Third International meeting under the Start Now! project was held in Cyprus
23.10.2017
START NOW! is a strategic partnership that will focus its efforts on promoting health among young people in three European countries - Poland, Bulgaria and Cyprus, and will implement innovative non - formal learning methods for health awareness among youth organizations in partner countries. The partnership was launched in the period 21-23 April 2017 at an international meeting in Opole, Poland, and the next project meeting was held in Bulgaria between 30.06 and 03.07.2017, with representatives of Bulgaria, Poland and Cyprus taking part in the Health Festival, where they met with citizens and presented the project's activities, and then focused on discussing training modules for conducting health education through informal learning methods.

The third international project meeting was held from 20 to 23 October 2017 in Larnaca, Cyprus and gathered the partners who, within two working days, discussed the activities that have been carried out so far, the preparation of training modules in the field of health education that each of the organizations develops the publication prepared under the project as well as the international training of youth workers in Poland in March 2018. The meeting was attended by Joanna Dochevska, chairwoman of the Bulgarian sports development association, partner of the project from Bulgaria, Kalinka Gudarovska - member of the Board of BSDA, Nikola Gudarovski - member of BSDA.

As a result of the activities under this initiative, Non-formal Education Centers (NEC) will be set up and will be managed by the partner organizations. An interactive international youth information portal will also be set up, which will also focus on training youth workers in health and prevention. A conference on this topic will be held in 2018 as well as information days in partner countries.

According to the 2017 edition of the Global Health Index, Bulgarians are ranked 68th in health in the world. Although outside the top 50 places, Bulgaria moved five positions ahead. In the 2016 rating, for example, she was 73, while a slight improvement, urgent measures are still urgently needed to improve the health status of the Bulgarians.

"Start now !: Strategic Partnership For Health Promotion Among Youth" is a project under the Erasmus + Program, Key Activity 2 of the European Commission.