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BelMAPE at the training on behavioral communication strategies in response to global health threats

BelMAPE at the training on behavioral communication strategies in response to global health threats

2022-11-15 09:42:00

Head of the Department of Hygiene and Medical Ecology of BelMAPE, Doctor of Medical Sciences, associate professor Guzik E.O. and associate professor of the Department of Pediatrics BelMAPE, PhD, associate professor Goloborodko N.V. participated in the online educational course and follow-up training on “Behavioral Communication Strategies in Response to Global Health Threats (ECAR 2022)”, which took place in Istanbul on November 12-19, 2022.

During the educational course, the issues of population behavior to reduce risks from exposure to infectious agents and non-infectious environmental factors, as well as reduce health risks associated with migration, climate change and disease outbreaks had been considered.

There had been a discussion of factors that can affect the ability of health systems to respond effectively to public health emergencies. Existing barriers to reaching populations with effective interventions, approaches to prioritizing response planning, and applying behavioral models to respond to emerging public health and humanitarian crises had been reviewed.

The participants discussed socio-behavioral strategies to respond to certain challenges to national health systems, including increasing the vaccination coverage of adolescents against COVID-19 (Goloborodko N.V.) and counteracting the development of obesity in adolescents (Guzik E.O.).

BelMAPE, together with UNICEF, continues to carry out systematic work to support the health of children and adolescents, including during pandemics and humanitarian crises. Thus, this year a series of scientific and practical seminars was held on working with families and counseling adolescents on the issues of identifying and counteracting violence, overcoming psychological trauma, and motivating them to get vaccinated.

A number of educational and methodological modules of remote training for medical specialists on topical issues of comprehensive support for a child's health are being prepared.