The World Youth Day is an event that brings together thousands of young people from all around the world, and each participant has an active role in protecting their health.
As part of the organizing team, we diligently monitor the global evolution of diseases and the risks associated with infectious diseases.
Vaccination stands out as one of the most effective measures in preventing diseases and the transmission of certain infectious diseases.
We strongly advise all participants to ensure they are vaccinated against several diseases, including measles, rubella, polio, whooping cough, hepatitis, and diphtheria.
There are health situations that necessitate daily care in order to control and monitor the progress of your medical condition. Pregnant women, elderly individuals, and chronic patients (e.g. diabetes) are groups to whom we recommend a medical consultation before the trip.
During this consultation, you will be informed about recommendations and preventive measures to adopt so that you can safely proceed with your journey.
It is advisable to have a health declaration that describes your medical condition, as well as your vaccination record.
It is recommended that each pilgrim prepares a health kit. This kit aims to help manage various health situations, from the management of chronic diseases to mild symptoms or even minor wounds and injuries.
If you have a chronic illness, don't forget to bring your medication(s). If you are traveling by plane, request a statement from your doctor indicating that you need the medication(s).
Pain relievers (such as paracetamol, ibuprofen) and medications for gastrointestinal symptoms (such as metoclopramide, domperidone) can be quite useful.
Additionally, prepare a small first aid kit with band-aids, saline solution, and dressings to help treat minor wounds and injuries.
The World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 will take place in the month of August in the city of Lisbon. Lisbon is known as a tourist destination, attracting people from all around the world. One of the most appealing factors is the climate, with temperatures expected to exceed 30ºC (86ºF) during this month.
Take this into consideration when preparing your clothing and footwear. Pack comfortable clothes, preferably made of cotton and in light and cool colors. Always carry a hat with you for sun protection, to avoid heatstroke and sunburns.
Don't forget to bring high-protection sunscreen to prevent sunburns on your skin.
are following the evolving situation of infectious diseases in the
world. One of the most effective strategies to prevent some of these
diseases is vaccination for both pilgrims and volunteers.
health: get vaccinated.
Before traveling, it is important to inform a family member or close friend about the location where you will be staying and the contacts of the places you will be staying. It is also necessary to establish who the emergency contacts are, so that, if necessary, the national authorities can get in touch with them.
We recommend that every pilgrim carries a first aid kit with essential materials for basic care:
- Regular chronic medication (for those with chronic illnesses);
- Medication for acute illnesses (paracetamol, ibuprofen, oral antihistamines, topical antiseptics for simple wounds);
- Disposable masks;
- Pocket-sized alcohol-based antiseptic solution;
- Single-dose saline solution;
- Adhesive bandages;
- Suitable sunscreen;
- Moisturizing cream to aid in cell repair (e.g., skin irritation, sunburn);
- Suitable insect repellent.
- Wash your hands frequently, especially before eating or preparing meals, after using sanitary facilities, after using public transportation, if you are sick or a caregiver for someone who is sick, or after contact with animals;
- Consume water from a known and safe source (tap water or bottled water);
- Consume foods from known and safe sources. Prefer fully cooked foods and consume them without delay after preparation;
- Avoid high-risk foods: seafood, dairy products, foods rich in eggs, creams or sauces, heavily manipulated or shredded foods (such as Bacalhau à Braz) or minced foods (e.g., hamburger), raw foods (salads and fruits);
- If you choose to consume raw foods, wash them thoroughly with running water and peel fruits;
- Do not share bottles/flasks, glasses, cutlery, clothing, or other personal or hygiene items.
- Frequent hand hygiene (washing or using alcohol-based solution).;
- Use a mask if you are sick (with fever and/or respiratory symptoms) or for personal protection (especially in poorly ventilated spaces, public transportation, crowded areas, or when taking care of a sick person);
- Cover your mouth and nose with your forearm when coughing or sneezing;
Stay in well-ventilated spaces.
- Apply appropriate insect repellent to the skin and clothing;
- Reduce exposed skin area by wearing long-sleeved clothing, long pants, and socks. Tuck pants into socks;
- Use mosquito nets in accommodations located in areas with mosquitoes.
- To prevent tick-borne diseases, avoid exposure to ticks. If bitten, remove the tick immediately using tweezers and disinfect the area. Use insect repellents on the skin and, if necessary, on clothing;
- Contact a doctor or the health helpline (SNS 24 - 808 24 24 24) immediately if you experience fever or flu-like symptoms, or if you develop a circular red rash. Remember to inform the doctor that you have been bitten by a tick or have recently spent time outdoors.
The World Youth Day will take place in Lisbon during the month of August. Lisbon is known for its high temperatures and hot climate. A set of precautions is recommended for pilgrims to enjoy the WYD while reducing the risks associated with excessive sun exposure (dehydration, heatstroke):
- Seek shaded areas to reduce sun exposure, especially during the hottest hours (10 am to 4 pm);
- Limit physical activity during the hottest periods. When engaging in physical activity, use sunscreen, wear a hat, and choose loose and lightweight clothing;
- Drink plenty of water regularly and have light and fresh meals. For children and the elderly, encourage water consumption and remind them to drink water regularly;
Opt for consuming fresh foods that are rich in water.
case of intoxication call 800 250 250.
In case of intoxication through contact with the eyes,
rinse thoroughly with running water for 15 minutes, holding the eyelids apart.
Do not apply any products.
In case of intoxication by skin contamination, remove
contaminated clothing. Wash thoroughly with running water for 15 minutes.
In the case of animal bite intoxication, apply heat in
the case of spiderfish and cold in the other cases.
In case of intoxication by inhalation, remove the
intoxicated person to the open air.
In case of intoxication by ingestion, do not induce
vomiting. Give a few sips of water or milk to drink.
medical emergency starts with you. Learn Basic Life Support! Cardiopulmonary
arrest (CPA) is a sudden event and consists of the sudden interruption or
failure of cardiac and respiratory functions. These situations mostly happen
outside the hospital. When Basic Life Support (BLS) is started early, the
victim's probability of survival is high, but if it is not applied, the chances
of survival decrease by 10% with each passing minute, so that after five
minutes, the probability to survive will be less than 50%.
situations where the victim is not breathing, the immediate action of those who
witness the event is fundamental. This is because SBV substantially increases
the victim's chance of survival when initiated within the first few minutes
after cardiac arrest. It's simple: After ensuring the safety conditions of the
place where the victim is, check if they are conscious by gently shaking their
shoulders and calling for them. In case the victim does not respond, consider
they are passed out (unconscious) and then assess whether they are breathing,
using the VOS technique: See if the chest expands, Hear the passage of air and
Feel the breath on the face. If the victim is not breathing, call 112
immediately (or make sure someone does), leaving the victim if necessary or
using the loudspeaker of your cell phone so that you can start chest
compressions at the same time. Perform SBV until the victim recovers, you become
exhausted or differentiated help arrives.