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Greek national launch event UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education

The UNESCO Chair and WHO Collaborating Center on Global Health & Education, in collaboration with WHO regional office for Europe, UNESCO IITE, the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (N.K.U.A.), the Ionian University and other national and scientific organisations have succesfully organised the Greek national launch event of the UNESCO Chair in Athens – Greece. The event took place on Tuesday April 16th, 2024 in the Auditorium of “P. & A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital. The theme of the launch event was Advocating for Adolescent Health, highlighting mental health and digital citizenship. The event was supported by LIFELINE Hellas.

During the launch, the Adolescent Health Unit (A.H.U.) of the Second Dpt of Pediatrics of the N.K.U.A. in “P. & A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital has been awarded as a “youth friendly” service promoting digital literacy and implementing social emotional empowerment in collaboration with UNESCO IITE.

* The Adolescent Health Unit (A.H.U.) of the Second Dpt of Pediatrics of the N.K.U.A. in “P. & A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital has been operating since 2006 and has supported more than 10.000 adolescents facing developmental issues, eating disorders, learning disorders, internet addiction, bullying, disabilities, sexual health problems etc.  In 2018 the A.H.U. was acknowledged as “good” practice functioning as a “youth friendly” service, based on the WHO guidelines.

More than ever before, health and education have become major social issues. In this post-crisis period, societies are facing huge challenges that call for a collective, interdisciplinary, innovative and international response, while being rooted in the local communities.” said Professor Didier Jourdan.

Download the presentation from Didier Jourdan.

Programme

9.30 – 10.00 Registration

10.00 – 10.30 Official Opening and welcome

Moderator: Mrs Vicky Flessa – Journalist

Speakers:

  • Adonis Georgiadis – Minister of Health
  • Kyriakos Pierrakakis Minister of Education, Religious Affairs and Sports
  • Dimitrios Vartzopoulos – Deputy Minister of Health – Mental Health Department
  • George Patoulis – President of the Athens Medical Association and National Healthy Cities Network W.H.O.
  • Prof Gerasimos Siasos – Rector – National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (N.K.U.A.)
  • Prof Nikolaos Arkadopoulos – President of the Medical School Board N.K.U.A.
  • Manos Papassavas – President of the Board of “P. & A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital  

10.30 – 11.30 Advocating for adolescent health

Chairs:

  • Maria Tsolia – Professor of Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases, Chair of the Second Dpt of Pediatrics, Medical School – National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (N.K.U.A.), “P. & A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital
  • Panagiotis Vlamos – Professor and Chair, Dpt of Informatics- Ionian University, Institute of Digital Biomedicine

Speakers:

Promoting intersectoral collaboration for Adolescent Health

  • Didier Jourdan – Professor and Chair of the UNESCO Chair on “Global Health & Education” and Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for “Research in Education and Health”, France

Promoting youth mental health  

  • Anastasia Giannaki – WHO Consultant on Mental Health, Athens-Greece

Health Education in Schools

  • Tigran Yepoyan – Regional Health Education Advisor, UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE)

“ARIADNE” ΙΙ Project : consortium & description of work

  • Artemis Tsitsika – Asoc. Professor of Pediatrics – Adolescent Medicine/Health, Head of the Adolescent Health Unit (A.H.U.), Second Dpt of Pediatrics- “P. & A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital, Chair of the MSc “Strategies of Developmental and Adolescent Health”, Medical School-National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (N.K.U.A.), President of the Greek Society of Adolescent Health/Medicine (G.S.A.H.M.)

Reflections:

  • Angela Bastea – Educator and School Counselor, Member of the Committee against School Violence in Primary Schools – Second Athens Educational District
  • Rita Moraitaki – District Counselor & Ambassador of the G.S.A.H.M Committee against Youth Bullying and Violence
  • Athena Passiou – President of  “THALPOS”- Mental Health NGO, Ministry of Health

11.30 – 12.00 Award Ceremony

Institute of Digital Biomedicine- Ionian University
awarding the
Adolescent Health Unit (A.H.U.) – Second Dpt of Pediatrics
P. & A. Kyriakou Childrens’ Hospital
as W.H.O. “youth  friendly” service implementing SEL interventions
and promoting positive digital social skills

12.00 – 13.00 Press conference

13.00 – 14.00 Light lunch

The event was held under the auspices of: the Ministry of Education, Religious Affairs and Sports and the Ministry of Health.

In collaboration with: the Greek Society for Adolescent Health/Medicine (G.S.A.M), “FOR Adolescent Health” Scientific Organization, “THALPOS” – Mental Health, the National Healthy Cities Network World Health Organization (W.H.O.) and the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE)

Local organizers were: MSc «Str. of Developmental and Adolescent Health», Medical School of Athens, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens N.K.U.A. and Adolescent Health Unit (A.H.U.), Second Dpt of Pediatrics N.K.U.A., “P. & A. Kyriakou Children’s Hospital”

With the support of: the UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education and LIFELINE Hellas.


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