ABC project for the prevention of COVID-19 in homes recognized at European level

The ABC/IEFP/INEM project was the only Portuguese good practice highlighted

The project "Short-term training for work in residential structures for the elderly in the context of a pandemic" was recognized as "good practice" in European terms, in the awards The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging.

The project of the Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC) was created in the context of a pandemic, integrated within the scope of measures implemented in response by the Ministry of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security (MTSSS), still in 2020 and 2021, and had as partners the National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM) and the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (IEFP).

Through training in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project aimed to train workers in Residential Establishments for the Elderly (ERPI) with technical and psychosocial skills essential to the performance of their duties, including interaction with infected residents.

The training took place throughout the country, with 72 courses being held and almost 1300 professionals were covered.

The good practice will be shared within the scope of the recognition ceremony of the European reference centers for active and healthy aging, on the 10th of October.

The ABC/IEFP/INEM project was the only Portuguese good practice highlighted among the four good practices across Europe. This project integrated a set of measures that allowed Portugal to become the European country with the lowest mortality from COVID-19 among the oldest residents in ERPI.

ABC highlights the articulation and availability of all the elements involved in its team, namely Óscar Fernandes, Pedro Julião, Filipe Melo and other trainers, as well as Susana Tavares, IEFP, INEM, from the ISS and IPSS district centers involved in training . It was “exemplary team work for the benefit of the most vulnerable”, concludes ABC.