of the World Report for UNICEF and was lead in the development of the Child Safety Report Cards.

Previously she was the Director of a regional child and youth injury prevention centre at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, Canada and an adjunct professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She has also worked in government at the provincial and national level in Canada.

Dr. Mika Gissler

Mika Gissler

Dr Mika Gissler has been working with national health and social welfare registers and health indicators since 1991. Currently he is a Research Professor at National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) in Helsinki, Finland and a Professor in Epidemiology at the Nordic School of Public Health (NHV) in Gothenburg, Sweden. His expertise is in register-based research, longitudinal epidemiology, perinatal health, reproductive health, child and adolescence health, and health indicators. Dr Gissler's PhD thesis was on the health of all Finnish children born in Finland in 1987.

One of his main professional interests is to improve the availability and use of existing health registers in scientific research and decision making. His current research interests include children's health, longitudinal studies on health and wellbeing from perinatal period to early adulthood, mental health, quality of health care services, especially safe medication during pregnancy, and perinatal and reproductive health among migrants.

Lennart Köhler

Lennart Kohler

Lennart Köhler MD, Ph.D. (Sweden) pediatrician. Head of Child Health Services in a Swedish county, Professor of Social Pediatrics at the Nordic School of Public Health, Göteborg, Sweden. Dean 1978 – 1995

Founder and Secretary General of the European Society for Social Pediatrics (ESSOP) 1977-1987, Honorary President from 1987. President of Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) 1987-1989.

Temporary adviser to WHO in public health and child health. Member of the Advisory Board of the WHO Kobe Centre, Japan, 1996-2001. Member of the Editorial Boards of Child: Care, Health and Development (London); European Journal of Public Health (London); International Journal of Health Sciences (Groningen); Developmental Period Medicine (Warsaw).

Main research interest in child health and well-being. Major studies of children's health in the Nordic countries, several studies on Child Health Indicators in Sweden, Greenland and EU.

Some 250 publications in Child Health and Public Health.