International Thalassaemia Day

International Thalassaemia Day 2014

2014 theme:

‘Economic Recession: Observe – Join Forces – Safeguard Health’

The 2014 theme highlighted the need to support policy decisions that reduce health inequalities, with particular focus on countries affected by the financial and economic crisis. The global financial crisis has already had wide-reaching social, economic, and political impact, with some of its most devastating consequences affecting the quality of the health care.

In this context, we would like to share with you a few of the activities TIF has organised for the 2014 International Thalassaemia Day:

Press conference—Blood Donation Camp, Famagusta Gate, Nicosia

TIF in collaboration with the Nicosia Municipality, organized a press conference on the 8th of May, spreading the message that the responsibility of all of us is to secure the rights of patients with chronic diseases in times of economic crisis. The Nicosia Municipality supported this Press Conference with the active participation of the Mayor, Mr Konstantinos Yiorkatzis.

In this framework, the Cyprus Blood Centre in collaboration with the Nicosia Municipality, have decided to devote the blood drives held on the 8th of May to the Thalassaemia International Federation and to the International Thalassaemia Day.

Additionally in the context of the press conference, a photography exhibition was held, displaying all the entries of the 1st Photography Contest entitled “‘Economic Recession: Observe – Join Forces – Safeguard Health”.

Project 8—”Red Day” School Activities, Nicosia

Additionally, TIF initiated the Project 8, in the context of the International Thalassaemia Day, aiming to diffuse knowledge and expertise regarding haemoglobinopathies, to all social levels, particularly amongst young people. In these lines TIF has taken steps to establish the ‘Red Day’ as a part of Project 8 at schools in Cyprus.

This year’s school activities took place at many schools including the GC School of Careers (28 students), Lykavitos Elementary School (46 students), the English School (180 students), and the Grammar School (90 students) in Cyprus on the 8th of May 2014.

The aim of these visits was to raise awareness about thalassaemia in students between 10-12 years old. The educational visits included activities targeting to inform students about preventing and treating thalassaemia. Furthermore, these activities aimed to promote equal access and equal rights to quality health care for all individuals.

We truly believe that the above activities have helped the students of these schools be properly informed about these diseases and to gain knowledge on how to prevent and treat them, while at the same time raising awareness on issues relating to the health system and its patients.

Interactive Discussion on Medical Journalism in Cyprus, Journalist House Nicosia

TIF has organised a workshop on medical journalism, held on Tuesday, 6 May 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Journalist House in Nicosia. This workshop was placed under the auspices of the Union of Cyprus Journalists, the University of Nicosia, and the Cyprus News Agency acted as the Communication sponsor.

The aim of the workshop was to discuss and exchange views, experiences, and knowledge on how media should cover health issues.

The main speaker at the event was the distinguished BBC journalist, Dr Patricia Mc Nair. Among the other speakers of this workshop were Dr Demetriou, President of the Pancyprian Medical Association, and Mr Makrides, President of the Union of Cyprus Journalists. Prof Peristianis, Dean of the Council of University of Nicosia acted as the coordinator of this workshop.

Seeing that it was successful, TIF aims to continue this workshop for the upcoming year.

2nd Ambassadors’ Circle Meeting, Hilton, Nicosia

For a second consecutive year, TIF has organized the Second Official Meeting of the Ambassadors Circle with great success.

Prominent diplomatic personalities, ambassadors, consuls, former ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, and other Official Embassy Representatives of TIF’s member countries have attended this Meeting on 2 May 2014, at the Hilton Hotel in Nicosia for an event dedicated to the International Thalassaemia Day.

The meeting was well-attended by more than 45 participants and total of 15 countries were represented by embassy delegates, namely of Australia, Egypt, Malta, Iran, Philippines, France, Spain, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Greece, Syria, Italy, Cyprus and China.

The purpose of the aforementioned meeting was to inform foreign diplomatic missions in Cyprus about TIF’s activities in each one of the affected countries as well as the management and prevention protocols for Haemoglobinopathies in these countries.

Valentino Matrelli, past Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Mr Alexandros N. Zenon , Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cyprus, Dr Erato Kozakou Marcoullis, Mr Markos Kyprianou, former Ministers of Foreign Affairs, of Cyprus and Mr. Charalambos Bakirtzis , Director of Anastasios Leventis Foundation were also among the distinguished guests of this meeting.

The Program of this event was of particular interest with world-renowned speakers such as Dr. Valentino Martelli who is also the Director of the Mediterranean Institute of Italy, Prof. George Marcoullis, Dean of the School of Medicine of the European University of Cyprus, Dr Androulla Eleftheriou , Executive Director of TIF, and Dr. Michael Angastiniotis, Medical Advisor of TIF.

TIF aims to continue the Ambassadors’ Circle for the next year to strive towards further progress and towards truly supporting and safeguarding the right of every patient for quality healthcare in all of TIF’s member countries.

TIF Pancyprian Drawing Contest for students of High Schools and Senior High Schools, Journalist House, Nicosia

For the first time and in the context of the International Thalassaemia Day, TIF in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus have organised the 1st TIF Student Drawing Contest entitled “Economic Recession: Observe – Join Forces – Safeguard Health” for High Schools and Senior High Schools (students from 12-17 years of age).

This drawing competition aimed to spread awareness about thalassaemia and sensitize students about patients’ equal rights to a quality healthcare system. The deadline for the drawing contest was on 18 April and TIF has received a total of 92 entries.

The evaluation process took place on the 25th of April where the names of the winners were decided. The first three monetary prizes have been shared to enable as many students as possible to benefit from them. The first prize of 500 euros was shared between Georgia Iakovou Natalia Chrysostomou Chrystalla Ioannoy The second prize of 300 euros was given to Katerina Chrysostomou (Archbishop Makarios III High School) Constantina Shacola The Third Prize of 150 euros was given to Vanessa – Nasso Christou.

TIF has also given 25 non-monetary awards and honorary diplomas to students who excelled in the category Graphic Design, Junior High School, and Senior High School Category The names of the winners have been announced during an Award Ceremony on 6 May 2014 at the Journalist House in Nicosia and all the entries for this contest have been displayed at an art exhibition held on the same day.

In addition TIF plans on creating a special post stamp dedicated to the International Thalassaemia Day of the next year, depicting the winning entry of this contest.

TIF Photography Contest

TIF has organised a Photography Contest in the context of this year’s International Thalassaemia Day 2014. The aim of the contest was to raise awareness about thalassaemia and its subject was based on this year’s theme for the 21st International Thalassaemia Day : “Economic Recession: Observe – Join Forces – Safeguard Health”. The deadline of the contest was 18 April and TIF has received a total of 124 entries. The names of the winners have been decided after the evaluation process which took place on the 18 of April and will be announced through TIF’s social media. The entries of all the contestants were exhibited at a Press Conference organised by TIF in collaboration with the Nicosia Municipality which was held at the Famagousta Gate in Nicosia on the 8th of May 2014 to honour the International Thalassaemia Day.

  • Educational presentation about thalassaemia especially designed for children by TIF.
  • Projection of the Animated Cartoon “All About Thalassemia”
  • Projection of the 8 May Cartoon
  • Games and Quizzes
  • Distribution of the cartoon book “All About Thalassemia” in English.

The school visits were effectuated by Mr Loizos Pericleous, TIF Board Member, Dr Soteroulla Christou, Head of the Cyprus Thalassaeamia Centre, Dr Irene Savvidou, also of the Cyprus Blood Centre, and Mrs Natalia Michaelidou, President of the Pancyprian Thalassaemia Association.

8 May Message

Click below to read this year’s 8th of May Message.

Read the Message

Campaign Toolkit


Click here to download the high resolution poster and the low resolution poster.

Click here to download the high resolution banner and the low resolution banner.

TIF has also undertaken an exciting project which involve the creation of the International Thalassaemia Day Cartoon Video – an amusing video aiming to spread awareness about important facts regarding thalassaemia, created in the context of this year’s International Thalassaemia Day.

Click the link below to view the 8 May 2014 video.

Click the link below to view the video

8 May 2014 Blog

Furthermore, we are excited to announce the creation of our new blog, dedicated to the 8th of May Activities!

Visit our Weebly blog

To see the activities that were organised by TIF for the International Thalassaemia Day in further detail, please click below:

International Thalassaemia Day 2014 Report
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