We are looking for a talented Communications Officer to join our growing team of public health practitioners & researchers based in Athens, to assist with the planning & execution of communication activities for a series of new projects at CLEO.
Start date: The post is available immediately
Location: Remote / flexible working available
Contract: 2-years fixed-term contract, following a 6-month trial period
The Communications Officer reports directly to the Associate Director.
Main tasks & responsibilities
- Responsible for timely and regular website changes and updates
- Develop engaging content for CLEO’s communications platforms (with an emphasis on the website and social media) using text, images and infographics
- Collaborate with a range of national & international partners, and maintain and expand CLEO’s diverse network of collaborators
- Contribute to the planning of communications strategies and help to establish communication targets per project
- Monitor progress towards achieving communication targets and contribute to project impact reporting
- Identify promotion and publicity opportunities, both in Greece and abroad
- Support event management (whenever needed)
- Contribute to internal knowledge management
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique, unprecedented challenges for national healthcare systems. The faltering global response - characterized by a lack of preparedness among health care institutions, workers and the wider community - has underscored the importance of investing in public health research. However, it has also provided a unique opportunity for countries to diagnose and treat gaps within their own capacity for disease prevention.
Like other countries, Greece has turned to urgent measures such as social distancing, quarantining, travel restrictions and border closures to rapidly halt transmission, reduce the risk of illness and protect healthcare systems from overfilling. Public misconceptions about transmissible diseases play a large part in adherence to these measures, and in the case of COVID, may have prevented the most effective response to the pandemic.
by Theoklis Zaoutis*
But to win the war against infectious disease – and to be ready for the next health crisis – we need a stronger, more accountable health system.
We should all be proud of our country’s successful response to the coronavirus crisis. It shows that with a concerted group effort from everyone in our society, we can achieve better health outcomes – better even than other countries with far more resources.
Antimicrobial resistance is a global public health challenge with serious implications to patient health outcomes and enormous added costs to national health systems. The development of antibiotic resistance is directly linked to the scale and manner of antibiotic consumption.
Recent data show that antibiotics are not only overly consumed in Greece but also that the rates of antibiotic resistance are consistently higher than other EU member states. Greece and Italy have the highest levels of morbidity and number of deaths associated with antibiotic-resistant infections. And while the judicious use of antibiotics is considered critical in halting the development of antibiotic resistance, Greece still ranks 1st in the consumption of antibiotics within primary healthcare settings, among other EU member states. Greece is also far ahead of Romania, which ranks 2nd.
Recognizing the scientific work of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Outbreaks - CLEO and its contribution to the reduction and prevention of infections in Greece, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association – AHEPA has announced its decision to support the work of CLEO.
AHEPA has donated the amount of $30,000 for the training of health professionals in primary health care centres and in specialized COVID-19 reference centers that were established in Greece from early April for the prompt diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. In addition, the donation will support novel research that CLEO is about to undertake aiming at assessing the knowledge, perceptions, and practices of health professionals regarding transmission, prevention and measures taken to address the pandemic in Greece.