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Since: 15.09.2014
Institute of Preventive Medicine Environmental and Occupational Health

7, Fragoklisias street, Marousi, GR-151 25 Athens, Greece


The Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health Prolepsis is a non-profit organization, active in the field of medical research, health promotion, environmental and occupational health since 1990.

Our human resources consist of a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, public health specialists, statisticians, economists and sociologists. Moreover, the Institute has created a large network of partners not only in Greece but also in Member-States of the European Union, Eastern European Countries and the USA.

For 20 years now Prolepsis has assumed a leading role in the field of Public Health:

  • offering specialized services in the fields of medical research, data management, organization of integrated health education and health awareness campaigns;
  • providing consultancy services for the prevention, the proper handling of workplace risks as well as for the evaluation of environmental risks;
  • advancing research methodology in the field of health and preventive medicine;
  • supporting education in public health and medical research issues;
  • encouraging interdisciplinary and international co-operation and creating networks of collaboration.
We strongly support the belief that health is a fundamental, nonnegotiable and inalienable right for every human being.
Moreover, encouraging individual creativity, innovation and approaching  problems from diverse perspectives constitute the core of our philosophy.

Since its foundation in 1990, the Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health, Prolepsis, is active in the fields of research and education and provides services in Epidemiology and Public Health.

Among these are:
  • A seven-day educational seminar in epidemiology and research methodology (1991) organized in collaboration with the American College of Epidemiology.
  • A three-day conference on the role of the Mass Media in cancer prevention funded by the European Union that, organized in 1995. In the conference participated eminent journalists from the Greek and international press, experts in the fields of preventive medicine and health promotion, politicians as well as church representatives.
  • Educational seminars for the sensitization of general practitioners concerning cancer prevention and educational programmes for physicians working in rural areas with regards to occupational risks among farmers and fishermen (1994). The programmes led to a relevant publication the following year.
  • Applied programmes for the prevention of breast and cervical cancer in Ormylia, Halkidiki that were initiated in 1991 and constitute model European programmes of quality assurance in mammography and cervical cancer screening. The programmes are still active covering over 15.000 women in the region.
  • Several primary prevention programmes on the prevention of substance abuse (tobacco, drugs and alcohol, 1994 and 1995), which targeted both the general public as well as specific population groups (industry workers, students).
  • An innovative AIDS and skin cancer prevention programme organized in 1994 and 1993, 1996 covering several Greek islands and other tourist places throughout Greece.
  • Quality assurance programmes for health and safety at work and epidemiological studies in the field of industry (i.e. Aluminium de Grece, 1995- 1997, Larko, 1990,1991).
  • Data management and statistical analysis of data from clinical trials and descriptive epidemiological research studies. This service also expands to the pharmaceutical industry (i.e. Novartis).
  • A study regarding occupational risk factors of pregnant and breast-feeding women (1995) that led to the adoption of a relevant directive in the European Union.
  • A study concerning health professions entitled "Vocational Qualifications, Titles and Transparency in Health Services in European Member States" (1995-1998). The aim of the study was to summarize and discuss the data on occupational titles in the Health Services field in the European Union.
  • Moreover, since 2003 Prolepsis is registered with the Hellenic Federation of Voluntary, Non Governmental Organizations and is active in the field of humanitarian actions. In this framework, it contributes in the work of the Humanitarian Organization "Arc" (in Greek "Kivotos") organizing medical and pharmaceutical coverage for deprived children by volunteers.