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24/07/2024

Green Crescent Addiction Prevention Practitioner Training Program was held for Country Green Crescents!

The International Federation of Green Crescent hosted an online training session regarding the Green Crescent Addiction Prevention Practitioner Training Program for Country Green Crescents from July 24-26. Expert volunteers from 19 countries, including Austria, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Palestine, Gambia, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, TRNC, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Serbia, Somalia, Tanzania, Greece and Zimbabwe, participated in the training program. By the end of the program, 50 participants earned certification as Green Crescent Addiction Prevention Training Program practitioners.

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HEALTHY LIVING

Healthy living aims for overall well-being, covering physical, mental and social aspects. This involves adopting a balanced diet, incorporating regular physical activity into daily routines, ensuring sufficient sleep and building resilience to cope with stress. It's not just about avoiding disease; it's also about fostering vitality, motivation and a positive approach to life.

Being Healthy

The International Federation of Green Crescent (IFGC) emphasizes the importance of embracing a healthy living to prevent disease, enhance quality of life and promote a happy life. In line with this, Country Green Crescents affiliated with the International Federation of Green Crescent, undertake activities that promote not only disease prevention but also the cultivation of an energetic, motivated and positive approach to life. Through their dedicated voluntary and professional teams, they effectively tackle addiction and promote well-being.

As per the definition by the World Health Organization (WHO), health is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity; it covers overall physical, mental and social well-being.

Recognizing the different types of addiction is undeniably crucial for effective addiction prevention, but it's equally vital to instill healthy living habits that keep individuals away from addiction. Having knowledge about factors directly impacting mental and physical health, such as balanced nutrition, sufficient sleep and regular physical activity, acts as a protective barrier against addiction risks.

Identifying, eliminating or lessening any factors that pose threats to health (social, environmental, economic, cultural and behavioral) along with increasing and disseminating protective factors fall under the realm of prevention. From a preventive standpoint, it's much simpler, more effective and cost-efficient to prevent a problem with potentially harmful consequences before it arises than to mitigate the resulting damages.

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The benefits of preventive healthcare services are numerous:

Deaths occurring prematurely in a community, before the expected lifespan, are termed "premature deaths." According to the "OECD 2019 Health Report", one out of every four deaths, totaling 3 million premature deaths, could have been prevented. In the United States, it's estimated that half of all deaths in 2000 were preventable, with 400,000 deaths attributed to poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyles. Another study suggests that by avoiding trans fats, limiting salt intake, and managing blood pressure, 100 million premature deaths could be prevented over the next 25 years.

Prevention efforts enable individuals and communities to lead healthier lives by taking simple measures, adopting behavior changes and raising awareness before significant suffering and trauma occur. These efforts also involve creating an environment that supports healthy behaviors and prevents unhealthy ones.

Healthy living entails taking responsibility for your own decisions and making wise health choices for both the present and the future. It includes:

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The International Federation of Green Crescent recently held its inaugural webinar, titled "The Art of Fundraising," as part of its Capacity Building Program. This initiative aims to help Country Green Crescents more effectively access international and regional funding sources. The webinar, held on December 21, 2023, brought together 55 representatives from 24 countries and featured insights from five distinguished speakers across two sessions. The first session, "Fundraising Strategies and Opportunities for NGOs", included presentations by Matej Kosir from UTRIP and Jan Peloza from Impact Hub. The second session, "Empowering Fundraising Capacity in NGOs," featured a presentation by Dr. Mohammed Tariq Sonnan from UNODC. This was followed by exchanging experience from Dr. Ahmed Fairuz Bin Mohamed, President of Green Crescent Malaysia; Dr. Tajudeen Abiola, Secretary General of Green Crescent Nigeria; and Dr. Mousa Daoud, President of Green Crescent Jordan. In a poignant moment during the program, we honored Dr. Omar Farwana, President of Green Crescent Palestine, who tragically lost his life along with his family during the Gaza attacks on October 15. A commemoration speech and a short film were presented in his memory. The International Federation of Green Crescent will continue its webinar series under the Capacity Building Program, aiming to guide and support Country Green Crescents in effectively utilizing international and regional funding sources and enhancing their overall capacities.

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