13th World Congress on Public Health
Addis Ababa, April 23, 2012 – The long awaited
13th World Congress on Public Health under
the theme Towards Global Health Equity:
Opportunities and Threats” was officially
opened by H.E. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi at
the Millennium Hall in the presence of high
officials, dignitaries, heads of various partner
organizations and public health professionals
coming from 168 countries.
The Congress jointly undertaken by the Ethiopian Public
Health Association and the World Federation of Public Health Associations has been a great success with over 3000 participants attending. Dr. Twabech Bishaw president of the EPHA, key organizer and host, was very happy to say
that the objectives set at the beginning have been fully achieved in terms of
number of participants and participating countries, quality, scope and number
of scientific presentations, the networking among professionals from different
countries and within countries and the global friendships strengthened and
At the conclusion of the 13th World Congress on Public Health the WFPHA issued the Addis Ababa Declaration, a vibrant call on Global Health Equity.
Dr Mengistu Asnake was elected as Vice President and President Elect of WFPHA at the 46th session of the general assembly, while James Chauvin assumes the presidency.
Dr Tedros Adhanom, Ethiopian Minister of Health, called for Strengthened Global Partnerships and More Effective Aid during the opening cerimony.
Margaret Hilson received the Life Time Award by WFPHA for her outstanding contribution to the creation and strengthening of Public Health Associations and commitment to support countries meet national health goals.
Professor Redda Tekle Haimanot, founder of Grarbet Tehadiso Mahiber and author of over 70 scientific publications, was honored with 2012 Leavell Lectureship Award by the World Federation of Public Health Associations. To read the Lecture, click here.
The African Medical Relief (AMREF) received the Organizational Award by the World Federation of Public Health Associations to recognize its outstanding contributions of public
office of the African Federation of Public Health Association (AFPHA) was officially opened in the presence of the His Excellency Dr. Tedros
Adhanom, Minister of Health of the FDRE, Director General of AMREF, Dr. Teguest
Guerma, and President of the AFPHA Dr. Mathias Some, the EC of the AFPHA, EPHA
Board members and the Executive Director as well as other dignitaries and
members of the AFPHA present at the occasion.
The first meeting and general assembly of the African Federation of Public Health Association was convened. EPHA handover the official seat of AFPHA in Addis Ababa.
The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations
(IFMSA), in collaboration with the Ethiopian
Medical Students’ Association, held its 2nd
triennial International Students’ Meeting on
Public Health. To read the report, click here.
For more information on the congress, read the daily bulletins.
Next in India
On February 2015, India will welcome public health professionals, policy makers and community leaders to deliberate on the agenda of Environment Health at the 14th World Congress on Public Health with a theme “Healthy People- Healthy Environment”. The issues that will be covered range from climate change, to safe sanitation and air to orientation of heath system to addressing the challenges of environmental health.
Success and challenges in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
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WFPHA Working Groups
Global Health Equity
Global Health Equity Working Group was formed and met for the first time at the General Assembly in Geneva in May, 2011. The Charter for the Working Group was developed and suggestions for the
World Congress in Ethiopia were generated for the Scientific Planning
Committee. The Working Group followed the work of the WFPHA staff on the development of a survey for associations and individual
public health workers about the progress on MDGs in their countries. The Working Group is planning on developing
a policy statement on health equity during the next year. For more information, please contact Prof. Bettina Borisch or Dr. Deborah Walker.
Public Health Education Working Group
The Public Health Education WG has been renamed as Public Health Professionals' Education and Training WG (WG-PET) to avoid
confusion with public health education as provided to non-public health
The WG-PET was formed
in 2010 with 3 specific items in its action plan:
- Develop a strategy to globally harmonize essential
public health functions and competencies based on practice needs (performance
- Define and apply standards of quality for public health
education and training (PEER Review, accreditation).
- Develop academic and institutional capacity (based on a
needs and demand analysis).
The members of the WG-PET represent the Public Health workforce in its global variety and the WG-PET has
also been consulting additional public health professionals, bearing in mind
the requirement for a flexible approach that would address the needs at more
- The meeting with the ASPHER WGI (Workgroup on
Innovation) served to further clarify both the importance of WGE activity and
the scope of the work.
- The model put forth by the WGI delegates the role of
assessing the workforce education needs to the WGE and assigns part of the
activity in item 3 of the WG-PET action plan to ASPHER-WGI activity in partnership
with the WG-PET.
- The model was adopted by the WG-PET as the basis for the
workplan and the partnership with WGI.
- The WG-PET has agreed that the current 10 Essential Public
Health Functions will serve the need for competency harmonization, while
acknowledging possible revisions may be applied, requiring re-alignment of the
competencies if that should happen.
- The WG-PET has collected data via an online questionnaire
to assess the current level of adoption of the EPHF model or similar models in
different countries. The outcomes of the questionnaire have shown that there is
partial adoption of EPHF-like models (11 out of 24 national public health
associations represented). Responders have classified the importance of each of
the 10 functions and the measure of implementation. The full data will be
available soon as a publication in the WFPHA Journal of Public Health Policy.
- WFPHA members interested in the WG-PET activity are
welcome to follow-up on our activity via the webpages of the WFPHA and contact
If you would like to join any of the WFPHA WG, do not hesitate to contact the secretariat.
More information on the other working groups in the next newsletters.
World No Tobacco
Day 2012: Tobacco Industry Interference
campaign focuses on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry's
brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework
Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) because of the serious danger it poses
to public health. For more information, visit http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/2012/announcement/en/index.html
The Wellness Tree
Council of Nurses has launched the Wellness Tree & second wave of
the NCD nursing initiative to lead the fight against non-communicable
diseases. GrowYourWellness.com resource centre will offer tools and
information addressing non-communicable diseases to nurses globally.
For further information contact: email@example.com or www.icn.ch
Global Standard for Mandatory Nutrition Labelling - United
Nations Food Law Body
The Codex Food
Labelling Committee, a United Nations subsidiary group, has proposed a global
standard for mandatory nutrition labelling for adoption by the Codex
Alimentarius Commission in Rome this July. Some 220
delegates from 63 countries participated in the Ottawa Committee meeting.
information, call: Bill Jeffery, National Coordinator of CSPI at 613-244-7337
(ext. 1). IACFOâs written submission to the
Committee can be found here.
The website HealthGAEN has been launched as a tool for information
sharing and helping to keep people connected around issues affecting
health inequities, particularly in the Asia Pacific region.
IDRC Non-Communicable Disease Prevention Program overview 2011–2016
To read the shorter version of the Non-Communicable Disease
Prevention prospectus approved by IDRC’s Board of Governors in May 2011,
Members' Newsletter & News
News from the Canadian Public Health Association: CPHA Health Digest - Spring 2012
European Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter
Public Health Association of South Africa: Read the Newsletter
Vietnam Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter
Swiss Health Foreign Policy
Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA
Federal Authorities of the Swiss Confederation – March 2012
establishes priorities and defines cooperation between all administrative units
in matters of global health policy
PDF [31p.] at: http://bit.ly/ygx58i
“…….As a result
of globalization, health issues are becoming increasingly important at the
international level. A growing interdependence between domestic and health
foreign policy is apparent worldwide. Health has also become a topic of
Switzerland's foreign policy and therefore a focused and multisectoral approach
is required in order to ensure that fundamental Swiss values such as human
rights, the rule of law and democracy are guaranteed, and also that the
interests of a wide variety of Swiss actors can be taken into account.
Health Foreign Policy are all the country's international concerns relating to
health – with neighbouring countries, in European policy, on the subject of
global public goods, or in development policy.
The policy is
based on a concept of global health which – in contrast to the concept of
international health that prevailed up to the turn of the century, focusing
primarily on the health problems of the least developed countries – is
concerned with strategies at the global level. Accordingly, prime
responsibility rests with all countries, and not only – as in the conception of
international health – with donor and beneficiary countries.
Swiss Health Foreign Policy, a revised version of the 2006 Agreement on Health
Foreign Policy Objectives, is the result of a consultation procedure involving
the relevant federal authorities and interested parties from civil society, the
private sector, research, Swiss health system actors and the Swiss Conference
of the Cantonal Ministers of Public Health. It was approved by the Federal
Council on 09 March 2012, has a medium-term perspective and is to be reviewed
as required, but after six years at the latest. ……”
Comparing health policy agendas across eleven high income countries: Islands of difference in a sea of similarity
Tim Tenbensel, Samantha Eagle, Toni Ashton - School of Population Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Health Policy (2012)
“………Does the way in which health systems are financed influence whether
health policymakers are more or less interested in accessible and equitable
Are social democratic governments more interested in primary health care
reform than conservative governments?
Have particular domains of health policy really become more important
over the past decade across a range of countries?
In this exploratory article, we investigate the similarities and
differences in patterns of attention in health policy in eleven high income
countries using data from the Health Policy Monitor database from 2003 to 2010.
Our study suggests significant ‘islands of difference’ in an overall ‘sea
of similarity’ between the health policy agendas of the selected countries."
International Conference Research and Application on Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) in Health Care
Sukoharjo Jawa Tengah indonesia, 21-23 June 2012. Fore more information, click here or read the leaflet.
ICN 25th Quadrennial Congress
Equity and access to health care is the theme of the
conference, which will take place in Melbourne, Australia, from 18-23 May 2013. For more information, click here.
The 14th International Congress of the IFPE
The 14th International Congress of the International Federation of
Psychiatric Epidemiology will be held in Leipzig, Germany, June 5th – 8th, 2013. The congress theme will be, “The uses of
psychiatric epidemiology in improving population mental health”. For more information, click here.
International Population conference
hosting the '27th International Population conference' in conjuncttion with the
'International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)' on 26-31
August 2013 at Busan, Korea. For more information, click here or read the leaflet.
WFPHA Member's communication
Welcome to the new members
During the last General Assembly, led in Addis Ababa on April Wednesday 25th 2012, 10 new Public Health Associations became members of the Federation.
The federation heartily welcome all new Members!
of Public Health Associations
Schools of Public Health in Africa (ASPHA)
Fraud and Corruption Network
Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut
Forum for Human
Rights and Public Health (Friendship-Nepal)
Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA)
of Public Health Medicine
Health Association (AMSP)
Moreover, a new category of "Associate member" has been created. "Associate Members": national associations or organizations that meet some but not all of the qualifications stated in the Federation's Constitution (Articles I, II, and III) and which could reapply for Full Members at some time in the future when they meet all the qualifications necessary for Full membership and at the Council’s discretion. The membership of Associate members is renewable every three years. Associate members pay dues but cannot vote. They can attend meetings as observers, are encouraged to participate on Federation Working groups and have access to all materials and information WFPHA may provide to its members.
News from our Members
NUPHA and world vision trains 50 on disaster surveillance
disaster surveillance and environmental emergency management
training of trainers (ToT) workshop jointly organized by the
Public Health Association (NUPHA) and World Vision-Bo Base has being organized at the
School of Community Health Sciences, Njala University in Bo. To read more, click here.
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