We are organizing II. International Symposium on Health Promotion and Communication bearing in mind the objective of health society, health future. Our goal is to contribute to the promotion of health related activities launched by Turkish Ministry of Health so as to elevate the status of health of Turkish society.
Anything done to improve healthcare is not part of what we do on daily basis but the responsibility we feel towards life and we carry this more over our shoulders in that we do not have any limit. A health promotion program could be applied at a school or in a neighbor-hood or a play-ground for kids at the corner. Wherever there is a human-being, we will be there available. There is no one or group to exclude from the target audience, which means our responsibility is that huge.
Our advantage is also as major as our responsibility. For instance, our advantage is the ability to plan programs or to implement projects or launch campaigns. We have a chance of making long term plans and do know that whatever we carry out shall pay this or that way because we derive our strength from trust in the fact that people shall adopt the right decisions. All our activities aim to empower people in managing their health, to enable them to have a say about this matter and to orient their life in the right direction. In fact, this is what health promotion is about. At the beginning, health promotion may seem complicated since it requires arrangements, planning, control and evaluation. In fact, this is the easy side of the coin but what counts is: people want to have a healthy life and this is the overarching objective we are working against.
Promotion of health in Turkey is a new venue of activity, which is managed by the related General Directorate that focuses on large scale campaigns such as obesity, tobacco use, physical activity and hygiene and gets internationally recognized books translated and published, reports written and prepared booklets and has organized various competitions to raise awareness and delivered presentations to share know-how. Thus, in order to follow this path, put one more brick on another; enjoy common will-power and produce together, we are organizing the second symposium this year.
You are kindly invited to the symposium with a theme of "How to Promote Good Health?" where popular experts, international and national speakers shall deliver presentations. We look forward to following this path to cooperate further and shall be honored in welcoming you in Istanbul.