Malta (National level) (MT)
Regional Innovation Performance (2019) Moderate
Total population (2019) 493559
Population per km² (2017) 1495
Proportion population older 65 year % 18,68%
Ministry for Health of Malta
Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta, is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It has a population of 417,520.
The country's S3 priorities in the area of health have a focus on healthy living and active ageing, and e-health. In Malta the life sciences sector has a wide ranging presence in the Maltese economy, with well established operations in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, the production of software for the healthcare industry, as well as a growing health tourism sector. All this has been boosted by the country’s workforce as well as effective connectivity with foreign markets.
Healthprofile according to the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):
Malta’s population enjoys generally good health and one of the longest life expectancies in the EU. Nevertheless, high obesity rates among adults and adolescents pose a serious threat to public health. The National Health Service provides universal coverage for a comprehensive benefit package, while the private sector plays a key role in the delivery of primary care. Strengthening primary care to improve efficiency and better serve those living with chronic conditions is an important policy goal.
Member ICPerMed? no
Mountain ? Non-mountain
Member Euregha? no
Adriatic-Ionian MacroRegion? no
InnoStars Region? no
Northern Sparsely Populated Area (NSPA)? no
PM region according EC? no
Baltic Sea MacroRegion? no
S3MedTech region? no
Danube MacroRegion? no
S3P4PM region? no
Alpine MacroRegion? no
Regions4PM region? no
S3ClusSport member? no
Central Europe? no
Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)? no
1M+Genome initiative? member
European Regions Research & Innovation Network(ERRIN)? yes
Vanguard Initiative? no
Health data populations study https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/dhir/Pages/Surveys/European-Health-Interview-Survey-2014-(EHIS).aspx Main contact:
Genomics population study; Databases and standards, linked to personalised medicine (incl. biobanks) https://www.um.edu.mt/biobank Led by the University of Malta Seventh Framework Protocol-funded project titled 'RD-Connect'
NACE Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health related to Research and Innovation objectives:
Q.86 - Human health activities; M.72 - Scientific research and development.
Scientific domain NABS Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health related to Research and Innovation: NABS07 - Health; NABS13 - General advancement of knowledge: R&D financed from other sources than GUF; NABS99 - Total R&D appropriations.
Policy objective Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health related related to Research and Innovation objectives: D.27 - e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing); G.46 - Ageing societies; G.49 - Public health & well-being.
Policy document (RIS3): Yes
Policy document PM@RIS3: Yes - Health with a focus on healthy living and active ageing
Is the region represented in: Horizon2020; Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy Platforms/Partnerships (RIS3); EIT Health/InnoStars/Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS); other?
ERDF 8.139 - The Setting Up of the Establishment for Blood, Tissue and Cell Centre (recently awarded) No website available yet
General perception of the implementation level of PM in the region - Low
Rate of the need for developing and implementing PM in the region - High
Rate of the need for increasing support/funding for PM activities in the region - High
Rate of the need for increasing the capacity of PM skills in the region - Very High
Rate of the genomics literacy of the citizens in the region - Low
Rate of the need for increasing interregional collaboration in PM - High
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