The specific objective of Societal Challenge 1 is to improve the lifelong health and well-being for all -children, adults, elderly. In addition, high-quality and economically sustainable health and care systems, and opportunities for new jobs and growth are the aims of support to research and innovation in response to this challenge. They will make a major contribution to Europe 2020.
The cost of European Union health and social care systems is rising, with care and prevention measures for all ages becoming increasingly expensive. The number of Europeans aged over 65 is expected to nearly double from 85 million in 2008 to 151 million by 2060, and those over 80 to rise from 22 to 61 million in the same period.
Reducing or containing these costs so that they do not become unsustainable depends in part on ensuring the lifelong health and well-being of all, and therefore on the effective prevention, treatment and management of disease and disability.
Priority areas include:
Societal challenge 1 is also implemented by the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 (IMI 2), European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and the Active and Assisted Living Programme (AAL).