WFPHA Newsletter - November 2013
WFPHA Newsletter 11 - 2013
Published: 30 November 2013
In this newsletter:
1.Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with European Public Health Association (EUPHA)
2.141st Conference of American Public Health Association & 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Public Health
3.News from our Members
4.WFPHA Member's communication
1.Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with European Public Health Association (EUPHA)
On November 14th 2013 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the World Federation of Public Health Associations and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA)
was signed during the EUPHA Governing Board meeting by Prof. U. Laaser,
WFPHA Immediate Past President and Prof. W. Ricciardi, EUPHA President.
EUPHA, the umbrella organization for public health associations in
the European region, became a WFPHA member association in 2001. The
collaborative relationship between EUPHA and the WFPHA has since
Recently, the WFPHA launched a process of regionalization through the
creation of regional public health associations. In the European
region, the natural partner is EUPHA.
With this MoU the WFPHA will have the advantage of direct contact
with more countries in the European region and EUPHA will benefit from a
global partner and a link to other regional PHAs. Moreover, both
associations will continue a strong and productive collaboration through
joint membership and projects; through this MoU 15 national public
health associations in the European region which were not already WFPHA
members will become conjoint EUPHA and WFPHA members beginning in
January 1st 2014.
The WFPHA welcomes all new European members!
2.141st Conference of the American Public Health Association & 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Public Health
Networking and learning at the World’s largest annual public health
conference 141st Conference of the American Public Health Association
(Nov 3-6, 2013: Boston)
Jim Chauvin, WFPHA President
Over 13,000 delegates, mainly from the USA but with a smattering from
several other countries, met over the past few days in Boston,
Massachusetts, to share, learn about and advocate for effective
responses to improve, protect and promote human health. The
conference’s theme “Thinking Globally, Acting Locally” set the tone.
We were spellbound during the opening plenary by Sir Michael Marmot’s
passionate call for action on the social determinants of health and his
frank and pointed critique of the UK government (and other conservative
governments) that have put into place policies and decisions that are
having a massive negative impact on health and health equity and hurting
both the middle class and the most at-risk individuals and communities.
Sir Michael referred to this “a grotesque parody of fairness”. My
friend and WFPHA Governing Council colleague Dr. Gabriel Scally from the
UK wrote an excellent blog summarizing Sir Michael’s talk.
Sir Michael highlighted and lauded the efforts of progressive
municipalities and mayors, such as the City Council of Birmingham (UK)
and Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, for having
instituted innovative policies and programs that are closing the gap in
health equity. Needless to say, he received a well-deserved standing
Photo: Gabriel Scally
One of the challenges delegates faced was deciding which of the over
1,000 sessions to attend held over a 3.5-day period. The range of topics
covered was impressive. As was the Public Health Expo, the exhibitors’
area where many universities, NGOs, consulting firms, media and
corporations shared very interesting initiatives and products designed
to improve, promote and protect the public’s health.
The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) organized
three events. The first, a concurrent session on defining public health
in the global context was chaired by Dr. Mengistu Asnake, WFPHA’s Vice
President and President-Elect. Dr. Borisch, Director of WFPHA’s
Geneva-based secretariat office, shared information about the
recently-launched conjoint WHO/WFPHA Consultation on the Role of Public
Health in Today’s Global Setting. This initiative seeks to explore and
define an adaptation of public health to its future role in global
health within the complex and dynamic relations generated by numerous
determinants at different levels of governance.
Dr. Gabriel Scally, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for
Healthy Urban Environments at the University of the West of England and
the UK representative on the WFPHA's Governing Council, challenged the
concept of “defining a new public health”. He suggested, as an
alternative approach, that we learn both what austerity means for public
health and also how we practice within an austerity context. He
referred to the regressive steps being taken in the UK and by
conservative regimes elsewhere which are dismantling our countries’
public health systems and the social safety net that supports the
public’s health under the guise of austerity. Gabriel also suggested at
the WHO definition of health be redefined, to incorporate the concept of
‘ecological well-being’. He also advanced five steps to respond to the
current attack on public health, one of which is to strengthen public
health associations as advocates for public health.
Dr. Ehud Miron, a member of the Israel Public Health Association and
chair of the Federation’s Public Health Education and Training Working
Group, informed delegates about the Federation’s work to contribute to
defining essential public health functions and competencies for public
health within the global context. Dr. Thandi Puoane, a member of the PHA
of South Africa and professor of public health at the University of the
Western Cape, talked about the activities in South Africa to improve
the education of future members of the public health workforce and some
of the challenges in making this inclusive of action on the social
determinants of health.
The second WFPHA concurrent session focused on examining the
achievements made to date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals
(MDG) and the definition of a post-2015 human development agenda from
the perspective of public health associations. Dr. Borisch informed
delegates about the results of a WFPHA survey of public health
associations and members of the global public health community on this
issue (www.wfpha.org/highlights/articles/1225.html). The results of the
more qualitative research study will be published early in 2014.
Dr. Mengistu Asnake, Dr. Adang Bachtiar (President of the Indonesian
Public Health Association), Dr. Madhumita Dobe (former Secretary General
of the Indian Public Health Association) and Dr. Naranchimeg
Jamiyanjamts (member of the Mongolian Public Health Professionals
Association) shared with us the progress made on some of the MDGs in
Ethiopia, Indonesia, India and Mongolia. They also shared their thoughts
about the factors affecting their achievement. These include the lack
of adequate health human resources, issues relating to access and the
quality of primary health care services, a tendency of the health
community and Ministries of Health to focus attention and efforts on the
health-related MDGs often without due recognition of the influence of
the ‘non-health MDGs’ on health. They also cited the lack of inclusion
of communities into the planning of responses. One message common to all
the presentations was the significant role that public health
associations can and could play in helping to define the post-2015
global agenda to include a public health approach to sustained human
The final WFPHA event was its Global Health Leaders breakfast. Its
purpose is to strengthen links with other organizations and inform
current and prospective partner organization about the WFPHA’s role,
activities and achievements. At this year’s event, Dr. Agnes Soares,
Regional Director/Environmental Epidemiology at the Pan American Public
Health Organization (PAHO), was the invited keynote speaker. She
presented PAHO’s agenda for Environmental Health for Sustainable
Development and Health Equity. This agenda, which runs through to 2017,
provides an interesting and well-defined framework within which public
health associations in the Americas region can ‘fit’ with respect to
being advocates for addressing the ecological determinants of health.
Dr. Dobe also provided an overview of planning for the 14th World Congress on Public Health and screened the Congress’ promotional video (http://www.14wcph.org).
WFPHA will participate in next year’s APHA Conference, which takes
place Nov 15-19 in New Orleans. In a new departure the WFPHA will
partner with APHA’s International Health Section for the planning and
hosting of its events.
From the WFPHA’s perspective, this was a productive event. It
demonstrated the vitality of the world’s public health community, and
how public health is contributing at the local, national and global
levels to improving health and health equity. As Dr. Georges Benjamin
stated in his wrap-up talk at the conference’s final plenary session,
the APHA (and by extension, all public health associations including the
WFPHA) is about science, about advocacy and about health. Public health
is, after all, everyone’s business.
Climate Change and Population
Health: The Role of Public Health Associations
Jim Chauvin, WFPHA President
The Vietnam Public Health
Association, in association with the Asia-Pacific Regional Network of Public
Health Associations, hosted a very successful and productive 4th Asia-Pacific
Conference on Public Health. This event, which took place on November 21 and
22, 2013 in Nha Trang (Vietnam), brought together public health practitioners,
academics, researchers and other interested parties from across the
Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere under the theme Climate Change and Population
Health. The theme was particularly relevant, given the tragic
climate-related disaster in the Philippines and the climate change summit that
took place in Warsaw the week before.
The WFPHA was represented at the
conference by James Chauvin (WFPHA President) and Dr. Peter Orris (Chair of the
WFPHA's Environmental Health Working Group). Representatives from public health
associations in Australia, Japan, Korea, China and Afghanistan also
participated. A meeting of the Asia-Pacific region's Public Health Associations
was also held during the conference.
The oral and poster presentations
fed the ensuing discussions about the risk factors and opportunities for
community-based and led interventions towards sustainable human development.
Consensus was reached on several issues:
- climate change is a major
determinant of health
- climate change is increasingly
complex, requiring a multi-sector and interdisciplinary approach based on
- more health-related research is
needed along with better information sharing for policy making
- adapting to climate change is only
part of the solution; transformative change is tackle the causes of climate
change and mitigate the risks of health-related consequences due to climate
The Nha Trang Declaration, a call to
action for the Asia-Pacific public health community, was promulgated at the
conference's closing ceremony. It calls for a focused approach to strengthen
connectivity, multidisciplinary collaboration, building a network of
information exchange and experiences and continuation in conducting high
quality scientific research on the health consequences and means to diminish
risks to human health as the basis for evidence for policy makers.
During the conference, the Vietnam
Public Health Association launched the Vietnam Journal of Public Health. This
bi-annual publication, published in English, will improve access for the global
public health community to public health research being carried out in Vietnam
and the Asia-Pacific Region. The WFPHA congratulates the VPHA for launching
this new journal.
The conference proceedings and the
Nha Trang Declaration can be viewed at: http://www.apcphvn2013.com/index.php/en/
The 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on
Public Health will take place April 10 and 11, 2014 in Seoul (Korea), hosted by
the Korean Public Health Association. We hope to see you there!!
3.News from our Members
New Member at WFPHA
Egyptian Association of Public Health Promotion (EAPHP)
Here are some photos with short captions describing the main EAPHP activities in 2013.
In the Institute of Postgraduate Childhood Studies, Ain Shams
University, Abbassia, Cairo, Egypt, Seminars, scientific conferences and
workshops related to public health were held in 2013:
Counseling and early detection of Disability Training Course 9-20, June 2013.
round table about violence in schools on 22/7/2013.
one-day Workshop about infection control (22 participants) on 1/8/2013.
session for safety of children at schools on 17/8/2013.
session on Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may improve symptoms in autistic children
held on 21/9/2013.
session on school health programs held on 17/9/2013.
Sociedad mexicana de salud publica (SMSP) - Mexican Society of Public Health
The Mexican Society of Public Health is a non-profit organization,
legally constituted and recognized as an association that contributes to
social development since 1944. Today, across the Mexican territory, we
have nine thousand members who are involved in different public health
areas, like research, academia, administration, epidemiology, among
others. This multidisciplinary character allows us to have a
comprehensive focus on the principal public health problematic.
Our primary purpose is to contribute to the improvement of the
Mexican health through the impulse, promotion and discussion of public
policies to prevent and promote health. Our association offers advice,
training, project design and administration, and professionalization of
the operative staff of the health services by the permanent promotion of
the certification of specialized doctors in alliance with the National
Council of Public Health.
In addition we stand as consultant to the Mexican Government and to
different public organisms; we participate in diverse national councils
with topics such as: Public Health; Vaccination; Prevention and Diseases
Control; Innovation and Quality in Health. Furthermore, we are
Implementing Partner of the United Nations Population Fund, and
collaborate with the Pan American Health Organization within a border
public health initiative. Moreover, we are member of international
coalitions such as the World Federation of Public Health Associations,
the American Public Health Association and the Ibero Alliance for Public
Some of the Mexican health policies promoted by this Society are: General Law on Tobacco Control; Five steps to control overweight and obesity Promotion
Strategy; Group of Experts on the Universal Index of Health Services;
Mexican Official Norms review. Nowadays, we are working together with
UNFPA and the National Center of Equity and Reproductive Health to
develop a study to “Assure the Sexual and Reproductive Health Supplies”.
This year we will celebrate our 67th National Annual
Reunion, a congress that will approach the most relevant subjects on the
Mexican Health field and will prepare us for the celebration of our 70thanniversary
in 2014. This academic event will be remarked by distinguished and
recognized specialists in the Mexican Public Health scene, who will be
able to communicate the latest news on Public Health topics, share
experiences and contributions.
Our slogan is: ”A voice that is proud of being a Public Health professional”.
62 National Congress of Public Health in Hidalgo, Mexico
Presentation at the National Academy of Medicine
Public Health Regional Reunion in Veracruz, Mexico
The 50 year anniversary of the Finnish Journal of Social Medicine in
The Society for Social Medicine in Finland was started in 1968. Even
before this, the Finnish Journal of Social Medicine was published. In the
Jubilee Symposium held in November in Tampere, Finland, the Previous
Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus Professor Matti Hakama told that the Finnish Medical
Association was the publisher for the first decade, but the Society for Social
Medicine took the responsibility in 1974. The first years were economically
difficult, but the acceptance of sponsors and advertisements, and the
introduction of peer reviews helped the Journal to survive. The Journal was
also the first Finnish scientific journal, which received financial support
from the Academy of Finland. Currently, four issues of the Journal are
published per year, and round half of the offered papers are accepted for
Dr Ranja Aukee defended her PhD on social medicine and the Society for
Social Medicine in Finland in 2013. In her speech she told that the society
members are in general very pleased with the activities, especially in
combining high level scientific work and the implementation of the research
findings in public health practice. But there is always room for improvements.
Members who replied in the survey wished to have more critical policy research,
opinionated editorials, presentations of research projects, and expert
interviews in the journal.
From left: Dr Ranja Aukee, Dr Liina-Kaisa Tynkkynen and Professor Matti Hakama
Dr Liina-Kaisa Tynkkynen represented the young generation of
researchers in the seminar. She told that every journal should be updated to
the 2010s. Open access and electronic publication are essential, and this may
the only way to guarantee publication in small, local languages, such as
4.WFPHA Member's communication
Job Share Program
Dear WFPHA Members,
The World Federation of Public Health Associations in collaboration with Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) announces the launch of the Job Share Program.
There is global evidence of the widening gaps, within and between
countries, in income levels, opportunities, health status, life
expectancy and access to care.
The 2012 World Congress on Public Health focused on global progress
in achieving equity, as well as the opportunities and threats to such
progress. The final Addis Ababa Declaration recommitted the World
Federation of Public Health Associations to strive for greater equity
between and within countries in health outcomes, access to health care,
and those social, economic and political factors that drive health
With the Job Share Program, the WFPHA supports
associations in developing or strengthening the skills necessary to
promote public health locally and worldwide, as well as in setting up
global partnerships, through the exchange of capabilities and knowledge
among public health professionals from different countries.
The main aims of this project are:
1. Get “younger” public health associations in contact with
established public health associations to promote their respective
public health work;
2. Facilitate and improve communication between global public health associations;
3. Develop partnerships and practices that will positively affect and improve public health;
4. Document success or challenges that could serve as a learning tool for all Public Health Associations (PHAs).
The Public Health Associations of Australia has kindly accepted to be
the hosting country for 2014. Selected candidates will join the
activities of PHAA dealing with policy development, program management,
field work etc.
The Job Share Program will start on February 10th 2014
and last for 6 weeks. The program will be evaluated and results
reported at the WFPHA General Assembly in May 2014. Program expenses
(travel and accommodation) will be covered by the WFPHA and PHAA.
Delegates from any PHA member of the WFPHA are invited to apply for this program.
Interested candidates should send their CV (please use the attached template), motivation letter and support letter from their Association to Dr. Lomazzi no later than December 15th 2013.
Please specify in the motivation letter which are your expectations and the skills you would like to develop during the program.
- Candidates should be supported by their PHA
- Candidates should be fluent in English
- Candidates should cover a relevant position within their PHA and have a perspective of a long term employment within the PHA
Selected candidates will be informed by January 15th 2014.
For more information, please contact Dr. Lomazzi.
WFPHA Working Group Guidelines are launched
At WFPHA, Working Groups (WGs) are created to work on theme-related
program elements serving to fulfill parts of the Federation’s mission.
Currently, we have 5 WGs covering the areas of Environmental Health,
Global Health Equity, Oral Health, Public Health Professionals'
Education and Training, and Tobacco Control.
Recently, the Guidelines are launched to guarantee the good function of each of these WGs at WFPHA.
To read the guidelines, click here.
Statement by the
European Public Health Association (EUPHA) for the WHO European Ministerial
Conference on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in the
context of Health 2020
22 November 2013
3-4 December 2013, Ashgabat,
It is with great
enthusiasm that EUPHA supports the WHO Ashgabat Declaration on NCDs. The
Declaration reflects best practices in European public health, including
promoting the people-centred health systems, empowering patients and making
them co-producers of care, and establishing new health-information systems.
These transformations will help strengthen health systems’ capacity to cope
with rising burdens of chronic noncommunicable diseases. Emphasis on embedding
inequalities into surveillance systems and harmonisation of surveillance
systems is an important, positive step.
welcome the commitment to a SmokeFree Europe by 2040. It is important to have a
clear goal and timeline as part of the policy process. As Margaret Chan of WHO
states, ‘what gets measured gets done’. These goals and timelines enable us to
hold politicians accountable for their successes and failures in implementing
effective tobacco control policy. The goals themselves reflects the existing
best-practices of our members, such as Finland, and the state-of-the-art in
public health policy. We would request, however, more clarity on whether the target
of SmokeFree Europe applies overall (such as 5% prevalence for the region) or
for each individual WHO-Europe member state. Europe is ideally situated to take
the lead globally in addressing the avoidable burden of noncommunicable
diseases. The Ashgabat Declaration is a step in the right direction. Now it
will be important to ensure that the Declaration is met with a roadmap and
action plan. True commitment can only be judged by the decision to invest funds
and resources. At a time of fiscal retrenchment in Europe, this is not always
straight forward. We look forward to working with WHO in support as European
Public Health professionals to ensure that the Ashgabat Declaration lives up to
its hope and promise.
WFPHA support for Public Health project
Some of our members might need to set up and manage surveys for
Public Health project. WFPHA provides support to our members with such
need without any cost.
For more information, please contact Dr. Lomazzi.
The 6th European Public Health
Conference in Brussels, Belgium, November
ASPHER Declaration on Global public
Health Education was launched at this occasion. To read the declaration, click here.
UNODC/WHO publication on health in prisons - Issues connected to the WFPHA Resolution on Prison Health
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World
Health Organization Regional Office for Europe released recently a new
publication “Good governance for prison health in the 21st century: A policy brief on the organization of prison health”. Launched
at an international conference in London (UK), hosted jointly by Public
Health England and WHO, it asserts that prison health is a whole of
government responsibility, and that Ministries of Health should take the
lead role in providing and funding health services in the Criminal
Justice System. This document complements well the resolution passed by
the WFPHA in 2011 on health in prisons. Of note is the significant
contribution made by Dr. Alex Gatherer to the document (as well as to
the drafting of the WFPHA resolution), who up until his passing in
August 2013, had been an ardent advocate for prisoners’ rights and
For more information, click here.
Two announcements from Prof Ulrich Laaser on Public Health
1) As one of the editors, I invite all public health professionals
worldwide to have a look at the website of a new journal namely
the South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH).
At this stage, we will start collecting papers and, therefore, I
would kindly ask you to invite your colleagues (in different
institutions worldwide) and students to consider submissions of their
research findings in this new journal with a prestigious Editorial Board
though (please see here).
The journal's website provides detailed instructions for submission
of articles and, as stated at the very end of the section "Instructions for authors", the first issue will be free of charge.
For those of you who are interested in mastering your reviewing
skills, I would kindly ask you to indicate me the number of reviews per
year that you would be willing to perform.
2) We published the second edition of our handbook online:
Forum for Public Health in Southeastern Europe A Handbook for
Teachers, Researchers and Health Professionals Volume I, 2nd edition.
Health: Systems - Lifestyle - Policies
Editors: Genc Burazeri (Albania) and Lijana Zaletel Kragelj (Slovenia)
Assistant editor: Kreshnik Petrela (Albania)
The file can be downloaded from the Website of the South Eastern European Journal of Public Health from the section on book announcements or from here.
If preferred I can also send you the pdf file as attachment (10.3 MB).
Prof. Dr. med. Ulrich Laaser firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Dear Public Health Associations,
If you wish to apply for membership at WFPHA, please find the
information concerning membership application on our website from here and also here.
Kindly fill out the Membership Application form and send back it back together with the Constitution and Bylaws of your association (preferably in English), at your earliest convenience, to Dr. Lomazzi.
WFPHA Newsletter December 2013-Special
Please note that there will be a special
Edition of WFPHA Newsletter focusing on Oral Health Working Group. Stay Tuned!
Public Health Association of Australia: Read the Newsletter
Canadian Public Health Association: 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
Nepal Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter
Netherlands Public Health Federation: Read the Newsletter
Public Health Association of New Zealand: Read the Newsletter
Nicaragua Association of Public Health: 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
Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh: Read the Newsletter
Association Tunisienne Pour La Promotion De La Sante: Read the Newsletter
Bulletin of the World Health Organization: Read the Newsletter
6.WFPHA Working Groups
Oral health Working Group (OHWG) news
New Initiatives for Better Global Oral
the 141st Annual Meeting (November 02 - 06, 2013) of APHA in Boston , Dr. Myron
Allukian, co-Chair of the WFPHA Oral Health Working Group (OHWG), organized and
moderated a session dealing with ”New
Initiatives for Better Global Oral Health”. Dr B. Borisch, I. Adyatmaka and L.
Roumani, members of the OHWG, gave a talk at this session.
purpose of this panel was to present new initiatives for better global oral
health initiated by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)
and the Global Oral Health Interest Group of the Conference of Universities for
Global Health. New initiatives in the Middle East and Indonesia have been also
1. Identify and describe new initiatives in global oral health by the World
Federation of Public Health Associations and the Global Oral Health Interest
Group of the Conference of Universities for Global Health 2. Describe and
explain new initiatives in on-line communication in the Middle East and
effective community prevention dental programs in Indonesia. 3. Discuss how
global networking and communication has helped raise oral health as a priority
internationally 4. Discuss and describe the global burden of oral disease and
the challenges to meet these needs.
more information, click on the corresponding author:
Oral health working group of the World
Federation of Public Health Associations
Community empowerment and effective
prevention programs in Indonesia: Best practices
For the presentation summary, click
On Line Public Health Networking in the
Middle East: Lessons Learned
For the presentation summary, click
Dr. Chester W. Douglass, recently published an article titled ‘Global Access to Oral Health for Children’, in the Colgate Oral Health Report-A summary journal of Advances in Dentistry and Oral HealthCare (Page 9).
In this article, Dr. Douglass quoted a reminding message from William
Giannobile, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dental Research, that we
have “… an ultimate duty to promote oral health at the global level.” He
further highlighted that, “Oral conditions affected 3.9 billion people,
and untreated (dental) caries in permanent teeth was the most prevalent
condition evaluated for the entire GBD 2010 study.”
Dr. Douglass drew our attention to The Declaration on Access to Oral
Health for Children passed by the World Federation of Public Health
Associations Oral Health Working Group, ‘which gives those of us
interested in improving global oral health a clear focus on where to put
To read the The Declaration on Access to Oral Health for Children, click here.
Environmental Health working group (EHWG) news
Minamata Mercury Treaty is signed
The Minamata Convention on Mercury was adopted on Thursday, 10
October 2013 at 11:11 am in Kumamoto, Japan, following decades of
increased awareness regarding the toxicity of mercury and
mercury-related compounds. The WFPHA, pursuant to its policy Mercury
pollution, participated in the intergovernmental negotiations preparing
this convention as a professional Non Governmental Organization
collaborating closely with the World Health Organization, Health Care
Without Harm, and the International Society of Doctors for the
Environment (ISDE). Concern about the developmental neurotoxic effects
of exquisitely low doses of methyl mercury, converted in the environment
from metallic mercury, propelled the involvement of WFPHA and the
decision by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing
Council to initiate these negotiations in February 2009. Though the
largest source of mercury environmental contamination is energy
generation from coal power plants; and highest localized exposures, as
well as second most important global source, from artisanal gold mining;
the major emphasis of the WFPHA’s involvement centered on the use of
mercury in health care, principally thermometers and sphygmomanometers.
In addition WFPHA intervened in plenary and lobbied delegates over the 2
year period of negotiating meetings to include a specific provision on
health in the final draft.
To read the report, click here.
Peter Orris, MD, MPH
Tabacco Control Workign Group (TCWG) News
Forecasts Worsening Smoking Epidemic in Africa
is poised to become the “future epicenter of the tobacco epidemic,” according
to a new
analysis from the American Cancer Society. It warns that the number of adults in
Africa who smoke could increase to 572 million by 2100, from 77 million today,
unless leaders take steps to curb current trends.
cost of having to intervene in the future rather than preventing it now will be
massive,” says Evan
Ph.D., one the report’s authors and an economist with the International Tobacco
Control Research program at the American Cancer Society.
report highlights several reasons for the increase in smoking rates:
- In Africa, 9% of boys and 3% of girls smoke -- both rates are high
compared with other developing regions.
- Africa is set for massive population growth. The region now
accounts for 12% of the global population -- this will climb to 30% by
2100. The study concludes that because of this, Africa will have the
second-highest number of smokers of any region by 2060.
- African nations experienced strong economic growth in the 2000s,
which means more people have more money to spend on tobacco.
the authors say, most African countries remain in the early stages of the
tobacco epidemic, with tobacco use relatively low compared with the rest of the
world. Thus, there is time to put prevention strategies into place that could
have a significant impact. In fact, the researchers estimate that if African
countries put appropriate policy interventions in place, the region could avoid
139 million premature deaths by 2100.
to prevent the tobacco epidemic in Africa will create a big drain on future
health systems in an already constrained environment,” Blecher asserts.
use is known to cause cancer, heart disease, lung disease and other serious
health problems. Thus, Blecher says, if the smoking rate continues to climb,
dealing with such tobacco-related illnesses would divert global resources away
from other serious health priorities.
the full report here.
TCWG published a calendar of events for the tobacco control working group. To read the calendar, click here.
7. What's on ?
Launch of the World Justice Challenge
The World Justice Project (WJP) is pleased to announce the launch of the World Justice Challenge—an
open competition designed to strengthen the rule of law. The
competition provides an opportunity for individuals to identify areas
where the rule of law needs improvement in the country in which they
live or work and test practical solutions on the ground. Initiatives are
• Modest seed grants—the typical size of a seed grant is $15,000 to $25,000
• Connections to others in the WJP’s global network
• Increased visibility through media and communications support
The World Justice Challenge is
open to all individuals, organizations, and entities from any country.
The deadline for applications is January 15, 2014. Grantees will be
chosen by a Selection Panel using the criteria listed in the
Since its founding, the competition (formerly known as the
Opportunity Fund) has provided over $1,000,000 in financial,
communications, and network support to initiatives on five continents,
from improving food security in Haiti to access to health care in
Cameroon to tackling corruption in India. These initiatives—led by
artists, engineers, athletes, business leaders, and more—show the
diversity of approaches to advancing the rule of law. All initiatives
are catalogued in the WJP’s online program library, where visitors can learn more about initiatives in their countries, or find inspiration to replicate or adapt an idea.
To apply, or to read profiles of previous grantees, please visit our World Justice Challenge web page.
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Launch of the African Report on Child Wellbeing 2013: Towards Greater Accountability to Africa’s Children.
This new flagship report from the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) –
its third edition – analyses and ranks the performance of African
governments in a Child-Friendly Index comparing progress over the past
five years. It will highlight those who have continued to improve, those
who have slipped in the ranking, and those who are persistently failing
to legislate for, and invest in their children’s wellbeing.
The report focuses on accountability in order to help create a better
Africa that is fit for its children, and makes recommendations for
concrete action in priority areas.
When:20 November 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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or email@example.com +44 208 892 5215
In Ethiopia: firstname.lastname@example.org +251 912 66 96 00
Vector-borne diseases are the focus of the World Health Day 2014 campaign
The World Health Organization (WHO) works to prevent and treat many vector-borne diseases.
Vectors such as insects, mosquitoes, flies, bugs, ticks and some
types of snails are organisms that can carry devastating diseases and
put more than half the world’s population at risk.
Vector-borne diseases are the focus of the World Health Day 2014 campaign.
With your help, we want to make sure that:
- Families living in areas most at risk know how to protect themselves;
- Health authorities help people in areas at risk to protect themselves;
- Travellers protect themselves when they need to; and
- Authorities in countries where vector-borne diseases are an emerging threat take steps to protect their populations.
Visit our campaign website, click here.
Core campaign materials, including visuals, helpful tips and ideas
for getting involved in the campaign will be posted there over the
For more information, or if you have questions or comments, please email us.
This World Health Day, help us fight vector-borne diseases!
World's Governments Sign Mercury Treaty - Mercury Free Health Care by 2020
As the world's governments were signing a global treaty aimed at
phasing out the use and emissions of mercury, Health Care Without Harm
and the World Health Organization got straight to work and launched an
initiative to achieve the Minamata Convention's goal to end the
manufacture, import and export of mercury-based medical devices by 2020.
For more information, click here.
International Council of Nurses Calls for Abstract Submission
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for
its Conference and meeting of the Council of National Representatives
in Seoul, South Korea in June 2015. Under the theme, Global Citizen, Global Nursing, the Conference will take place from 19-23 June 2015. Instructions
for submitting abstracts for the scientific programme and details on
the themes to be addressed can be accessed here. The deadline for abstract submission is 7 October 2014.
Highlighting the realities of nursing practice across the globe and
acknowledging the importance of cross-cultural understanding and
cooperation, the conference will showcase prominent guest speakers in
plenary sessions focusing on the most pressing and timely topics of
interest for nursing and nurses.
Judith Shamian, President of ICN, said, “I encourage nurses worldwide
who are interested in sharing experiences and knowledge from other
countries and settings to attend this Conference and I particularly
encourage them to submit an abstract on a relevant topic. The exchanges
that take place in these international gatherings help us all advance
To share your ideas and expertise you are invited to submit an
abstract for a concurrent session, a symposium or a poster. Instructions
on how to submit an abstract and guidelines on presentation are
available on the Conference website The online abstract submission system will be live as of 15 April 2014.
The Council of National Representatives, ICN’s global governing body,
will also convene in Seoul 17-19 June, just prior to the Conference. To
keep up with all the latest information on the Conference programme and
related events, visit here, or start the conversation on Twitter #ICN2015Korea.
Global Health: Interconnected Challenges, Integrated Solutions
Help make Health powerful.
The Fifth Edition of the Geneva Health Forum
15 -17 April 2014
International Conference Centre of Geneva, Switzerland
Since 2006 GHF has asked hard questions, invited practical solutions,
and heard many brave voices from all over the globe. As the world gets
more complex and health more vital, come, be part of GHF 2014 where we
will go even further.
GHF 2014 is seeking submissions from practitioners and researchers across disciplines.
To submit an abstract for the 2014 edition, please click here.
14th World Congress on Public Health
14th World Congress on Public Health will be held in Kolkata, India, 11-15 February 2015.
The theme for this Congress is “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.
The Website is now online: http://www.14wcph.org/
Call for abstracts will be open in January 2014.
The list of reviewers is actually being established. If you are interested to act as reviewer, please write toLaetitia Bourquin.
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