News

10 Mai 2020

The follow-up assessments of Phase 2 have been successfully completed in the Republic of Moldova. Thus, data collection for the Factorial design (Phase 2) is now complete.

24 April 2020

CORDIS, a website of the European Commission (EC) has published an article about parenting during COVID-19 in six languages. The article is entitled “Survival tips for families struggling with the coronavirus crisis” and the CORIDIS journalists are citing the RISE project. Please find the News article here: https://cordis.europa.eu/article/id/415910-survival-tips-for-families-struggling-with-the-coronavirus-crisis?WT.mc_id=exp.

15 April 2020

The RISE article “Hunger In Vulnerable Families In Southeastern Europe: Associations With Mental Health And Violence” has been published in Frontiers in Public Health. It is available here (open access): https://zenodo.org/record/3726723#.Xpb0ki9h2u4.

March 2020

Given the restrictions due to COVID-19, the Consortium decided to cancel the in-person meeting at Lake Ohrid (North Macedonia) in June 2020 and have an online meeting instead.

March 2020

Start of the follow-up assessments of Phase 2 in the Republic of Moldova.

March 2020

A team, led by PI Dr Jamie M Lachman, produced parenting resources during COVID-19. These are based on the Parenting for Lifelong Health and aim to support families to manage the restrictions under COVID-19. The tip sheets are available in many languages including Romanian, Russian and Macedonian (open-access: https://www.covid19parenting.com/tips-in-other-languages). A letter in The Lancet accompanied the release of these resources – https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30736-4/fulltext.

March 2020

The Consortium decided to change the on-going assessments from face-to-face to phone interviews because of the local restrictions under COVID-19 and to ensure safety of staff and participants.

23 March 2020

The RISE paper entitled “Hunger In Vulnerable Families In Southeastern Europe: Associations With Mental Health And Violence”. has been accepted for publication in Frontiers in Public Health. It will be available on Zenodo at the latest upon publication.

February 2020

Start of the follow-up assessments of Phase 2 in North Macedonia, Republic of Moldova and Romania.

November 22 - November 29 2019

The training for coding the facilitator videos has been successfully completed in North Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, and Romania. The coding of videos will be used to analyse the quality of delivery using the Parenting for Lifelong Health Facilitator Assessment Tool (PLH-FAT).

November 11 - November 15 2019

Principal Investigators Prof. Dr. Heather Foran and Dr. Jamie Lachman are presenting the RISE project at the GACD annual scientific meeting in Bangkok, Thailand (https://www.gacd.org/research/research-network/gacd-annual-scientific-meeting-2019)

October 29 - October 31 2019

The annual Consortium meeting takes place in Cluj, Romania from October 29 – October 31. The partners will discuss initial results of the Optimisation Study (Phase 2) and plan the randomised-controlled trial (Phase 3).

October 28 2019

A stakeholder meeting took place at in Bucharest (Romania) at the UNICEF building on October 28.

October 25 - October 28 2019

The RISE project was presented at the 23rd World Congress of Social Psychiatry 2019 in Bucharest (Romania) in a Symposium on Prevention and Early Intervention of Child Mental Health Problems in Low-and Middle-Income Countries.

October 24 2019

The study protocol of phase has been published in Contemporary Clinical Trials. The article “Preventing child mental health problems through parenting interventions in Southeastern Europe (RISE): Protocol for a multi-country cluster randomized factorial study” by Lachman et al., is available via open-access: https://zenodo.org/record/3514745#.XcVDTS2ZOu4.

June 4 - June 7 2019

Dr. Elena Jansen presented a poster entitled “Hunger in vulnerable families in Southeastern Europe: Associations with health and violence” at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic

February 07 – March 01 2019

Facilitators and coaches were trained to conduct the PLH program in in Macedonia, Moldova and Romania for the Optimization Study (Phase 2). They were familiarized with the content and the materials.

February 2019

The first article from the RISE project about the study protocol of Phase 1 was published: Frantz, I., Foran, H.M., Lachman, J.M. … Heinrichs, N. (2019). Prevention of child mental health problems in Southeastern Europe: a multicentre sequential study to adapt, optimise and test the parenting programme ‘Parenting for Lifelong Health for Young Children’, protocol for stage 1, the feasibility study. BMJ Open. Please see: https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/1/bmjopen-2018-026684

December 2018

Start of Recruitment for the Optimization Study (Phase 2).

November 2018

Post-assessments of the feasibility study in Macedonia, Moldova and Romania were successfully completed.

November 12 – 16, 2018

The project was presented at the congress GACD Annual Scientific Meeting and Implementation Science Workshop in São Paulo, Brazil. Heather Foran gave an oral presentation with the topic “Prevention of Child Mental Health Problems in Southeastern Europe – Adapt, Optimize, Test, and Extend Parenting for Lifelong Health (RISE)”.

October 8 – 11, 2018

Large project meeting in Chisinau (Moldova): Meeting of all principal investigators and the Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) to discuss the results of the feasibility study and to plan the next steps (optimization study).

September 2018

Post-assessments of the feasibility study are conducted in Macedonia, Moldova and Romania.

August 25 2018

Implementation of the feasibility study completed: The last session of the PLH for Young Children parenting program has been delivered. A total of 12 parenting groups have been conducted in Macedonia, Moldova and Romania (4 per country).

May 28 2018

The first session of the parent training „Parenting for Lifelong Health for Young Children“ has been conducted.

April 26, 2018

Start of Recruitment for the Feasibility Study (Phase 1).

Ethic Approval

The RISE project was approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, the Human Research Ethics Commission at the School of Medicine – St. Cyril and Methodius University Skopje, Macedonia, the Ethic Committee of Research of “Nicolae Testemitanu” State University of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Republic of Moldova, Chişinău and the Ethical Committee of Babes -Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

12-16 March: Training of facilitators Macedonia

19-23 March: Training of facilitators Romania

25-29 March: Training of facilitators Moldova

The facilitators of each country were trained to conduct the PLH program. They were familiarized with the content and the materials. Moreover they discussed the schedule of the training sessions and were provided with the manual.

March 19 - 23, 2018 Romania

Training of the facilitators

February 20, 2018 Macedonia

February 23, 2018 Moldova

February 27, 2018 Romania

Inception meetings

This week the inception meetings take place in the Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Moldova and Romania. The purpose of the inception meetings is to connect the stakeholders and the partner organizations. First, the stakeholders present their work in the field of family support. Then, an overview of the project and the Parenting for lifelong health program will be given. The meetings offer the opportunity to discuss the further procedure of the project and include a parent expert meeting.

January 15-16, 2018

Kick-off meeting

The Kick-off meeting of the project took place in the EU Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi), Brussels, January 15-16, 2018. An internal work group meeting at the first day included an overview of work packages, presentations on Romania, Macedonia, and Moldova, and H2020 Financial Guidelines. The official Kick-off meeting at the second day started with a presentation by the project officer Dr. Anna Graca, who gave an overview of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) initiative and mental health group as well as information on the expectations of the European Commission and main administrative aspects. Afterwards, the working group continued with the detailed planning for the next six months focussing on the upcoming ethic applications, the feasibility study as well as related tasks and deliverables.