Public Health Communication International Projects

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21 Mar / Public Health Communication International Projects

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Dianova participates in international projects on public health.


These are developed in collaboration with Partners from Europe.


The focus is: Capacity Building, Training and Communication aimed at multiple Stakeholders.

addiction treatmentSMAPP Tackling Social Media Use with Positive Approach ONGOING

The SMAPP Project – Tackling Social Media Use with Positive Approach is financed by the Erasmus+ Program under the Cooperation for Innovation and Good Practice Exchange program.

“Working the problematic use of Social Networks with a positive approach” brings together four Organizations from Turkey (the Coordinator), Italy, Portugal and Spain with the following goals.

Bring together specialists from the following areas

  1. Education / Adult Education (teachers, trainers, managers and training professionals).
  2. Public Health (General Physicians, social professionals, psychologists, addiction specialists, sociologists).
  3. Information and Communication Technologies for the exchange of good practices, knowledge and experiences.
  1. Identify, share and compare methodologies, techniques and tools used in the different countries in the Education / Adult Education and Health Education.
  2. Develop a positive approach in the field of problematic use of Social Networks, conducting a pilot study in this field.

The Project contains 6 main Activities

> Research on the patterns of use of Social Networks.

Online frequency, devices used to connect to the Internet, aims of the use of Social Networks, among others. The data analysis will be carried out in depth by the Project Partners and the results will be communicated through their digital platforms;

> Capacity building actions of the Project’s team on themes such as:
  1. development of new skills in the context of a positive approach to excessive use of social networks.
  2. positive approach to addiction studies.
  3. interdisciplinary perception “adult education – communication in public health – use of social networks” or others that prove useful to increase the responsiveness of the organizations involved in this theme.

> Visits to exchange knowledge and good practices

 In the course of the training actions, the Teams will visit other Organizations that have work experience within the scope of the project.

> Workshops:
  1. WS1 – Analysis of the results of research on patterns of use of social networks.
  2. WS2 – Creation of guidelines for the use of the internet and dependence on social networks. Each specialist in the different areas of knowledge will contribute to this regard.
  3. WS3 – Monitoring and analysis of social network information.

> International Competitions
  1. First Contest “Using social networks against internet addiction on social networks”. Viral videos produced by social networking users about their problematic use or internet addiction will be launched on social networks themselves to create awareness.
  2. Second contest aimed at university students of communication sciences, arts or related disciplines. They will draw up guidelines on the excessive use of social networks that can later be turned into viral films by other institutions for use in their social networks.

> Awards ceremony

The last meeting of the project will feature the award ceremony event. This will be a multiplier event that will be attended by decision-makers, representatives of relevant organizations in the areas of education and public health and local / national media in Turkey.

The Partners


Dianova Portugal was invited to join the consortium led by the Directorate General of Health of Turkey. This is due to its expertise in the area of addiction and health cause communication campaigns such as the #dontletthempossessyou awareness campaign on internet addiction 2016.

Besides, Dianova pioneer in the area of addiction without substances, such as the Internet, Social Networks, Online Games or Gaming.

The consortium also includes Kairós Sociedad Cooperativa de Iniciativa Social (Spain) and Cassandra Solutions Società Cooperativa (Italy).

The project began on 10/01/2017 and will last for 24 months.

drug addiction treatment“Drug Addiction Awareness on Adults” 2015 – 2016 COMPLETED

Dianova Portugal was one of the 5 partners of the project “Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices | The Communication Strategy on Drug Addiction “2015-2016. It was financed by the ERASMUS + Program | KA2.

Dianova Portugal participated in partnership with the Turkish Green Crescent Society (Turkey, Project Coordinator). Including Istanbul Halk Sagligi Mudurlugu (Directorate General for Health, Turkey), EURAD (Netherlands) and Nationaline Tabako Ir Alkoholio Kontroles Koalicija (Lithuania).

The project aimed at the design of an integrated communication strategy that allows a scientific vision for the improvement of Media instruments. The aim is to raise awareness among adults about addictions.

The DAWA project included:

  1. international training meetings on communication in public health in the 4 countries (conducted between May and October 2015).
  2. the development of a communication strategy in health.
  3. a university competition also in the four countries (2016), with an award ceremony for the national and international winners with videos on this adult-oriented awareness campaign (June 2016). It was released in the 4 countries (2016).

National and International Winners Award Gala

This project was concluded with the International Video Contest Let’s talk about this, You’re not alone!. Aimed at students of Professional Schools and Universities in the areas of Multimedia Communication and Journalism, between 15 and 25 years.

The Gala Awards and Gala Dinner Ceremony was held on 10 June in Istanbul. The 12 Finalists from the 4 countries participated, with the 3 Winners Awarded being Turkey in 1st place, 2nd Holland and 3rd Lithuania. The 1st national Winner video from Portugal.

60th CND Session – UNODC, “DAWA” Side Event, Vienna 2017

UNODC 60th CND Session, March 13-17, Vienna, Austria. Dianova Portugal participated as Speaker on March 16 in the “DAWA: A FIVE-STEP APPROACH TO PREVENTION” Side Event.

Dianova presented the conclusions. “DAWA 2015-2016 transnational project from the Portuguese perspective. Health Communication Learning Lessons and Achievements from the Portuguese Perspective”.