General Assembly

The WFPHA General Assembly is held in Geneva each May at the time of the World Health Assembly. As the General Assembly is primarily a business meeting to conduct the affairs of the Federation, its main delegates are the representatives of its Member associations. However, others are often in attendance, including observers and other interested parties. The scheduling of the GA, usually on the first day of the WHA facilitates the participation of WFPHA Member representatives, who may be Members of their own government delegations, as well as WHO and key government officials, including Ministers or their representatives. The General Assembly is also the time for key WFPHA Committees to meet and conduct business. They normally hold their meetings on the day before the GA and then report their decisions to the GA the next day.

World Congress on Public Health

The International Congress, which takes place every three years, is a scientific conference for public health professionals from around the world. Traditionally, the International Congress is hosted by a WFPHA Member and may take place in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the host organization. WFPHA convenes a scientific conference every three years. Health and development experts from around the world gather at the Congress to share ideas, experiences, and research. The site of each Congress is determined by a bid process undertaken by WFPHA. The Federation makes a deliberate effort to circulate the location of the Congresses among the world’s different regions so that the public health professionals in a given region have a chance to highlight public health in their own region at the WFPHA Congress. This means, however, that it is unlikely that two consecutive Congresses will be held in the same region. If you are a WFPHA Member and would like to host a Congress, please contact the WFPHA Headquarter to request a bid proposal form.

The World Congress on Public Health is the triennial global knowledge exchange event of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. It brings together public health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics and students from around the world.

Upcoming World Congresses on Public Health

16th World Congress On Public Health - Rome 2020: The future of humanity through a public health lens

Mon Oct 12, 2020 Rome, Italy
The next WFPHA conference will be held in Rome, Italy, on October 2020. Co-chairs of the Conference will be President of the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health Carlo Signorelli, and President of the Italian National Institute of Health Walter Ricciardi.
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Past World Congresses on Public Health

Year

Place

Attendants

2017

Melbourne, Australia

2'700

2015

Kolkata, India

1'650

2012

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

3'600

2009

Istanbul, Turkey

1'200

2006

Brazil

14'000

2000

China

1'300

1997

Tanzania

700

1994

Indonesia

700

1987

Mexico

500

1984

Israel

500

1981

India

700

1978

Canada

600

1975

Germany

 

Upcoming Events

Indigenous Health WG event

Thu May 24, 2018 Campus Biotech, Chemin des Mines 9, Geneva, Switzerland
The Indigenous Health Working Group (IHWG) of the WFPHA is hosting a FREE event on Thursday, 24th of May 2018.
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1st International Perinatal TOTAL Health Congress

Wed Jun 27, 2018 Sinaia, Romania
Perinatal TOTAL Health: The First Thousand Days of Life Innovations and Transdisciplinary Collaborations
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1er Congreso Internacional - Construyamos Juntos Una Sociedad Saludable

Wed Aug 01, 2018 Hotel Wyndham, Panama City
This is the first International Congress promoted by Sociedad Panameña de Salud Publica, mainly aimed at building a healthy society ("Construyamos Juntos Una Sociedad Saludable"). The Congress will take place from August 1st to August 3rd 2018 at Hotel Wyndham in Panama City. Inscriptions are already open.
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2018 Annual Meeting, The Network: TUFH!

Thu Aug 16, 2018 University of Limerick, Graduate Entry Medical School, Limerick, Ireland
Community Empowerment for Health goes beyond the traditional methods of information sharing and consultation, but involves also a change in power relations, and enabling people to have more control and responsibility for their own health. Health policy makers, health organizations managers, civil and local authorities, and professional associations should attend the Annual Meeting to create even more power opportunities. The organizers will also invite the submission of abstracts containing empirical, theoretical or descriptive studies relevant to a new program for empowering communities, engaging in educational institutions, science, technology, and the arts. The event will include also Mini-workshops and Pre-Conference Workshops, followed by TUFH talks.

Registrations open on November 13th, and the deadline for submission is January 15th, 2018.
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Swiss Public Health Conference 2018

Wed Nov 07, 2018 Aula des Jeunes Rives, Neuchâtel
Better Health Faster - Les sciences sociales au service de la santé
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World Heart Federation (WHF) - World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health – WCC 2018

Wed Dec 05, 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The World Heart Federation (WHF) is looking forward the next World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health in Dubai on 5-8 December 2018. #WCCDubai 2018 will be held in partnership with the Emirates Cardiac Society & the Gulf Heart Association, and it will be an opportunity to network with other CVD health specialists and to share best practices. Topics to be discussed will concern Epidemiology/Prevention/Health promotion/Physical activity/Advocacy; Genetics/Epigenetics/Technology/E-health; Hypertension/Obesity/Dyslipidemia & metabolic disorders; Heart failure/Left ventricular function/Myocardial pericardial disease/Chagas disease
Arrhythmias; Valvular disease/RHD/Pulmonary circulation/Valvular intervention; Ischaemia/Coronary artery disease/Coronary interventions; Stroke/Peripheral circulation/Non-coronary interventions/Aorto-arteritis; Cardiac imaging; Paediatrics/Congenital heart disease; Heart disease in women, and Allied health professionals. Email: to receive updates & news relating to World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health, and to subscribe to congress newsletters.

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3rd IFEH Academic and 16th MUEHSA Scientific Conference

Tue Apr 09, 2019 Hotel Africana in Kampala, Uganda
The International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) in conjunction with Makerere University Environmental Health Students' Association (MUEHSA) announce the call for abstracts for the 3rd IFEH Academic and 16th MUEHSA Scientific Conference that will take place from 9th to 11th April 2019 at Hotel Africana in Kampala, Uganda.
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16th World Congress On Public Health - Rome 2020: The future of humanity through a public health lens

Mon Oct 12, 2020 Rome, Italy
The next WFPHA conference will be held in Rome, Italy, on October 2020. Co-chairs of the Conference will be President of the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health Carlo Signorelli, and President of the Italian National Institute of Health Walter Ricciardi.
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Upcoming Member's Annual Meetings

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Past Events

III Reunión y II Asamblea General en La Habana, Cuba

Fri Apr 27, 2018 Havana, Cuba
La III Reunión y II Asamblea General en La Habana, Cuba serà en el marco de la III Convención Internacional Cuba Salud 2018 a efectuarse entre los días 23 al 27 de abril de 2018.
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CONVENCIÓN INTERNACIONAL CUBA SALUD 2018

Fri Apr 27, 2018 La Habana, Cuba
Cuba Salud 2018

CONVENCIÓN INTERNACIONAL CUBA SALUD 2018
“Salud Universal para el desarrollo sostenible”

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International Public Health Forum on the Global Charter for the Public's Health in Cameroon

Fri Mar 16, 2018 Yaoundé/Cameroon (Central Africa)
Mindful of the need for Africa to take ownership of this innovation and given its intellectual contribution to the initial process of designing this Charter, the Cameroon Public Health Association (CAMPHA) in collaboration with the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and the African Federation of Public Health Associations of which it is a member, takes the initiative to organize in Cameroon an international forum for the promotion (FAASP) of the new Global Charter. The forum will be structured in the following way: an inaugural conference by the WFPHA; thematic conferences in plenary; workshops; symposiums; oral communications in parallel sessions; displayed communications; side-meetings; a social program, and a closing plenary.
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8th African Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health

Fri Feb 16, 2018 Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg South Africa
“Advancing the Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights of Girls and Women in Africa”
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5th Public Health Foundation Day & International Conference

Sat Dec 09, 2017 BCPS auditorium, Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh
An international Conference on Public Health is going to be organized by Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh (PHFBD) along with celebration of its 5th Public Health Foundation Day on December 8th and 9th, 2017. This conference will take place at BCPS auditorium, Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR)

Thu Nov 30, 2017 Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Vietnam Public Health Association (VPHA) is the host organization of the 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights in November 2017.
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The Swiss Public Health Conference 2017

Thu Nov 23, 2017 Basel, Switzerland
Personalisierte Gesundheit aus Public-Health-Perspektive

Niemals zuvor standen uns umfassendere Daten aus zahlreicheren Quellen zur Verfügung, wodurch sich für die Gesundheitswissenschaften ganz neue Möglichkeiten ergeben.
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2017 Annual Meeting in Atlanta

Wed Nov 08, 2017 Atlanta, GA, United States
APHA's Annual Meeting & Expo is where public health professionals convene, learn, network and engage with peers. With the Annual Meeting, we strengthen the profession of public health, share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. Come experience APHA. This year's theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health."
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10th European Public Health Conference - Sustaining resilient and healthy communities

Sat Nov 04, 2017 Stockholm, Sweden
The European Public Health Conference Foundation, the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Swedish Association of Social Medicine are pleased to invite you to the 10th European Public Health Conference.
The 10th European Public Health Conference will be held in the Stockholmsmässan
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WHO Global Conference on NCDs

Fri Oct 20, 2017 Montevideo, Uruguay
From 18-20 October, 2017, world leaders will meet to promote health and national development through taking action to beat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic lung diseases, and diabetes.
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A saúde das mulheres, seus filhos e filhas em destaque no 10º Congresso Brasileiro de Epidemiologia

Wed Oct 11, 2017 Florianópolis, Brazil

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10th Brazilian Congress on Epidemiology

Wed Oct 11, 2017 Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
É com muita satisfação que a Comissão de Epidemiologia da Associação Brasileira de Saúde Coletiva (ABRASCO) anuncia a realização do X Congresso Brasileiro de Epidemiologia.
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Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2017

Fri Oct 06, 2017 Melbourne, Australia
The international Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) is the leading forum for the world’s alcohol policy makers and researchers.
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French Society of Public Health - SFSP Bi-annual Conference

Fri Oct 06, 2017 Amiens, France
Thurs, Fri, & Sat Oct 4-6, 2017 in Amiens, France

Congrès ADELF-SFSP "Sciences et acteurs en santé : articuler connaissances et pratiques "

Ouvert aux chercheurs, enseignants, acteurs de terrains, décideurs…, il offre un espace aussi large et interactif que possible pour se rencontrer et débattre.

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PHANZ 2017 Conference | Valuing Connections, Connecting Values

Wed Oct 04, 2017 ?tautahi Christchurch, New Zealand
Join us in Ōtautahi Christchurch for the 2017 Public Health Association of New Zealand Conference to explore the connections and values of public health. The focus is on place and environments, people and communities, knowledge and wellbeing, as we work to continue building a healthier, stronger, connected Aotearoa New Zealand.
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Primer congreso de la Asociación Colombiana de Salud Pública

Fri Sep 29, 2017 Bogotá, Colombia
"Grandes desafíos de la salud pública en Colombia: Un camino para la paz"
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Gran Simposio "Un Mundo saludable"

Tue Sep 26, 2017 Centro de Convenciones de la Ciudad de Saber
El propósito de Simposio es promover, influenciar y estimular, junto a todos los actores que conforman la sociedad panameña, incluyendo las comunidades, la participación activa en la producción y protección de la salud de la población, cuyo retorno social será una piedra angular para la sostenibilidad del desarrollo económico, social y humano de nuestro Panamá.
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Public Health Association of South Africa 2017 Conference

Thu Sep 07, 2017 Johannesburg, South Africa
The Public Health Association of South Africa invites the South African public health community and our international colleagues to Johannesburg, South Africa for our 13th annual conference. The theme of the 2017 conference is “A Global Charter for the Public’s Health”: Implications for Public Health Practice in South Africa.
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2017 CAPHIA Public Health Teaching and Training Forum

Fri Jul 21, 2017 University of Sidney
CAPHIA is pleased to announce its 2017 Public Health Teaching & Learning Forum, to be held at the University of Sydney on 20 and 21 July.
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Public Health beyond borders - Driving change with evidence

Wed Jun 21, 2017 The International Centre - Telford
Having introduced 'Evidence Into Practice' as a secondary theme for the 2016 conference, it now becomes the main theme for 2017.
As a public health community, we have an ever greater responsibility to implement the systems, policies and services that are as cost-effective and efficient as possible. Our 2017 conference in Telford is the opportunity to share the latest evdence, explore new ideas and ensure that current practice is the most effective we can deliver.
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Public Health 2017

Thu Jun 08, 2017 Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre
Public Health 2017 is the national forum where public health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees come together to strengthen efforts to improve health and well-being, share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research.
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5th Edition of the Universite de Printemps Les Démarches Innovantes en Santé

Sat May 20, 2017 Brussels, ULB, Ecole de Santé Publique
L’élan actuel à l’innovation en santé, dans différents systèmes de santé, est la clé de l’attractivité et du développement du système de santé publique. Ces approches nécessitent de nous questionner sur les partenariats en santé, les approches multidisciplinaires, les développements technologiques et les spécificités des contextes locaux et transnationaux.
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2017 FAMSA General Assembly

Fri May 19, 2017 Niger Delta University
This is to inform all those concerned that the Federation of African Medical Students’ Associations (FAMSA) General Assembly earlier scheduled to hold at the Niger Delta University from 15th – 19th of March, 2017 has been postponed till further notice.
All activities as regards this event should be stopped immediately. We regret any inconveniences caused.
This message is from the FAMSA Secretariat and the FAMSA Headquarters.
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Séminaire Scientifique des Maladies Infectieuses

Thu May 18, 2017 @08:30 - 04:00PM
Nous vous invitons à vous inscrire au séminaire scientifique ‘Diagnostic et Surveillance des Maladies infectieuses’ en cliquant ici.
Le coût de l’inscription comprend un livret des abstracts et l’accès à toute les sessions de la journée avec repas de midi (90 €) ou à une demi-journée sans repas de midi (70 €).
Clôture des inscriptions : 1 mai 2017.
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3º Congresso de Política, Planejamento e Gestão em Saúde

Thu May 04, 2017 Rio Grande do Norte
O site oficial do 3º Congresso de Política, Planejamento e Gestão em Saúde da Abrasco, que acontecerá de 1 a 4 de maio de 2017, na capital do Rio Grande do Norte, já está no ar!


A terceira edição do congresso, que acontecerá no Centro de Convenções de Natal, tem como tema central ‘Estado e Democracia: O SUS como direito social’, e como presidente o professor Cipriano Maia, da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte.
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3rd Brazilian Congress on Health Policy

Thu May 04, 2017 Universidad Federal de Goia
Nós, pesquisadores, docentes, estudantes, profissionais e militantes da Saúde Coletiva, reunidos em Goiânia (GO) de 28 de julho a 1º de agosto de 2015, durante 11º Congresso Brasileiro de Saúde Coletiva reafirmamos nossos compromissos com a democracia, o desenvolvimento e o desafio do SUS universal.

A década anterior, de melhoria das condições de vida de milhões de brasileiras e brasileiros, nos incitava a apontar os limites e a querer mais: desenvolvimento sustentável, superação das desigualdades históricas, soberania nacional, democracia participativa e políticas universalistas.
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National Public Health Week will be held from the 3rd-9th of April

Sun Apr 09, 2017 United States
During the first full week of April each year, APHA brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the nation. For nearly 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW. Every year, the Association develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to each year's theme.
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15th World Congress on Public Health

Fri Apr 07, 2017 Melbourne, Australia
The 15th World Congress on Public Health will be a Festival of Public Health to engage researchers, practitioners, academics, administrators, policy makers, industry representatives, students and stakeholders involved in public health from all over the globe.
Early bird registration has been extended to Monday 19 December 2016!
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WHO Executive Board

Wed Feb 01, 2017 Geneva, Switzerland
We would like to inform you that the WHO Executive Board meeting will take place in Geneva from 23 January-1 February.
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Swiss Public Health Conference 2016

Tue Nov 15, 2016 Berne
Refugees and displaced persons - a challenge for the Swiss health system
15 November 2016, Berne

The theme of refugees concerns Switzerland all and according to experts, it will become even more relevant and important. Some 40,000 people applied for asylum in Switzerland during the past year. According to estimates of the Confederation, this number will be at least as high this year.
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We strongly encourage you to develop policy papers and statements and to advocate with us for a better local and global public health!

If you wish to submit resolutions or statements on important public health issues relevant locally and globally and to the Federation as well, please consider the wider spectrum of the Global Public Health, reaching far beyond the medical paradigm. Issues such as equity, trade, violence, social health insurance, environmental health, public health training and research, themes impacting on schools of public health, professional organizations, and workforce development – to mention only a few – have an impact on the health of the people.

You can reach a worldwide audience by passing a resolution in the next WFPHA Assembly. To submit your resolution, please follow the Guidance on Development of Policy (updated in 2017) and the technical instructions below.

Call for Policy Resolutions and Statements on Global Public Health Issues

Resolutions should be submitted by December 31st of the year preceding the Annual General Assembly (or 3 months before the World Congress of Public Health) through the on-line system above.

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