Unravelling the long-term and indirect health impact of the COVID-19 crisis in Belgium

Project Details


HELICON aims to unravel the long-term and indirect health impact of the COVID-19 crisis in Belgium. Throughout the project, four guiding principles will be respected – i.e., valorisation of routine administrative health data sources, evaluation of socio-economic and socio-demographic differentials, evaluation of differentials across the different waves of the epidemic, and knowledge translation and policy transfer.
The immediate impact of HELICON will therefore lie in the generation of new scientific knowledge on the long-term and indirect impact of the corona crisis, and the social inequalities therein. As a
secondary objective, HELICON will assess the validity of routine administrative data sources for research on novel health threats such as COVID-19. These findings will have implications for the valorisation and management of administrative health data collections. In the medium and long term, HELICON aims to have a significant impact on policy and public services, with expected gains in terms of health and economic development.
The HELICON project will support several strategic objectives of Sciensano, and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in particular:
- Expand existing expertise in epidemiological and statistical methods
- Establish Sciensano as Belgian reference centre for the management of acute health crises
- Respond proactively to public health policy
- Develop capacity to evaluate policies and interventions
- Increase the focus on health inequalities
Short title or EU acronymHELICON
Effective start/end date15/12/2015/03/25


  • sociology

Flemish discipline codes

  • Applied sociology not elsewhere classified