EuroHealthNet was involved in the EU funded project, IROHLA - “Intervention Research On Health Literacy among Ageing populations” (2012-2015) which focused on improving health literacy for older people in Europe.

The project aimed to take stock of on-going health literacy initiatives. It made use of knowledge and experience of programmes in other sectors such as the private and social sectors applicable to the health sector. The project identified, validated and presented a set of 20 interventions, which together constitute a comprehensive approach for addressing health literacy needs of the ageing population in Europe.

These interventions were part of an evidence-based guideline for policy and practice for local, regional and national government authorities to start action. The project involved representatives of the ageing population, academia, all levels of governments, the business community and other stakeholders to ensure that the selected interventions were feasible, useful and effective. 


Access to the policy briefs produced by IROHLA:

  • Making healthy ageing a reality - A comprehensive approach to health literacy - Here
  • Health literacy in the older population - How it can contribute to sustainable health systems - Here
  • Health literacy for healthy ageing - Here