52th General Assembly - 2018

General Assembly Meeting Agenda

May 20th 9 a.m to 5 p.m.

Maison de la Paix

Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, 1202 Genève

1st Part – Chaired by M. Moore


1.0 Session Opening – (M. Moore)

2.0 Adoption of the Agenda – topics for voting underlined – (M. Moore)

3.0 Approval Minutes 2017 GA – (M. Moore)

4.0 Strategic plan (L. Rispel) – 15 min

5.0 Elections (M. Asnake & M. Moore) - 25 min

     5.1 Vice-President/President Elect

     5.2 New GC members

6.0 Finance Committee, 2017 Closing, 2018 Budget and Fundraising (M. Gissler & E. De Cata) – 15 min

7.0 Membership Updates (M. Lomazzi) – 10 min

8.0 Policy Committee – 15 min

     8.1 Policy Committee Report (I. Hernandez)

     8.2 A Global Call to Action: Asbestos – submitted by SESPAS (I. Hernandez)

     8.3 Integrating Oral Health into Public Health Systems using the Framework of Global Charter for the Public’s Health - submitted by WFPHA Oral Health WG (R. Bedi)

9.0 A Global Charter for the Public’s Health Implementation (B. Borisch & M. Moore) – 10 min

       9.1 Successful stories

       9.2 Diplomats of the Global Charter

       9.3 Next steps

10.0 World Congress on Public Health – 15 min

       10.1 16th WCPH – Melbourne – Report (M. Moore)

       10.2 17th WCPH – Rome – update and official MoU signature (C. Signorelli)

       10.3 Congress Turnover (M. Asnake & M. Lomazzi)

11.0 Report from the International Office (B. Borisch) 10 minutes

12.0 Media and Communications 5 minutes  (M. Lomazzi)

       12.1 Website & Social media

       12.2 Journal of Public Health Policy

13.0 Collaboration plan with WHO & meeting with Dr Tedros (R. Krech) – 10 min



2nd Part – Chaired by L. Rispel


14.0 Hand-over to the new president (L. Rispel)

15.0 Presentations from the members (2 minutes each)

16.0 Report of the Working Groups (5 minutes each)

       16.1 Oral Health (R. Bedi)

       16.2 Tobacco Control (J. Chauvin)

       16.3 Global Health Equity (L. Rispel)

       16.4 Environmental Health (P. Orris)

       16.5 Public Health Professionals' Education and Training (P. Robinson)

       16.6 Women, Adolescent and Children’s Health (J. Lewis)

       16.7 Public Health in Disasters and Emergencies (C. Wannous)

       16.8 Student & Young Professional (T. Piggott)

17.0 Report of the Regional Federations of PHAs (5 minutes each)

       17.1 AASPA (C. Betts/M. Lombera)

       17.2 AFPHA (T. Bishaw/F. Senkubuge)

       17.3 APRLO (Y. Weizhong/Y. Heya)

       17.4 EUPHA (D. Zeegers)

18.0 Advisory Board report - 5 minutes

19.0 AOB 5 minutes

20.0 Adjournment and Call to Meet at:

       20.1 International Global Health & Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop 2018, May 23rd 2018 - Campus Biotech, 9 ch des Mines, Geneva.

       20.2 Indigenous Health Event, May 24th 2018 1pm to 5 pm Campus Biotech, 9 ch. des Mines, Geneva.

       20.3 52nd General Assembly, May 2019, Geneva, Switzerland


All documents to be discussed are available at:


WFPHA cannot, unfortunately, provide any travel or accommodation reimbursement.

Members from low-income countries can obtain financial help from CAGI for accommodation in Geneva. If you are interested, visit http://www.cagi.ch/en/delegates-welcome/accommodation-for-delegates.php and apply directly with CAGI. WFPHA can provide invitation letters upon request.

Practical Information:

How to get to the Maison de la Paix

The Maison de la Paix is located at Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, on the corner of Avenue de France, a few minutes walk from Place des Nations.

By tram: Tram 15 will take you from the main Geneva railway station “Gare Cornavin” to the stop “Maison de la Paix” in about five minutes.

The Maison de la Paix is about two minutes’ walk from the tram stop, just across the railway bridge. Trams run every five minutes during the day. Single tickets cost CHF 3.00 and are valid for one hour, from anywhere in Geneva. For more info visit www.tpg.ch.

51th General Assembly - 2017

2017 WFPHA General Assembly Main Outcomes

The 2017 General Assembly of the WFPHA took place in Melbourne, Australia, during the 15th World Congress on Public Health (15WCPH).

The “A Global Charter for the Public’s Health” (GCPH) is the main output of WFPHA collaboration plan with the World Health Organization (WHO) to adapt today’s public health to its global context in the light of and in conjunction with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The implementation phase had started in 2016 with the Commonwealth Implementation Tool for the "Global Charter for the Public's Health" and a survey that has been sent to all PHAs and IANPHI members.
During the General Assembly 2017 many successful stories have been presented to show how the Charter can be applied locally and globally to reshape PHA strategic plans and as a tool for advocacy. Public health association of Australia (PHAA) has already re-shaped its strategic plan around the Charter, Norwegian public health association has promoted the Charter during the pre-electoral process and with the new political leaders of the country; Panama public health society has launched an initiative “Generation Healthy Panama 2030”, in line with WFPHA’s Charter for the Public’s Health, AASPA’s Declaration of Panama, and the SDGs to promote and systematically measure universal access to a set of specific social determinants of health throughout the life cycle, ABRASCO has sent to the government a position statement on the decision to cut health funding on the basis of the Charter, Taiwan public health association has translated the document into Chinese and that has started a big diffusion in the country.

More information available here.

Dr R. Krech, Director, Office of the Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation at WHO and WFPHA Diplomat of the Global Charter, has underlined the importance of the Charter in the Global arena and of the fruitful collaboration between WFPHA and WHO in his intervention. The Charter has been developed in collaboration with the WHO with many discussions and has been taken very seriously by all PHA’s and the WFPHA. The Charter is a living document that can be used to reconfigure what public health is all about in different regions, particularly after crises e.g. Ebola. Consultations with health systems and innovation colleagues have occurred, and a resolution in public health was resealed during the last World Health Assembly with additional comments to be made in the coming World Health Assembly. The Charter is tied up with national institutions and we want to see how this relates to the global initiative. Adaptations in different regions to the Charter have and will occur. Institutions will undergo reform and can use the Charter for essential public health functions as a practical application. The process needs to continue so that we can argue and advocate for public health by bringing together the different national public health associations and institutes and use the same document to structure public health.


R. Krech, L. Rispel and T. Bishaw at 15th World Congress on Public Health

During the General Assembly WFPHA has officially launched the Diplomat of the Global Charter, a title to be awarded to public health professional engaged in improving global health and willing to sustain the Global Charter for the Public’s Health's revolution within his/her working and living context. During the Assembly the following stakeholders have been awarded with the Diplomat of Global Charter:
•Rüdiger Krech (Director, Office of the Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation of WHO).
•Michael and Helen Moore (WFPHA president and CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia).
•Bettina Borisch (WFPHA Executive director and professor of Global Health at the University of Geneva).

The general assembly has approved the following resolutions:

•Resolution 1: Exempt Tax on Dental Supplies and Equipment for Infection Control and Prevention

•Resolution 2: Scientific Evidence and Treatment Needed to Combat the Spread of HIV - Not Ineffective Travel Bans

•Resolution 3: A Human Rights Approach to Preventing and Responding to Violence against Women and Girls

You are all invited to read and spread and implement these resolutions!


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Miguel Gerardo Lombera González from Mexico has been elected to seat on the GC for AMR.


Two main events took place during the congress. These included a meeting to discuss the student and young professional section of WFPHA, and a World Leadership Dialogue on the Future of Young Professionals and Public Health (featuring Stefan Buttigieg, Manasi Parikh and Thomas Piggott). Livestreaming of these events is available, watch it!

Regional federations had very successful meetings during the congress. Regional federation reports are available in the 2016 WFPHA Annual Report (page 23).

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Asia-pacific meeting @ WCPH 2017 in Melbourne


Many working groups led successful World Leadership Dialogues and held their face-to-face meetings during the congress to review activities and make plans for the furture.
WGs reports are available in the 2016 WFPHA Annual Report (page 18).

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WFPHA Oral Health WG World Leadership Dialogue - linking the Global Charter with Oral Health

During the General Assembly a working group on Indigenous health, chaired by Adrian Te Patu, and a working group on Student and Young professionals, chaired by Thomas Piggott, have been created.

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1st Indigenous Working Group under the WFPHA was formed in the yarning circle

Several projects aiming at implementing the Global Charter for the Public's Health are on-going, focusing on strengthening advocacy, governance, providing reliable information etc. as reported in the Charter.

•Ghana Public Health Association upgraded to Full Membership
•Health Care Without Harm approved as PARTNER
•European Forum for Primary Care approved as PARTNER
The WFPHA extend a warm welcome to its new Members!


2016 WFPHA Annual Report is now available, read it!

Read the Members reports that have been presented during the GA.


Hugh R. Leavell Award is Given to Professor Mike Duabe at 15th World Congress on Public HealthHugh R. Leavell Award is Given to Professor Mike Duabe at 15th World Congress on Public HealthThe Hugh R. Leavell Award was given to Professor Mike Daube at the World Congress on Public Health. This honor is discerned upon an individual who has, in the WFPHA’s opinion, demonstrated exceptional contribution to improve population health globally or within a specific geographic region. The WFPHA established this award in 1979 as a memorial to one of its founding members: Dr. Hugh Rodman Leavell (1902-1976). This individual was deeply involved in international health activities through his teaching relationships with the Harvard University School of Public Health, his assignments as consultant with the Ford Foundation in India and as Director of a joint APHA-WFPHA international study of voluntary health organizations. Like Dr. Leavell, Professor Mike Duabe has been a public health advocate on the front against tobacco since 1973 in more than 30 countries. He has chaired the committee of experts that first recommended the Australian Government to introduce plain packaging. Beside this, Professor Daube is active in a large amount of public health issues as he serves as director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth. With a wide array of publishings on various public health topics, Professor Daube regularly speaks at many international health conferences around the world on a plethora of topics. As a professional, professor Daube has reached his colleagues, students and the public through his dedication to the field of public health and his advocacy and action toward the improvement of global standards of health.

Dr. Peter Orris was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the WFPHA to honor his merit in favor of the WFPHA and broader global public health. He graduated Harvard College in 1967, Yale School of Public Health in 1970, and the Chicago Medical School of the Rosalind Franklin University in 1975. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two children. Dr. Orris serves as Professor and Associate Director of the Great Lakes Center for Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health of the University of Illinois School of Public Health and is the Director of its Occupational Health Service Institute and Global Toxics Policy Program. He has worked at the Stronger Hospital of Cook County in the in the Division of Occupational Medicine for 35 years and is now a Senior Attending physician. On a global level, Dr. Orris served as an advisor to the World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization, and Health Care Without Harm. Dr. Orris dedicated his career to eliminate profits and racism in health care and has made quite a lasting impact on the field of global public health.

Professor Peter Orris accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award from the WFPHAProfessor Peter Orris accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award from the WFPHA

The Organizational Excellence Award was prestigiously presented to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) at the World Congress on Public Health. The dedication to global public health of MSF is unmatchable and outstanding. Medical doctors, nurses, epidemiologists and other health professionals have been known to sacrifice their lives traveling into war-torn areas to provide quality healthcare in neglected populations of victims and refugees during times of need. While there is an extremely devastating lack of health care in Syria due to the ongoing Civil War, MSF continues to be the leader in filling this gap. MSF provides vaccines to children that would go otherwise unvaccinated and protects them from the emerging diseases attributable to the repressed conditions of the physical and infrastructural environments there. With damage to the medical facilities in Syria and the obvious risk of terrorism that deters patients in need from going to hospitals, MSF works innovatively to provide high quality medicine with limited resources and to meet patients where they are. The staff at WFPHA and the members from health associations all around the world admire this organization and are honored to present this award.

50th General Assembly - 2016

2016 WFPHA General Assembly outcomes

A Global Charter for the public's health

The A Global Charter for the Public’s Health (GCPH) is the main output of WFPHA collaboration plan with the World Health Organization (WHO) to adapt today’s public health to its global context in the light of and in conjunction with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Charter aims to bring together the best of all the existing models and provide a comprehensive, clear and flexible framework that can be applied globally and within individual countries, whether low, middle or high-income. The A Global Charter for the Public's Health provides new insights into the direction of public health and provides guidance for both ‘services’ and ‘functions’. As such, when read in conjunction with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Charter has the potential to be a major influence globally. It is a document that ought to be taught in public health faculties and used to develop strategic approaches by public health associations around the world. The Charter has been published at the European Journal of Public Health. It has been officially presented at the Commonwealth meeting (May 22nd 2016), at the side event “Global and local: Public Health and Primary Care in action!” during the 69World Health Assembly and subsequently to the general public at the University of Geneva in June 2016. The implementation phase has started with the Commonwealth Implementation Tool for the "Global Charter for the Public's Health" and a survey that has been sent to all PHAs and IANPHI members as well as main international health related organization to see if and how the Charter can be applied locally and globally to reshape PHA strategic plan and as a tool for advocacy. Public health association of Australia (PHAA) has already re-shaped its strategic plan around the Charter.

Statement & Resolutions

The general assembly has approved the following resolutions (available at http://www.wfpha.org/policy-and-advocacy/resolutions):

  • Resolution “The integration of oral health into primary health care and public health system”
  • Resolution “Reducing Maternal Mortality as a Human Right”
  • Resolution “Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes”
  • Resolution “International Trade Agreements and Public Health”
  • Resolution “Zika virus and the Olympics: a public health disaster in the making?”

Moreover, two WFPHA statements have been presented at the 69th World Health Assembly:

New Governing Council Members

The nomination committee has presented:

  • three outstanding candidates for the VP-president elect position: L. Rispel, L. De Souza and J. Griemland. The GA has elected L. Rispel (South Africa) as new VP/president elect.
  • two outstanding candidates for the Asia Pacific seat on the GC: A. Bachtiar and A. Te Patu. The GA has elected A. Te Patu (New Zealand) to seat on the GC for the Asia pacific region. CPMA leaves its seat as Asia-pacific representative but will remain on the GC as regional office (ex officio).
  • five outstanding candidates for the young professional seat on the GC: Mustakim, N. Folmann Hempler, T. Tillmann, T. Pigott and S. Buttigieg. The GA has elected T. Pigott (Canada) as young professional on the GC. 

WFPHA Officers

Regional federations reports

Regional federations reports are available at http://wfpha.org/about-us-wfpha/regional-offices-en

Working groups reports

WGs reports are available at the respective website pages:

A new working group on Public Health in Emergencies and Disasters has been approved in principles. The new co- Chair, Ahmed Javed Rahmanzai and Chadia Wannaus will develop further the concept and set up the new WG.

New WFPHA Members

Full Members

  • Public Health Society of Panama (SPSP)
  • Malta Association of Public Health Medicine (MAPHM)
  • Public Health Association of Colombia (ACSP)
  • Jordan Public Health Association – pending the confirmation of multidisciplinary

Sustaining Members

  • International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF)

Regional Members

  • Alliance of Public Health Associations of the Americas (APHAA) – pending the reception of approved Statutes


  • International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI)
  • International Epidemiological Association (IEA) – mutual membership on-going

Memorandum of Understanding with AFPHA

  • MoU with African Federation of public health associations has been approved:14 new PHAs will be added to the current PHAs already members from the region. National PHAs from AFPHA to be accepted as Full or Associate Members upon MC decision. Membership fees collection will remain independent.

The WFPHA  extend a warm welcome to its new Members!

annual report

2015 WFPHA Annual Report & financial report (last page of the annual report)

WHO report

Dr R. Krech, WFPHA DTO, has underlined the importance of the Charter in the Global arena in his intervention.

MEMBERS report

Members reports

Amended Bylaws

2016 Bylaws amended

49th General Assembly - 2015

 2015 WFPHA General Assembly outcomes


 2014 WFPHA Annual Report.

2014 Financial Report

WFPHA Headquarters Report

Asia Pacific Regional Liaison Office Report

Amended Bylaws

2015 Bylaws amended

New Governing Council Members

Prof. Walter Ricciardi, Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health,

has been elected to sit on the WFPHA Governing Council for the EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA region

Dr. Tareq Salahuddin, Public Health Association of Bangladesh, has been elected to sit on the WFPHA Governing Council for the SOUTH ASIA region

Dr. Dominique Kondji Kondji, Cameroon Public Health Association, has been elected to sit on the WFPHA Governing Council for the AFRICAN region

Dr Bazarragchaa Nansalmaa, Mongolian Public Health Professionals’ Association, has been elected to sit on the WFPHA Governing Council for the ASIA PACIFIC region

WGs and Committees Chairs

New Chairs and committee/WG members election has been officialized. For more information, click here.

New WFPHA Members

* National Association of public health professionals (NAPP) - Sierra Leone: Full Member * All-Ukrainian Public Health Association: Full Member

* Network of Schools and Programs of Population and Public Health - Canada (NSPPPH): Regional Member * International Federation of Environmental Health: Sustaining Member

The WFPHA  extend a warm welcome to its new Members!

For more information, click here.

Statement & Resolutions

Statement by the WFPHA on Electronic Cigarettes

Support for WHO evidence-based publication on electronic cigarettes

The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) strongly supports the evidence-based position taken by the World Health Organization (WHO) following publication of its report on the issue of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), more commonly known as electronic cigarettes – or e-cigarettes.

To read the full statement, click here.

Oral Health Resolutions passed by the WFPHALogo Tooth2

Two resolutions on Oral Cancer prevention and Dental public health workforce , submitted by the Oral Health Working group of the WFPHA, have been passed by the WFPHA General Assembly.

For more information on the Resolutions and the Oral Health Working Group, click here.

New Working Group

A new working gropu on Women Children Adolescent has been created.

For more information, please contact D. Walker or J. Lewis .

Photos (click on the photo to see the slide show)

48th General Assembly - 2014

Reflections & Reports from the 48th WFPHA General Assembly:

On Sunday, May 18, during the WFPHA’s Annual General Assembly, my two-year term as WFPHA President came to an end. As I handed over the Presidency to Dr. Mengistu Asnake of Ethiopia, I reflected with satisfaction on what we have achieved over the past few years.

We improved the Federation’s organizational and policy influence capacity by expending our membership and concluded an innovative memorandum of understanding with the European Public Health Association which will serve as a model for similar agreements with other regional networks of public health associations; by developing and implementing the 2013-2017 Strategic Plan; by making our governance process more efficient and responsive; and by exploring new partnerships with potential partners and funders.

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We strengthened the global public health community through launching the pilot Job Share initiative (henceforth to be known as the WFPHA Fellowship Program) and holding a pilot skills-building workshop for public health associations in Africa on policy development and advocacy. The WFPHA was present at several public health association conferences, played a leadership role at the 1st Arab World Public Health Conference, and participated in global health conferences in Canada, Taiwan and Qatar. The Federation began exploring new partnerships with other professional organizations, such as the International Epidemiology Association.

We also took action on several priority public health issues. We approved new position statements on oral health, environmental health and international trade and public health; we galvanized attention on the issue of falsified/falsely-labelled medicines; and we embarked on a collaborative initiative with the WHO to define public health in today’s global setting. The Federation is also developing a statement to advocate for public health within the post-2015 human development agenda. We are also moving forward on advocacy and action on the issues of tobacco control and skills and competencies within public health education and training.

The planning for the 14th World Congress on Public Health, which takes place 11-15 February 2015 in Kolkata (India) is progressing well. During the face-to-face meeting of the International Congress Organizing Committee and the Congress Scientific Committee on May 16, the list of keynote speakers and the structure of the Congress’ program were finalized. Our colleagues at the Indian Public Health Association are putting into place the logistical arrangements in association with KW Conferences. We anticipate 2700 delegates from over 100 countries.

The General Assembly also saw the ratification of the recommendation made by the World Congress Bid Selection Committee to accept the bid by the Public Health Association of Australia to host the 15th World Congress in April 2017 in Melbourne (Australia). This will be a particularly important event, as it will coincide with the WFPHA’s 50th anniversary. The GA also confirmed Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia, as the Federation’s new Vice President/President-Elect.

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It has been an honour and a privilege serving the Federation. I am proud of what we have accomplished and put into place. I thank the members of the WFPHA Governing Council, the Advisory Board, the Federation’s various committees and working groups, our Geneva Headquarters staff and the many women and men from around the globe who have volunteered their time and provided invaluable input to help us create a vibrant and influential voice for global public health. I wish Mengistu and Michael all the best as they move the Federation to a new level.

Jim Chauvin

WFPHA Immediate Past-President

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