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.
The school activities for the day included the following:

  • 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.

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.