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The WFPHA, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), developed in 2015-2016 “A Global Charter for the Public’s Health” (The Charter).


Context

Resilient public health systems are needed both on a local and global scale and within every country. However, the current situation consists of fragmented, variable and incomplete public health services and functions, with little common understanding of what a good public health service should look like.


Vision

The Declaration of Alma-Ata on Primary Health Care in 1978 and the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion in 1986 had a major influence on improving health throughout the world. The intention of the Charter is to take the next step in providing a succinct and practical implementation guideline to public health associations. 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.


Objectives

  • Encourage work between non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities, civil society members, governments and corporations
  • Plan and implement strategies for better health outcomes globally
  • Ensure a comprehensive approach to tackling the threats to health everywhere

Components

The Global Charter for the Public's Health provides new insights into the direction of public health and provides guidance for both ‘services’ (a group of core services - ProtectionPrevention and Promotion) and ‘functions’ (a group of enabler functions - Governance, Advocacy, Capacity and Information).

  1. Governance: public health legislation; health and cross-sector policy; strategy; financing; organisation; assurance: transparency, accountability and audit.

  2. Information: surveillance, monitoring and evaluation; monitoring of health determinants; research and evidence; risk and innovation; dissemination and uptake.

  3. Protection: international health regulation and co-ordination; health impact assessment; communicable disease control; emergency preparedness; occupational health; environmental health; climate change and sustainability.

  4. Prevention: primary prevention: vaccination; secondary prevention: screening; tertiary prevention: evidence-based, community-based, integrated, person-centred quality healthcare and rehabilitation; healthcare management and planning.

  5. Promotion: inequalities; environmental determinants; social and economic determinants; resilience; behaviour and health literacy; life-course; healthy settings.

  6. Advocacy: leadership and ethics; health equity; social-mobilization and solidarity; education of the public; people-centred approach; voluntary community sector engagement; communications; sustainable development.

  7. Capacity: workforce development for public health, health workers and wider workforce; workforce planning: numbers, resources, infrastructure; standards, curriculum, accreditation; capabilities, teaching and training.

 

For more information on the different components read the Charter in Brief


The History of the Charter

Creation

Due to the increasing complexity of public health challenges, Dr. M. Chan, WHO Director-General, invited the WFPHA, in 2012, to debate public health in today's global settings. This activity has been one of the three main topics of the past and current WFPHA-WHO collaboration plans, which includes the World Congress on Public Health and the development of regional federation of public health associations. The work has led to what we know now as 'A Global Charter for the Public's Health'.

The work lasted for some years and involved two main groups: the WFPHA international office and the Public Health Professionals' Education and Training Working Group and task force, chaired at the time by Ehud Miron.

The international office conducted a literature review of the terms 'global health' and 'global public health, and a DELPHI-like study, engaging in a debate with the main stakeholders in public health and related fields to discuss what global health is today, what skills are needed by public health professionals, and how public health should increase its performance in making advocacy. 

The taskforce examined models and built upon existing country and regional level essential public health functions and operations, for example from WHO, PAHO, EURO, the USA, UK, Australia and Canada, proposing the framework reported in the Charter.

The outputs of these two groups were shaped by a drafting team on the Charter, incorporating inputs from the WFPHA policy committee, governing council, as well as from the WHO. 

The Charter was published in 2016, in the European Journal of Public Health, in association with an editorial.   

Background Papers

Lomazzi M, Jenkins C, Borisch B.
Global Health Action 2016, 9: 28772
DOI: 10.3402/gha.v9.28772
 
Global Public Health: A Review and Discussion of the Concepts, Principles and Roles of Global Public Health in Today's Society
Chris Jenkins*, Marta Lomazzi*, Heather Yeatman, Bettina Borisch. * equally contributed
Global Policy DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12302
 

 

Media

Click to see the introductory video

WFPHA current and former presidents talk about the A Global Charter for the Public's Health


The Charter: Article & Editorial

A Global Charter for the Public's Health - the public health system: role, functions, competencies and education requirements

M. Lomazzi

The European Journal of Public Health 2016;

DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckw011

 

The Global Charter for the Publics Health (editorial)

Michael Moore; Martin McKee; Bettina Borisch; Walter Ricciardi

The European Journal of Public Health 2016 26 (2): 207

DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckw013

 

Finnish Editorial on the Global Charter for Public Health (in Finnish)

Press Releases

The Press release for the A Global Charter for the Public's Health is available in different languages.

English Version

Chinese Version

Russian Version

Spanish Version

 

WFPHA Members sustain the Charter

Malta Association of Public Health Medicine - press release

attach xxl MAPHM Press statement – A Global Charter for the Public’s Health

If you need any other information, please, contact our headquarters.

Events

The WFPHA is organizing many events to release the Charter and debate with health professionals and public in general the importance of a new comprehensive approach of global public health.

Upcoming Events

The 15th World Congress on Public Health program will focus on the Charter and its application! Do not miss this oppurtunity! For more information, click here.

Past Events

Global Health: How to develop a healthier world?

07.06.2016 University of Geneva

Salle U300 – Uni Dufour, Geneva, Switzerland

18.30 - 20.30

Experts from different domains have joined this round table event.

Video summary available here

Speakers:
Prof. Bettina Borisch - Executive Director, WFPHA
Prof. Antoine Flahault - Director, Global Health Institute, UNIGE
Dr Edward Kelly - WHO

Round-table:
Prof. Gian Luca Burci -  IHEID, UNIGE
Dr. Jean Simos - IFEH and UNIGE
Prof. Matthias Kliegel - CIGEV

Chair
Jamil Chade - «O Estado de São Paulo», Brazil

Event held in French


Global and local: Public Health and Primary Care in action!

23.06.2016

Room IX, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

18.00-19.30
Side event within the World Health Assembly       

Organized by the delegations of World Federation of Public Health Associations, The Network Towards Unity for Health, International Federation of Medical Students Associations, World Organization of Family Doctors, International Alliance of Patients' Organizations and Slovenia.

On Monday, 23rd May the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) presented the “Global Charter for the Public’s Health” to the international Health Audience during a well attended event at the 69th World Health Assembly. The Global Charter is the fruit of a collaboration of the WFPHA with a large number of international individual stakeholders and institutions in the field of Public Health as well as with WHO. It is meant to provide a global framework for all actions that will lead to health for all. The Charter reads in the context of the Social Development Goals (SDGs). The Charter calls upon the basic enabler functions such as education, information, advocacy and governance. All this on the basis of free citizenship in participatory societies / environment.


United Nations Environment Programme

04.04.2016

Bettina Borisch, WFPHA executive director, has presented the Charter at UNEP, in a special event to prepare Geneva-based stakeholders to UNEA-2 (United Nations Environmental Assembly). The event is organized by the Geneva Environment Network, UNEP Regional Office for Europe and UN-NGLS.

More information available here.

 

 

 

 

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