WFPHA Newsletter May 2016

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1.- World Health Assembly Side Event

Indigenous WG Press Release 2019

Indigenous WG Press Release: Calls for Indigenous Status to be included in reporting against Sustainable Development GoalsPress Release Calls for Indigenous status to be included in reporting against Sustainable Development Goals 1 Page 1

The WFPHA's Indigenous working group presents a press release that details the topic of non-communicable diseases on Indigenous people around the world. NCDs contribute to 70% of deaths globally. Indigenous people, however, often carry a higher burden of these diseases. This means that Indigenous peoples life expectancy is anywhere between 5 and 10 years less than non-indigenous people.

Read the full press release here.


Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labels Policy

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A Pledge on Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labels

In 2018, WFPHA held a webinar on International Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labels. The webinar was a huge success and expert speakers provided valuable lessons and further reflections in bringing awareness and understanding to the consumer. At the conclusion of this webianr, a Call to Action was proposed on behalf of the WFPHA members. Food labelling systems can aid people adopt healthier diets by making easy and informed food choices. It can also have an impact on companies and lead to product reformulations to healthier versions. WFPHA encouraged government officials, health experts, food businesses, international organizations and consumers to adopt this call to action. 

Based on the results of the webinar and the Call to Action, the Public Health Association of Australia and the French Society of Public Health have created a pledge on Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labels to continue these efforts. This pledge includes a background on unhealthy diets, NCDs, and nutrition labels, as well as the main purpose, application methods, and a call to action on how to implement this pledge. The full pledge can be read here


Environmental Ethylene Oxide Policy

eto picture"Transitioning at Safe Substitutes for Ethylene Oxide as a Medical Sterilant of Devices and Supplies in Healthcare"

During the General Assembly in May 2019, the World Federation of Public Health Associations proposed the "Transitioning at Safe Substitutes for Ethylene Oxide as a Medical Sterilant of Devices and Supplies in Healthcare" Policy Resolution.

Ethylene oxide (EtO) is a chemical used to sterilize medical equipment in hospitals, healthcare facilities, and industrial settings. It is also used to fumigate items that cannot be sterilized by steam such as spices, cosmetics, and plastic devices. While over 99 percent of industrial use of EtO is for closed reaction to less volatile, explosive, and toxic derivatives such as ethylene glycol, less than 1% is used in sterilizing processes designed to kill bacterial and other living organisms. It is estimated that 50% of medical supplies worldwide primarily composed of rubber, plastic, paper, cloth, or mixed material surgical trays are sterilized in this manner. Workers, including those in health care, engaged in these activities and the surrounding communities are exposed on a regular basis.

While not compromising patient care, the orderly substation of less hazardous substances for medical supply and device sterilization is recommended where feasible and the immediate control of releases utilizing best available technologies. This policy recommends the biomonitoring of workers, communities, different exposure recommendations, and safer substitutes to be used in the healthcare setting. The policy concludes with a number of Action Steps for WFPHA to take to regulate the sterilization of medical supplies.


Environmental Anesthetic Gasses Policy

climate pic"Reducing Anesthetic Gasses Climate Foot Print"

During the General Assembly in May 2019, the World Federation of Public Health Associations proposed the "Reducing Anesthetic Gasses Climate Foot Print" Policy Resolution. 

While more study is necessary, a rough estimate published by the World Bank Group finds that the healthcare sector generated 2.6 billion out of the 52 Billion metric tons of CO2e globally emitted in 2011—or 5% of global emissions. 1 The investigators took into account the contribution generated by hospital activities, research and the production and distribution of pharmaceuticals. The analysis found that hospitals by far were the largest contributors of carbon emissions. Although the findings are worrisome, they suggest that greener health care delivery will have a large positive impact on our environment.

The policy calls that the World Federation of Public Health Associations join the professional organizations of anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists and take action steps that include: lowering greenhouse gas anesthetics, reducing gas escape from the operating theater utilizing practical modifications of practice, and providing national public health associations information concerning this issue to permit institution based professional members to aid in this effort.


Indigenous WG Press release: Indigenous knowledge is the way to planetary health and sustainable development

Indigenous WG Press release: Indigenous knowledge is the way to planetary health and sustainable development

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WFPHA's Indigenous Working group held a workshop on the 8th of April, 2019 in order to identity global Indigenous public priorities. Indigenous knowledge is important to a healthier and more sustainable planet. Adrian Te Patu, Co-Chair of the working group, believes that indigenous people of the world have always respected their environment, which is why is it necessary for them to be apart of the policy conversations on planetary health and sustainable development. The Indigenous working group works hard to prioritize the rights and knowledge of Indigenous people. This press release works to inform everyone of the importance of indigenous representation in order to better the environment.

Read the full press release here.

 

 

 

 


Planetary Health Alliance call

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The WFPHA co-signed a call initiated by the Planetary Health Alliance, the Clinicians for Planetary Health working group and World Organization of Family Doctors - WONCA. The initiative urges healthcare practitioners to get engaged in planetary health. The WFPHA supports doctors, physicians, nurses, and other clinicians protecting our health thanks to their unique capacity to understand and communicate the shifting landscape of planetary health challenges and the strategies. Read the call here


 
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3.- Point 2

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4.- News from our Members

Member 1

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Member 2

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Member 3

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5.- Members' Newsletters

 
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6.- WFPHA Members Communication

2015 Annual Report

The 2015 annual report is already available.

 
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7.- WFPHA Working Groups

Oral Health Working Group

Oral health needs to be placed high on the health agenda of policy and decision-makers in the world and to be integrated in a disease prevention approach. That's what emphasizes the working group's statement under the health systems item of the 69th World Health Assembly.

 

Statement on the integration of oral health into primary health care and public health systems

World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) speaking note

 

Excellences and Distinguished Colleagues,

The WFPHA is an international, nongovernmental organization composed of multidisciplinary national public health associations with an oral health working group.

The World Health Organization Global Oral Health Programme has worked hard over the years to put oral health high on the health agenda of policy and decision-makers in the world and has emphasized the importance of an integrated disease prevention approach. Oral diseases have common risk factors with other major chronic and non-communicable diseases and can be addressed through the integration of oral health within public health systems.

The WFPHA is aware that to recognize oral health as an integral part of overall health, public health care systems globally must include a comprehensive approach to oral health using the following strategies: integration of oral health into primary health care systems, mechanisms for inter-professional collaboration, community based prevention, and oral health promotion among all healthcare providers.

If we are to achieve this aim, we need to train a cadre of public health leaders, champions who can drive forward progressive agendas and spearhead systemic change at local, national and global levels, mobilizing a genuine political acknowledgement of, engagement with and leadership for the public’s health supported by a global public health system integrating oral health.

The WFPHA therefore urges that particular attention is paid to addressing this problem through high-level continuous education and training of leaders who can implement strategies and advocate for better oral health. This shall be the beginning of a process embracing the development of strategic capacities for all professionals that will be part of a new health era, more dedicated to common integrated preventive solutions.

Thanks you!


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8.- What's on

WORLD

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EUROPE

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9.- Meetings and Committees reports

Commonwealth Meeting

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10.- Publications

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11.- Upcoming events

WONCA Europe region conference 2019

Wed Jun 26, 2019 Bratislava, Slovakia
In these times of intense scientific research and technological changes, the human side of medicine is becoming more and more important. Read more...

65TH IPSF WORLD CONGRESS - KIGALI, RWANDA

Tue Jul 30, 2019 Kigali, Rwanda
The 65th IPSF World Congress 2019 will be held in a vibrant city of Kigali, Rwanda, hosted by Rwanda Pharmaceutical Student's Association (RPSA) from 30th July until 8th August 2019. Read more...

Swiss Public Health Conference «Child and Adolescent Public Health»

Wed Aug 28, 2019 ZHAW, Winterthur, Switzerland
On the basis of the lifetime perspective, the Swiss Public Health Conference 2019 will discuss the current state of child and adolescent health in Switzerland. A joint manifesto will be adopted at the conference. Read more...

THE 2019 PLANETARY HEALTH ANNUAL MEETING

Wed Sep 04, 2019 Stanford University, California, USA.
The conference’s overarching objective is to catalyze efforts towards resolving the great planetary health crises of our time.
It aims to strengthen the scientific case for planetary health framing.
Read more...

Public Health England Annual Conference 2019

Tue Sep 10, 2019 10 Sep 2019, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL,Conference Reception, Students' Union Building atrium,
Public Health England look forward to welcoming around 1500 participants to the Public Health England Annual Conference 2019, representing the wide range of organisations working together to improve the health of the public. Over two days there will be the opportunity to learn, share experience and network. Read more...

European Association of Dental Public Health 24th Congress 2019

Thu Sep 12, 2019 Culture and Convention Center Het Pand, University Ghent, Ghent Belgium
After our fruitful meeting in 2018 in Palma de Mallorca, it is our great pleasure to invite you to Ghent (Belgium) for the 24th congress of the European Association of Dental Public Health (EADPH). The theme of the congress is “Patient-centered care: multi-sectoral approaches to improving oral health” and will discuss and debate the biggest challenges to improve (oral) health for the current and future generations. Read more...

Australian Public Health Conference 2019

Tue Sep 17, 2019 Hilton Adelaide, SA

The Australian Public Health Conference (formally the PHAA Annual Conference) is a national conference held by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) which presents a national and multi-disciplinary perspective on public health issues. Read more...

African Federation of Public Health Associations- "Universal Health Coverage in Africa: The Role of Public Health Workforce."

Mon Oct 14, 2019 Kampala, Uganda
The Association of Schools of Public Health in Africa (ASPHA) invites you to our 2019 Conference. This year, we plan to have a conference in addition to our annual meeting and the celebration of the Silver Jubilee (25 years) of the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH). Read more...

Annual International Conferences on Law Enforcement and Public Health

Sun Oct 20, 2019 Edinburgh, Scottland
The annual International Conferences on Law Enforcement and Public Health brings together practitioners, researchers and policy makers from law enforcement (especially police, prosecutors and the judiciary), the breadth of public health, and local government to promote awareness of and better understand the importance of collaborations and partnerships in addressing complex social issues. Key themes at this extraordinarily multisectoral conference include mental health, violence, trauma, epidemic disease, alcohol and other drugs, marginalisation and vulnerability ... but the list of relevant issues is endless. The next conference, LEPH2019, will be in Edinburgh 20-23 October, 2019. Read more...

American Public Health Association- Annual Meeting and Expo

Sat Nov 02, 2019 APHA 2019 will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA 19107.
APHA 2019 will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA 19107. Read more...

12th annual YOUNG RESEARCHERS' FORUM- ASPHER

Wed Nov 20, 2019 @08:00 - 05:00PM Marseille, France
The Young Researchers Forum (YRF) is an exciting pre-conference event which will be taking place on Wednesday 20th November 2019 before the main Digital Public Health (DPH) and European Public Health (EPH) 2019 conferences open, in Marseille, France. Read more...

2019 IANPHI Annual Meeting

Tue Dec 03, 2019 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The scientific meeting provides opportunities for NPHI directors to share experiences and expertise, discuss common issues, and plan for future collaborations. In addition to robust scientific benchmarking and technical sessions, the meetings are rich settings for developing professional and institutional linkages.
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International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa

Tue Dec 03, 2019 Kigali, Rwanda at Kigali Convention Centre.
The convening of the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA 2019) in Kigali Convention Centre, Rwanda, in December 2019 represents a tremendous opportunity to highlight the diverse nature of the African region’s HIV epidemic and the unique response to it. Read more...
 
 
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