Call to Action to boost the employment of people with chronic diseases in Europe

The European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA) has led the development of a joint stakeholder statement with recommendations to the European Commission and Members States for a sustainable employability of people with chronic diseases in Europe. The Call to Action was developed together with 16 organisations via the European Commission’s online EU Health Policy Platform. Over 40 organisations from the health, social and employment sectors are now supporting the work, which was launched and presented to the European Commission on November 27, 2017.

Four priority areas for action are identified in the document:

  • Invest in the prevention and earlier detection of chronic diseases to fight the epidemic
  • Integrate primary and specialist care to strengthen chronic disease rehabilitation, recovery and employment
  • Put in place adequate policy frameworks and incentives to support the employment, return or work or retention at work of people with chronic diseases
  • Ensure appropriate training of employers on the issue of chronic diseases and working conditions, and promote awareness at the workplace

The organisations also recommend adopting a patient-centric approach by involving patients, their organisations and carers in all relevant initiatives.

An accompanying framing paper presents an overview of the situation and an economic analysis of the benefits of the professional (re)integration of people with chronic diseases, with case studies and good practices in European countries.

To express support for the Call to Action, send the logo of your organisation by email to the ECDA Secretariat at 

An Infographic, as well as the Call to Action and framing paper are available for download on the ECDA website.