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WFPHA Newsletter 11 - 2012
Published: 30 November 2012

In this newsletter:

1.1st Arab World Public Health Conference

2.News from our Members

3.WFPHA Member's communication

4.Members' Newsletter

5.WFPHA Working Groups

6.What's on

7.Conference&Committee Reports

8.Upcoming Events


10.Your Communications


1.1st Arab World Public Health Conference

tl_files/images/Newsletter 2012/November/Dubai.jpgThe Arab world is a distinct geographic and cultural entity, with complex demographic characteristics. Arab countries had frequently faced multifaceted health challenges, including gaps and weaknesses in population health status and widening inequalities among and within countries.

Public health is a core element of all countries’ attempts to improve and promote the health and welfare of their citizens. Every country needs an effective, comprehensive and suitably resourced public health infrastructure. To strengthen public health, however, countries must have a clear understanding of what public health infrastructure they should have in place. Although the core areas of public health are generally understood, in many cases it has proved difficult for countries to define these further in a more detailed and systematic way.

If public health is to be at the center of health improvement then public health operations, capacities and services must be strengthened. This requires a clear definition of the role of public health, together with its working concepts, boundaries and interrelationships. It is also important that essential public health operations are defined and performance measured.

In its declaration at the 12th World Congress on Public Health, held in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2009, the WFPHA adopted a resolution that re-emphasized, “Health as a Human Right.” The declaration noted, ‘Now is the time for all those who affect the lives of others, working in government, industry, and in civil society, and as health care workers, academics, community and faith-based leaders, and citizens, to affirm the fundamental and elemental importance of public goods, including public health, and to assert and practice the basic human values of solidarity, sustainability, morality, justice, equity, fairness and tolerance’.

The 1st Arab World Conference on Public Health, to be hosted by Dubai Health Authority and held from 4 to 6 April 2013 in Dubai, will bring together leaders in public health from different Arab countries and health experts across the globe to discuss these important issues. The Conference will harness the synergy and strengths of innovation and experience from the developing and developed worlds. It will address the current status of public health services in the Arab world and the enormous challenges and opportunities facing public health organizations in making progress towards collectively attaining public health excellence.

The World Federation of Public Health Associations and the department of Public health and Safety at Dubai Health Authority invite local, national and international public health leaders, service providers, advocates, trainers and students to participate to this very important congress and to submit abstracts dealing with major issues related to promoting world class public health services opportunity and threats.

The congress has been officially announced by Mrs L. Al Jassmi, Dubai Health Authority/Public Health Affair Department, during the fifty-ninth session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean.

To read the presentation, click here.

For more information on the congress and abstract submission, click here.



Three new representatives of our Members have been designed to seat on the WFPHA Govening Council. We would like to introduce in this newsletter Dr. Victor Jesus Mendez Dussan, representative of the AMRO region.

Victor Jesus Mendez Dussan - AMRO

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Nicaraguan Public Health Association

Region: AMRO
Country: Nicaragua
Term: 2012 - 2015



Doctor in Medicine and Surgery; Specialist in Economy and Management of Health; Master in Public Health.

Doctor Méndez Dussán is the youngest President of the Nicaraguan Public Health Association. As a matter of fact, since his secondary school, he participated in the context of the Nicaraguan Revolution like Health Brigadist of the Communal Movement in the City of Lyon, thorough Capacitation and Radial programs, related with Primary Care, prevention of illness and health promotion.

Dr. Méndez Dussán Coursed his Medicines studies in the National University of Nicaragua, he coursed Health Economics at the Valencia`s Polytechniques University and his master in the School of Public Health in Nicaragua.

He has been professor in pre and post graduated levels of public health at universities in Nicaragua, and he is the pioneer in the field of Medical Auditory in this country. He wrote a lot of articles in Nationals reviews.

He participated like voluntary in organizations in Nicaragua, like Nicaraguan Medical Association and others. He has participated in congress, panels, forums, conferences, courses as organizer and co-organizer, and he has been invited like exhibitor to nationals and internationals academics events.

From 2007, Dr. Méndez Dussán is Board Member of the Nicaraguan Public Health Association (ANSAP), and its president since 2011. In this age ANSAP suffered and great evolution through the strengthened and support from the work of his members and Internationals Organizations like the Canadian Public Health Association and the Panamerican Health Organization. Since 2012, ANSAP is the Regional Representing of the World Federation of Public Health Association.

He incorporated the concepts of marketing in public health and alliances like basis for a sustainable development of the Public Health. Actually the priorities issues in the Nicaraguan Public Health Association are NCDs, Violence against women, Traffic Injuries, HIV, and social determinants of health. In this line he was the creator of spaces in the massif media to communicate health information from the Public Health Association, in radio, tv and newspaper. Actually ANSAP is the only health Association which has his own radio program.

2.News from our Members

Cuban Society of Public Health (SOCUSAP)

Main activities in 2012 & Perspectives for 2013

The Cuban Society of Public Health is a purely scientific group composed of professionals and technicians whose training profile or job performance tribute to the Health Sciences. The SOCUSAP, with more than 40 years of activity, is undergoing a process of reorganization and strengthening both, structural and functional.

The year 2012 was marked by the completion of many important activities by the National Governing Board (JG), sections and chapters achieving a significant strengthening of all structures and their functioning.

We worked on developing the following strategic objectives:

1. Organizational strengthening of the Governing Board, its chapters and sections

2. Promote, through the development of scientific and social activities, the cohesion and performance of human capital, professionals and technicians that work in Public Health in the country

3. Contribute to the effective and efficient development of the Cuban public health in order to raise the health status of the population

In compliance with, multiple actions were implemented and provided the following results:

  • 400 new members incorporated, bringing total to 900
  • a total of six sections constituted: Health Promotion, International Public Health, Hospitals, Biosecurity, Law and Health, Maternal and Child Welfare.
  • Chapters established in 10 provinces (66%)
  • Five regional scientific conferences and 30 workshops and conferences held
  • Participation in the organization of the International Public Health Convention 2012
  • Support the development of critical transformations and priority programs of the Ministry of Public Health
  • Participation in the XIII Congress and full reintegration into WFPHA

Perspectives for 2013

  • Increase the number of members to exceed the figure of 1,000.
  • Ensure work consolidation of the chapters created and complete the creation of the six chapters missing.
  • Create the section Health Administration
  • Promote the planning and implementation of scientific activities in the country linked to the following priorities:
    • Strategies of health promotion and education
    • Health surveillance and anti-epidemic control
    • The medical classification and analysis of the health situation
    • Strengthening of regionalization and the implementation of the founding principles of Family Medicine
    • Correct use of Clinical Method and Epidemiological Method
    • Strategies to reduce infant and maternal mortality
    • Strategies for increasing hospital quality and efficiency
    • Quality of teaching processes
  • Promote scientific investigations in actual subjects of global importance: economic, demographic, climatological
  • Participate in the development of doctoral training programs in the field of Health Sciences
  • Increase the execution, by the national JG, sections and chapters, of acknowledgment activities and tributes to prominent institutions and figures in the work of the public health in the country.
  • Make the First National Meeting of SOCUSAP with foreign participation in the Year 2013
  • Widen out working links with the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)
  • Establish working relationships with national public health associations of countries, mainly in the American Continent.

Mongolian Public Health Professionals’ Association

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Reducing Health Risks through Better Food Safety

The Mongolian Public Health Professionals’ Association (MPHPA) is the most diverse organization of public health professionals in Mongolia which has been established in 2001. Its mission is to support sustainable development of public health in Mongolia through pooling the skills of professionals and strengthening multi-sectoral collaboration in order to protect and promote health of the population. MPHPA strives to lead constructive collaboration and coordinated efforts with all stakeholders to work on the most important professional and public health issues for sustained improvements in health of all Mongolians.

MPHPA implemented an advocacy project on prevention of non-communicable diseases with Health Project of the Millennium Challenge Account Mongolia through increased food safety levels of locally produced foods since 2010.

The survey conducted in 2010 by the Ministry of Health and the Biotechnology School, evidenced that many locally produced food products had high levels of salt, fat and sugar which is a matter public health and food safety concern.

Throughout the project, advocators actively interacted with and organized food safety educational activities for the local food manufactures to increase awareness of their important role in the reduction of health risks and prevention of non-communicable diseases.  Also proactive consumer food safety education activities had been conducted.

As a result of the project, many local companies engaged in the advocacy activities have improved food safety levels by reducing salt, fat and sugar in their products, changed labeling of the products to make them more accurate and forthcoming about the contents, and even started product packaging in more environmentally friendly paper packages instead of plastics.

One year later, the monitoring visits done to the local factories evidenced effectiveness of the project activities. As outcome of the project activities, the major national food manufactures have improved food safety by reducing salt, fat and sugar content in their products.

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Photo 1. Factory of Talkh Chikher Company

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Photo 2. Improved Food Packaging and Labeling

For instance, before the advocacy activities, the local company “TalkhChiher” had been producing bread with higher salt content than the standard limits.

The company reduced the salt content in one of their best sold breads by 12%.  Market analysis showed that there was not any reduction in sales, consequently they reduced the salt content in more than 11 different brands of their products. This reduction of salt content across so many different brands was unprecedented.

The other major local dairy manufacturer “Monsuu” also successfully reduced sugar level in their five types of dairy products and produced 3 new products with no sugar.

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Photo 3. Monsuu company dairy products

The project has contributed to the reduction of  preventable morbidity and mortality by promoting healthy lifestyle through better food quality by increased food safety, food nutritional labeling and increased consumer awareness to healthier selection of foods and reduction of silent health risk factors. 

MPHPA advocates this project experience to all related stakeholders to use it as an impetus to encourage and adopt proactive measures nationwide for the betterment of population health.

Our Members' annual reports

The Annual Report of The Graduate Institute is now available.To read the report, click here.

The Annual Report of Indian Public Health Association is now available. To read the report, click here.

The Annual Report of the Vietnam Public Health Association is now available. To read the report, click here.

3.WFPHA Member's communication

New Chairperson for WFPHA Finance Committee

The WFPHA established a Finance Committee in early 2011 for the purpose of overseeing and providing advice/recommendations to the Governing Council about the Federation's finances (including revenue generation) and oversight on its budget and expenditures. The Finance Committee is composed of the WFPHA Vice-President/President-Elect, the Treasurer, and up to three other members from WFPHA member associations.

At its September 17th teleconference meeting the WFPHA Governing Council approved the nomination of Dr. Mengistu Asnake, WFPHA’s Vice-President and President Elect, as the Finance Committee’s chairperson. He replaces Gabriel Scally, who had assumed this role earlier this year when Jim Chauvin became WFPHA’s President. Please join us in congratulating Mengistu on his taking on this important role, and ‘a vote of thanks’ to Gabriel for his stewardship of this committee over the past several months. 

Besides Mengistu and Gabriel, the other current members of the Finance Committee are Dr. Georges Benjamin (APHA) and Markus Kaufmann (WFPHA Treasurer). If your national public health association is interested in nominating one of its members to sit on the WFPHA’s Finance Committee, please contact Laetitia Bourquin with the person’s name, contact information and a short description of the nominee’s experience with fund raising, budgeting and organizational finance issues.

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Oral Health Working Group: call for Members

In April 2012 the World Federation of Public Health Association (WFPHA) general assembly and council of the WFPHA approved the establishment of the WFPHA Oral Health working group (OHWG).

The inaugural chairman is Prof. Raman Bedi (UK) and two vice chairs are Dr. Ken Eaton (UK) and Dr. Myron Allukian (USA). From October 2012 the group is aided by Prof. Bettina Borisch (Head of the WFPHA Secretariat) and by Dr. Marta Lomazzi as executive coordinator.

The Oral Health working group will consider all aspects of oral health and notes that the WFPHA has an existing specific project on dental caries with the Alliance for Cavity Free Future.

If your public health association is interested in nominating one of its members to be a member of the WFPHA’s Oral Health WG, please send us a brief bionote of the candidate.

Please note that all communications to this WG, should be addressed to

WFPHA Annual Report 2012

All WFPHA Members are invited to send us a brief article (100 words max) dealing with the activities of their public health association or to any important achievements or awards obtained in 2012. These articles will be posted on the 2012 WFPHA Annual Report.

Submission deadline: February 15th 2013.

Advertise your upcoming meetings

All WFPHA Members that want to advertise their events through the WFPHA, are invited to send us the pdf of the flyer of their upcoming meetings. We will advertise such events on our stands as well as through our media tools.

4.Members Newsletter

Federation of African Medical Students' Associations: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of Australia: Read the Newsletter

Canadian Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

European Healthcare Fraud & Corruption Network: Read the Newsletter

European Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Ethiopian Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Mexican Society of Public Health: Read the Newsletter

Mongolian Public Health Professionals Association: Read the Newsletter

Netherlands Public Health Federation: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of New Zealand: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of South Africa: Read the Newsletter

Swiss Society of Public Health: Read the Newsletter

The Graduate Institute: Read the Newsletter

Vietnam Public Health Association:Read the Newsletter


Bulletin of the World Health Organization: Read the Newsletter

5.WFPHA Working Groups

In this Newsletter, the Tobacco Control Working Group and the report of the participation to the 3rd session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management by Dr. P. Orris, Chair of the Environmental Working Group:

Tobacco Control WG

Dear Public Health Association members:

The Tobacco Control WG of the WFPHA is currently seeking submissions about tobacco control activities of public health associations around the world. We are looking for you to share the dedicated work of your volunteer or staff members who have engaged in tobacco control advocacy, policymaking, or other activities on behalf of your Association which can be publically shared to other member Associations. The submissions can be brief (minimum of 150 words) or detailed (maximum of 1000 words) and should outline the context and activity of the work.

We look forward to hearing about your Association’s work in tobacco control as soon as possible.

Thank you.


Luis Caceres

Acting coordinator of the Tobacco Control Working Group

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Third session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management

Dr. P. Orris participated in the caucus discussions of the NGOs and concentrated on work with the contact group on lead paint, and the Health Sector Strategy discussion.

To read the report, click here.

6. What's on ?

Warning: Communications from Medimond concerning the publication of the Proceedings of the 13th World Congress of Public Health

Many participants who made presentations at the 13th World Congress of Public Health have received emails from a company called Medimond, inviting them to submit their presentation for publication in the Congress's Proceedings. Contrary to the information provided by Medimond, neither the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) nor the Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) formally appointed this company to publish the proceedings of the 13th World Congress of Public Health. No contract was signed nor was any endorsement given. Therefore, as far as WFPHA and EPHA are concerned, there is no officially sanctioned Congress Publication being produced by Medimond.

Anyone wishing to enter into an arrangement with Medimond does so at their own risk. Neither WFPHA nor the EPHA are responsible for anything to do with this publication nor any consequences which may arise from an individual's decision to enter into an agreement with Medimond with respect to this publication.

WFPHA President meets with the CPMA and the WACPHP

While attending the FDI World Dental Congress in Hong Kong last August, WFPHA President Jim Chauvin met with representatives of the World Association of Chinese Public Health Professionals (WACPHP). The WACPHP became a WFPHA Sustaining Member in May 2011. It represents the community of Chinese public health professionals located around the world. During his visit, Jim learned about the activities of the WACPHP, using the occasion to reinforce the links between the Federation and one of its newer member organizations. See Dr. Lee’s article below in this newsletter for further details.

Following his visit to Hong Kong, Jim then travelled to Beijing, where he met with representatives of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association (CPMA), an active WFPHA Full Member. He was cordially and warmly received by his hosts, which included Dr. Wang Longde, the CPMA’s President and a Member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Dr. Cai Jiming, Vice President and Secretary General of the CPMA, several CPMA Board members (including Dr. Yang Weishong, Deputy Director General of the China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), as well as CPMA staff (Dr. Wang Peng, Director of CPMA’s International Program and his colleague Ms. Yi Heya). Several meetings were held, which resulted in the finalization of a Memorandum of Understanding between the WFPHA and CPMA regarding the logistical support provided by the CPMA to the WFPHA’s secretariat functions, as well CPMA’s role as the secretariat for the WFPHA’s Asia-Pacific Regional Liaison Office and a familiarization for Jim of the wide range of public health activities carried out by the CPMA.

The CPMA, founded in 1987, presently has a membership of over 120,000 people. It is composed of 44 professional sections, and publishes 64 health-related periodicals and a newspaper dedicated to health and health care. It organizes annual health expositions around the country, and is implementing projects on HIV prevention, environmental health, health policy development, reproductive health, chronic disease prevention and maternal and child health. It became a WFPHA member in 1996. Dr. Cai Jiming has served on the WFPHA’s board since 2006. It also hosted the WFPHA’s 9th World Congress on Public Health in the year 2000.

On behalf of the WFPHA, Jim thanks our colleagues at the WACPHP and the CPMA for their generous hospitality and the time they took out of their busy schedules to meet with him. It was a productive time spent in both Hong Kong and Beijing.

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WFPHA President Jim Chauvin accepting a gift from Dr. Wang Longde, CPMA President.

Visit to Hong Kong of Mr James Chauvin, President (2012-2014) of the WFPHA

On 30th August 2012, James Chauvin, President (2012-2014) of the World Federation of Public Health Associations visited the World Association of Chinese Public Health Professionals in Hong Kong.  He was welcomed by Professor S.H. LEE, President of the World Association of Chinese Public Health Professionals and Mr. Simon Chan, Executive Secretary of the Association.

We had very good opportunity to exchange informations and ideas of collaboration between the public health associations in the Pearl River Delta region in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan and other public health associations in other parts of the world.

In May 2013, a Conference on Preventive Medicine will be held in Macau. We welcome public health professionals from other countries to attend the Conference and to visit the highly vibrant cities of Hong Kong and Macau.

For further information, readers are welcome to contact me at telephone number (852) 25723466, e-mail :

Professor S.H. LEE

President, World Association of Chinese Public Health Professionals

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Mr. Jim Chauvin standing next to Dr. Shiu Hung Lee, WACPHP President, and Mr. Simon Chan, WACPHP Executive Director.

Population Health Congress Communique

The undersigned Australian and Australasian population health associations - and 1150 delegates from over 20 countries - met in Adelaide on 10-12 September 2012 to take stock of the achievements of public health in Australasia, and agree on priority areas for future action. We affirm our commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of the Australian and New Zealand populations through collective action in relation to:

1.Social determinants of health and addressing inequities

●Reducing health inequities within and between populations.

●Progressing an agenda for ‘Health in All’ policies, recognising that health outcomes are impacted by a range of public policies across government portfolio areas, including taxation.

●Progressing cross-portfolio and cross-sectoral efforts to ‘Close the Gap’ in life expectancy and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

2.Loss of public health workforce and community based services

Highlighting the impact of recent cuts to public health workforce and infrastructure within jurisdictions, recognising that cuts to public health services impact heavily on marginalised and disadvantaged communities. We call for the reversal of these cuts.

Demonstrating the cost effectiveness of expenditure on health promotion and disease prevention programs, consistent with the recommendations of the National Preventative Health Taskforce.

Ensuring expansion of resources for health promotion and population health, and effective inclusion of health promotion/ population health into Medicare Locals.

Working collectively to strengthen the workforce voice.

3.Global health, climate change and economics

●Addressing Trade Agreements and Health – the potential impact of trade agreements in undermining public health policy within Australia and the region.  For instance, the capacity for the current Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement discussions to impact on plain packaging legislation and access to medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

●Progressing World Health Organisation reform - increasing involvement of Australian public health organisations in global public health efforts and issues.

●Calling for urgent and immediate social, economic and environmental policy action to achieve a just and sustainable society as the greatest health priority this century.

●Illustrating the linkage with local level environment issues, such as the water supply and health impacts of coal seam gas in Australia.

●Remaining actively engaged in the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA).

Collectively, our associations share common ideals to reduce the burden of disease through processes that protect the population, prevent disease and promote individual and collective health and well being.  Through the use of evidence, our associations strive to influence public policy that creates, supports and sustains healthy environments and social conditions.  We share a common belief that government support and community mobilisation are needed to effect change in policy and practice through multisectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration.

We agree in principle to reconvene a Congress in three or four years’ time to review our progress in achieving collective action on the above points and to bring together population health researchers, policy makers and program practitioners once again to share their experiences and knowledge in improving the health of our populations.

The Presidents of the Public Health Association of Australia, the Australian Health Promotion Association, the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, and the Australasian Epidemiological Association are committed to collective action in relation to each of the above.

Sir Michael Marmot emphasizes the importance of networking and Knowledge networks

In a video especially recorded for CRICS9, Sir Michael Marmot, Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health, from World Health Organization (WHO), shares his experience in leading this initiative, emphasizing the importance of networking, consolidation of knowledge networks and learning with the realities of different countries.

Brazil, Chile, Canada, UK and other countries emphasize the role of examples in developing programs to improve the social determinants of health.

Sir Michael Marmot’s Video is available here.

Interview with WFPHA President

Mr J. Chauvin, president of the WFPHA, has been interviewed for the Management in Health Journal (Vol 16(3), 2012).

To read the interview, click here.

Special Edition of Vietnam Journal of Public Health in English version

The Vietnam public health association (VPHA) respectfully introduces the Special Edition of Vietnam Journal of Public Health in English version, Issuse 01, October 2012.

In the Journal, the main contents include:

  1. Changes in knowledge of exclusive breastfeeding for six months among fathers – finding from community intervention study in a rural area of Vietnam
  2. Parental care and adolescent pre-marital sex in CHILILAB – Hai Duong province
  3. Health service utilization for reproductive tract infections of female migrants aged 18 – 49 working at industrial zones in Long Bien, Ha Noi, 2011
  4. The causes of deaths in CHILILAB between 2008 – 2010 based on verbal autopsy method
  5. A review on biomass fuel smoke and public health risks
  6. Child drowning situation in Mekong River Delta: an exploratory analysis from Vietnam National Injury Survey

To read the Journal, click here.

iERG 2012 report: feedback online platform is now open!

The 2012 iERG report - Every Woman Every Child: from commitments to action - summarises progress on the UN Secretary-General's Global Strategy on Women's and Children's Health and the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health. Share your impressions, point out the report’s weaknesses and deficiencies, suggest what can be done better and say what is well enough to be retained for the next year.

For more info, click here.

Report on Forum 2012 calls for concrete action in moving from evidence to innovation

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Priority setting, innovation, technology, and engaging the youth include some of the recommendations for going 'beyond aid'.

A report summarising the outcomes of the conference Forum 2012- which marked the beginning of an exciting new series of the well-known and respected Global Forum for Health Research meetings -has called for concrete action in moving from evidence to innovation.

For more information, click here and read the report.

How can we improve health outcomes for all?

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Over 120+ policymakers, healthcare providers, suppliers, NGOs and patient groups attended this NCD summit, with a wider audience participating online.

The World Health Assembly has set a global target of achieving 25% reduction in overall mortality rates from NCDs (25 by 25). This summit in Geneva did debate how to meet that target, with expert contributions from those leading the NCD fight within Governments, healthcare systems, the private sector and civic society (PPPP’s, Private-Public-People-Partnerships).

More information here.

Interestingly, there is no answer when it is asked the industry representatives to align with anti-tobacco policies.

On November 9, 2012 - GENEVA - The first-ever global monitoring framework to combat several of the world’s biggest killers has been agreed by WHO Member States. The framework comprises nine voluntary global targets and 25 indicators to prevent and control diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease and other noncommunicable diseases. The draft framework aims to focus efforts to address the impact of noncommunicable diseases and assess:

  • the progress made in reducing associated illness and death;
  • the reduction of exposures to the main risk factors for the diseases, including tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity; and
  • the response of national health systems to noncommunicable diseases.

One of the global voluntary targets - the 25% reduction in premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases by 2025 - had already been adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2012.

More information here.

General information

Latest WHO Publication:

Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases: Guidelines for primary health care in low-resource settings

7.Conference&Committee Reports

FDI World Dental Congress

Mr J. Chauvin, president of the WFPHA, has represented the WFPHA at the FDI World Dental Congress in Hong Kong, August 29 - 31. He has been invited to make a plenary statement on oral health as a public health issues and also be involved in a workshop organized by the Cavity-Free Alliance.

To read the presentation, click here.

To read the report, click here.

Reports from 65th Session of the WHO regional committee for South-East Asia

The Indonesian Public Health Association, Full Member of the WFPHA, has participate as observers to the 65th Session of the WHO regional committee for South-East Asia, 5-7 September 2012, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on behalf of the Federation.

To read the report, click here.

Joint UNACOH-MakCHS annual scientific conference

Dr. M. Asnake, vice president/president elect of the WFPHA, has attended on behalf of the Federation the Joint UNACOH-MakCHS annual scientific conference, 26 - 28 September 2012, Kampala - Uganda.

Theme: "Health care in Uganda; Past, Present and Future"

To read the report, click here.

59th session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean

Mrs L. Al Jassmi of the Dubai Health Authority/Public Health Affair Department, Sustaining Member of the WFPHA, has participate as observers to the fifty-ninth session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean on behalf of the Federation.

To read the report, click here.

Swiss Public Health Conference 2012

Prof. B.Borisch, Director of the WFPHA secretariat, and Dr. M. Lomazzi have participated with many representatives of the Swiss Public Health Association and The Graduate Institute to the Swiss Public Health Conference.

The conference has been very successful. More than 350 participants has discussed around the theme "(Re)-organizing the health system". The presentations are now available to download here. The next conference will focus on chronic diseases. To be held in Zurich, 15-16 august 2013.

WHO - NGOs consultation: towards a new policy of WHO engagement with NGOs

Prof. Bettina Borisch and Dr. Marta Lomazzi have participated to the WHO - NGOs consultation taking part to the discussion on the new policy of WHO engagement with NGOs.

This meeting is part of the on going process of changing the relations of WHO to NGOs. The WFPHA already attended two prior meetings that were all on a relatively small scale as to attendance, both from the NGO as well as from the WHO side. This time it was considered to be a broader meeting with the DG taking part the whole morning of the consultation.

In her introductory remarks the DG underlined the importance of NGOs for the work of WHO and the wish to better interact with NGOs.  Decision WHA65 (9) requested that a draft policy paper on WHO’s engagement with NGO’s be presented to the Executive Board at its 132nd session in January 2013.

This was followed by a short presentation of the draft paper by Daniel Lopez-Acuna, DGO. This paper proposes a three-pronged approach 1) collaboration, 2) consultation and 3) accreditation.

The first part of the discussion with the floor was the issue of collaboration. Already here but also later in the afternoon the topics of transparency and clarity were recurrent.  The question whether or not NGOs have to be differentiated into categories (i.e. PINGOs – BINGOs, …) was diversely discussed. The conflict of interest (or better: disclosure of interest) was a concern for both NGOs and WHO. Both industry and non-industry NGOs were present and it was concluded that vested interest are broadly present but may be conflicting with the goals of WHO in different ways.

The second important concern was the participation of people, or “the public that is missing in public health” and how to overcome this. The enforcement of the national and regional level was suggested.

The WFPHA raised the point that NGOs have come to be a political power in the same way as the “classical political powers”, the governments. Giving this situation, the WFPHA wonders if the participation of governments representatives would not be necessary in the present discussion.

In the second part of the meeting, chaired by A. Cassels, the topics of consultation and accreditation were discussed. Historically spoken, the power of the NGOs movement is unchecked. There are now forces among the NGO/charity organisation that are more powerful and influential than country governments. (i.e. Gates-Foundation..). Accreditation in this context would mean not exclusion and/or limitation of access to the WHO but again clarity and transparency. At the level of the European Union applied problem solving models for the accreditation for NGOs exist.  The WFPHA raised the issue that political responsibility should also be part of the process for NGOs.

To read the official WHO report , click here.

WFPHA at the 140th APHA Conference

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Photos of the APHA meeting.

The WFPHA was quite visible during the 140th APHA Conference, which took place October 28 – 31 in San Francisco. Besides featuring the 14th World Congress of Public Health (11-15 February 2015: Kolkata, India) at the WFPHA booth in the well-attended exhibit section, WFPHA also hosted three concurrent sessions and its annual breakfast.

To read the report, click here.

To read the presentations made by representatives of WFPHA member associations, click on the corresponding speaker:

B. Borisch (WFPHA) - E. Di Ruggiero - S. W. Lee - E. Miron - T. Novotny -

S. Polan - G. Scally

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Photos of the APHA meeting.

5th joint conference combining the 20th annual EUPHA meeting and 34th annual ASPHER meeting

The conference, under the theme "All Inclusive Public Health", has been held in St. Julians, Malta, from 7 to 10 November 2012.

The conference has been a success with 1198 registered participants, 802 submitted abstracts from 56 countries and 75 submitted workshop.

The abstract selection review and the programme booklet are available on line.

For more information, click here.

The next one will take place in Brussels, Belgium, from 13 to 16 November 2013. For more information on this upcoming meeting, click here.

Joint Meeting of BASCD & EADPH

Professors B. Borisch and K. Eaton on behalf of the Oral Health Working Group took part to the Joint Meeting of BASCD & EADPH, held in London from 15 to 17th November 2012.

To read the report of Prof. B. Borisch, click here.

The Rockefeller Foundation Global Health Summit

Dr Cai Jiming, Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, Full Member of the WFPHA, and head of the APRLO will attend the Rockefeller Foundation Global Health Summit, January 26 & 27, Beijing on behalf of the Federation.

For more information, click here.

8.Upcoming Events

2nd Annual Mongolian Public Health Conference

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The Mongolian Public Health Professionals’ Association (MPHPA) is holding its 2nd Annual Mongolian Public Health Conference on December 07th 2012, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The theme of the meeting is: PUBLIC HEALTH TOWARD SOCIAL JUSTICE. The conference is open to both those who wish to present or to attend only.

For more info, click here.

4th Global Health Summit in Ghana

To be hosted by the Association of Schools of Public Health in Africa (ASPHA).


To be held on December 10th, 2012 at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra. For more information, please contact ASPHA.

Dr Flavia Senkubuge, from the Public  Health Association of South Africa, will represent the WFPHA at this meeting.

South East Asia Regional Public Health Conference & 57th Annual Conference of IPHA

South East Asia Regional Public Health Conference & 57th Annual Conference of IPHA will be hosted from 1st to 3rd February 2013 at the prestigious Science City in Kolkata. The focus will be on ”Strengthening Partnerships towards excellence in public health - One Vision, One Voice”. For more information, click here.

Executive Courses at the Graduate Institute

The Graduate Institute organizes an Executive Course on Intellectual Property, Diplomacy and Global Public Health (13 to 15 February 2013) and an Executive Course on Global Health Diplomacy (1 - 5 July 2013)

The courses will take place at The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland.

For more information on the Executive Course on Intellectual Property, Diplomacy and Global Public Health, click here.

For more information on the Executive Course on Global Health Diplomacy, click here.

5th ESTEM congress

The Federation of the European Societies for Trace Elements and Mineral (FESTEM) and the French Society for Trace Elements and Minerals (SFERETE) inform you they will organise the fifth FESTEM  congress in Avignon (France) from May 22nd to 24th, 2013.
You will find extensive information about these three days in the FESTEM Website.

Global Conference on Health Promotion 2013

The 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion (8GCHP) - Helsinki, Finland, June 10-14 2013

The conference is co-organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland.

The Conference will assess achievements and aims for health promotion globally from Ottawa to Nairobi. It aims to address what works and how, identifying options for action, available processes, mechanisms and tools.

For more information, click here.

Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference

The conference will inform international perspectives on:

  • Healthy and Creative Ageing
  • Global Health Inequalities and Culture
  • Culture and the Social Determinants of Wellbeing

Call for abstracts – deadline 21st December 2012

To be held in Bristol UK, 24-26 June 2013.

For more info, click here.

Promotion 2013 3rd international Public Health Nursing Conference

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3rd International Public Health Nursing Conference, to be held from the 25th – 27th August 2013 in the National University of Ireland Galway.

The theme of IPHNC 2013 is ‘Making the Difference: The Public Health Nursing Contribution to Primary Health Care’, reflecting the contribution and difference that Public Health Nursing makes to the health of populations around the world. The conference will present evidence-based research from several countries that will be of interest to policy makers, nationally and internationally in the wake of health reforms.

The call for abstracts is open and the official conference website is now live.

21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion

The IUHPE has been organizing a World Conference on Health Promotion every three years since 1951. This unique international event aims to contribute to the development of equity and social justice across the globe by offering a unique platform for dialogue on the “Best Investments for Health” between participants from various sectors from all over the world.

To be held in Pattaya, Thailand on 25 – 29 August 2013.

For more information, click here.

27th International Population Conference

At the kind invitation of the Korean Government, the XXVII IUSSP International Population Conference will be held at the BEXCO Conference Centre in Busan, Korea, from 26 Aug to 31 Aug, 2013.

The IUSSP and the Korean National Organising Committee (NOC) expect over 2,000 participants and warmly invite all members of the population community to submit a paper/poster proposal and to plan on attending this important international event.

For more information, click here.

Congreso Iberoamericano epidemiologia y salud publica

To be held in Granada, Spain, from 4 to 6 September 2013.

For more information, click here.

4th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health

17.10.2013 - 18.10.2013, Nha Trang, Vietnam

The Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health is convened annually. In 2013, the Vietnam Public Health Association (VPHA) will be the host of the 4th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health from 17 – 18 October, 2013 in Nha Trang. The theme for the Conference is "Climate change - Population Health".

All World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) members, VPHA members, scientists, individuals and organizations in and out of Vietnam interested in the field of public health are kindly invited to participate in the Conference. Presentations of scientific researches, training programs and community-based intervention models are welcome.

On-line registration and abstract submission can be made through the Conference website.

For more information, click here.

14th World Congress on Public Health

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 health system to addressing the challenges of environmental health.To be held in Kolkata, India, 11-15 February 2015.

Watch the video of the upcoming World Congress of Public Health.


Action Plan for implementation of the European Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2012-2016

World Health Organization WHO Regional Office for Europe - Copenhagen, Denmark – 2012

”…………..No less than 86% of deaths and 77% of the disease burden in the WHO European Region are caused by noncommunicable diseases. Investing in prevention and better control of this broad group of disorders will reduce premature death and preventable morbidity and disability, improve the quality of life and well-being of people and societies, and help reduce the growing health inequalities they cause.

With attention to noncommunicable diseases reaching unprecedented levels worldwide, this action plan was adopted in September 2011. It identifies priority action areas and interventions for countries to focus on over the next five years (2012–2016), as they implement the European Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases…………”

To read the action plan, click here.

21st century determinants of health and wellbeing: a new challenge for health promotion

This editorial by Professor Ilona Kickbusch, titled "21st century determinants of health and wellbeing: a new challenge for health promotion" appears in the latest volume of Global Health Promotion - the official publication of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). Professor Kickbusch highlights the challenges facing health promotion and encourages the linking of three debates to the global health agenda: wellbeing, sustainability and social investment. She also suggests the expansion of the five action strategies of the Ottawa Charter to include the 21st century determinants of health, such as unsustainable lifestyles, flow of people and stress. She advises the re-thinking of these challenges as political determinants of health. These have also been highlighted as one of the three overarching recommendations of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health to "tackle the inequitable distribution of power, money and resources."

Full text can be accessed here.

From the Graduate Institute Newsletter

Promoting Active Transportation: An Opportunity for Public Health

The American Public Health Association APHA – 2012 –The Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through funding from the Healthy Community Design Initiative within the National Center for Environmental Health.

“…….Everyone travels. Whether it is for work, school or play, how we as individuals and as a society travel has impacts that go far beyond the seemingly simple and routine act of going from one place to another.

This common trait provides an ideal intervention point for public health practitioners. In fact, it may be one of the few intervention points with the potential to transform individual health, community health and environmental conditions all at the same time. In other words, in a time of tight budgets, limited resources, declining workforce numbers and growing health problems, creating opportunities for safe bicycling and walking can literally provide public health practitioners with one of the biggest bangs for their already-stretched buck…..”

“……Creating healthy communities and a good quality of life for people is a central tenet of public health work. Promoting health in transportation is an upstream public health intervention and can benefit health, the environment and the economy in many ways. Who better to promote health in transportation planning and decision-making than public health practitioners?

Here are suggested ways that public health practitioners can and have made an impact….”

To read the report, click here.

Universal health coverage: does anything go? No

Joseph Kutzin - World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

Published online: 10 October 2012

Bulletin of the World Health Organization - Article ID: BLT.12.113654

“…….In its World health report 2010, the World Health Organization noted that there is no single, best path for reforming health financing arrangements to move systems closer to universal health coverage, i.e. to improve access to needed, effective services while protecting users from financial ruin. However, this lack of a blueprint for health financing reforms was not meant to convey the message that “anything goes” on the path to universal health coverage. Indeed, concerns have been raised that some reforms, often implemented in the name of expanding coverage, may actually compromise equity. Theory and country experience yield important lessons on both promising directions and pitfalls to avoid.

Interpretation of health financing reform experience requires getting beneath commonly used labels such as “tax-funded systems” or “social health insurance”, or simply even “health insurance”, which was used as the basis for a systematic review published in the September issue of the Bulletin.

Such labels hide more than they illuminate, as shown by emerging evidence on reforms that increase access and financial protection but are funded predominantly from general tax revenues (e.g. Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Thailand).

Deriving meaningful lessons from innovative reform experiences requires a deeper understanding of how countries have altered their funding sources, pooling arrangements, purchasing methods, and policies on benefits and patient cost-sharing. All systems, regardless of what they are called, have to address these functions and policy choices….”

To read the report, click here.

International action needed to ensure the quality of medicines and tackle the fake drugs trade

Substandard and fake medicines harm and kill patients - urgent action needed to tackle this scandal, say experts

Analysis: How to achieve international action on falsified and substandard medicines

A global treaty is urgently needed to tackle the deadly trade of substandard and fake medicines, say leading experts in a paper published on

Their call comes just days before 100 World Health Organisation member states hold their first meeting to discuss the problem, and the authors hope it will help to influence the debate and lead to some concrete actions.

To read the article, click here.

10.Your Communications

In December, the WFPHA will publish a special edition of the newsletter in french dedicated to french-speaking members of the Federation


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