Overview of World Health Day events in Croatia

Dr Inge Heim

A large number of events on the theme "Beat diabetes" took place in Croatia to mark World Health Day 2016.

A celebratory event was held on St Mark's Square in Zagreb and was attended by:

  • the Prime Minister of Croatia, Mr Tihomir Oreskovic;
  • the Minister of Health, Dr Dario Nakic;
  • the Vice-President of the Croatian Government, Dr Bozo Petrov; and
  • all ministers of the Croatian Government.

The Ministry of Health set up a pavilion at which parliamentarians, as well as other citizens, were able to measure their blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and get advice from medical staff.      

Dr Nakic also participated in a press conference on the occasion of World Health Day, held at the Hotel Dubrovnik. In addition to the Minister, the conference was attended by:

  • Professor Davor Bučević of the Croatian Diabetes Association
  • Dr Antoinette Kaic-Rak, Head of the WHO Country Office in Croatia
  • Ms Tatjana Prenđa Trupec, Director of the Croatian Health Insurance Fund
  • Dr Ranko Stevanovic, Director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health
  • Dr Ines Strenja-Linic, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Social Policy.

A public health campaign called "What can I do for my health?" was held on the Flower Market Square. It emphasized simple lifestyle changes that can have a positive effect on the prevention of diabetes, such as regular physical activity and healthy diet. It was organized by:

  • the Croatian Health Insurance Fund
  • the Croatian Medical Chamber
  • the teaching hospital Sisters of Mercy
  • nurses from health centres in Zagreb East, Zagreb West and Zagreb Centre.

The Federation of Croatian Scout Associations promoted physical activity and healthy diet, particularly for young people.

The teaching hospital Holy Spirit jointly organized a press conference with the Mayor of Zagreb, Mr Milan Bandic. They also conducted video interviews with patients from the primary health care to hospital care levels, showing in practice how health care services are organized in Croatia.

Mayor Bandic organized the preparation of 1000 healthy meals, which were distributed to citizens to show the kinds of meals that people living with diabetes should ideally consume.

The medical faculty from the University of Zagreb organized a panel discussion with senior professors who initiated the Croatian integrated model of health care for diabetic patients.

Many other events were organized throughout the country, and World Health Day received significant media coverage in Croatia, as well.