WFPHA Newsletter November 2014

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1.- Organizational governance as a determinant of a PHA’s ‘health’

In 2011, the WFPHA had executed a survey to determine the top priorities in public health and what its members expected from the Federation. Three years after, the WFPHA, in association with Management Sciences for Health (MSH), released on November 19 the results of a survey of the Federation’s 82 member public health associations. The survey’s main purpose was to assess the state of organizational governance of national public health associations (PHA), including the factors that facilitate and constrain their governance effectiveness and the means the PHAs see to improve organizational governance and, ultimately, their effectiveness as national PHAs to have an influence on health and health equity. The survey also assessed the connectedness of PHAs to the WFPHA and identified areas of public health focus for the WFPHA and PHAs. The survey’s full results will be published in due course.

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2.- WFPHA’s continuing status as an accredited observer at the COP to the FCTC

WFPHA’s continuing status as an accredited observer at the Conference of Parties (COP) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was approved by the WHO FCTC Secretariat. This is a very important recognition, as it establishes our Federation as one of only 24 international NGOs accorded such status. The COP is the governing body of the WHO FCTC that reviews on a regular basis the implementation of the Convention and takes the decisions necessary to promote its effective implementation.

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For more details concerning the last COP6, see below (point 9).

---3.- The International Students Day Marks the Inauguration of the World Health Students’ Alliance (WHSA)

The International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), the International Association of Dental Students’ (IADS) and the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) are proud to announce the official implementation signing of the World Health Students’ Alliance (WHSA).

The WHSA is a coalition of international health student-run organizations aiming to strengthen interdisciplinary healthcare-related advocacy; to commonly contribute to the advancement of global health; and to develop and implement improved health policies together with multisectorial stakeholders. The Alliance has a reach-out capacity of over 1.8 million health students in more than 100 countries worldwide. 

“ We hope that through this united effort, the knowledge and competence of healthcare students worldwide will be acknowledge for the advancement of global health.” - Agostinho Sousa, IFMSA President 


Since 1941, November 17th is recognized as the International Students’ Day, commemorating the day students and professors from Charles University in Prague were killed without a legal trial. This day highlights the role of students as agents of change and advocates of sustainable progress. For the founding members of the WHSA, this day symbolizes the importance of promoting the participation and empowerment of young people and students as key stakeholders in health development. The WHSA hence offers a meaningful working space for the health students to promote greater youth participation.

" We strongly believe that students must be involved in the delivery and quality of healthcare alongside other professional health and governmental organizations." - Petra Horáková, IADS President


Modern healthcare is highly specialised discipline which calls for synergic cooperation of various healthcare professionalists together in order to improve the health of patients and thus of populations around the world. Hence, the founding members of the WHSA are confident the Alliance will effectively and collaboratively work to answer this need for the best interests of the patients.  

“ We believe that collaboration between healthcare students can ensure a good development of care for the future.” - Parand Akhavan, IPSF President

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4.- News from our Members

Highlights on Annual Activities 2014 - Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh

January: On 27 January 2014, street children enrolled in the Primary School were taught on how to apply the 7 steps of “Hand Washing” following WHO guidelines.

February: On 12 February 2014, 30 garment workers were trained on First Aid.

April: 24-26 April 2014, 90 participants attended “Stress Management and Joyful Living" workshops and Prof. Rajeev Saxena from India facilitated.


Stress management

“Stress Management and Joyful Living" workshops


On 10 April 2014, 160 autistic children were provided with care their parents with counseling through Health Camp in collaboration with Autism Welfare Foundation (AWF), Dhaka.

May: 18-21 May 2014, Training on “Basic and Applied Research Methodology” was organized for both undergraduate and graduate health science students.


Research Methods

“Basic and Applied Research Methodology” Workshop


July: On 15 July 2014, Seminar on “Food Safety” was organized at Senate Bhaban, Dhaka University, in collaboration with RDRS, and Prof. Dr. Muzaherul Huq delivered the keynote speech.

Upcoming Events:

1. Co-organizing 3rd Aynus International Ayurvedic and Traditional Medicine Conference on 29 November,2014 at Senate Bhaban, Dhaka University.

2. “Basic and Applied Teaching Methodology” and “Basic and Applied Epidemiology in Research”

3. Scientific Conference and 2nd Public Health Foundation Day Celebration on 7-8 December, 2014 at Sasakawa Auditorium , icddr,b, Dhaka.

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Abrasco completes thirty-five years of foundation


On September 27, 1979, at a meeting held at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) office, in Brasília, the Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs of Collective Health (Abrasco) was founded, bringing together representatives of six graduate programs. In 2011, to welcome the newly created undergraduate courses of collective health, Abrasco changed its name to Brazilian Association of Collective Health.

Upon completing 35 years of its foundation, Abrasco gathers 80 graduate programs and 22 undergraduate courses in collective health, at Universities in all states of Brazil. Only in SciELO, over 1,500 scientific articles in the area are indexed annually, since 2009. The Brazilian Congress on Collective Health, which is held every three years (the next Congress will take place from July 28 to August 1, 2015), brings together about 7,000 participants. The two journals of the Association - Science & Collective Health and Brazilian Journal of Epidemiology - are among the most reputable in the country.

Thus, in these 35 years, the field of Collective Health has grown, both in terms of knowledge production and training of teachers, researchers, managers and health technicians who work in the academy and healthcare services.

Moreover, Abrasco has a strong political action, since its inception. It actively participated in the democratization process in Brazil, which led to the end of the military dictatorship, in 1985, and entered the universal right to health in the federal Constitution of 1988. Today, as yesterday, Abrasco is present in the struggle for the effective guarantee of health for all, through adequate funding for the Unified Health System, efficience of public management, and equal access to healthcare for all Brazilians.

In short, Abrasco is recognized by the academic community, by workers and social movements in health as a patrimony of science, public health and the Brazilian society.

As a national association, it feels very honored to be a member of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, composing, currently, its board and its policy committee.

 The inaugural NZ Population Health Congress

PHNZ LogoThe Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA NZ) was one of three organisations hosting the first ever NZ Population Health Congress in October 2014. The other two organisations, with whom the PHANZ shares many values, practices and commitments, were the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine and the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand.

Six overseas speakers came from the United States, China and Australia, including Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia and Vice President/President Elect of the World Federation of Public Health Associations; and Michaels Sparks, President of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education.

The theme of the Congress was 'Connecting Communities, Policy and Science’. The programme was designed to expose participants to new ideas, research and experience in the varied fields of public/population health so they could respond more effectively to the problems and emerging challenges of improving public health in this country.

Connecting with communities is at the core of public health. If our work empowers communities to flourish, then we have succeeded. Connecting with policy, business and culture recognises that the major determinants of health are socially and economically determined. Connecting with science recognises that we have an obligation to use the most effective tools and innovations available to achieve public health goals.


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The first plenary session of the Congress, 'Building on the success of population health’, was chaired by Papaarangi Reid, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Medical Health Sciences and Head of Department for Te Kupenga Hauora Māori. Professor Reid is a leading Māori health researcher and advocate


A special feature of the Congress is that it walked the talk in its approach to promoting sustainability, supporting delegates’ health and reducing inequalities. It received carboNZeroCertTM certification, and eliminated hand-outs and unnecessary paper. Healthy, sustainable and vegetarian food and beverages were provided and the programme emphasised exercise breaks and mindfulness.

The Congress also presented a unique opportunity to put forward a Declaration on behalf of the population health workforce to work together to give all children the best start in life, reduce health inequalities and address climate change.

The Congress was attended by 611 delegates making it the largest population health event ever to have taken place in a small country such as ours. Feedback to the Organising Committee has been extremely positive.

To find out more about the Congress and see the presentations, click here.

About the Public Health Association of New Zealand

The PHANZ is a place for all who see themselves as part of the public health workforce in New Zealand to gather, share and learn. The National Office is in Wellington and there are a number of branches or caucuses around the country.

Each branch and caucus conducts regular seminars, meetings, or workshops in their regions on a wide variety of topics and acts locally on public health issues and activities.

The PHA provides a collective public health voice; supports individuals and organisations to work together to achieve shared goals; provides national, regional and local opportunities to share information and ideas; and pays special attention to support for indigenous (Māori) and New Zealanders of Pacific ethnicity working in public health.

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5.- Members' Newsletters



6.- WFPHA Members Communication

New WFPHA member's platform

The new website is now available. In this new version the "For Members Only" area has been replaced by an interactive members' platform. Thus login information that you or your association's members used to access to the previous "For Members Only" are no more active. The primary contact person of your association has received an email containing the instructions to modify the association's profile on the website.

Resolutions submission to the WFPHA policy committee

Resolutions from Public Health Associations Member of the WFPHA can be submitted every year to the WFPHA Policy Committee. The resolutions should be submitted at latest 3 months before the General Assembly through the on line system.



7.- WFPHA Working Groups

Reflection over the first term of the Oral Health Working Group

The Oral Health Working Group (OHWG) has put into place several important initiatives over the past three years. When the group was launched in 2012, the OHWG members have agreed to focus, during the first term (2012-2014), on three activities: raising the profile of the group, undertaking a survey of global dental public health capacity and advocating for better oral health condition through resolutions passed by the WFPHA general assembly and subsequently implemented. During the first three years, most of the goals have been successfully started and will be attained during the next term.

The group has attempted to give key note addresses at public health meetings and also to have sessions which focus upon oral health, i.e. at the 142nd American Public Health Annual Meeting and Exposition in November 2014, where the OHWG has been represented by M. Allukian and B. Borisch.

A survey to determine dental public health capacity globally has been set up and data have been collected over 73 countries covering all WHO regions. Global and regional evaluations of dental public health capacity are under preparation and will be presented at the 14th World Congress on Public Health.

In 2014, a resolution on Oral Health for Dementia Sufferers that calls for better oral health for elderly and disabled people has been approved by the WFPHA general assembly and implemented by the OHWG members as well as by the International Council of Nurses that cosigned the resolution. Two new resolutions on Oral Cancer Prevention (in collaboration with IARC-WHO) and Dental Public Health Infrastructure are under preparation and will be submitted for approval at the next WFPHA General Assembly.



Prof. R. Bedi, Chair of the OHWG, presenting the OHWG achievements at the 2014 WFPHA General Assembly

Moreover, the OHWG is engaged in strengthening the relation with branches of the World Health Organization linked to oral health and in particular with Dr H. Ogawa, responsible of the Oral Health Programme at WHO, and Dr R. Sankaranarayanan, International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO ‐ IARC).

Last, elections this year have confirmed R. Bedi in the Chair position, K. Eaton and M. Allukian as co-Chairs as well as have designated M. Al Darwish as third co-Chair for the next term (2015-18). These results will be formalized after the next General Assembly in February 2015.

Tobacco control working group - 2014 Report

Over the past year, the Federation undertook several tobacco control-related activities. The Tobacco Control Working Group submitted to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) a proposal entitled “Strengthening Tobacco Control Policy And Advocacy Strategies For Public Health Associations” in collaboration with the Framework Convention Alliance and the Public Health Association of Australia. This initiative was to be carried out in association with PHAs in Nepal, Nicaragua and Vietnam. Unfortunately it was not funded.

The Federation also renewed its accreditation to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as a bone fide NGO. This permits the WFPHA to attend WHO FCTC-related meetings and consultations. Dr. Andrey Demin, President of the Russian Public Health Association, represented the WFPHA in October at the 6th WHO FCTC Conference of the Parties meeting.

As part of the FCTC accreditation process, the WFPHA reported to the WHO that approximately 40 member PHAs are working on various tobacco control such as: the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, increased tobacco taxation, introduction of packaging and labelling of tobacco products and smoke-free legislation, non-communicable disease prevention, World No Tobacco Day activities, work on tobacco dependence and cessation, and integration of tobacco control in annual conferences and local journals of public health. The WHO recognized the work of the WFPHA in its review presented at the WHO FCTC Conference of the Parties meeting in Russia, particularly its work related to Article 14 (Demand reduction measures concerning tobacco dependence and cessation) and for public health associations for including tobacco control among the topics of annual or biannual meetings organized for their members.

The WFPHA expressed its strong support for the evidence-based position taken by the WHO in its report about Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), more commonly known as electronic cigarettes – or e-cigarettes. The WFPHA called for further independent research with particular attention to the potential risks of e-cigarettes to users and non-users and the risks associated with the promotion of e-cigarettes as a means of engaging children, young people and non-smokers to use them.


8.- What's on

2014 International Essay Writing Competition

The Medical Magazine & Blog on the occasion of its Second Anniversary, in collaboration with the 14th World Congress on Public Health and 3rd International Student Meet On Public Health  brings to you a competitive International Essay Writing Competition! 

Theme: Public Health


  1. Environment – An Agenda for Health Promotion

  2. Public Health Beyond the Millennium Development Goals

Word Limit: 1000 – 1500 words

Launch Date: 20th November 2014

Last Date for Submission: 20th December 2014

One of the prizes is a place in the Student's Conference in Kolkata in February next year. Good luck!

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Promoting consensus for post-2015 development agenda

The UN General Assembly’s Second Committee has to address a wide range of important topics related to economic growth and development. Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, the Chair of the Committee, discussed before the committee some of the major challenges including financing for sustainable development, sustainable development goals in the post-2015 development agenda and the global Ebola response. For more information, click here.To read the second committee press releases, click here.

Using data to measure gender equality

Almost 20 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which set out principles and targets for achieving gender equality and empowering women, progress made in improving the lives of women and men should be assessed; at this purpose, the production and use of relevant, accurate and timely gender statistics is critical. For more information, click here.

World Pneumonia Day 2014: every breath of every child counts

Statement from the independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health

Each minute of every day, 2 children under-5 die of pneumonia. That figure adds up to 107 deaths every hour, 2562 deaths every day, and 935,000 deaths every year. Most of these deaths are entirely preventable. Despite these appalling numbers, the political will and financial resources needed to protect the lives of children at risk of pneumonia falls well short of what is needed. It is time to say, clearly and firmly, that the continuing failure of the international community to eliminate the threat of pneumonia for the most vulnerable members of our society has to end.

To read the full statement, click here.

The Rope of Solidarity

Hundredsof breast cancer patients from all over Europe rise to the 4162-metre Breithorn near Zermatt. The film now available. For more information, click here.

New Faculty of Public Health at the Kwait University

Kuwait University is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Faculty (School) of Public Health at its Health Sciences Center.

Kuwait University was established in 1966 and currently has 15 faculties. The Faculty of Public Health forms the fifth college in the Health Sciences Center, which already includes Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Allied Health Sciences.

The initial five departments include Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Health Policy and Management; Environmental and Occupational Health; Social and Behavioural Sciences; and Public Health Practice.

The Faculty is actively recruiting academic staff, including inaugural leadership positions (Dean and Chairpersons). For more information regarding job descriptions for these leadership positions, please visit the Employment page on the KU-HSC website.

For further information or to apply for an academic position at this new faculty, please submit your Curriculum Vitae to: 



9.- Meetings and Committees reports

61st session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean

OpeningThis year, Tunisia hosted the 61st session of this meeting. The event was attended by representatives from each of the EMR Member States and WHO Regional Director for the EMR, Dr. Ala Alwan. For the 61st session, the regional office of WHO invited non-member state affiliated individuals to attend this meeting which reflects that the regional office recognizes nongovernmental body as valuable partners for improving health in the region. To read the official report, click here.

Tunisian Public Health Association


The WFPHA has been represented at the meeting by Mr Karim Abdelwahed from the Tunisian Association for Health Promotion, Sustaining Member of the WFPHA.






Sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC

The sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC (COP6) has been hold from 13 to 18 October 2014 in Moscow, Russian Federation.The WFPHA has been represented at the meeting by Prof. Andrey Demin from the Russian Public Health Society, Full Member of the WFPHA.


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Prof. Andrey Demin and Dr Y. Salojee at COP6


Tobacco control is one of priorities in the activities of WFPHA. Thus participation in COP, instrument of FCTC, is important. The key decision made by COP6 is the adoption of Article 6 guidelines, which creates opportunities for a turning point in global tobacco control, saving millions of lives, through sharp increase of tobacco taxes and prices in the coming years, with relevant benefits for national and global economies. This decision gives hope that the world will reach, by 2025, the 30 percent tobacco use reduction target, set at the 2013 World Health Assembly.

Delegates also discussed how to achieve Illicit Trade Protocol entry into force and how to prepare for its implementation. The first report from the Working Group on Sustainable Measures to Strengthen Implementation of the FCTC was debated. Among recommendations adopted is the request towards the World Bank, WHO and the UNDP to put a price tag on FCTC implementation. The WG mandate has been extended to include development of an implementation assistance strategy according to Article 5.2 to be discussed at COP7. An important step towards developing FCTC implementation review mechanism, used in international treaties, has been made. Issues of support ensuring participation of low-resource Parties at future COP sessions, and of transparency of delegations to prevent industry interference have been discussed.

English versions of decisions from COP6 have now been posted to the Secretariat website.

The WHO FCTC celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2015, and is recognized widely as a treaty having great potential for ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages.

Related articles:

COP6 update: Learning from key global health initiatives for the FCTC

Some outcomes of COP6



10.- Publications

Social determinants of health, universal health coverage, and sustainable development: case studies from Latin American countries

The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 16 October 2014


Many intrinsically related determinants of health and disease exist, including social and economic status, education, employment, housing, and physical and environmental exposures. These factors interact to cumulatively affect health and disease burden of individuals and populations, and to establish health inequities and disparities across and within countries. Biomedical models of health care decrease adverse consequences of disease, but are not enough to effectively improve individual and population health and advance health equity. Social determinants of health are especially important in Latin American countries, which are characterised by adverse colonial legacies, tremendous social injustice, huge socioeconomic disparities, and wide health inequities. Poverty and inequality worsened substantially in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s in these countries. Many Latin American countries have introduced public policies that integrate health, social, and economic actions, and have sought to develop health systems that incorporate multisectoral interventions when introducing universal health coverage to improve health and its upstream determinants. We present case studies from four Latin American countries to show the design and implementation of health programmes underpinned by intersectoral action and social participation that have reached national scale to effectively address social determinants of health, improve health outcomes, and reduce health inequities. Investment in managerial and political capacity, strong political and managerial commitment, and state programmes, not just time-limited government actions, have been crucial in underpinning the success of these policies.. 

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WHO Public Health, Social and Environmental Determinants of Health e-News

The November issue of WHO Public Health, Social and Environmental Determinants of Health (PHE) e-News is now available. To read the e-News, click here.

South Eastern European Journal of Public Health

The second issue of the South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH) is now available. To read the issue, click here.



11.- Upcoming events

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