WFPHA Newsletter December 2017

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1.- International Global Health & Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop 2018

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The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) is committed to promote and protect global public health by supporting the establishment and organizational development of public health associations of public health, through promoting and undertaking advocacy for public policies, programs and practices that will result in a healthy and productive world.

 

The WFPHA recognizes that Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a major global health concern that needs to be addressed globally in line with the values stated in the Global Charter for the Public's Health. To contribute to the fight, the WFPHA will run an International Global Health and Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop on May 23rd 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. 

 

The International Global Health & Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop 2018 will consist in a one-day interactive presentations, discussions, and practical problem exercises engaging in lively and productive debates and contributions from all professional engaged in antimicrobial resistance. 

 

In particular, the Workshop programme will include topics on: 

- The complexity of Resistance

- AMR as a risk for health, security and development

- AMR surveillance and research

- Optimization of the use of antimicrobial agents

- Common problems and possible solutions for programmatic management of AMR

- International aspects of antimicrobial resistance

- Actors and partnership to fight AMR

- Sustainable investments for AMR

- AMR action plan & health system strengthening 

 

This workshop will convene experts in AMR at the global level to showcase experiences, challenges and possible solutions to face AMR. A special focus will be addressed on the need to set up resilient and secure health systems. 

 

Confirmed speakers include:

- Marc Sprenger, Director, Antimicrobial Resistance Secretariat, WHO;

- Manica Balasegaram, Director, GARDP;

- Herman Goossens, Opinion leader & former member of JPIAMR;

- Thomas Tängdén, Medical Director of ReAct

- April Johnson, Animal Health Officer, FAO;

- Peter Beyer, Senior Advisor, Dept. of Essential Medicines & Health Products, WHO. 

Participation to the workshop is free but registration is mandatory through our website or key contact. The link to register will be available from February 2018. 

 

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

Welcome to the New Diplomat of the Global Charter for the Public's health

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The new diplomat of the Global Charter for the Public's Health is Professor Laetitia Rispel !

She holds a South African Department of Science and Technology/ National Research Foundation Research Chair, entitled Research on the Health Workforce for Equity and Quality and is Professor of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In January 2017, she completed her five-year term as the Head (Dean) of the Wits School of Public Health. Clickhere to read more about her biography! 

 

 

 

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INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE NEW GLOBAL CHARTER IN CAMEROON

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The Cameroon Public Health Association, with the support of the WFPHA, and the African Federation of Public Health Associations, take the initiative to organize in Cameroon an international forum for the promotion of the new Global Charter for the Public's Health on March 14-16, 2018 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The main theme will concern the recognition of the most effective public health services and functions needed for implementing healthy public policies towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.  

The forum will be structured in the following way: an inaugural speech by the WFPHA; thematic conferences in plenary; workshops; symposiums; oral communications in parallel sessions; displayed communications; side-meetings; a social program, and a closing plenary. 

Find here the links to the documents: French and English.

 

The Global Charter for the Public's Health and its Potential for Addressing Health Inequities in South Africa

Schermata_2017-12-07_alle_11.08.01.png The Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) held its annual conference on 4-7 September 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The theme of the conference was: “A Global Charter for the Public’s Health: Implications for Public Health Practice in South Africa”. PHASA became one of the first national public health associations (PHAs) to deliberate on the implications of the Global Charter for the Public's Health community. Professor Laetitia was asked to give a plenary address at the conference, and shared the platform with the country representative of the World Health Organization, Dr. Rufaro Chatora.

In her plenary address, Professor Rispel provided a brief background to the Global Charter for the Public’s Health within the context of health inequities and social determinants of health in contemporary South Africa. She highlighted the potential contribution of PHASA, specifically, and civil society broadly, to address unacceptable health inequities in South Africa.

She argued that a strong national PHA is a prerequisite for action on the Global Charter, and among the several recommendations, she urged PHASA to strengthen legislation and regulation of unhealthy commodities; implement fiscal policies as a powerful tool to enable new investments in health and wellbeing; enforce governance and accountability; build networks and coalitions to advocate for human rights, social justice, equity and environmental sustainability.

 
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3. Hot Topics in Public Health: WFPHA Speaks Up

INDIGENOUS PUBLIC HEALTH TAKES A LEAP FORWARD ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE

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WFPHA is pleased to announce the formation of its first Indigenous Working Group.

In April 2017, at the 15th World Congress on Public Health, over 40 Indigenous delegates at the Yarning Circle supported the formation of an Indigenous Working Group, which was ratified by the Governing Council of the WFPHA on the 15th of November 2017.

It is estimated that there are 370 million Indigenous people across 70 countries around the world, who often are a minority in their own country, and experience poorer health and lower life expectancy. Michael Moore, President of the WFPHA, said “The formation of this group demonstrates the WFPHA commitment to working with Indigenous people from around the world to improve their health and wellbeing."

The group is co-chaired by Adrian Te Patu from New Zealand, who is also a member of the Governing Council, and Carmen Parter from Australia, who is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Vice President for the Public Health Association of Australia. Emma Rawson from New Zealand and Summer May Finlay from Australia are co-vice chairs.

“The Indigenous Working Group aims to assist in reducing the health disparity and inequities experienced by Indigenous people globally,” said Te Patu, who recognizes the “differences among Indigenous people but also our similarities, which are the strengths of this group.” The Working Group is underpinned by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, where self- determination is a key component; therefore the Indigenous Working Group will be led by Indigenous people.

“To address public health concerns among Indigenous people culturally appropriate solutions are required. The Governing Council understands that Indigenous Nations know what is required and have the skills and capacity to address the issues they face”, said Mr. Moore.

The Working Group’s objectives are: to bring together Indigenous people from around the world to share and learn from each other; to engage in collective advocacy; to partner with existing international groups working in Indigenous affairs, and source any funding or in-kind support to sustain the work of the Indigenous Working Group.

In line with these principles, the WFPHA calls for its indigenous members to join the Working Group, and non-Indigenous people to be involved as associate members.

For more information, please contact Summer May Finlay. 

 
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4.- News from our Members

The #2WeeksCampaign has started!

The WFPHA is providing its members with a great opportunity to increase their visibility. All the interested members will have the occasion to highlight activities, challenges, achievements in public health, as well as public health topics of their own country on the WFPHA social media during two dedicated weeks. The WFPHA welcomes all its members to take part to the campaign to set up new potential partnerships and joint advocacy actions.

Public Health Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) was the first to join the #2WeeksCampaign from November 6th to November 19th , while Brazilian Association of Collective Health (ABRASCO) joined the campaign from November 27th to December 10th.

Next #2WeeksCampaigns will be dedicated to Italy, Bangladesh and Cameroon. 

 

To tag WFPHA Facebook page, add @wfpha (or @World Federation of Public Health Associations), and add @WFPHA_FMASP on Twitter. Share WFPHA posts and retweet our tweets in your social media.

Stay tuned!

 
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5.- Members' Newsletters

 
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6.- WFPHA Members Communication 

Meet The New Interns 

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Aimee Lee is a dental surgeon with experience in both the civil and private sectors in Malaysia and a Chevening Scholar. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 2013 from AIMST University with First Class Honours, and was awarded Best Dental Student of 2013. She has since completed an MSc in Public Health – Health Promotion in the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) with distinction, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office United Kingdom and LSHTM. Her master’s thesis was a systematic review on oral health promotion interventions in underserved populations including displaced populations, migrants, ethnic minorities and economically-disadvantaged groups.

She is a member of Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre in LSHTM, a student ambassador and programme representative in the MSc Public Health Programme Committee at the school.

Her work in Malaysia involves providing primary dental care in low-resource settings, including maternal and child dental care in rural indigenous populations as part of mobile dental team. She was an auditor for handwashing and medication error as part of WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety. She was also the principle investigator on a qualitative research to reduce undetected caries in primary school children by dental nurses. As a dental student, she pioneered an oral health awareness campaign “Healthy Teeth, Bright Smiles” and published the findings of the campaign in the International Poster Journal of Dentistry & Oral Medicine. She also presented the outcomes of the campaign at the 11th Annual Scientific Meeting of IADR (SEA Division).


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Giulia Conti joined WFPHA as an intern in September 2017, and will stay with the Federation until December 2017. She comes from Rome, Italy, and she is currently pursuing her Master in International Cooperation and Development at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Milan. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs obtained at John Cabot University in Rome and studied for one semester at The New School in New York.

Ms. Conti has several years of working/volunteering experience for a non-profit regional organization based in Rome that strives for guaranteeing better living and working conditions for the community. Academically, she is interested in political science, project cycle management, and peace-building studies. Through her academic background and working experiences, Ms. Conti acquired a greater understanding of the importance of international cooperation to achieve global health security, and is passionate about becoming a specialist in the sector.

 
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7.- WFPHA Working Groups

Oral Health Working Group

The WFPHA Oral Working Group focused for the months October – November on reshaping the main resolutions (6 in total, from 2013 until 2017) according to the Global Charter services and functions. Our intern Aimee Lee is part of the OHWG and is concluding the final edit with the other members of the Working Group.

 

The OHWG is also currently working on a broad paper contextualizing all resolutions on OH passed up to now by the WFPHA in the public health context. The result of this will be used for the WFPHA policy committee - and potentially submission to journals. 

 

The OHWG is also committed in working on bite-sized policy briefs based on the 6 OH resolutions. These will be communication strategies with potential stakeholders.

 

New members of the WFPHA Oral Working Group are: Dr. Aimee LeeDr. Khabiso J. Rampona, and Dr. Aditya Bhandari !


Students and Young Professional Working Group 

Members of the Students and Young Professional Working Group (SYP) are working on a Report on the Future of Public Health and Engaging Students and Young Professionals. This report is a multi-stage investigation that informed the work of the WFPHA's student and young professional section to identify strategies to improve the engagement of SYP in public health. By underlining the focus on the next generation, new strategies have been advanced to better engage the youth at a professional and community level.

 

The report consists of a literature review of strategies for the engagement of SYP across disciplines; a scoping survey to identify initial suggestions of SYP regarding involvement in PH organizations; a stakeholder engagement workshop -  that took place at the World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne in April 2017; a series of recommendations from the workshop incorporated into recommendations developed from literature review and scoping survey to develop "Recommendations Survey"; finally, results from the recommendations survey were used to inform the construction of five recommendations for organizations in public health looking to more effectively engage SYPs.

 
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The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program offered by Schulich Medicine & Dentistry at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, is a 12-month, full-time program employing case-based and team-based learning focused on leadership, policy and sustainability in addressing the determinants of health in Canada and beyond.

 

With real public health issues as the foundation of your learning, you will be immersed in some of the most significant and complex public health crises that our country and planet have experienced.

The MPH is a chance to expand your knowledge of Public Health and study-abroad in Canada at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s Master of Public Health Program.

 

The deadline to apply to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s MPH Program is January 30, 2018.

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9.- What's on

WORLD

1 December - World AIDS Day 

2017-world-aids-day-banner-en-1000.pngOn occasion of the World AIDS Day, marked every 1st December, the statement released by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, focused on the importance of the HIV response in relation to human rights, equity, and communities, which are the very foundations upon which Universal health coverage has been built. HIV has evolved over the years, so much so that it has turned into the most vulnerable epidemic that marginalized communities have been affected to. The HIV response has played a critical role in transforming public health, and therefore, it has influenced and shaped the universal health coverage agenda.

 

Today 21 million people are receiving the right therapy, and every day fewer people are becoming infected with HIV. However, these successes are masking the challenges that persist. On this World AIDS Day, WHO reminded that “Everybody Counts” to achieve universal health coverage and to eliminate AIDS as a public health threat. People need to achieve the best possible prevention and treatment outcomes, and this will be possible only with an equity-based access to the right health services that can provide effective responses. Read the full article here

 

The WFPHA supports the principle of "Everybody Counts" to achieve equity and universal health coverage for everybody. We applaud this commitment. We advocate for more political action in ensuring the right to health for all.


4th Special Session of the WHO Executive Board: Special Session on the Draft Thirteen General Programme of Work

The WFPH23915625_1390552197737007_4101758042401863637_n.jpgA attended the 4th Special Session of the WHO Executive Board at WHO on the 22-23 November 2017 in Geneva. The two-day session discussed the draft 13th general programme of work 2019-2023 (#GPW13). WHO aims are: strengthening its mission to promote health; keeping the world safe, and serving the vulnerable, while its ambitious 3-pronged strategic priorities are: health coverage: 1 billion more people with health coverage; health emergencies: 1 billion more people made safer; health priorities: 1 billion lives improved. Some of the issues raised by member states were: how were the targets calculated; what would WHO’s contribution be, and increase emphasis of public health.  This draft of the GPW13 will be revised in the coming months and discussed again in the 142nd Executive Board session on 22-27 January 2018.


EUROPE

1 in 2 People Living with HIV in Europe are Diagnosed Late


Schermata_2017-12-07_alle_13.27.16.pngAccording to a recent WHO media release, the WHO European Region is the only region worldwide, where the number of new HIV infections is rising. With more than 160 000 people newly diagnosed with HIV mainly across the eastern part of the region, this troubles scenario risks to impede the achievement the Sustainable Development Goal target of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030. One of the main causes for the spread of HIV is the lack of early diagnosis, which results in poorer long-term health outcomes for the many people who are diagnosed late, and in an increased risk for onward HIV transmission. To succeed, it would be essential to reach out to the most vulnerable groups through a combined action across borders aimed at fighting barriers such as discrimination.

 

EU initiatives such as Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT) (1) are vital in addressing gaps in the prevention of HIV and co-infections such as tuberculosis and viral hepatitis among hard-to-reach groups. According to WHO, Europe needs to focus on 3 main areas to limit the spread of the infection, meaning enforcing effective prevention, ensuring rapid diagnostic services, and a quicker access to quality treatments and care for those diagnosed. Early diagnosis not only allows people to start HIV treatment sooner, but it would increase their chances of living a long and healthy life. To read more click here

 

The WFPHA urges that effective actions are taken to guarantee early diagnosis to everybody. Prevention, promotion, and protection are three core components of the WFPHA's Global Charter for the Public's Health.  

 

MIDDLE EAST

Humanitarian Aid for Cholera in Yemen

Considering wCholera.jpghat has happened in Yemen after WHO’s operations – which have been severely hampered due to the closure of all land, sea and air ports - WHO Executive Director for Emergencies Dr. Peter Salama, has recently underlined the need for WHO and other humanitarian agencies to have immediate humanitarian access to the country.

WHO was prevented from delivering 250 tonnes of essential medical supplies via sea because of the closure of Yemen’s Al-Hudaydah’s port. If the hostilities continue and the ports remain closed, WHO will not be able to perform life-saving surgeries or provide basic health care to the population.The closure of the ports will also affect the response to the cholera outbreak. There has been major progress in this sense, but the new obstacles might undermine the whole humanitarian assistance. To read the full article click here

The WFPHA calls for political acknowledgement and engagement to combat all the hateful actions that represent a threat to public health, as reported in the Melbourne Demand for Action. 

 

ASIA

Bangladesh Steps Up Vaccination for New Rohingya Arrivals

An increbangladesh.jpgase in the number of suspected measles cases among the newly arrived Rohingya and their host communities in southern Bangladesh has urged the Government and UN partners to increase immunization efforts in the areas at the border with Myanmar. Nearly 360 000 people among the new Rohingya arrivalls, most of which are children, would be administered measles and rubella vaccine through fixed health facilities, outreach vaccination teams, and at entry points into Bangladesh. 

Malnourished children are particularly at risk, being measles one of the major health risks among the over 611 000 people who have crossed over to Bangladesh from Myanmar in 2017. UNICEF Bangladesh Representative agrees on the importance of advancing coordinating efforts as soon as possible to protect as many children as possible. Given the risky health emergency, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), with support of WHO and UNICEF was quick to begin a measles and rubella (MR) vaccination campaign, and to eventually administer MR vaccine to 136 000 children. To read the full article click here.

 

The WFPHA supports the current initiative and encourage the reinforcement of resources to prevent and treat measles.

 
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10.- Meetings and Committees reports

European Public Health Conference 

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The theme for the 10th EPH Conference has been "Sustaining resilient and healthy communities". Many European communities face new challenges in the provision of preventive and curative services. Migration, ageing populations, climate change, political upheavals and austerity measures all threaten the provision of high quality and equitable services. People’s opportunities for a healthy life are closely linked to the socio-economic conditions in which they live. Resilient and empowered communities respond better to economic, social and environmental change. Communities that remain disadvantaged also remain behind in health outcomes and other social determinants. People need to be empowered to manage their health more pro-actively, chose healthy lifestyles and make informed choices.The #EPHStockholm Plenary 4, in particular, dealt with successful health innovation. Among the speakers and panelists invited, Professor Walter Ricciardi, President of the National Institute of Health, Italy, and member of the WFPHA, focused on the question of innovation in relation to Health and Public Health.

 

WFPHA has been represented by Micheal Moore, WFPHA President, and Marta Lomazzi, WFPHA Executive Manager. Micheal Moore has also discussed the issue of infectious diseases in the Late Breaker: To Care or not to Care: Health Systems Under Pressure.

 

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

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The APHA 2017 Annual Meeting took place in Atlanta on November 4th-8th 2017, and more than 12,000 public health professionals from around the world participated to it. This year the main theme was Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health, which contributed to the topic of discussion in general sessions, scientific sessions and presentations. Under this theme, many scientific sessions were held focusing on all aspects of public health. The 2017 APHA Annual Meeting marked the cornerstone of the Year of Climate Change and Health, as climate change is undeniably posing many risks.

 

European Public Health Alliance 

The EuropeSchermata_2017-12-06_alle_11.16.55.pngan Public Health Alliance meeting took place in Bruxelles in October 2017. Professor Bettina Borisch, Executive Director of the WFPHA, joined the meeting and gave a talk about Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the associated instruments to work with to perform public functions for the public good, address specific needs of small communities, and contribute to health policies and service delivery. Professor Borisch also had the chance to present the Global Charter's for the Public Health, and analyze how should the global public health community position itself to influence all public health actors in a globalized world. 

 

Global Health Forum Taiwan


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The Global Health Forum in Taiwan was held on October 22-23, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan. Professor Bettina Borisch and President of the WFPHA Michael Moore participated at the two-days event. The issues covered dealt with the need to address Non-communicable diseases, Mental & Oral health, and the Health Care System Reform. In particular, Session 4 of the meeting focused on the relation between health care system reform and the concept of health literacy (HL), from which health care reforms will benefit.

 

First All-Russian Public Health Symposium Russia


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The First-all Russian Forum on Public Health was held in Moscow on October 11-12, 2017. Bettina Borisch participated to the event, where she presented the issue of “Public Health at a turning point”, and the related globalized problems of national public health & global health; the multiplication of organizations, players and stakeholders; the reconfiguration of power in health governance, and the troubling scenario of increasing inequity in and among countries worldwide. 

 

On this purpose, a discussion on the role of building new coalitions played a central role for reducing such inequalities, and achieving objectives aimed at offering new opportunities for public health. 

 

 

 

 

Panama - Gran simposio "Un mundo saludable" & Colombia - Meeting of the Colombian Association of Public Health 

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The event Gran Simposio "Un Mundo Saludable" took place in Panama on September 26, 2017 and was organized by the Public Health Society of Panama (SPSP). Professor Bettina Borisch attended the conference and gave two speeches before a meeting with the President of the National Assebly of Panama Yanibel Abrego. 

 

Directly abettina_colombia.jpgfter Panama, the really first meeting of the Colombian Association of Public Health was held in Bogotà, Colombia, on September 28-29, 2017. Claude Betts and Bettina Borisch attended the two-days meeting focused on understanding public health as a field of knowledge, which promotes the quality of life and well-being of communities through science, state action, and the dynamics of social construction. 

The inaugural panel of the Congress aimed at analyzing the pretensions and scope of the Global Charter for the  Public's Health from an international perspective, offered by the World Federation of Public Health Associations, and grounded in the Columbian case. 

 

30th Anniversary of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association

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The event provided an opportunity for the WFPHA President, Michael Moore, to present on the helpfulness of using the Global Charter for the Public’s Health to implement the Sustainable Development Goals. With about 3000 people at the Conference and over a million on “live feed” these important messages from the World Federation reached out to a wide range of people.

 

The President of the CPMA (Dr. Yang Weizhong) welcomed guests and delivered an important keynote on where the CPMA has played a key role in the development of healthy systems and community health in China over the last 30 years and how they can look at being more effective over the next thirty years. He built on the messages coming from President Xi Jinping and how the Chinese system of communism has provided guidance for improved health for the people of China and beyond.

 

The opportunity to congratulate the CPMA and the Chinese government on their successes in improving health was certainly appreciated and the WFPHA wishes them the best possible health over the next thirty years a healthy future beyond that time.

 
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11.- Publications


The Digital Technology Revolution and its Impact on the Public's Health

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The article “The Digital Technology Revolution and its Impact on the Public’s Health” written by James Chauvin and Marta Lomazzi has been published by Oxford University Press in the European Journal of Public Health - Volume 27, Issue 6, 1 December 2017. 

The article focuses on the use of health-related digital technologies (DT) and the way it has shaped the life we live and human development, by transcending all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Developing a safer health systems is one of the main goals of the WFPHA, that wishes to promote the use of DT within the global community of public health associations also through its Global Charter for the Public’s Health.


Civil Society and Health: Contributions and Potential (2017)

WHO released a publication, “Civil Society and Health: Contributions and Potential” in 2017. The publication focuses on how civil society organizations (CSOs) can contribute to public health and health systems, despite harnessing their potential is a complex issue in Europe, where government-CSO relations diverge significantly. This study examines experiences from different countries to understand the diverse contexts in which CSOs operate, and outline the main challenges to which governments are exposed to.

The evidence shows that CSOs are varied but beneficial, and can make a substantial contribution to public health and health systems with regards to policy development, service delivery and governance, including advocacy, provision of medical services and fostering social partnership.

This book represents a guide for policy-makers dealing with CSOs and showcases case studies that can help government authorities, institutions, organizations and individuals to build effective and sustainable partnerships with civil society.

To read the full publication click here. 

 
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12.- Upcoming events

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16th World Congress On Public Health - Rome 2020

Mon Oct 12, 2020 Rome, Italy

The next WFPHA World Congress on Public health will be held in Rome, Italy, on October 2020. Co-Chairs of the Conference will be President of the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health Carlo Signorelli, and President of the Italian National Institute of Health Walter Ricciardi.

 
 
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