WFPHA Newsletter February 2019

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1.-WFPHA upcoming events

International Vaccination & Capacity Workshop 2019


Save the date!

After the success of its 2018 “International Global Health & Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop”, the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) is pleased to announce its 2019 “International Vaccination & Capacity Workshop” taking place on the 22nd of May in Geneva.
The workshop will discuss strategies and good practices to increase primary prevention through increased capacity (from human to infrastructures to sustainable investments and beyond) applied to the vaccination context.
Notwithstanding the scientific evidence of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, we continue to witness major outbreaks and deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases. The reasons are complex and vary between and within geographical regions and countries. These reasons include lack of health care access, resource constraints, population displacement due to war and violence, religious opposition, vaccine refusal, conspiracy theories, and philosophical reasons on the ethics and politics of mandatory vaccination.


Human Resources for Health (HRH) are at the core of “capacity”, which is an essential element of the Global Charter for the Public’s Health. Although there is increasing recognition that HRH are essential for the achievement of broader development goals, including Universal Health Coverage, we face a global crisis. This crisis is characterised by: sub-optimal leadership and governance; inequitable distribution; widespread shortages; poor performance; and lack of responsiveness to the needs of communities. The suboptimal resources for health are not limited to HRH only but embrace also infrastructures, institutional capacity, and strategic investment.
The WFPHA is taking the lead in enhancing the discourse on vaccination and capacity to enable its members, partners and stakeholders to increase their knowledge and advocacy efforts on these important global priorities. The workshop discussions will feed into the deliberations of civil society in the lead up to the United Nations Assembly in September 2019 on Universal Health Coverage.

Save your spot by registering here. The Workshop is FREE but registration is mandatory. 


Webinar on Migrants, Refugees and Health 

webinar migrantThe WFPHA Working Group on Health in Emergencies and Disaster is organizing a Webinar on Migrants, Refugees and Health, taking place on the 25th of March at 15.00-17.00 CET.

With one billion people on the move or having moved in 2018, migration has become a complex social and political issue. On 10 December 2018, over 160 countries adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. It is the first-ever UN global agreement on a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions. Now implementation of the Compact will take centre stage.

The UCL–Lancet Commission on Migration and Health steps in to provide evidence for cooperation and action. The report published online on December 5, 2018 documents the devastating impacts of forced migration and the overall benefits to the health of individuals and populations that migration generates. It also lays out a research agenda to better ensure the health of migrants.

Find out more about the topic and speakers here, and register here


2020 World Congress in Rome 

flyer romeThis time, the World Congress on Public Health is organized by the WFPHA together with the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI).

The Congress serves as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on key public health issues.

In Rome 2020, we are expecting to attract over than 4,000 delegates!

The theme of the Congress, Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy, and Action, reflects our firm commitment that we, in the global public health community, have an obligation to respond to these new circumstances. We must make visible the threats to health. We must challenge and hold to account those with the power to make a difference. And we must act, making real our commitment to health in all policies. We aim to encourage your active participation in the WCPH 2020 programme!



• What happened to the Enlightenment?

• Leading the way to a healthier world

• The Earth: a strategy for survival

• Moving out of the silos

• Making a difference

• The information revolution

• Revolutionizing the public health workforce as agents of change

• High quality health systems to ensure health and well-being



Low cost registrations will be available from March 15 until November 30, 2019. Don't miss the opportunity. To register click here.

Fees below are inclusive of current VAT (22%) and are quoted in Euro.

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* Low Cost fees are NOT transferable and NOT refundable.

** Emerging countries are those state as “low-income” and “lower-middle income” as per World Bank country classifications. For a complete list of these countries, please check the World Bank website.

*** Eligibility criteria are available on the website. Proof of status is required to finalise the registration.

Register here



The 16th World Congress on Public Health offers excellent opportunities to learn from the latest research and practice from around the globe. Abstracts are invited for workshops and single presentations on all areas of public health research, practice, policy and education.


2.-The Global Charter for the Public's Health 

AMRThe WFPHA has released a joint paper in collaboration with the European Public Health Alliance: “The Global Charter for the Public’s Health: how can we use it to tackle AMR?”

AMR is a multisectoral problem, which must be dealt with on a regional, national, and supranational level. To systematically tackle AMR, there is a need for a framework that takes these preconditions into account. The Global Charter for the Public’s Health is one promising useful framework developed by the WFPHA.

This report represents one of the outcomes of our last year workshop on this topic. The Global Charter’s implementation is maintaining it’s progress! Read the full report here.


3.-144th WHO Executive Board

Main outcomes 

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The WFPHA attended the 144th WHO Executive Board, which took place from the 24th of January to the 1st of February 2019. This important meeting is designed to give effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly, to advise it and generally to facilitate its work.

Each year, taking part in this important meeting, is an opportunity for the Federation to advocate for better Global Health conditions. 

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It is also an occasion to train the young generation and involve them in International discussion 

on the improvement of health around the world.

Our Interns Laura, Megan, Maria Vittoria and Sai

 (photo right) attended the meeting throughout the week. They where able to witness the elected members discussing current health issues and solutions.

WFPHA supports the integration of the young generation into the center of the health-related decision-making process and intercultural collaboration.  


Statement from the World Heart Foundation 

The WFPHA officially supports the World Heart Foundation (WHF)’s statement delivered at the WHO Executive Board, in response to the Foundation for a Smoke-free World’s open letter. In this statement, the WHF reminds the WHO of it’s commitment to protect their policy-making process from tobacco industry interference, and the Sustainable Development Goal they initiated which strengthens the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries.

Moreover, the World Heart Foundation recommends that no government or organization should accept money from, endorse, or enter into partnerships with the Philip Morris International (PMI) funded “Foundation for a Smoke-Free World”.

Read the full statement here.


4.-WFPHA Working groups

Environmental Health

COP24Dr. Peter Orris, WFPHA Environmental Health Working Group member, attended the COP24 Climate Change Conference in Katowice Poland from the 2nd to the 14th of December 2018.

The climate and health summit is held annually prior to the Climate COP meeting and serves as a key anchoring event for advancing health-focused action, engagement and collaboration to address climate change. The Summit focused on the Call to Action on Climate and Health which outlines a set of ten priority policy actions for health leadership.

UNFCCC declared the meeting a success even though the negotiations are painfully bringing all countries participating along in the consensus. Negotiators from 196 countries and the European Union worked for two weeks on the Katowice Rulebook, implementing the Paris Agreement. More than a dozen intense meetings enabled negotiations to be successful on different topics regarding principles aimed at implementing the Paris Agreement.

Thanks to the consensus, which has been agreed on by the Parties because of their commitment, Katowice has become, after Kyoto and Paris, another milestone on the way towards a sustainable global climate policy. 

 Oral Health 

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The WFPHA Oral Health Working Group met on the 11th and 12th of February 2019 in Geneva, to discuss their past achievements, current opportunities and next challenges. Raman Bedi, Marta Lomazzi, Myron Allukian and Hyewon Lee (photo left) discussed the plannification of the next steps of the implementation of dental public health globally.

Their meeting in Geneva, was also the occasion to strenghten thier collaboration with the World Health Organization, The International Council of Nurses and other organizations. 




Global Health Equity and Digital Technology 

digital healthStefan Buttigieg, co-Chair of the WFPHA Global Health Equity and Digital Technology Working Group, represented the Federation at the WHO symposium on the future of digital health systems in the European region, taking place from 6-8 February in Copenhagen.

This important meeting defining the future shape of health in Europe, stressed out the great challenge of having healthcare systems in which public health professionals are skilled in digital issues.

The topic of digital health was also approached in relation to inequities, which lead to suggest that digital health measures could be a tool to couteract inequalities.  


5.-News from our Members

Chinese Preventive Medicine Association 

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The 2018 World Influenza Conference was held from September 8th to 9th in Beijing. It was hosted by the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association (CPMA), the Asia-Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza (APACI), the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC).

The conference was themed "Centenary of the 1918 influenza pandemic: preparing for the next one", aiming at strengthening the exchanges, communication and cooperation between experts and scholars in the field of global influenza prevention and control, and also improving the level of global influenza pandemic response.

More than 1200 experts, scholars and representatives from China’s National Health Commission, medical and health institutions, the World Health Organization (WHO) and international organizations all around the globe gathered to discuss the way to prevent and control influenza scientifically, and to promote the common development of global public health work.

The conference was set up with plenary and breakout sessions. In the plenary, nearly 20 world famous scholars and authoritative experts in the field of influenza prevention and control delivered the excellent speeches and shared the latest research results and successful experience respectively on five themes including global impact of influenza pandemics, pandemic preparedness plans and policy, elements of influenza pandemic readiness, elements of influenza pandemic response and integrating seasonal influenza intervention strategies as part of pandemic planning.

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 ZHANG influenza conference beijing  

Rick Bright, director of Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (USA) (on the left), delivers a speech at the conference. Zhang Wenqing, head of the Global Influenza Program of WHO (on the right) also gives a talk.



Six breakout sessions covered the topics related ensuring the adequacy of countries’ pandemic preparedness plans, pandemic influenza surveillance, laboratory diagnosis and early warning systems, effectiveness of public health interventions for influenza in pandemics, implementation of seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccination, implementation of seasonal and pandemic antiviral treatment, influenza virology and basic research to address pandemic readiness.

The 2018 World influenza conference pools wisdom, brainstorms ideas and accumulates consensus which builds a high-end academic platform and surely has a positive and far-reaching impact on the development of global public health.

Partnership of Public health

Partnership for Public Health award 3On the 13th of December, the Partnership for Public Health received the United Nation Population Fund Agency Award, which recognizes the efforts undertaken in Bosnia & Herzegovina to challenge dominant social stereotypes and contribute in advancing people’s rights. The Partnership for Public Health earned this award focusing on the improvement of elderlies life through their work in centers for healthy aging.





The Planetary Health Alliance 

PHA abstract callThe Planetary Health Alliance and Stanford University are organizing the third Planetary Health Annual Meeting on September 4-6, 2019 at Stanford University in California, USA. Abstract submission for oral and poster presentations are now open. In conjunction with the meeting, The Lancet Planetary Health will publish a booklet of selected outstanding abstracts. This year, there will be three categories for abstract submission: Scientific Research, Education, and Policy & Practice. Students and early career investigators who are citizens of LMICs are invited to apply for a travel scholarship with their abstract submission. The deadline for submission is April 1, 2019. Submitt your abstract here


6.- New interns 

Maria Vittoria Terni

Photo Maria VittoriaMy name is Maria Vittoria Terni, I am a second-year student at the Master of Science in Economics and Management of Government and International Organizations at Bocconi University, in Milan, where I also got my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management. During my academic career I had the occasion to take experiences abroad, particularly I went to Chile and India. Both these experiences allow me to raise my awareness of the inequalities that still are present in the world and a deep passion for developing countries started growing inside me. I have just finished an internship at Project for People Onlus, an international cooperation NGO settled in Milan that works in India, Benin and Brazil. We worked together on the big problem of malnutrition among children in Benin, and we designed a project for the prevention of the same with the cooperation of a local NGO. At that moment, I understood that the issue of Global Health was becoming very important to me. When I discovered the occasion to become an intern at the WFPHA, I decided to apply immediately. WFPHA represents to me the opportunity to extend my knowledge in Global Health and to take part at the advocacy activities to reach a better healthcare system in low-income countries. This adventure with the WFPHA has just started and I am the new member of the interns’ team, but I can not wait to see the developments of my contribution at the WFPHA! 


7.-Advertising & Courses

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For more info visit their website.

International Health Systems Program - Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health 

Study at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health!

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You’re a senior official or policymaker who strive to improve the health of citizens in your country? Enroll to one of the three courses offered by Harvard University:

Purpose:This course is designed to support prioritizing human resources development in reaching the WHO Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The course will provide new and innovative ways of addressing human resources policy and management issues. Participants will develop their own draft country strategic plans for human resources.

Purpose: Experienced Harvard faculty developed this workshop to better equip policy makers and managers to meet the challenges encountered designing, implementing and managing a health care decentralization transition.While both theory and practice will be included, the emphasis will be on practical skill building.

Purpose: This course is designed to improve the conceptual and practical skills of health care professionals who are trying to assess and improve the quality of health services. Participants attending this course will learn an effective conceptual framework for the design of an overall health improvement system; and learn to plan strategically for health system improvement. 


Menzies - School of Health Research 

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Study Public Health at Menzies!

You want to gain an effective framework and reliable tools which will enable you to comprehend and tackle complex population health and social issues in cross-cultural, local and global environments? Choose Menzies public health courses! Celestine Aho, postgraduate student tells you everything about her experience as a researcher

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 The Menzies malaria research program spans a broad range of research activities aimed at both prevention and treatment, from epidemiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology, immunology, molecular parasitology, clinical trials, and evaluation of the impact and cost-effectiveness of public health interventions.


Read about the student's experience and find more information about the programs here.  


8.-Communication to our members 

General Assembly 

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The next General Assembly of the WFPHA will take place on Saturday the 18th of May at the Graduate Institute. It is held in Geneva each May at the time of the World Health Assembly. As the General Assembly is primarily a business meeting to conduct the affairs of the Federation, its main delegates are the representatives of its Member associations. However, others are often in attendance, including observers and other interested parties. The scheduling of the GA, usually on the week-end prior to the WHA, facilitates the participation of WFPHA Member representatives, who may be Members of their own government delegations, as well as WHO and key government officials, including Ministers or their representatives. The General Assembly is also the time for key WFPHA Committees to meet and conduct business. 


If you are a member of the WFPHA and interested to participate, please let us know by contacting Eleonora De Cata,

Call for policy papers

The WFPHA and its Members influence international health policy through the development and implementation of policy resolutions and statements, as well as other advocacy initiatives. The WFPHA strongly encourages its members to develop policy papers and to advocate together for better local and global public health.

If you wish to submit resolutions or statements on relevant public issues at a national and global level, please consider the wider spectrum of the Global Public Health, reaching far beyond the medical paradigms. Issues such as equity, violence, environmental health, public health training and research, trade, social health insurance, workforce development are only few of the factors which everyday influence the health of people around the globe.

By passing your policy resolution at the next WFPHA Assembly (May 2019), you will have the possibility to reach a worldwide audience.

Policies should be submitted to  by March 15th and should comply with our guidelines. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information!



Journal of Public Health Policy - A Call to Ban the Mining, Transformation, Export, and Use of Asbestos and Asbestos-Containing Materials

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In May 2018, the General Assembly of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) adopted a resolution calling for a ban on the mining, transformation, export, and use of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials. Submitted by the Sociedad Española de Salud Pública y Administración Sanitaria (SESPAS), the new resolution builds upon a previous WFPHA resolution on asbestos, as well as on declarations published by the WHO. It also builds on the advocacy by health and non-health sector organizations to ban the extraction and use of all asbestos and asbestos-containing materials as a means to avoid future exposure to asbestos and to eliminate the global burden of asbestos-related diseases. Through this resolution, the WFPHA emphasizes the importance of public health advocacy as a core enabler function of global health governance as articulated in the Global Charter for the Public’s Health. Read the full article here



The Lancet - Working toward gender diversity and inclusion in medicine: «myths and solutions» 

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« Women's representation in science and medicine has slowly increased over the past few decades. However, this rise in numbers of women, or gender diversity, has not been matched by a rise in gender inclusion. Despite increasing representation, women still encounter bias and discrimination when compared with men in these fields across a variety of outcomes, including treatment at school and work, hiring, compensation, evaluation, and promotion. Individual and systemic biases create unwelcome environments for women, particularly for those who additionally identify with other traditionally devalued groups (eg, women of colour). This Review draws on several decades of research in the field of management and its cognate disciplines to identify five myths that continue to perpetuate gender bias and five strategies for improving not only the number of women in medicine, but also their lived experiences, capacity to aspire, and opportunity to succeed. We argue for a move away from a singular focus on interventions aimed at targeting individual attitudes and behaviour to more comprehensive interventions that address structural and systemic changes. » Read the full article here.

The Lancet - Offline: On scientific leadership 

A group of leading Italian researchers, including Walter Ricciardi, our Vice President, wrote the manifesto “for Creating a Unified List of Italian Forces Supporting Europe” depicting the scientific crisis Europe is facing. In this article, Richard Hortons agrees with the need to get back to an efficient European scientific leadership. It becomes urgent to react and respond to this decline in health and science.

“History is back in Europe. We are called upon to defend the rights and progress we have inherited. It is time to mobilise for Italy, for Europe, and for democracy.” Read the full article here