The Health visitor services provide preventive health-care services, through the actions of Motherhood and Child Protection Centers, Adult and Traveler Vaccination Centers and School Health services. In addition, they provide protection and health promotion programs for special groups, investigation of infectious diseases as well as design and application of health promotion programs for individuals and groups are available in order to promote, prevent and maintain public health.
- Drug Harm Reduction and Drop –in Center “TARGET”
The Nursing Service Administration coordinates “TARGET” Drug Harm Reduction and Drop –in Center, in cooperation with the Cyprus Anti-Drug Association in the context of Public Health and the broader strategy to support capacity building for volunteering and Non-Governmental Organisations a strategy of the Ministry of Health that resides under Good Governance Policy. Initiated in October 2013 its actions aim to fill a significant gap in the range of services offered for the treatment of Drug Addiction. It is the only “direct access” (Drop-in) and harm reduction program in Cyprus and is approved by the National Drug Addiction Authority. Hotline Services 1402.
The Educational Sector of the Nursing Services of the Ministry of Health was established in January 2013, as part of the strategic plan of the Nursing Services, to provide / organise Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for nurses, midwives and health visitors in Cyprus. The Sector is staffed with five nursing officers in General Nursing and one nursing officer in Psychiatric Nursing. All six members have significant experience in nursing education and hold a Master or a PhD degree. Following the termination of the operation of the former Nursing School of the Ministry of Health of Cyprus and the transfer of nursing and midwifery education to university level, the absence of nursing and midwifery educational programs leading to specialisation in Cyprus was more than apparent, therefore the establishment of the Sector covered this need as well. Furthermore, a valid licence to practice nursing and midwifery in Cyprus is required by the law and this licence must be renewed every 4 years. To do this, nurses/midwives need to provide evidence of at least 32 hours or 20 International Credits of CPD. In addition to the responsibility of the Sector to develop educational programs, it is also responsible for the organization and coordination of the clinical placement of the nursing and midwifery students, in all public hospitals of Cyprus and other government domains.