WFPHA Newsletter July 2014

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1.- 14th World Congress on Public Health

India has the privilege of hosting the 14th World Congress on Public Health from February 11-15, 2015 in Kolkata, the city where the Indian Public Health Association (IPHA) came into being in 1956. This triennial congress is one of the major events of WFPHA which is being prepared in partnership with IPHA. The 14th World Congress on Public Health takes place in South Asia in recognition of the important achievements made in this region on a range of public health issues. The recent certification of 11 countries in Asia as polio free is testament to the achievements made in this part of the world.


The 14th WCPH theme, Healthy People – Healthy Environment will create a forum to share experiences, exchange knowledge, debate, discuss and learn about effective policies, programmes and best practices in support of the public's health and well-being.


The objectives of the Congress are:

(1)  to contribute to redefining public health within the current global context;

(2) to help strengthen the capacity of national public health associations and national/regional public health communities to identify and respond to priority public health issues;

(3) to contribute to reinforcing and enhancing public health professional education and competencies.




WHO-SEARO has confirmed its support as Co-Sponsor for 14th World Congress on Public Health


Worldwide response for the congress has been most encouraging - over 1000 individual abstracts from 54 countries have been received and are in the process of scientific review.

Workshops and concurrent sessions of critical public health issues will be organized and conducted during the congress by multilateral and bilateral agencies, teaching institutions, private foundations, international and local NGOs. In addition, the different working groups of WFPHA will conduct pre-congress workshops on important public health issues. Country Partnerships are expected for the Congress.


Global experts Poonam K Singh, Nata Menabde, R K Pachauri, Michael Marmot, Girindre Beeharry, Purnima Mane, Pekka Puska, Srinath Reddy, Ilona Kickbush and others will be plenary speakers.


The main themes are: 

1)        Defining the Role of Public Health in Today's Global Setting

2)        Public Health in the Sustainable Development Agenda

3)        Public Health Approaches to Address New Challenges of Sustainable Development & Healthy Environment

4)        Global Public Health Challenges

5)        Human Rights and Law as Tools for Sustainable Development

The format of the Congress includes Plenary, Thematic and Concurrent sessions; the Solutions Platform Exhibition; Pre-Congress Workshops and Student Programmes; and Field Visits to clinics and social organizations.


The Solutions Platform exhibition is planned to accentuate the objective to optimize knowledge sharing between multiple stakeholders, capitalize on the shared knowledge and build further pathways into finding solutions for the health of the people. An important component of the Congress will comprise of ‘theme’ pavilions as part of the Solutions Platform, and these will be led by national or global champions that have contributed towards these solutions. Each of these pavilions which will serve as a one-stop interface for sharing the solutions sought in respective sub-sections of Public Health.


The Kolkata Declaration will be released at the closing plenary session on 15 February 2015.

The Congress deliberations will build national, regional and global capacity to better people’s health and raise standards of healthcare, while striving to improve environmental conditions through dedicated involvement and collaboration with stakeholders.


The congress will be an exciting opportunity for public health professionals, supporters, development workers and policymakers. Ensure your attendance at this global event in the historical city of Kolkata India by registering now to avail the early booking discount.  For further information and to register online, please visit the congress website 



2.- Two WFPHA Officers Honoured by the Faculty of Public Health (UK)

On July 2 in Manchester (UK), Jim Chauvin, WFPHA’s Immediate Past President and an independent public health advocate and consultant in Canada, and Dr. Georges Benjamin, member of the WFPHA’s Governing Council and Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, were made Honorary Fellows of the Faculty of Public Health of the United Kingdom.

This distinction, the FPH’s highest grade of membership, is bestowed on the recommendation of the Faculty’s Board on “persons of eminence who have rendered exceptional services to the science, literature or practice of public health”. Jim was recognized for his contribution to global public health and the enhancement of public health associations and the WFPHA; Georges was recognized for his leadership in public health in the USA and his stewardship of the APHA as a leading independent voice for public health.



 Dr. John Ashton, President of the Faculty of Public Health, presents Honorary Fellowship to James Chauvin.


Not more than six Honorary Fellowships shall be bestowed in any one year. Other recipients were Professor Lindsey Davies, previous FPH President 2010-2013, Dame Karen Dunnell, National Statistician and Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics, Dame Tessa Jowell, Member of Parliament (Labour) and the UK’s first Minister of State for Public Health, and Professor Timothy Lang, Professor of Food Policy at the City University London.

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) is the standard setting body for specialists in public health in the United Kingdom. FPH, a WFPHA Full Member since 2011 (when it incorporated the former UKPHA), is a joint faculty of the three Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (London, Edinburgh and Glasgow). The Royal Society for Public Health, a WFPHA founding member, is also a Full Member representing the UK within the WFPHA.


Dr. John Ashton, President of the Faculty of Public Health, presents Honorary Fellowship to Dr. Georges Benjamin



3.- New intern @ WFPHA Headquarters

Carla TaylorCarla Taylor is from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She is currently studying Public Health at the Masters level, majoring in Health Promotion. Carla holds a research-based degree in Psychological Science, and has worked previously as a research assistant in the fields of Psychology and Business.

She has joined the WFPHA in July and will remain for 3 months working mainly on the Oral Health Capacity mapping project.



4.- News from our Members

Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia (CAPHIA)

CAPHIA is very pleased to have been elected a Regional Member of the WFPHA. CAPHIA was established in March 2011 as the national organisation to represent public health in universities that offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs and research and community service activity throughout Australia. CAPHIA has Member Universities in all Australian States and Territories and is therefore a leading organisation for representing and contacting Australian universities about public health teaching and research activities. CAPHIA has also had discussions on developing closer working relations with other regional public health organisations in New Zealand and SE Asia.


CAPHIA Public Health Teaching Learning Forum Melbourne 19-20 September 2013

CAPHIA Public Health Teaching & Learning Forum, Melbourne, 19-20 September 2013


CAPHIA’s recent activities have included:

  • An annual Public Health Teaching and Learning Forum (and we were pleased to have Prof Bettina Borisch as an invited speaker at our Forum in 2013);

  • Annual regional meetings in the States and Territories with CAPHIA Heads of Schools of Public Health;

  • CAPHIA Submissions to the Federal Government in support of public health workforce training and development;

  • CAPHIA Submission to the Federal Government Review of Health & Medical Research in Australia  on the need for increased support for public health research; 

  • CAPHIA Projects on updating Australian MPH Core Competencies; and

  • CAPHIA Think Tank at Parliament House, 26 March 2014, on Public Health Working Definitions and Ambitions.

Prof Bettina Borisch presenting at the CAPHIA 2013 Forum in Melbourne Australia on Swiss European and WFPHA Activities in Teaching and Learning

Prof Bettina Borisch presenting at the CAPHIA 2013 Forum in Melbourne, Australia, on Swiss, European and WFPHA Activities in Teaching and Learning


The CAPHIA Office is co-located with the national office of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) in Canberra, in the nation’s capital, for good access to the Australian Government Parliamentarians and Officials in the key Departments of Health and Education.

CAPHIA looks forward to working with WFPHA Member Organisations on shared interests in promoting public health teaching and research and the benefits of preventing disease and illness through healthier lifestyles and strategies.  More information about CAPHIA activities and contacts is available from its website.


Michael Moore WFPHA Vice-President and CEO Public Health Association of Australia Prof Bettina Borisch WFPHA and Prof Catherine Bennett President CAPHIA at CAPHIA 2013 Public Health Forum Melbourne Australia

Michael Moore, WFPHA Vice-President, and CEO, Public Health Association of Australia; Prof Bettina Borisch, WFPHA; and Prof Catherine Bennett, President CAPHIA, at CAPHIA 2013 Public Health Forum, Melbourne, Australia.


Lithuanian Public Health Association

Lithuanian Public Health Association (LPHA) was established in 1995. It unites organisations, academic and other institutions, as well as individuals engaged in activities in the field of public health. The Association has eighteen active institutional members with different expertise and responsibilities ranging from universities to public health centres, public health bureaus, to professional associations, such as association of lawyers “Baltic Legal Solutions Lithuania” and non-governmental organizations, e. g. Society of Lithuanian Red Cross, or Lithuanian Association of Hygienists and Epidemiologists, as well as Lithuanian Association of Medical Doctors. LPHA also has five honorary members.

Wide variety of the competences of the members of LPHA allows contributing considerably to health policy development and strengthening public health in Lithuania.


LPHA VII Congess

 LPHA VII Congress


The main areas of activities of LPHA include involvement in development of health policy at national, regional and municipal levels; participation in law-making, advising regarding draft legislations, develop

ing proposals subject to competence; advising training institutions regarding undergraduate and postgraduate education of public health specialists, and practical implementation of knowledge; representation and defence of the interests of the members of the Association; community empowerment in the area of health; bringing together public health practitioners and researchers. Recent activities of the LPHA were mainly aimed at participation in the development of legal acts and documents regulating the structure of public health system in the country, as well as development of “Lithuanian Health Programme 2014-2020”. The Association periodically organizes conferences and seminars on the major public health challenges, involving both official public health structures and society in the discussions. LPHA is actively seeking for more international links to become more involved into international activities in the area of public health.


Conference Children and Youth Nutrition Issues

2013 Conference on Children and Youth Nutrition Issues



5.- WFPHA Members Communication

New website & members area @

A new website with a more interactive members area is now available. Members associations will receive soon an email with the instructions on how to enter in their member area and manage its content.



6.- WFPHA Working Groups

WFPHA Working Groups Workshops @ 14th World Congress on Public Health

Oral Health Working Group

The Oral Health Working Group will lead a workshop on Oral Health for Elderly and Dementia sufferers. The workshop would represent an important step of an advocacy activity of the working group aiming at increasing the awareness on the need of good oral health and hygiene for dementia suffers associated to a call to action addressed to health professionals and associations.

For more information, click here or send us an email.

Public Health Professionals Education and Training Working Group

The WG-PET will lead a workshop entiteled "A Framework of Global Health Functions (GPHF) and Competencies". The workshop will engage the participants in the issues at the heart of global public health, namely to identify the main essential public health functions and the related professional core competencies at a global level. It will allow participants to guide further work by the WG‐PET on finalising and publishing GPHF and related core competencies.

Global Health Equity Working Group

The Global Health Equity Working Group will lead two workshops entiteld "The Different Dimensions of Health Equity" and "Translating Academic Research to Achieve Healthy People & Healthy Environments: Politics, Power and Practice".


"The Different Dimensions of Health Equity" workshop 

Health inequities are more than disparities or differences in health and safety outcomes. Inequity describes unfairness and the systematic nature of disparities. To further understand these inequities several approaches are necessary. This workshop will look at the human rights aspect.


"Translating Academic Research to Achieve Healthy People & Healthy Environments: Politics, Power and Practice" workshop

Translating research into policy and/or practice is the major challenge to the creation of effective policies and healthier communities. The ability to influence key decision makers is key to change. Success requires the development of policy based on sound academic evidence, identifying key decision makers and building successful relationships, and planning strategies in the media and with the public that support good health policy.


More information on the WFPHA Working Groups workshops and sessions @ 14th World Congress on Public Health will be available in the next newsletter issue.



7.- What's on


IARC/WHO and IACR launch new guidelines for planning and developing cancer registries in low- and middle-income settings

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) has launch new guidelines for establishing cancer registries. The publication, titled “Planning and developing population-based cancer registration in low- and middle-income settings”, provides essential guidance on the key steps in planning a registry, including accessing sources of information, monitoring the quality of the data, and reporting results. The guidelines serve as a vital tool to help low- and middle-income countries attain the highest possible standard of cancer registration, and address the limitations and challenges these registries may face. Cancer registries are critical for evaluating the impact of national control programmes, including vaccination, screening, and treatment efforts. They also serve to catalyse research into causes of the disease.

WHO Watch project

WHO Watch is a project of People's Health Movement, in association with Medicus Mundi International, Third World Network, and a number of other participating organisations.

The objectives of WHO Watch include:

  • Linking the global and the local: sharing with community activists what is happening at the global level

  • Building links among activists (global and local) who are working on particular issues

  • Working to strengthen the leadership role of WHO in global health

  • Holding ministers of health accountable: (i) for how they implement WHO decisions; (ii) for how they speak at the WHA; (iii) for how they fulfil their ‘duty of care’ for WHO.


Sixty-fourth session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe

Ministers and high-level representatives of the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region, and partner and civil-society organizations will take part in the session, to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark on 15–18 September 2014.

Key technical health issues on this year’s agenda include:

  • the first report on the implementation of Health 2020

  • the outcomes of conferences

  • a strategy for investing in children

  • an action plan on food and nutrition in the WHO European Region for 2015–2020

  • a regional action plan on vaccines for 2015–2020

  • WHO reform and its implications for the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

In addition, the Regional Committee will nominate the WHO Regional Director for Europe to serve a five-year term, as well as members of the WHO Executive Board and committees.

For more information, click here.

Health Expenditure Rises in many OECD Countries but Remains Weak in Europe

The new edition of OECD Health Statistics 2014 (the new name of the online database OECD Health Data) shows that health expenditure has started to rise again in many OECD countries, following stagnation or reduction in health spending after the economic crisis, although the pace of growth remains well below pre-crisis rates, especially in Europe.

Health spending accounted for 9.3% of GDP on average across OECD countries in 2012, little changed from 9.2% in 2011, but up from 8.6% before the crisis. While spending on hospital and outpatient care grew in many countries in 2012, almost two-thirds of OECD countries have experienced real falls in pharmaceutical spending since 2009. These reductions have been driven by price cuts, often through negotiations with manufacturers, and a growing share of the generic market. This share has increased due to patent expirations for a number of high-volume and high-cost brand name drugs, and policies to promote the use of cheaper generic drugs.


Kazakhstan to host new WHO office on primary health care

Kazakhstan has signed an agreement with WHO to host a new geographically dispersed office (GDO) of WHO on primary health care in Almaty. The agreement was signed by Kazakhstan’s Minister of Health, Dr Salidat Kairbekova, and WHO Regional Director for Europe, Zsuzsanna Jakab, on the sidelines of the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.

The establishment of the GDO is aimed at strengthening work in the WHO European Region on health service delivery, in particular in the area of development of primary health care. It will function as an operational unit of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health at WHO/Europe and will contribute, together with the other technical programmes in the Division, to strive towards universal health coverage within the Health 2020 framework.

It will, at the same time, serve as a knowledge and learning hub attracting and disseminating good practice, best buys and actionable policy options to help countries prepare their front-line managers for renewed and innovative primary health care.

For more information, click here.



8.- Meetings and Committees reports

Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly

The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly has adopted more than 20 resolutions on public health issues of global importance.

“This has been an intense Health Assembly, with a record-breaking number of agenda items, documents and resolutions, and nearly 3 500 registered delegates,” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO’s Director-General. “This is a reflection of the growing number of complexity of health issues, and your deep interest in addressing them.”

To have an insight into the resolutions adopted, click here.

The WFPHA Oral Health Working Group has submitted a statement to the WHA. The Statement on the Oral Health of the Demented and cognitively impaired elders, jointly elaborated with the International Council of Nurses, has been added as a document of the 67th World Health Assembly under the point Multisectoral action for a life course approach to healthy ageing and is available on the WHO website.



9.- Publications

WHO PHE e-News

The July issue of WHO Public Health, Social and Environmental Determinants of Health (PHE) e-News brings you the latest on:

  • WHO conference on health and climate change

  • “Climate Change: how it affects my health and what I can do…”

  • Universal health coverage and occupational health/safety for informal workers

  • Fourth European IRPA Congress

  • Week of Action: International Lead Poisoning Prevention Awareness

  • World Toilet Day

Climate Justice and the Right to Health – A Special Issue

The Issue 16.1 of the FXB Center’s Health and Human Rights Journal contains special section on climate justice and the right to health and propose a range of interdisciplinary solutions toward ameliorating the predicted ramifications of climate change on health and human rights.

To read the special section, click here.

The United Nations millennium development and post-2015 SDGs:

Towards long-term social change and social stability: An Introduction

To read the article, click here.

Towards an integrative post 2015 sustainable development goal framework:

Focusing on global justice, peace, security and basic human rights

To read the article, click here.

Vietnam Journal of Public Health

Vietnam Journal of Public Health, Issuse 32, July 2014, is now available.

Call for papers - Journal of Nepal Public Health Association

The Journal of Nepal Public Health Association calls for paper for its upcoming issue

For more information, click here.

New Lancet Global Health

This free electronic journal is now available.




10.- Upcoming events

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