WFPHA Newsletter November 2018







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1. 40 years since the Alma-Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care

Reflections on the Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, Kazakhstan, October 2018

On the 25th and 26th of October in Astana, Kazakhstan, World leaders, state members, health experts and global organizations met at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care, to renew their commitment to achieve primary universal health coverage, building on the principles of the Alma-Ata Declaration. The WFPHA President, Professor Laetitia Rispel, as well as Associate-Professor Carmen Parter and Mrs. Emma Rawson from the WFPHA Indigenous Working Group were representing the World Federation of Public Health Associations. 


Professor Laetitia Rispel raises the main outcomes of this major event and gives her impressions

I attended  the Global Conference on Primary Health Care (PHCon behalf of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. The event was attended by more than 2000 delegates, and was the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration on PHC.

Alma ata 40 years ago

The Alma-Ata Declaration on PHC was the first international declaration underlining the importance of PHC. Mr. Gerald Dafoe and Mr. Russel Morgan, respectively president and secretary general of WFPHA at that time, attended on behalf of WFPHA the meeting in Alma Ata (Photo on the left).

The Declaration expressed the need for urgent action by all governments, all health and development workers, and the global community to protect and promote the health of all the people of the world. The 1978 Declaration articulated an overall philosophy, principles and strategies for organising health systems, underpinned by the values of equity, social justice and health as a fundamental human right. PHC strategies include providing access to good quality healthcare as well as preventive and promotive services for priority health needs, inter-sectoral action at local level to address the root causes of ill-health, and enhanced community participation and accountability.


In 2008, the 30th anniversary of Alma-Ata saw the global call for a renewal of the PHC approach, in part because of the poor health outcomes of many communities, persistent health inequities between and within countries, and the failure of health systems in many countries to respond to community needs and harness the potential of other sectors to address the social determinants of ill-health. In its 2008 World Health Report, WHO enunciated a framework which built on the 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration on PHC. The 2008 WHO framework proposes four sets of reforms to achieve good health outcomes and improved health system functionning: universal coverage; service delivery; healthy public policies; and leadership reforms.

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Laetitia Rispel took part in two side sessions called "PHC: breaking the silos to make it happen" and "Who needs to be in the modern primary health care team to achieve universal health coverage?" (Photo on the right). She took this opportunity to present the Global Charter for the Public's Health as an enabling framework to break down the ilos accross levels of cares and government ministeries.


In addition to cAstana declaration pictureommemorating 40 years since the Alma Ata Declaration, the 2018 Global Conference on PHC in Astana endorsed a new declaration that underscores the critical role of PHC as the foundation for achieving our shared global goals in Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. The new declaration is also meant to renew political commitment to PHC from Governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), professional organisations, academia and global health and development organisations. It will also be used to inform the UN General Assembly high-level meeting on UHC in 2019.


I feel privileged that I was able to attend the Astana Conference on behalf of the WFPHA. Notwithstanding the euphoria of this significant global event, I would have appreciated to see more inputs and voices of people from low and middle-income countries, especially from Africa. Many African countries that obtained independence from colonial powers countries prior to and soon after the Alma Ata conference embraced the Alma Ata PHC approach with vigour and enthusiasm. I think it would have been great for the experiences of some of these countries (for example Mozambique in Southern Africa, and Tanzania in East Africa) to be shared at the

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conference, the successes and failures, and the lessons that could be learned in moving forward. The conference also focused heavily on health service delivery (only one aspect of the original PHC approach), while more attention could have been paid on the critical aspects of the social determinants of health and community participation. In line with this approach, more visibility could have been devoted to community representatives, and/or NGOs as was provided to donors, all  critical actors in achieving universal health coverage.

The lessons for the WFPHA is the importance of remaining true to our values, building strong national public health associations, advocacy, and building coalitions with similar organisations that will contribute towards the achievement of the global vision of health for all, universal health coverage, health equity and social justice.


The Indigenous Working Group

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The Indigenous Working Group of the World Federation of Public Health Associations has been invited to the Global Conference on Primary Health care in Astana, Kazakhstan. The  World Health Organization called them to demonstrate Indigenous knowledge and moderation technique as part of the Empowering People at the Centre of Primary Health Care conference session.

Adjunct-Associate Professor Carmen Parter, Co-Chair of the Indigenous Working Group from Australia and Mrs Emma Rawson Co-vice Chair and Public Health Association of New Zealand executive committee member, represented the Working Group on-site (with L. Risepl and with the other Chair and co-Chair of the Indigenous WG in the photos).

"The Indigenous Working Group and WFPHA are honoured to be recognised as an important force bringing Indigenous knowledge and cultural practices to global discussions on primary health care. This conference is a significant international event bringing together health experts and world leaders which also celebrates the 40thanniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration and a renewed commitment to health for all, and for the working group to be part of this is very exciting.” Said Professor Parter.

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Read the full press release anouncing their invitation here.


The Indigenous panel discussion of the Global Conference on Primary health care (photo on the right) was very successful. It included the Commissioner of Health, the European Commission, the Minister of Health from Namibia, and the Minister of health from Liberia amongst others.



2. Global Charter for the Public's Health implementation

Global Charter @ Conferences

Michael and Bettina in Taiwan

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The Global Charter has been presented at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, by the WFPHA President Laetitia Rispel (photo on the left) and at the Global Health Forum of Taiwan, by Executive Director Bettina Borisch and Immediate Past President Michael Moore (photo on the right).


First face-to-face meeting between Diplomats of the Global Charter

photo all diplomats charterOn November 12, 2018 in Bogota, Colombia, the first face-to-face Meeting between Diplomats of the Global Charter is taking place. It is a  valuable opportunity for Charter Diplomats to connect and share strategies for better implementing the Global Charter around the world. More details about this meeting will follow on our website and in the next newsletter.

The WFPHA calls upon professionals and health organizations to continue the development of the Global Charter for the Public's Health to fully embrace and promote its services of protection, prevention and health promotion as well as its four enabler functions of good governance, accurate information, effective advocacy and capacity building. Utilization of these services and functions will serve as a pathway to resilient health systems globally.

New publication from the Oral Health Working Group

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The WFPHA Oral Health Working Group’s article “Integrating oral health with public health systems under the framework of the Global Charter for the Public's Health” has been released in the International Dental Journal.

Aimee Lee, Marta Lomazzi, Hyewon Lee and Raman Bedi joined forced to highlight oral health in the global health perspective and call to action for all public health professionals to advocate the integration of oral health into public health systems. Read the full article here.


3. Speak up

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 December 31st and should comply with our guidelines. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information!

Call to action on climate and health

The WFPHA is one of the Initial Endorser of the Call to Action on Climate and Health.

 action on climate and healthClimate change is a pressing international health issues that knows no borders. Not enough is being done to reduce the rate of climate change, and we must do more to highlight this as a public health issue. If not, countries around the world (especially low- and middle-income countries) will suffer from new or worse health outcomes, undoing years of progress made in international development. The WFPHA is proud to be an Initial Endorser of the 'Call to Action on Climate and Health' (written by the Global Climate and Health Forum), which prioritizes for environmental and public health actions and calls upon those in the healthcare field to do more. Read the full statement here.

Signed tobacco pledge



The WFPHA is a Founding Supporter of the Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge. The goal of the Pledge is to help create a tobacco-free world through addressing the tobacco industry from an economic standpoint via policies, awareness, and partnerships. By reducing investments in and challenging corporate relationships with the tobacco industry, signatories will tackle the tobacco epidemic from an innovative angle. The Pledge was launched at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on September 26th and advances Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), SDG 17 (Partnerships for Goals), and the WHO Organizational Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Read the full pledge here.


Open letter to Minister Sebastian Kurz of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs


The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was a landmark treaty in the history of public health. Though its regulations have reduced the burden of non-communicable diseases caused by tobacco smoke, the battle for worldwide tobacco control has yet to be won. Some non-smokers are still heavily exposed to secondhand smoke, especially those working in hospitality industries where smoking is allowed indoors. Since several years, WFPHA undertakes tobacco control-related activities and performs strong advocacy.

The Austrian government cancelled a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, putting workers and patrons at a higher risk of emphysema, cancer, and other NCDs. The decision may also reverse the nation’s improvements in reducing rate of smoking among youths. Austria’s action contrasts the goal of the FCTC and represents a step backward in public health. Immediate Past President of the WFPHA, Michael Moore, wrote an open letter to Minister Sebastian Kurz of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs in support of the FCTC and implementing stricter tobacco control policies in Austria.

“There is a long history of the tobacco industry intimidating, bribing, cajoling and using myriad other techniques to prevent governments from interfering with their domination in the “free market of tobacco”. They continue to do so. Governments that have prioritized the health of their children and community have resisted this domination by following the strategies agreed to in the FCTC. “Said M. Moore urging Austria to take action to support full implementation of the FCTC. Read his full letter here.

Michael Moore’s open letter didn’t go unnoticed. In fact, several Austrian journals like DiePresse, Kleine Zeitungamongst, heute, Der Standard, or Wiener Zeitung have quoted the Autralian expert’s open letter. see the articles by clicking on the journal's names.

 WFPHA signed the letter to the president of the Swiss Confederation


On the occasion of the COP8 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Geneva, the WFPHA along with other non-governmental organizations from all over the world have signed a letter addressed to the president of the Swiss confederation expressing their disagreement regarding tobacco control in Switzerland. In fact, Switzerland is hosting the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control but remains one of the very few countries in the world which have not ratified it.

The signatory organisations rightly accuse Switzerland of protecting the economic interest of the tobacco industry rather than focusing on protecting public health. They underlined that Switzerland has “everything to lose by continuing to complacently give this industry political and other privileges while sacrificing the health and human rights of its own people."

Read the full letter here.




4. International Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labels Webinar 2018 - Main Outcomes

The International Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labels Webinar 2018 was a huge success with impressive presentations, lively discussions between the audience of health professionals, consumers and our high-level speakers from various countries and sectors. This interaction offered an interdisciplinary insight into front of package labeling approach and its potential implementations.

Over 200 people attended the webinars and over 14’000 people have been reached through live stream. If you have missed the Webinar or would like to watch it again, it is available on our YouTube channel.

We thanks all speakers for their contribution: Michael Moore, Mike Rayner, Lorena Rodríguez Osiac, Mary L’Abbé, Chantal Julia, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Rebecca Boustead and Marta Lomazzi (speakers presentations available clicking on the corresponding name). 

At the end of the webinars WFPHA has released a Call to Action, supported by all the Webinar speakers, to encourage governments to take action and make the healthy food choice the easy choice. Additionally, WFPHA encourages support for strong, effective FoPL systems that play a role in improving population health through improved nutrition and a more open, effective, and readily understood system identifying the healthiness of packaged food.

For more detailed information, please visit our website.


5. News from the Advisory Board

The WPHA's Advisory Board welcomes it's new Chair

Georges Benjamin

The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) is pleased to announce that the new Chair of the Advisory Board is Dr. Georges Benjamin. We welcome Dr. Benjamin and thank warmly Prof. Ulrich Laaser for his commitment and activity as past Chair of the Advisory Board. He remains, of course, member of the Board.

Georges C. Benjamin is well-known as a health leader, practitioner and administrator. Benjamin has served as the executive director of the American Public Health Association, the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals, since December 2002.

As per art. 6 of the WFPHA By Laws: “The Advisory Board constitutes a knowledge resource for the Council and the Federation. The Board works on request of the Council or takes its own initiatives, subject to approval by the GC. The work is coordinated by the Chair in agreement with the Council.”


6. 16th World Congress on Public Health - Rome 2020

Save the date!


In October 2020, over 4,000 public health professionals, policy makers and students will meet in Rome, Italy, for the 16th World Congress on Public Health. It is organized by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in collaboration with the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI) and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA).

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The abstract submission deadline has been set. The opening date is the 1st of December 2019 and the closing date will be on the 1st of March 2020. The acceptances of abstracts will be communicated on the 1st of April. For more information, see our website.

The organizing committees (photo on the right) will meet next week in Ljubljana to further discuss the conduct of the Congress. Stay tuned! 


7. Communication to our Members

 Integrated action on AMR, your opinion counts!

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The International Global Health & Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop 2018 hosted by World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) on May 23rd was a huge success with lively discussions between the audience of health professionals and our 26 high-level speakers from various health sectors on the challenges and potential solutions for antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

WFPHA has released "A Call for Integrated Action on AMR" that has been signed by almost 70 health organizations worldwide including many National Public Health Associations.

We strongly encourage you to use it as a tool for advocacy.

We are now planning the next steps and we want to discuss with you the best way to implement our WFPHA Call to Action. We value your opinion, and would appreciate your response. We kindly ask you to complete this survey within Dec 15th.

To complete the survey click here. Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information.



Highlight your events on our website

To all our members, if you wish to highlight your annual meetings and Organisation’s big events, please send us the link of your website’s event page, so that we can advertise your key events on our website and newsletter.

Share with us your social media!


8. News from our Members


The Cameroon Public Health Association released a statement advocating for logo ACASAPhealth financing for universal health coverage in light of the upcoming presidential election. This statement was designed to all candidates of the election that has been held on the 7th of October.


The Association highlighted the need to improve the development of public health at a policy level, to reduce the country’s health issues. They also reminded the candidates of the importance of implementing the Global Charterfor the Public’s Health.

Read the full statement here.


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On the 24th of September 2018, the ACSP (Asociación Colombiana de Salud Pública) released their last public declaration that advocates for better health conditions for the Columbian population.

One of the main points of this declaration focuses on the prohibition of glyphosate fumigations on illicit crops. One year ago, in response to the publication of a WHO declaration on the danger caused by glyphosate fumigation, the Colombian government decided to suspend the use of this unhealthy substance. Even though this decision caused an international stir, the ACSP is still advocating to ban the use of this dangerous cancer causing substance, refusing to restart using it.

A second important point of the declaration concerns the “fracking” technique, used to extract gas or petrol from the Columbian ground. Because of its potential environmental and health impact, fracking has become a contentious issue. The minister of mines and energy allowed the implementation of this technique, although, the General Controller of the Republic declared not being ready to control the dangers of fracking, and underlined the risk for water and air contamination of this technique.

According to ACSC, both the potential restart of glyphosate fumigation and the authorization of the fracking technique should be discussed within a worldwide declaration.

The Royal Society of Public Health

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The Royal Society of Public Health announced their Scroll Free September initiative, which encourages users to take a break from social media for a month in order to limit negative mental health outcomes like anxiety, depression, and poor body image. Learn more and get involved here.


International Federation of Medical Student's Association


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From the 1st to the 13th of October a 2 weeks campaign promoting activities and increasing visibility of one of our member was dedicated to the IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Student’s Associations).

IFMSA is a student-run organisation that connects skilled medical students from all around the world. They are equipped with the resources and knowledge to take on health leadership roles locally and globally in order to shape a healthy and sustainable future. At the IFMSA students realise the potentially powerful role they can play in global health.

The WFPHA recognizes the immense potential of the younger generation and supports them by giving value and visibility to young workers. For example, one seat of the governing council is dedicated to a young professional and some working groups have a young co-chair.


9. WFPHA News from the Working Groups

Students and Young Professionals Working Group

students and young pro WFPHAWith the new wave of public health challenges emerging these last years, like antimicrobial resistance, climate change, and unprecedented population movements for example, public health leaders are forced to adapt their response to these global health threats. Those who are students and young professionals (SYPs) in public health today will need to meet these challenges by exploiting opportunities and taking on the questions that an increasingly digital and globalized world puts forth.

The WFPHA is very implicated in the engagement of students and young professionals which are the future of Public Health. The Foundation supports them to be better prepared to confidently become future leaders.

The WFPHA Students an Young Professionals Working Group are bringing forward a paper representing the culmination of 2 years of work by a project group of 20 SYPs who conducted a scoping survey, a workshop in Melbourne at the World Congress on Public Health in 2017, and proposed a final recommendations survey based on responses to the initial ‘scoping survey’.

The SYP Working Group focused on the question of establishing more formal and informal opportunities for mentoring relationships. “A publicly available database of professionals who would like to become mentors should be created so that SYPs can easily identify whom to approach for mentorship and guidance in their areas of interest.”

Learn more about the SYP Working Group’s research by reading the full article here.

be healthy be mobileOral Health Working Group  

In October 2018, Professor Raman Bedi attended the Global 'm-OralHealth Workshop' as part of his role as Chair of the Oral Health Working Group. The conference was hosted by the WHO ‘’Be He@lthy, Be Mobile initiative and the University of Montpellier, France.

As there are now more mobile phone contracts than humans on Earth, the conference focused on how digital technology can improve global oral health. This new and exciting area is one of the five main pillars for the WHO Oral Health Programme priorities for 2018-2020.
The conference focused on using technological innovation to improve global oral health literacy, oral health training, early detection and surveillance, with case studies and discussions on how to drive this technology forward to help society. Participants ranged from government, academia and civil society and came from several countries. A network of experts has now been established and can drive forward implementation of m-OralHealth programmes to ensure more equitable dental care for all worldwide. The OHWG plans to support the implementation of this initiative through a series of approaches.


For more information on the OHWG website, please have a look to their new dedicated webpage!


10. Meet the New WFPHA Interns

The WFPHA strives to create a supportive, diverse work environment for our staff and interns. We are proud to host students of various nationalities, genders, and academic backgrounds. Each of our interns brings a unique perspective to global health and helps establish the WFPHA as a truly international federation.


Megan Williamson

Megan Williamson

My Name is Megan Williamson, I am a graduate student in communication from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. I was born in Geneva but decided to leave my hometown to do my bachelor’s degree in another country. I will be doing an internship at the WFPHA during the next six months.

My interest in health issues rose four years ago when I was offered the opportunity to take part in a humanitarian mission in Ambanja, Madagascar. I assisted a medical team from the Hôpitaux Universitaire de Genève, whose goal was to promote and implement the value of smear tests for women, to prevent them from developing cervical cancer. Spending one month in this underdeveloped region allowed me to gain insight on a very different health system than the one I was used to.

This experience particularly aroused my concern about the importance of providing access to quality health care for populations. This involves establishing sustainable health policies, which is a field the WFPHA is very active in.

Being able to learn the functioning of an international public health organisation like WFPHA is a great opportunity for me to gain hands on training in field I feel passionate about. This is why I am looking forward to helping the Federation in communicating about their projects and advocating to promote primary health care equity.

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Laura Bante

My name is Laura, I have recently graduated from the Bachelor in International Relations at the University of Geneva. My final thesis titled “The status of the Right to Food in International Law and its National Justiciability” made me become familiar with existing international norms and jurisprudence regulating people’s livelihood. This study deepened my interest to work for international health and nutrition. Before continuing my academic path with a Master in International Public Affairs, I am grateful to have the opportunity to gain practical experience in international health advocacy as an Intern at the WFPHA. The global network of national public health associations WFPHA created fascinates me, I am very much looking forward to engaging with WFPHA in its communication strategies, policy resolutions and research papers to improve public health on a global scale. 



Photo JiaJia Spiggle

My name is Jia Spiggle and I am an undergraduate student from the United States. I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in international relations at Boston University. This semester, I am taking public health courses for my study abroad program in Geneva. I chose to intern at WFPHA because the organization’s mission aligns with my professional and academic interests in the environment and development. I previously interned at an environmental non-profit that examined how hydraulic fracturing affected human health in the US. WFPHA gives me the opportunity to further expand my knowledge-base on other public health issues in an international context. While I will only be here from October to December, I am excited to learn more about the public health field and advance WFPHA’s mission.



Gemma BridgePhoto Gemma

My name is Gemma Bridge. I am PhD student at Leeds Beckett University in the UK. In my thesis I am investigating the use of corporate political activity (CPA) tactics and non-government organisation (NGO) advocacy strategies during the development of the UK’s Soft Drink industry Levy (SDIL). I am also interested in how the soft drink industry has responded to the SDIL in terms of reformulation, marketing and product size changes of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs), and what purchase and consumption changes have occurred in the general public.

In September I started an internship with the WFPHA oral health working group. In this role I am investigating the global spread of soft drink taxes, and how revenue from the taxes is being used. I am currently in the process of identifying key contacts in each country where a tax has been implemented and hope to develop a repository of information on the use of tax revenue. During this internship I am also interested in advocating for the use of tax revenue for oral health improvement, especially in minority groups where overall health is typically poorer.

Since starting my internship I have already learnt a lot about the complexities of policy development, public health promotion and communication between countries. I am looking forward to delving deeper into international health policy and the methods and techniques that can be employed to improve population oral and overall health.


11. Advertising & Courses

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12. Publications

Estimating the cost of vaccine development against epidemic infectious diseases: a cost minimisation study


the lancet cover pictureThe article “Estimating the cost of vaccine development against epidemic infectious diseases: a cost minimisation study” written by Dimitrios Gouglas and collegues was published in the Lancet Global Health journal in October 17, 2018.

This article focuses on the development of vaccines against epidemic infectious diseases.

Developing vaccines to prevent epidemic infectious diseases from becoming humanitarian crises requires investment. However, evidence on what it would cost to successfully develop a sound epidemic infectious disease vaccine portfolio is scarce. Worldwide investments in epidemic infectious disease are small.

This study estimates the cost of epidemic infectious disease vaccine development from preclinical phase through to the end of phase 2a, on the basis of new data and analytical tools.

Read the full article here.


In Situ Diagnosis of Scabies Using a Handheld Digital Microscope in Resource-Poor Settings—A Proof-of-Principle Study in the Amazon Lowland of Colombia


Hollman Miller and Julian Trujillo-Trujillo, honorary members of the Colombian Public Health Association, alongscabies image with Hermann Feldmeier have released the article “In Situ Diagnosis of Scabies Using a Handheld Digital Microscope in Resource-Poor Settings—A Proof-of-Principle Study in the Amazon Lowland of Colombia” in the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute journal.

In this article, they underline the non-existence of scabies diagnosis in communities with few resources. The objective of the study was to determine the practicability and accuracy of handheld digital microscopy in three indigenous communities in the Amazon lowland of Colombia, where scabies is the most common parasitic skin disease. This proof-of-principle study demonstrated the accurate diagnosis of scabies by handheld digital microscopy in patients with pigmented skin and the feasibility of this technique in resource-poor settings.

Read the full article here.


13. Upcoming Events

EPH11th European Public Health Conference 

28 November - 1 December 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The EPH Conference is the largest public health event in Europe. We expect over 1,500 delegates to attend the Ljubljana conference. Get in touch with public health practitioners and representatives from European and international health organisations. Theme of the conference is ‘Winds of Change: Towards New Ways of Improving Public Health in Europe’. Read more...


WHFWorld Heart Federation (WHF) - World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health – WCC 2018

Wed Dec 05, 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The World Heart Federation (WHF) is looking forward to the next World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health in Dubai on 5-8 December 2018. #WCCDubai 2018 will be held in partnership with the Emirates Cardiac Society & the Gulf Heart Association, and it will be an opportunity to network with other CVD health specialists and to share best practices on a variety of topics including advocacy, genetics, hypertension, and more. Read more...


Uganda3rd IFEH Academic and 16th MUEHSA Scientific Conference

Tue Apr 09, 2019 Hotel Africana in Kampala, Uganda
The International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) in conjunction with Makerere University Environmental Health Students' Association (MUEHSA) has announced the call for abstracts for the 3rd IFEH Academic and 16th MUEHSA Scientific Conference that will take place from 9th to 11th April 2019 at Hotel Africana in Kampala, Uganda. Read more...


annual meeting austriaAustrian Public Health Association Annual Meeting

  22-23 May, 2019  Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen, Vienna, Austria

The Annual Meeting of the Austrian Public Health Association is a reference in terms of Public Health discussions in Austria. Each year the local Public Health Community active in research, teaching, practice, and policy get together. The aim is to create an exchange, learn from each other, present research findings and think about the future collectively. Visit the website for furher information.


16th World Congress On Public Health - Rome 2020: Public health for the future of humanity: analysis, advocacy and action

Mon Oct 12, 2020 Rome, Italy

In October 2020, over 4,000 public health professionals, policy makers and students will meet in Rome, Italy, for the 16th World Congress on Public Health. It is organized by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in collaboration with the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI) and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA).

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