WFPHA Newsletter August 2016

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1.- 15th World Congress on Public Health

call for abstracts

In what is shaping up to be the must attend Public Health event of 2017, the 15th World Congress on Public Health, the Congress team in Australia and New Zealand are working around the clock to develop the programme for what will be an inspiring and thought provoking five days in Melbourne, Australia.

The response to the Call for Abstracts has been overwhelmingly positive, showing a great deal of interest in the event and its themes from around the world.

Registration for the WCPH 2017 is also now open. Registration can be completed on-line and accommodation confirmed at the same time. We recommend early registration to ensure your first-preference is secured. Updates and announcements on the Congress programme will be released regularly, with the close-to-final programme will be announced on the WCPH 2017 website later this year.  Early-bird registration will close on 7 December 2016.


The confirmed speaker list is impressive and will ensure the Congress delivers high-calibre content to a wide ranging audience. 

Confirmed speakers to date include:

Luis Eugenio de Souza, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil

Michelle Deshong, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

Peter Doherty, University of Melbourne, Australia

Alex Ezeh, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya

Sharon Friel, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Prabhat Jha, Centre for Global Health Research, Toronto, Canada

Bronwyn King, Tobacco Free Portfolios, Australia

Rüdiger Krech, World Health Organization, Switzerland

Peter Miller, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Maria Neira, Department of Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization, Switzerland

Colin Tukuitonga, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Pacific Islands

Tabaré Vázquez, President of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Uruguay

Weizhong Yang, Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, China

Shin Young-soo, World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific, Philippines


Plenary Keynote Speaker Prof. Dr. Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay, will open the Congress and will deliver a much anticipated speech on the public health achievements of Uruguay, particularly in tobacco control. During his first term, President Vázquez prioritized tobacco control as a public health strategy and committed his country to full implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). As a result, President Vázquez and Uruguay emerged as world leaders in the fight against tobacco.

Meanwhile, our Australian hosts have been working on an array of world-class field trips taking place on Friday 7 April 2017. There will be 10 itineraries in total, ranging from Universities and Schools of Public Health, to NGOs and Research Institutes. Bookings for field trips can be made when registering for the Congress and more information will be available on the Congress website.


facebookWe look forward to working with you in the build-up to the Congress and to seeing you all in Melbourne in April 2017. twitterWatch this space for further details on the Congress and be sure to engage with us early, we welcome your involvement.

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2.- Hot topics in Public Health: WFPHA speaks up

Introduction of tobacco plain packaging in New Zealand

WFPHA and PHAA support the Government of New Zealand on its plans to introduce tobacco plain packaging in the country

Since 2013, following the lead of Australia, the Government of New Zealand has been working on the promotion of a new regulatory scheme to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products. On May 31, 2016, the New Zealand Ministry of Health released draft regulations that would implement the Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill, which is currently being considered by the Parliament (Standardised Tobacco Products and Packaging Draft Regulations; Smoke-Free Environments-Tobacco Plain Packaging- Amendment BillGovernment Bill186-2). The Ministry has lead a consultation with the public on the proposed requirements for standardized tobacco products and packages set forth in the draft regulations.  The consultation document  gives an overview of the exposure draft regulations.


The World Federation of Public Health Associations and the Public Health Association of Australia have congratulated the New Zealand Government on its plans to introduce tobacco plain packaging and strongly support the proposed approach.


horrorWith the enactment of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act in 2011, Australia was the first country in the world to request and obtain tobacco products to be sold in plain packaging. The aim of the policy was to induce smokers to quit, while preventing potential smokers from getting addicted. 

Plain packaging refers to the standardization of the number of cigarette sticks in each pack, of their dimension and of the cigarette pack design (namely the pack size and colour, the position, font and dimension of the brand name, the visibility of the health warnings). In particular, it has been shown that the harmonized features of peer packs can significantly harm the promotional strategies of tobacco companies and make smoking less attractive to young people. Despite the legal actions promoted by major tobacco companies against the Australian Government, peer reviewd research and independent evaluation have clearly shown the effectiveness of plain cigarette packaging regulations both in the short and in the long run.

Extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

An open letter from the civil society calls on UN drug control agencies to take urgent action

A few weeks have passed since Mr. Rodrigo Duterte was inaugurated as the new President of the Philippines, during an official ceremony where he confirmed his “uncompromising adherence to due process and the rule of law” and assured that “the Republic of the Philippines will honour treaties and international obligations”.

Mr. Duterte won the presidential elections on 9th May, following the withdrawal of his main opponents and thanks to an electoral campaign based on the commitment to end crime and corruption in the country within six months. Despite the absence of any clear policy detail, his blunt promises won him the support of millions of Filipinos weary of ineffective governments, which let Mr. Duterte win the presidency by a clear margin.

PietàHowever, since his election, the new President has made several public statements which explicitly contradict his stated intentions to comply with the Philippines’ human rights obligations. For instance, he repeatedly incited also ordinary citizens to the extrajudicial killings of people suspected of using, dealing and supplying drugs.

Moreover, Duterte has been suspected of playing a role in many of the hundreds of killings of alleged drug dealers that have been taking place all around the country since he won the election.

Such a critical issue requires the planning and implementation of urgent advocacy actions aiming to promote a human rights-based approach to drug control.

For this purpose, the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) has recently prepared an open letter to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), to call both bodies to condemn the killings and to put pressure on President Duterte to end his bloody war on drugs.


Together with many NGOs to whom the letter was submitted, the World Federation of Public Health Associations has expressed its support by signing the call.

Civil society groups say No to investors suing States in RCEP

WFPHA supports the statement against the introduction of ISDS in RCEP countries

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is being negotiated in secret by 16 countries and a leaked copy of its investment chapter includes proposals to allow foreign investors to sue governments at an international tribunal.

rcepIf the proposals are accepted, this investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) will allow foreign investors to sue RCEP governments if they regulate in ways that may harm the foreign investors' interests, even if the regulation is aimed at safeguarding the public interest of that countries.

The application of the ISDS in the past has entailed considerable challenges to health, environment, financial regulation and many other fields, and has obliged even the governments of some of the least developed countries to pay huge fees to the "damaged" investors. These de facto limitations of sovereignty and of the governments’ ability to rule have led many countries (both inside and outside RCEP) to question their support to any investment protection provision (including ISDS) in bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and free trade agreement (FTA) investment chapters.

Various United Nations (UN) human rights bodies have also stated their serious concerns about ISDS. According to 10 UN Special Rapporteurs/Independent Experts on human rights, the ISDS cases clearly demonstrate how "the regulatory function of many States and their ability to legislate in the public interest have been put at risk". They also called for enhanced transparency during the negotiations of FTAs through the publication of the negotiating texts and the possibility for any stakeholder to participate in the negotiation process.

On August 5th, the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the RCEP was held in Vientiane, Laos, and was attended by the Ministers of Commerce from 16 sides including the ten countries of ASEA, China, Australia, India, Japan, Korea and New Zealand. Given the need to finish the negotiations before the end of 2016, the Ministers stressed the importance of reaching an agreement, according to the RCEP Negotiation Guidelines and Objectives and in view of the 14th round of negotiations to be held from August 10th to 19th in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In this context, many of the RCEP civil society organisations are trying to push the RCEP countries to reject the introduction of ISDS in the agreements.


The World Federation of Public Health Associations gave its support to the statement against the introduction of ISDS in RCEP countries, being it consistent with its 2016 Resolution on international trade agreements and public health.

Framework Convention on Global Health

The WFPHA signs a call to promote support to the FCGH by the WHO and the UN

Pfcghreventable and treatable injuries and diseases are on the decline, but still condemning many millions to avoidable death and illnesses in sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and other impoverished areas of the world. By one measure, health inequities are at the root of nearly 20 million deaths. These inequalities are replicated within countries, both high-and low-income ones. Those who are poor, disabled or belong to socially disadvantaged minorities are far less likely to access quality health care and have their fundamental survival needs met, and consequently, their life expectancy is shorter. Despite the codification of the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health by multiple international Treaties and national Constitutions, yet large gaps exist between commitments and reality, and immense health inequities persist across the globe. In this context, the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), whose drafting is currently underway, could create a right-to-health governance framework based on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Recognising the potential impact of the FCGH, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in person issued the following call to action in his report preceding the June 2016 High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS: “I further encourage the international community to consider and recognize the value of a comprehensive framework convention on global health”. The FCGH would help ensure that health goals and targets in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are successfully implemented, by trying to fill the existing gaps in accountability, governance, financing and human rights protection. In particular, the FCGH would develop a set of concrete actions to address four persisting global health shortcomings: weak accountability, inadequate funding, discrimination against disadvantaged minorities and the risk for national and international governance to harm global health (two major examples are the intellectual property rules impeding access to medicines and the recent international trade and investment treaties that may reduce the Governments' ability to rule). Inspired by recent Treaty precedents such as the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the Paris Agreement, and combining some elements of these models, the FCGH may become an innovative 21st century instrument for 21st century governance. Among the supporters of the FCGH there are many institutional and partnership actors, together with leading health and human rights organisations and networks. In order to win the support of the next WHO Director General and next UN Secretary General, two sign-on letters have been delivered to the candidated for each election calling upon them to support the FCGH.


The World Federation of Public Health Associations agreed to sign the call, thus giving its support to the initiative.


For further information about the Framework Convention on Global Health, please click here.

An exhaustive summary of the FCGH background, goals and intended actions can be found here.



3.- New WFPHA Members

Regional Members

Alliance of Public Health Associations of the Americas

APHAABetween 1871 and 2010, a total of 21 Public Health Associations were established in the American Region, with little coincidence in time and space. The only two attempts to build a regional alliance, which took place in 1991 and 2004, but got stuck at a purely theoretical level. During the 13th World Congress of Public Health, held in Ethiopia in 2012, the presidents of the WFPHA and of the Cuban Association of Public Health (SOCUSAP) took the initiative to organize a meeting of the Public Health Associations of the American Region. The American Public Health Association (APHA) gave its support to the initiative and a meeting of the representatives of  seven Public Health Associations took place in Havana, Cuba, in April 2015. On that occasion, the Alliance of Public Health Associations of the Americas (AASPA/APHAA) was created, and SOCUSAP was appointed to host its Executive Secretariat (photo: AASPA/APHAA foundation meeting participants). AASPA became a Regional Member of the World Federation of Public Health Association during the last WFPHA General Assembly, held in Geneva on 22nd May 2016.

aaspa2The first General Assembly of AASPA  was held in Panama on 28th July 2016. On this occasion, the fifteen participating national Members ratified the AASPA Statutes and elected the seven members of the Board, that in turn appointed the Executive Secretary. According to the president of AASPA, Mr. Alcides Ochoa Alonso, in the short and medium term AASPA will manily focus on:

  • the development of a proper strategy to include new members in the association, especially in the Carribean area;

  • the organization of its third meeting and of a major scientific event on the occasion of the Third International Convention of Health, to be held in Havana, Cuba, on April 2018;

  • the project to host the 16th World Congress of Public Health of 2020 in one of the countries of the American region whose Public Health Association is a member of AASPA.  

Full Members

Colombian Association of Public Health

With the goal of strengthening ties, exchanging knowledge and experiences, and influencing public health policies at national and international levels, a group of professionals, researchers and citizens answered the call of the WFPHA and the Alliance of Associations of Public Health of the Americas AAPHA - to form the Colombian Association of Public Health. The priority during the meeting which took place on May 20th, 2016 in Bogotá was to approve the statutes and to elect the first Board of Directors for 2016-2019 colombia(photo: from left to right: Hernando Nieto, Susana Fergusson, Marisol Moreno, Susana Camacho, Martha Alzate and Roberto Rodríguez).

Our members are groups of academics, researchers, and professionals in the field of public health as well as social leaders in different areas interested in the advancement of public health and in the health and wellbeing of the Colombian population. Because of its limited resources, our Association developed a modest strategic plan to study some of the main public health issues in Colombia and deliver the respective recommendations for action. The aim is to influence the public policy process in critical issues such as primary care and social determinants and the health system reform, and to propose effective interventions to address urgent health needs such as the implementation of risk reduction programs among prisoners who use drugs. We recognise the invaluable support of the WFPHA which is reflected in the inclusion of the Colombian Association of Public Health among its full members in May 2016. During the constitutional assembly of the Alliance of Public Health Associations of the Americas held in Panama City on July 28th, 2016, Colombia had the privilege to be elected as a country member of the APHAA Board of Directors. colombia2

Since its foundation, our Association participated in Several Representatives academic activities including the "Interamerican Forum for the Right to Health" and the Forum "History and research challenges of Trachoma infection in Colombia" (photo: Dionne Cruz, secretary; Hernando Nieto, President; Hollman Miller, Julian Trujillo, Sandra Talero, honor members; Hugo Sotomayor, President of Medicine’s History Academy; Esmily Ruiz).

In June 2016 the representatives of the Association were given the chance to visit the Canadian Public Health Association, where they were pleasantly welcomed. 

colombia 3In August the Association managed to contact the Health Ministry of Colombia, receiving its support for the promotion of projects aimed at improving the quality and relevance of public health research while innovating the decision-making process (photo: Hernando Nieto, President of the Colombian Association of Public Health and Alejandro Gaviria, Minister of Health of Colombia). 

The Association's plans for the year include the participation in several other events organized by academic institutions, including the Second Latin American Symposium on Public Health and the Fourth International Congress on Health Systems (recent reforms of the Colombian health system deserve attention and follow up).

By the same token, the Association is planning to promote a series of regional “Dialogues for Peace and Health”, an initiative aimed at involving groups of citizens from different Colombian cities in the analysis of health inequities during peace negotiations.


For more information, click here to visit the website of the Colombian Association of Public Health.

Panamanian Society of Public Health: Past, Present and Future

The Panamanian Society of Public Health (SPSP) was founded on January 12th, 1983, obtained legal status in 1990, and is currently governed by the statutes approved in 2005.

In recent years, the SPSP has had resurgence, winning the respect and support of health authorities, trade associations and the society in general. In 2013 and 2014, the SPSP actively participated in a social mobilization movement, which demanded a major shift in public health sector policies and practices throughout the country. panamaThe current board of directors, elected in 2014, developed a work plan that puts on the table a vibrant and integral vision of public health, which stimulates a broader social participation and the production of relevant knowledge aimed at reducing disparities, improving the social determinants of health and building a healthy society for all.  (photo: the Board of Directors)

In July 2014, the government called for a "Dialogue Table to Improve and Strengthen a Comprehensive Health System as State Policy". The SPSP participated in the table, together with 14 other health sector organizations, providing technical and scientific guidance. The final proposal focuses on two main lines of action: (1) An "Institutional Axis", designed to improve health care services at all levels of prevention; and (2) An "Intersectoral Axis", designed to focus on the social determinants of health, with active participation of all the stakeholders of the Panamanian society. This proposal is known as the "White Paper" for the Transformation of the Public Health System of Panama. In July 2015, the SPSP organized and developed the "First Forum of Health and Social Security," with more than 250 participants, representing 97 different organizations. Further details about the event can be found on the SPSP website. panama2

In July 2016, the SPSP organized the "First International Conference on Public Health of Panama", whose theme was "Social Determinants and Intersectoral Coordination in Health", having Dr. Sir Michael Marmot, current president of the World Medical Association (WMA) as guest speaker. Sir Michael Marmot received from the University of Panama "Doctor Honoris Causa" Diploma during his stay in Panama (photo: the organizing committee of the Panama Conference delivers the "Doctor Honoris Causa" Diploma from the University of Panama to Dr. Michael Marmot).
Furthermore, participants had the opportunity to interact and to express their ideas and commitments about the actions to be taken in their home countries and how to impact the social determinants of health. There was also a Poster Contest of Research and Production of Knowledge relevant to support interventions on social determinants of health. All the details of the event can be found on the website.
Within the framework of the Conference, Panama hosted the Second Meeting of the Alliance of Public Health Associations of the Americas, attended by 15 national public health associations belonging to the American Region. During the meeting, the statutes of AASPA were approved, some themes regarding the improved cooperation among the public health associations in the Americas were discussed, and a "Declaration of Panama" was finally drafted, which, once finalized, will serve as a reference for the development of public health actions in the region. Following the Conference, the SPSP launched the Panama Healthy Generation Initiative, a public health campaign aimed at challenging every sector and social actor to take on responsibility to ensure universal access to corresponding social determinants, relevant to each sector’s area of competence.


International Epidemiological Association

ieaThe International Epidemiological Association (IEA) was officially established about 50 years ago. It grew out of the “International Corresponding Club” which in 1954 began to bring together epidemiologists from around the world to discuss outstanding public health problems of the time and to encourage the use of epidemiology to try to solve them. When it was established, IEA’s stated goals included the promotion of the application of epidemiology to the solution of public health problems, the co-operation with organizations concerned with improving health, the better dissemination of epidemiological findings, the development of epidemiological methods and the promotion of the recruitment and training of epidemiologists on an international basis. These goals are just as relevant today, decades after IEA was founded.

IEA membership currently includes some 2000 individuals from about 100 countries. About 40% of the membership is from low-income and middle-income countries and about 10% is made up of early career researchers. The IEA flagship journal, the International Journal of Epidemiology, was first edited in 1972. The journal has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the most respected and highly cited journals in the field. 

The IEA World Congress of Epidemiology is held every 3 years, and the next Congress will be in Saitama (near Tokyo), Japan, on 19-22 August 2017.

In partnership with the WFPHA, the IEA produced a position paper on the 2015-2030 sustainable development goals (SDGs), arguing that an overarching health SDG target should be sustainably measurable in every country and include information about all-causes of death at every age, life expectation and the avoidance of premature death.

The IEA is looking forward to working together with colleagues from the WFPHA in the future, as both organisations share a commitment to improve the populations' health worldwide. 

If you wish to get more insight about the International Epidemiological Association, please click here.

For further details about the 2017 Congress, please click here


4.- News from our Members

Vietnam Public Health Association


The 8th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) has been successfully held on February 2016. The Conference, whose theme was “Ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”, has been attended by more than 1200 delegates from 29 countries all over the world. As announced during the Myanmar Conference closing ceremony, the Vietnam Public Health Association (VPHA) will be in charge of organizing the next Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights in November 2017. The theme of the 9th APCRSHR will be: "Leave no one behind-justice in sexual and reproductive health".

For further information about the Conference, please check the VPHA newsletter and the official website of the WFPHA.



5.- Members' Newsletters



6.- WFPHA Members Communication

Call for Resolutions on Global Health Issues!

WFPHA members are encouraged to submit resolutions on hot topics in public health. The resolutions will be evaluated by the WFPHA Policy Committee and Governing Council and presented for approval to the General Assembly in April 2017 (Melbourne, Australia).

Resolutions should be submitted to or using the on-line system by November 30th 2016 at latest. Detailed information on resolution submission and format is available here.

New intern @ WFPHA

Capture 1Mrs. Giulia Lioce has joined the WFPHA as an intern in June 2016. Since 2012 she has been living in Milan, Italy, where she graduated from the three-year Bachelor in Business Economics and Management at Bocconi University in 2015. In the same year, she earned a piano Diploma from the Music Conservatory in Foggia, her home town in southern Italy. Her interest in the public sphere and in the functioning of International Organizations and NGOs drove her to continue her studies in this field. Currently, she is about to start her second year of the MSc in Economics and Management of Government and International Organizations at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. In particular, Mrs Lioce is very interested in all the issues regarding public health and the development of related projects for the diffusion of education and common practices around the world. This is why, after a previous internship at the Greek Consulate General in Milan in 2015, she applied to the WFPHA International Headquarter in Geneva, where she is committed to giving her best contribute to the activities of the Office. Spending this period in Geneva is also giving her the possibility to deepen her understanding of the structure and work of a Non-Governmental Organization like the WFPHA and to get involved in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.



7.- What's on

Second Global Conference on Health & Climate

Health action agenda has been set for the implementation of the Paris Agreement

2nd global conferenceThe main outcome of the Paris Climate Conference held in December 2015 was the adoption, by the 195 participating countries, of the first-ever universal, legally-binding global climate deal. The purpose of the agreement is to set out a global action plan aimed at avoiding dangerous climate change. In particular, the Paris Agreement explicitly sets out the need to protect the people's "right to health", to hold global warming to almost 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.

The aim of the second Global Conference on Health and Climate ("Building Healthier Societies Through Implementation of the Paris Agreement”) was to define a set of concrete key actions to be put in place by the countries in order to reach the Paris Agreement goals.

The Conference took place in Paris on 7th and 8th July 2016 and was jointly hosted by the WHO and the Government of France, which holds the Presidency of the 21st Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP21). The event brought together more than 300 Ministers of Health and Environment, Senior Government Officials, technical experts and civil society from around the world, to discuss how the global community can concretely act to better protect and promote health in response to climate change.

Two main areas of engagement have been agreed.  The first is to adapt to climate change, by strengthening the resilience of health systems, and those which supply essential services, such

as water and sanitation, and food and nutrition. The second is to ensure that global emissions of climate pollutants are reduced to a sufficient extent to protect the environmental and social determinants of health, and in such a way as to gain health “co-benefits”, through reductions in air pollution and other environmental risks.

To know more about the conference conclusions and action agenda, click here.

BreatheLife Campaign

BreatheLife Logo newThe importance of raising awareness about the health risks of short-lived climate pollutants, which contribute significantly to global warming and air pollution, justifies the launch of the BreatheLife campaign during the conference. BreatheLife is a global campaign led by the WHO, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the Government of Norway, whose aim is to advocate action in key sectors such as transport, energy and housing, to reduce sources of climate-harmful air pollutants.
To get more insight about it, click here.

Europe's dark cloud

How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick

dark cloudOn 5th July 2016, the Health and Environment Alliance, together with Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the WWF European Policy Office and Sandbag have launched a report which analyses the health impacts for air pollution of all coal-fired power stations in the EU for which data is available (257 out of 280). Entitled "Europe's Dark Cloud", the report shows for the first time how the dust caused by coal plants travels far beyond borders, and how harmful it can be for the health of people across Europe. As revealed by the report, in 2013, coal emissions were responsible for over 22,900 premature deaths, tens of thousands of cases of ill-health from heart disease to bronchitis, and up to EUR 62.3 billion in health costs. The data presented in the report clearly demonstrate that a full coal phase-out in the EU would bring enormous benefits for the health of people across the continent. A single coal power plant closed would provide indeed a major boost for the health, not only of those living nearby, but also of those living abroad.

State of Health in the EU: Commission pools expertise to support health policies in EU countries

During the EPSCO Health Council held on 17th June in Luxembourg, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, announced the State of Health in the EU initiative for 2016-17. With this initiative, the Commission will bring together internationally recognised expertise to provide Member States with evidence on health that is relevant to their specific country context and that can help maximise the effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of their health systems. The effort will also support Member States in implementing a more evidence-based approach to policy making.

The State of Health in the EU comprises four components with the following timeline:

  1. November 2016: publication of the "Health at a Glance: Europe 2016" report prepared by the OECD in cooperation with the Commission. The structure of this report will be aligned to the objectives of the 2014 Communication on effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of health systems

  2. November 2017: a set of 28 individual country health profiles developed by the OECD and the Observatory in cooperation with the Commission. These expert-driven, analytical documents will provide complementary data and indicators, and emphasize the particular characteristics and challenges of each Member State. 

  3. November 2017: a Commission analysis accompanying the 28 country health profiles, giving Member States a succinct overview of the information provided in the first two products, linking them to the broader EU agenda and emphasizing cross-cutting policy implications. 

  4. From December 2017: exchanges between individual EU countries and the Commission, the OECD and the Observatory, to discuss concrete implications of country findings, and help Member States make the best use of gathered evidence.

For more information about the initiative, click here.



8.- Publications

Journal of Public Health Policy - Federation's Pages

Health Sector Reform: Time to Introspect

Dutta, A. & Dobe, M. J Public Health Pol (2016) 37: 388. doi:10.1057/s41271-016-0017-0


Health sector reforms in India, now more than ever before, need focused attention to mend the neglect of public health and primary health care. As India joins an increasing league of countries in implementing universal health coverage for its 1.2 billion citizens over the coming decade, a key focus area of the Indian government is to reorient India’s existing health system.

To read the article, click here.

Physical Activity 2016: Progress and Challenges

The Lancet - Published: July 27, 2016

In 2012, The Lancet published its first Series on physical activity, which concluded that physical inactivity is as important a modifiable risk factor for chronic diseases as obesity and tobacco. Four years later, the second Series presents an update of the field, including progress in epidemiological research, global surveillance, intervention strategies, and policy actions. The papers will also feature the largest harmonised meta-analysis on the joint health effects of sedentary behaviour and physical activity, and the first global estimate of the economic burden of physical inactivity.

The Series encourages policy makers to take physical activity more seriously and to provide sufficient capacity and funding to implement national policies. Without a rapid increase in action, the WHO target of a 10% reduction in physical inactivity by 2025 will not be reached. We must continue to strive towards the longer term goal: the integration of physical activity into our daily lives.

To read the series, click here

Atlas of eHealth Country Profiles: The Use of eHealth in Support of Universal Health Coverage 

The third global survey on eHealth conducted by the WHO Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe)1 has a special focus - the use of eHealth in support of universal health coverage. eHealth plays a vital role in promoting universal health coverage in a variety of ways. For instance, it helps provide services to remote populations and underserved communities through telehealth or mHealth. It facilitates the training of the health workforce through the use of eLearning, and makes education more widely accessible especially for those who are isolated. It enhances diagnosis and treatment by providing accurate and timely patient information through electronic health records. And through the strategic use of ICT, it improves the operations and financial efficiency of health care systems.

This Atlas presents data collected on 125 WHO Member States. The survey was undertaken by the WHO Global Observatory for eHealth between April and August 2015 and represents the most current information on the use of eHealth in these countries.

To read the report, click here.



9.- Upcoming events

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