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Viewpoint: From the launch of the Russian report

Aixa Aleman-Diaz (Assistant International Network Coordinator) recounts her experiences from the launch of the 09/10 International Report in Moscow last week:

On Friday the 15th of February, in a room packed to the rafters with journalists, network members, international representatives and attendees at the 17th Summit of Russian Pediatricians, HBSC and the WHO launched the Russian translation of the 09/10 International Report. Speakers and attendees were enthusiastic about the launch of this translation as it makes this valuable international dataset available to the Russian speaking world. This was first event of its kind in the Russian Federation, giving thousands of practitioners from across Russia the opportunity to access the printed and digital reports and speak directly with the experts that put it together. Following introductory presentations from the international network coordinator, representatives from the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the Russian Principal Investigator - questions and discussions focussed on the significance of the report’s findings from the Russian perspective. Oleg Churganov, the Principal Investigator for Russia, shared his experience and views on these issues, in addition to mapping out plans for the next wave of data collection, starting this year.

When questions were invited from the floor, a lively dialogue opened up with questions on data origins, how HBSC data compares with state data, the use of drugs amongst adolescents, the representativeness of the sample, the Russian questionnaire and the strengths and challenges of working across disciplines (especially clinical psychology and psychiatry). Oleg continued to talk about the key findings and trends that could be seen from the report. For example:

  • Rates of moderate to low physical activity are low for youth in the Russian Federation when compared with other eastern countries and the HBSC cross national average.
  • While alcohol and tobacco consumption remains high in comparison to many of the 39 countries and regions participating in the HBSC study, the Russian Federation shows the lowest rates of any of the countries that were formerly part of the USSR.
  • Decline in the number of 13 year-old girls who smoke at least once a week. Weekly smoking among 15-year-old boys and girls is also decreasing.
  • Russian 11, 13 and 15 year-olds reported generally high rates of satisfaction with their lives. These rates were higher than the HBSC cross national average, and had increased from the 2006 results.
  • As with other countries in the study, levels of physical activity in the Russian Federation are generally lower in girls and decline with age. Russian young people reported the lowest levels of exercise among all the countries formerly included in the USSR, and significantly less than the HBSC averages.

One of the most enduring messages from the press conference and following discussions was the universal complexity of adolescence and the fact that Russian society is not so dissimilar to its European and Northern American equivalents. Many of the attendees stayed behind after the press conference finished to speak with Oleg and collect extra copies of the report to take home and share with colleagues. To be sincere, it was a really touching and exciting moment, being able to watch this important piece of work grow legs and reach out to new audiences.

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contact: Mrs Aixa Aleman-Diaz

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[20-02-2013 to 01-07-2013]

 


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