The revival of mosaic artistry in Cyprus, led by Loucia Serghiou, signifies a reconnection with the island’s heritage, bridging past and present through art. Serghiou’s work in her Nicosia workshop celebrates Cypriot culture, maintains traditional techniques, fosters community engagement, and inspires a new generation with the ancient craft of mosaic making.
Health & Beauty
World HIV and AIDS Awareness Day is a crucial event that educates people about the dangers of HIV/AIDS and promotes prevention strategies, particularly among highrisk groups. Efforts to integrate HIV prevention into national health strategies, address infection rates among injectable drug users, and ensure accessible testing and treatment are also highlighted on this day.
Cyprus consistently allocates 6% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to healthcare spending, prioritizing the wellbeing of its citizens despite the European Union average dipping to 8.1%. This stable financial commitment reflects the nation’s strategic choice to maintain accessible and highquality healthcare services as a pillar of societal stability and prosperity.
The national mental health strategy discussion in Cyprus is focused on addressing critical gaps in the mental health care system, including infrastructure deficiencies, the need for better patient support, the low bed ratio compared to European standards, and the importance of personalized treatments for eating disorders. The strategy aims to ensure dignified care, societal reintegration for mental health patients, and break societal taboos, with a call to action for government transparency and reform.
The Cyprus AntiCancer Society has been providing free supportive and palliative care services to cancer patients for over 50 years. With specialized care centers, home medical and nursing care, transportation, and various support services, the Society strives to enhance the quality of life for those fighting cancer. Visit their official website for more information.
The House health committee in Cyprus urgently appeals to increase the state budget allocation to €4 million to support families accompanying patients for overseas medical treatment. The committee emphasizes the need to ease the financial burden of nonmedical expenses such as travel, accommodation, and daily sustenance for these families.
Paphos General Hospital in Paphos is transforming renal care with a new haemodialysis unit that offers advanced technology, specialized spaces for vulnerable groups, and inclusive design for patients with disabilities. This development addresses the growing need for quality kidney disease management and diabetesrelated treatments in the area.