The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia hosts workshop on preventing alcohol-related violence in south-eastern Europe

A subregional training workshop on preventing violence and alcohol-related harm was held on 19–20 June 2012 in Skopje. A special module of the TEACH-VIP (Training, Educating and Advancing Collaboration in Health on Violence and Injury Prevention) curriculum, developed by WHO and a network of global injury prevention experts, provided the framework for lectures and working groups on the harmful use of alcohol as an important risk factor for violence. 

Dr Marija Kisman, Head of the WHO Country Office, opened the workshop. Keynote presentations focused on two community surveys: on the prevalence of "adverse childhood experiences in Albania" given by Dr Gentiana Qirjako, University of Tirana, and "elderly maltreatment in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" given by Dr Marijana Markovik, Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.

The workshop was attended by about 30 participants, consisting of focal persons and experts from Member States of south-eastern Europe as well as Minister of Health Mr Nikola Todorov, Dr Alexandar Butchart (Violence and Injury Prevention Coordinator, WHO headquarters) and Ms Freja Ulvestad Karki (Senior Adviser Norwegian Directorate of Health). 

Participants resolved to:

  • promote the uptake of TEACH-VIP in health professional training;
  • use the materials for municipal level trainings for violence prevention practitioners;
  • and increase understanding of violence as a health and social outcome of the harmful use of alcohol.