The ‘Turkish-Italian Heart Health Network’ project is supported under European Union’s ‘Supporting Civil Society Dialogue Between EU and Turkey Grant Scheme’ with the aim of enabling, in particular, the specific population group of mothers of 6-14 age group children in Batman, as pilot application, to adopt healthy lifestyles, and developing guidelines for improved networking and knowledge sharing to push for policy change for intervening, pre-empt policies, and spreading awareness on the problem.
The action works to support, (1) enabling, in particular, the specific population group of mothers of 6-14 age group children in Batman, as pilot application, to adopt healthy lifestyles, and (2) the development of guidelines for improved networking and knowledge sharing among TIHF’s members to push for policy change for intervening, pre-empt policies, and spreading awareness on the problem. In specific, the action will aim at, (1) improving information and knowledge and disseminating it to CSOs, policy makers, health professionals (i.e. members of the Turkish-Italian Heart Health Forum – TIHF) and the public through electronic media (i.e. Turkish-Italian Heart Health Portal – TIHP); (2) developing broad heart health promotion activities or courses to support CVD prevention programs among women (i.e. mothers of 6-14 age group children), in Batman.
The estimated results will be an effective, dynamic and sustainable CVH system which will contribute to the reduction of CVD incidences across Batman, in the short run and across Turkey, in the long run, via (1) improved Turkish-European cooperation by THF and IHF and enhanced information exchange on research, education, policy and effective interventions to reduce CVD risk; (2) created notion of health as a driver of economic growth, sustainable development and quality of life, and (3) raised awareness among policy makers, health professionals and ultimately the general public of the risk of CVD, effective interventions to reduce the risk, and their role in CVD prevention.