Election of the new vice president / president-elect of the WFPHA
During the next General Assembly, WFPHA members will elect the next vice president / president-elect of the WFPHA. Two people submitted their candidatures:
Dr. Mengistu Asnake from Ethiopian
Public Health Association. For more information, click here.
Dr. Deogratias Kaheeru Sekimpi from Uganda National Association of Community and
Occupational Health. For more information, click here.
Election of a new representative on the Executive Board for the Americas region of the WFPHA
Two candidates have applied for the position: Dr. Cuitláhuac Ruiz Matus from the Mexican Society of Public Health and Dr. Víctor Jesús Méndez Dussán from the Nicaraguan Association
of Public Health. More information about the two candidates ara available clicking on their names:
Dr. Cuitláhuac Ruiz Matus
Dr. Víctor Jesús Méndez Dussán
Success and challenges in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
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Dear Member of the WFPHA
Dear Director of a
Public Health Association/Organization
Dear MDGs expert
The WFPHA Executive
Board agreed last year to solicit the Federation’s member associations and
MDGs-expert worldwide through a survey to gain an understand whether and how,
from their perspective, the MGDs have been achieved and the factors that have
affected their achievement in your country. We also wanted to gain an
understanding as to whether and how you or your public health association or
organizations were involved in activities to contribute to their achievement.
We want to go beyond statistics and epidemiological data, and obtain your
qualitative opinion. The results of the survey will help inform the WFPHA as to
where and how it can focus its efforts over the next few years and to provide
input to the Federation’s advocacy activities related to the MDGs.
project will be conducted by the WFPHA secretariat (Project coordinator: M.
Lomazzi; co-investigator: L. Tapia) from April to Mai 2012 and will consist in
a quali-quantitative survey that could be completed on line or by direct
survey will be available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and
Arab while interviews could be performed in English, French, Spanish or
we kindly invite each of you to send us (to: leticia ) by
the end of April 2012 the names and contact details (see attached file) of one person representing
your Public Health Association/Organization and of any other MDGs expert
within your association or outside. Please feel free to forward this letter
to any other person that could be interested in taking part in this survey.
I consider this project of highest importance for the
Federation and worldwide as almost all other reports and analyses are
restricted to the statistical aspect and do not take into account the
individual experience of public health professionals working in the field. I
therefore strongly recommend you to actively answer to this call.
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Versión española - formulario de contacto
Versão portuguesa - formulário do contato (inglês)
The WHO held its 130th Executive Board session, Geneva - Switzerland
On 23rd January, the Executive Board (EB) of the World
Health Organization (WHO) concluded its 130th session, which explored a diverse
set of critical topics, including WHO reform, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs),
Social Determinants of Health beyond Rio, Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, Substandard
Spurious Falsely-Labelled/Falsified/Counterfeit Medical products (SSFFC), Better
alternatives for Research and Development (R&D), and Global Mass Gathering which
has been introduced as a new item in the agenda. An item discussing the UN
Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 was also added to the agenda,
recognising health as a fundamental component of sustainable development and
the need to integrate Rio+20 into the EB’s agenda. In addition, Dr Margaret
Chan was nominated by the EB for a second term as Director-General of the
Organization. Her nomination by the Executive Board will be submitted to the 65th
World Health Assembly (WHA), scheduled from 21 to 26 May 2012.
During this 130th session, a significant part of the EB
agenda was devoted to the reform package (management, structure, finance, and
governance). Following up on the dialogue from the Board's special session,
held in November 2011, Member States deliberated on three main topics:
programme and priority setting, governance and managerial issues. Main messages
of the discussions include the importance of establishing a transparent,
comprehensive, and inclusive negotiation process as well as WHO’s leadership
role to respond to global health challenges in the 21st century.
Web-based consultations are currently being held to collect comments from
Member States on current proposals within the reform agenda. In addition,
meetings open to all countries are scheduled this month while the Secretariat
is preparing a consolidated paper to be submitted to the upcoming WHA.
In the wake of non communicable diseases
becoming a key global health concern, the EB adopted a resolution as a
follow up to the Political Declaration of the High Level Meeting of the General
Assembly on the Prevention and Control of NCDs held in New York last September. The resolution
dealt with three key areas of the Political Declaration: development of a
comprehensive global monitoring framework on NCDs, development of global
targets for the prevention and control of NCDs and the development of
partnerships. Proposals for the development of a framework, including a set of
indicators and targets will be discussed in the upcoming WHA.
The EB also took note of the Consultative Expert
Working Group (CEWG)’s preliminary report on better alternatives for research
and development: finance and coordination. In
response to the need for further resources applied to research and development
on diseases mainly affecting developing countries, the WHA established the CEWG
in May 2010 with the mandate to examine proposals to foster coordination and enlarge
the resources’ availability at the global level. A wide
range of proposals have been discussed including the establishment of patent
group, open sources and funding system, and a call for a binding instrument on
R&D. The latter, mostly recommended by developing countries, could be the
most significant development in this process. Indeed, the next round of
negotiations might lead to further considerations on another internationally
binding instrument within the WHO after the adoption of the Framework
Convention on Tobacco Control in 2003. The final report of the CEWG is due to
be released in April and will be submitted to Member States at the 65th
WHA in May 2012.
The GHP has monitored all sessions of the EB and contributed to the
Health Diplomacy Monitor from the Global Health Diplomacy network (GHD-Net). Articles
providing an account of the main outcomes of the discussions on the WHO Reform and
the work of the CEWG can be found at: http://www.ghd-net.org/.
Reported by The Graduate Institute
 WHO (2012) EB 130.R7, 20 January 2012, Prevention
and control of noncommunicable diseases: follow-up to the High-level Meeting of
the United Nations General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of
 WHO (2012) EB130/23, 3 November 2011,
Consultative expert working group on research and development: financing and
 WHA Resolution 63.28, Establishment of a
consultative expert working group on research and development: financing and coordination, 21 May 2010.
How to use social media to combat poverty
A few weeks ago the Civil Society and Outreach Unit of the
UN's DESA (http://social.un.org)
hosted a two-hour presentation by Socialbrite on the
subject of how to use social media to combat poverty for
an audience of over 100 NGOs.
Here was the presentation they gave at the UN:
And their answers to some of the questions raised at the
Supplement dedicated to Tobacco
Control in the The European Journal of Public Health. Read the Progress on Tobacco Control in Europe: Findings from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Europe Project here FREE for the entire month of March.
European Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter
Public Health Association of South Africa: Read the Newsletter
Swiss Society of Public Health: Read the Newsletter
Vietnam Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter
Congress on Public Health
Ethiopian Public Health Association and the World Federation of Public Health
Associations invite public health professionals from around the world to
participate in the 13th World Congress on Public Health that will be held in
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 23-27 April 2012.
airlines is pleased to offer a 10% discount to all 13th World Congress on Public Health
delegates. For more information, click here.
Series towards Rio+20
Development and Environmental Health – SDE -
PAHO/WHO. The SDE
Seminar series will happen every Wednesday from 12 to 1pm (Washington time),
from February 8 to June 13th.
Seminars will be life-streamed, and opened for participation in person at the
PAHO/WHO HQ, or via Elluminate, or via telephone line. Some of the
Seminars will be in English, others in Spanish.
who cannot follow the seminar alive, they will be available later at PAHO Rio+20 Toolkit at: http://bit.ly/oxoRdS
Conference on Alcohol Marketing
Conference on Alcohol Marketing, to be held on the 29th
and 30th of March 2012, in Warsaw Poland.
Geneva Health Forum
Geneva Health Forum: A Critical
Shift to Chronic Conditions: Learning From the Frontliners, to be held
in Geneva, Switzerland, 18-20 April 2012.
Approaches for HTA
Approaches for HTA: a Practical Hands-On Workshop, to be held in Oslo, Norway,
7 – 9 June, 2012. For more information, click here.
Course on Global Health Diplomacy
This course will explore current debates at the interface with foreign
policy, trade, climate change through multi-disciplinary learning process.
Negotiation simulations and skill building activities will facilitate the
real-life backdrop discussion, along with high-level introduction to the field
of global health diplomacy and key challenges at national, regional and global
now open! Deadline:
Sunday, 1 April 2012.
Public Health Association’s 2012 Annual Conference
Public Health Association’s 2012 Annual Conference: Public
Health in Canada: Creating and Sustaining Healthy Environments, to be held in Edmonton,
Alberta • June 11-14, 2012.
Cuba Health 2012
International Health Conference “Cuba Health 2012”, to be held at the
International Conference Center of Havana from 3-7 December 2012.
WFPHA Member's communication
WFPHA GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2012 IN ADDIS ABABA - NEW TIMING
The General Assembly of the WFPHA will take place
on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 16:00 in Addis Ababa. In order to
help us plan for this event, I am asking WFPHA members to please confirm
whether or not a representative of their public health association will attend
this event. Please note that WFPHA member associations will be
responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation costs.
Could you please send confirmation whether your public
health association will be represented at the WFPHA General Assembly to Laetitia Bourquin by March 31st, at the latest?
We hope that your public health association will
be able to attend the General Assembly.
FEE INVOICES OF THE WFPHA ARE SENT BY THE WPRLO
membership fee invoices as well the payment confirmations will be sent from now
on by the West Pacific Regional Liaison Office.
Director: Dr. Cai Jiming, Deputy Director: Dr. Wang Peng , Officer: Ms. Yi Heya)
YOUR ACTION PHOTOS
Send us your ‘action’ photos – photos of your members doing something that shows public health in
action. These photos will be posted on our website, Facebook group page and used for the 2012 Annual Report.
Call for intership applicants
The World Federation of Public Health Associations is looking for a student in the Office of the Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, starting from June 2012. For more information, click here.
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