WFPHA Newsletter May 2014

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In this newsletter:


1. WFPHA General Assembly

The WFPHA moves forward

On Sunday, May 18, during the WFPHA’s Annual General Assembly, my two-year term as WFPHA President came to an end. As I handed over the Presidency to Dr. Mengistu Asnake of Ethiopia, I reflected with satisfaction on what we have achieved over the past few years.

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WFPHA presidents (from left to right: U. Laaser - outgoing immediate past president; J. Chauvin - immediate past president; M. Asnake - president; M. Moore - VP/president elect)

We improved the Federation’s organizational and policy influence capacity by expending our membership and concluded an innovative memorandum of understanding with the European Public Health Association which will serve as a model for similar agreements with other regional networks of public health associations; by developing and implementing the 2013-2017 Strategic Plan; by making our governance process more efficient and responsive; and by exploring new partnerships with potential partners and funders.

We strengthened the global public health community through launching the pilot Job Share initiative (henceforth to be known as the WFPHA Fellowship Program) and holding a pilot skills-building workshop for public health associations in Africa on policy development and advocacy. The WFPHA was present at several public health association conferences, played a leadership role at the 1st Arab World Public Health Conference, and participated in global health conferences in Canada, Taiwan and Qatar. The Federation began exploring new partnerships with other professional organizations, such as the International Epidemiology Association.

We also took action on several priority public health issues. We approved new position statements on oral health, environmental health and international trade and public health; we galvanized attention on the issue of falsified/falsely-labelled medicines; and we embarked on a collaborative initiative with the WHO to define public health in today’s global setting. The Federation is also developing a statement to advocate for public health within the post-2015 human development agenda. We are also moving forward on advocacy and action on the issues of tobacco control and skills and competencies within public health education and training.

The planning for the 14th World Congress on Public Health, which takes place 11-15 February 2015 in Kolkata (India) is progressing well. During the face-to-face meeting of the International Congress Organizing Committee and the Congress Scientific Committee on May 16, the list of keynote speakers and the structure of the Congress’ program were finalized. Our colleagues at the Indian Public Health Association are putting into place the logistical arrangements in association with KW Conferences. We anticipate 2700 delegates from over 100 countries.

The General Assembly also saw the ratification of the recommendation made by the World Congress Bid Selection Committee to accept the bid by the Public Health Association of Australia to host the 15th World Congress in April 2017 in Melbourne (Australia). This will be a particularly important event, as it will coincide with the WFPHA’s 50th anniversary. The GA also confirmed Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia, as the Federation’s new Vice President/President-Elect.

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General Assembly delegates

It has been an honour and a privilege serving the Federation. I am proud of what we have accomplished and put into place. I thank the members of the WFPHA Governing Council, the Advisory Board, the Federation’s various committees and working groups, our Geneva Headquarters staff and the many women and men from around the globe who have volunteered their time and provided invaluable input to help us create a vibrant and influential voice for global public health. I wish Mengistu and Michael all the best as they move the Federation to a new level.

Jim Chauvin

WFPHA Immediate Past-President

2013 Annual Report


Main reports

For more information concerning specific reports, please click on the corresponding item:

15th World Congress of Public Health

WFPHA General Assembly decided that the 15th World Congress on Public Health will be held in Melbourne, Australia, in April 2017, hosted by the Public Health Association of Australia. For more information on Melbourne, click here.

Remembering Dr. S.H. Lee

The WFPHA is saddened to learn of the passing last January of Professor Lee Shiu Hung, the founder and President of the World Association of Chinese Public Health Professionals (a WFPHA sustaining member organization since 2010).

After graduating from medical studies in 1958, Dr. Lee held a variety of positions related to health planning and administration, the management of medical health services, infectious disease control, health education, occupational and environmental health in Hong Kong. He was an ardent advocate for bridging public health, health promotion and primary care. His efforts contributed to establishing solid infrastructures for the control of communicable diseases, including tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

In 2001, he joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong where he founded its School of Public Health. He pioneered the Centre for Health Education and Health Promotion and initiated health education training for teachers as a means of developing ‘healthy schools’. Besides being the President of the WACPHP, Dr. Lee was also the Founding President of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine and President of the Hong Kong Tuberculosis, Chest & Heart Diseases Association.

Dr. Lee received several honours and awards, including the WHO Medal from the Western Pacific Regional Office, the Leadership Achievement Award by the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health, and awards from the Asia-Pacific Association for the Control of Tobacco and the Alliance for Healthy Cities.

His enthusiasm and commitment to public health will be missed by the global public health community. The WFPHA extends its condolences to his wife, Wai Kuen, and their four children and five grandchildren.

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Dr. S. H. Lee and Simon Chan (Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tuberculosis, Chest & Heart Diseases Association) with Jim Chauvin during his visit to Hong Kong in August 2012

2. 14th Wolrd Congress of Public Health

Abstract Submission ends on 15 June 2014. Submit your abstracts now!

Theme: Healthy People - Healthy Environment

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We warmly invite you to be part of an exciting event in global public health – the 14th World Congress on Public Health to be hosted in Kolkata, India from 11-15 February 2015. The Congress will aim towards fostering the promotion of “Healthy People – Healthy Environment” and will bring together thousands of participants from a wide range of public health disciplines from many countries around the world.

Public health is on the move globally. However, as we appreciate the substantial achievements in improving the health status of the people during the past decade, we still have many miles to cover. We are still left with the unfinished agenda of existing health concerns, and new complex challenges that demand innovative solutions for ensuring sustainable development in an inclusive manner.

Change is urgently needed, both in policy and public health responses and services for people around the world. The 14th World Congress on Public Health will provide a unique opportunity to help catalyze change, bringing together and bridging perspectives from various disciplines of public health to influence governments, organizations, agencies and institutions around the world to meet the challenge of improving people’s health.

The 14th World Congress on Public Health will be hosted jointly by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and the Indian Public Health Association (IPHA). The IPHA will also be holding its 59th Annual Conference at the same time. In keeping with the tradition, youth participation will be a key element of the Kolkata Congress.

The unique ambience and charm of Kolkata and the experiences at the 14th World Congress on Public Health is bound to leave an everlasting memory in the minds of all those who come to attend.

We look forward to welcoming you at the 14th World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India. Please mark the dates 11-15 February, 2015.

Best wishes and warm regards

J Ravi Kumar - Co Chair 14th WCPH

Madhumita Dobe - Organizing Secretary 14th WCPH

For more information, click here.

Obesity is a serious and costly health problem facing our nation. The number of kids and teens who are obese has nearly tripled in the past three decades, leading to a generation at risk for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other serious health problems. However, there is hope. For the first time in recent years, obesity rates have declined. Innovative public health approaches and partnerships are contributing to improved food choices and creating opportunities for physical activity, helping to curb obesity. We must continue to fund public health programs to ensure healthy futures for all of our nation’s children.

Share this infographic widely and use it as an example when talking to your members of Congress and other policymakers about the importance of strong public health funding.

Read Text Equivalent.

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3. Call for nomination of 2 candidates for the WFPHA Fellowships program

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The World Federation of Public Health Associations in collaboration with the Brazilian Association of Collective Health (ABRASCO) announces the launch of the second edition of the WFPHA Fellowships program (previously Job Share Program).

There is global evidence of the widening gaps, within and between countries, in income levels, opportunities, health status, life expectancy and access to care.

The 2012 World Congress on Public Health focused on global progress in achieving equity, as well as the opportunities and threats to such progress. The final Addis Ababa Declaration recommitted the World Federation of Public Health Associations to strive for greater equity between and within countries in health outcomes, access to health care, and those social, economic and political factors that drive health inequities.

With the WFPHA Fellowships program, the WFPHA supports associations in developing or strengthening the skills necessary to promote public health locally and worldwide, as well as in setting up global partnerships, through the exchange of capabilities and knowledge among public health professionals from different countries.

The main aims of this project are:

1. Get “younger” public health associations in contact with established public health associations to promote their respective public health work;

2. Facilitate and improve communication between global public health associations;

3. Develop partnerships and practices that will positively affect and improve public health;

4. Document success or challenges that could serve as a learning tool for all Public Health Associations.

The Brazilian Association of Collective Health (ABRASCO) has kindly accepted to be the hosting country for 2015. Selected candidates will join the activities of ABRASCO dealing with policy development, program management, field work etc.

The WFPHA Fellowships program will start on March 2nd 2015 and last for 4-6 weeks.

The program will be evaluated and results reported at the WFPHA General Assembly.

Program expenses (travel and accommodation) will be covered by the WFPHA and ABRASCO.

Application Process:

Delegates from any PHA member of the WFPHA are invited to apply for this program.

Interested candidates should send their CV (please use the attached template), motivation letter and support letter from their Association to Dr. Lomazzi () no later than July 31st 2014. 

Please specify in the motivation letter which are your expectations and the skills you would like to develop during the program.

Please note:

  1. Candidates should be supported by their PHA
  2. Candidates should be fluent in English
  3. Candidates should cover a relevant position within their PHA and have a perspective of a long term employment within the PHA

Selected candidates will be informed by September 2014.

For more information, please contact Dr. Lomazzi


4. News from our Members

Austrian Public Health Association (OEGPH)

tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Newsletter 2014/May/austria.jpgThe Austrian Public Health Association (OEGPH) was founded in 1995 and is a member of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) since 2000. The mission of the association is to prevent diseases, prolong life and promote health in individuals as well as the society. The OEGPH has a multidisciplinary and interprofessional approach.

Since 1997 the association organized annually conferences. In the year 2005 the OEGPH hosted the conference of the EUPHA conference in Graz, and in 2014 the first winter conference took part in Vorarlberg.

The OEGPH comprises several working groups. Their aims are e.g. the interconnection of members and promotion of networking, as well as working on special topics, such as obesity, health care, or physical activity. In 2010 the OEGPH elaborated the Austrian national recommendations for health enhancing physical activities on behalf of the federal ministry of health. Further activities of the association include publishing their newsletter four times a year and keeping their website up to date.

A new program to promote early career public health researcher was launched by the OEGPH in 2014. The aim of this program is to promote young scientists concerning their professional and personal development, orientation and reflection of career aspects, as well as interconnection of members.

Also, in 2014, a special issue “Public Health” was published in the “Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift” covering articles from OEGPH members concerning the topics education in public health, health care research, health promotion, and many more. Additionally, ÖGPH is in negotiation with EUPHA to host a future European Public Health Conference in Vienna. 

Members of the Austrian Public Health Association originate from many different scientific disciplines such as health sciences, health care, health economy, medicine, psychology, sociology, epidemiology, and health policy research. Currently, the association has nearly 300 members.

Managing Board of the OEGPH:

Nathalie Burkert (Graz)

Günter Diem (Dornbirn)

Thomas Dorner (Vienna)

5. WFPHA Member's communication

Physicians-in-training internship programme WFPHA-IFMSA

For more than 60 years, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations has existed and been led by medical students worldwide. It currently maintains 108 National Member Organizations from more than 100 countries across six continents with over 1 million medical students represented worldwide. IFMSA is recognized as a non-governmental organization within the United Nations’ system and the World Health Organization.

As one of the largest student led organizations, IFMSA is committed to inspiring new generations of medical students to develop the leadership abilities and skills to take on challenges and to improve the world around them in a crucial period of their career. 

The Physicians-in-training internship programme will provide the opportunity for outstanding young medical graduates and post-graduates to gain insight in the technical and administrative programmes of the national public health associations that are also members of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. Also, the program will enable them to work in their own countries promoting sustainable collaborations between the national medical students’ association and the national public health association. 

Beginning in June, we will start contacting you with more information about the Physicians-in-training internship programme.

Keep tuned!

For more information, please contact Altagracia Mares.

New WFPHA website & Newsletter

A new and more interactive version of the WFPHA website and newsletter will be soon available.

6. Members' Newsletter

Public Health Association of Australia: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh: Read the Newsletter

Brazilian Association of Collective Health: Read the Newsletter

Canadian Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

European Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Ethiopian Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Nepal Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Netherlands Public Health Federation: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of New Zealand: Read the Newsletter

Nicaragua Association of Public Health: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of South Africa: Read the Newsletter

The Graduate Institute: Read the Newsletter

Tunisian Association for Health Promotion: Read the Newsletter

Vietnam Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter


Bulletin of the World Health Organization: Read the News

WHO Public health & Environment e-News: Read the News

7. WFPHA Working Groups

Oral Health Working Group

The OHWG has submitted a Resolution on Oral Health for Individuals with Dementia that has been passed by the WFPHA GA.

To read the WG report, click here.

Environmental Health Working Group

To read the WG report, click here.

Public Health Professionals' Education and Training

To read the WG report, click here.

Tobacco Control

To read the WG report, click here.

Global Health Equity

To read the WG report, click here.

8. What's on

Breastfeeding: love and health for life

The Pan American Health Organization, the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization, has launched a campaign to reinvigorate efforts to protect, promote and support breastfeeding practices in the Americas and the Caribbean.

For more information, click here.

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - WHO's global annual campaign

Are you ready to prevent the spread of antimicrobial resistant germs?

The role of hand hygiene in preventing the spread of drug resistant germs has been the focus for 5 May 2014 SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign. WHO urges health workers to practice good hand hygiene when caring for patients, to protect them from contracting infections in health facilities

For more information, click here.

Statement plain packaging

The Dutch Heart Foundation and the European Heart Network have drafted a statement advocating the introduction of plain packaging - generic tobacco product packaging. By signing the statement you can help to facilitate plain packaging and health warning legislation throughout Europe. Plain packaging is an effective measure to reduce the appeal of cigarettes, making it easier for smokers to quit smoking and less likely for youngsters to start smoking.

For more information, click here.

Futures for Diplomacy: Integrative Diplomacy in the 21st Century

Public lecture organised by the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 | 16:30 - 18:00

Brian Hocking
Professor, Clingendael | Netherlands Institute of International Relations

What new mindsets and methods are emerging in diplomacy?
Diplomacy in the 21st century is marked by significant developments in the broader diplomatic milieu. Changes in global power configurations, new agendas and actors impact on traditional state- to-state negotiations in bilateral, multilateral and regional settings and are characterised by growing interactions within complex social and policy networks. The Integrative Diplomacy framework developed by Brian Hocking et al in 2012 discusses the need to integrate change and continuity, agendas and arenas, and different diplomatic processes and structures. This new perspective on diplomacy emphasizes the importance and difficulties of collaboration between diplomats and other stakeholders in international policy processes. It also poses questions regarding the qualities demanded of the diplomat in the 21st century.

For more information, please click here.

Free entry, please register here.

HarvardX Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality & Safety
Access to healthcare services is critical – but is it enough?

Healthcare is meant to heal and comfort those who are sick. Yet, too often, it fails to deliver on this promise. In order for healthcare to improve the health of the population, it must be safe, effective, and patient-centered. So, we launch PH555X: Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality and Safety. Because we don’t just need access to more care. We need access to better care.

Auditing this course is for free and include complete access to all of the course material, tests, and the online discussion forum.

For more information, click here.

Start a Bucket Brigade

The first Bucket Brigade was formed almost 15 years ago. Since then,communities all over the world have used the Bucket methodology to demand their right to clean air.

The power of the Bucket is that it utilizes the extensive knowledge of pollution-affected communities and puts scientific data back in the hands of citizens. No longer do communities have to rely on outsiders to tell them what they’re breathing.

The Bucket Brigade allows industrial neighbors to collect valid scientific data which can then be used to win impressive reductions of pollution, safety improvements and increased enforcement of environmental laws.

For more information, click here.

World Oral Health Day is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance to everyone, old and young, of practising good oral hygiene. - See more at:

9. Meetings & Committee Reports

5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Public Health

The 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Public Health, organized by the Korea Public Health Association has taken place from 10th April to the 11th April 2014 at the Seoul Olympic Parktel in Seoul, Korea. The conference has successfully covered areas like changing climate in one health, partnership and collaboration for comprehensive health promotion in community, food safety and health, living environments and metabolic syndrome, longevity in Asia and social and economic implication.

To read the report, click here.

10. Upcoming Events

Swiss Public Health Conference 2014

Conference theme: Public Mental Health

To be held in Olten, Switzerland, 21-22 August 2014.

For more information, click here.

10th Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) Conference

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ISQua's 31st International Conference

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NZ Population Health Congress

Connecting communities, policy and science

6-8 October 2014 Auckland

The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine, the Public Health Association and the Health Promotion Forum warmly welcome you to the inaugural New Zealand Population Health Congress.

The Congress will be a major event in New Zealand's population health calendar this year. It will provide a variety of opportunities to learn, discuss and debate advances in areas of population health thinking and practice such as child poverty, housing, nutrition, indigenous health and climate change.

The programme will include a range of training options. There will also be opportunities to expand your use of the internet and social media to help equip you with essential population health competencies to practise effectively in the 21st Century.

Register your interest and find out more at the Congress website.

2° Simposio Brasilero de Saude e Ambiente

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APHA's 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition

tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Newsletter 2014/January/APHA2014logo_stackMED.pngAPHA's 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition was a resounding success, and we’re already looking ahead to our 142nd Annual Meeting (Nov. 15-19, 2014).  With more than 13,000 attendees and up to 1,000 presentations, we convene the most public health professionals from around the globe to network, discuss and share the latest in research and policy than any other event.

For more information, click here.

7th European Public health Conference

tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Newsletter 2014/January/EUPHA.jpgThe 7th European Public Health Conference will be held in Glasgow from 19 to 22 November 2014. Main theme of the conference is: ‘Mind the gap: reducing inequalities in health and health care

Among our keynotes we have Raj Bhopal from Edinburgh University, Johan Mackenbach from Erasmus University, Marc Sprenger from ECDC and many others.

For more information, click here.

14th World Congress on Public Health


Healthy People - Healthy Environment


A unique gathering of public health professionals from around the world

A springboard to develop, implement and evaluate the impact of policies, programmes and practices

A premium interface for transformative beneficial changes in health and environment for all

A meeting for government and international agencies, academics, researchers, policy - makers and other stakeholders

Important Announcements

- Online Registration open

- Scientific Programme available

- Abstract Submission open

For more information, click here.

ICN International Conference and CNR

tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Newsletter 2014/May/icn.jpgICN invites nurses from around the world to submit abstracts to be considered for presentation at the ICN Conference to be held 19-23 June 2015 in Seoul, Republic of Korea with the theme “Global Citizen, Global Nursing”. As the world’s largest international nursing event, the ICN Conference will provide opportunities for nurses to build relationships and to disseminate nursing knowledge and leadership across specialties, cultures and countries. The three ICN pillars – professional practice, regulation and socio-economic welfare – will frame the scientific programme and the dynamic exchange of experiences and expertise.

For more information, click here.

Why has public health fallen off the table?

The Federation's Pages - Public health in times of austerity

B. Borisch. Journal of Public Health Policy (2014) 35, 249–257. doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.7

Throughout the recent economic recession 2007–2009 and beyond the public’s attention was directed principally to the worldwide impact on business and the way countries struggle with the financial aspects of the ‘crisis’. But what about the influence of this recession on social and health aspects of life? These were discussed only later. Over the last 200 years, other important economic breakdowns have challenged the world. Below I review the consequences of today’s crisis on individual health, population health (national and globally), look back at history, and then ask if there are possibilities for change.

To read the article, click here.

Afghanistan Journal of Public Health

The Afghanistan Journal of Public Health (AFJPH) second issue is now available online at the official website of The Afghanistan National Public Health Association (ANPHA).

To read the journal, click here.

Why has public health fallen off the table?

India's current spending on public health is just 1.4 percent of gross domestic product, according to 2011 World Bank figures. There are pledges to increase that figure to three percent.

The big question is whether simply increasing the public health budget, will change the scenario. Perhaps, not unless we start to look through the "public health" lens.

To read the article, click here.

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GCDFund Spring Newsletter

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To read the latest updates from the Global Child Dental Fund, click here.

IANPHI National Institutes for Public Health News

To read the latest updates from IANPHI, click here.

WHO’s first global report on antibiotic resistance reveals serious, worldwide threat to public health

New WHO report provides the most comprehensive picture of antibiotic resistance to date, with data from 114 countries

A new report by WHO–its first to look at antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, globally–reveals that this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country. Antibiotic resistance–when bacteria change so antibiotics no longer work in people who need them to treat infections–is now a major threat to public health.

For more information, click here.


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