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Registration for the 13th World Congress on Public Health is now open.

All registration forms must be submitted by email or by fax to the Congress Secretariat in Addis Ababa or the WFPHA Secretariat in Geneva. Although on-site registration will be available, it is recommended to register early.


Registration Dates

Early bird registration:Received by 18h00 GMT, 31 January, 2012

Regular registration:Received by 18h00 GMT, 14 April, 2012On-site registration:Received between April 15-27, 2012

Congress Travel Awards through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Congress Website

Chair of WFPHA's Tobacco Control Working Group Awarded the Prestigious Luther Terrry Award

Michael Daube, chair of the WFPHA's Tobacco Control Working Group and past-President of the Public Health Association of Australia and currently President of the Australian Council and Smoking and Health (ACOSH), has been awarded the 2012 Luther Terry Award for his distinguished career and contribution in tobacco control. The Luther L. Terry Awards, named in honour of the late United States Surgeon General Luther L. Terry, M.D., who advocacy established the foundation for public health action on tobacco and smoking, are presented triennially by the American Cancer Society in conjunction with the World Conference on Tobacco OR Health. These awards recognize outstanding worldwide achievement in the field of tobacco control. Congratulations to Mike!!


World Conference on Social Determinants of Healthin Rio

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The federation was delighted to have two of its representatives (James Chauvin, President-elect and Laetitia Bourquin, Executive Manager) attend the conference. One of the opening plenary panelists described the event as “Alma-Ata” for the 21st Century.

The official website

Conference summary now available

Rio Declaration

Over 1,000 participants, including 122 country delegations, international and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and social movement organizations, representatives from WHO and other UN agencies, bilateral agencies and other interested parties attended.

Interview with Ruediger Krech, one of the main organizers of the conference and the new Designated technical Officer of the WFPHA.

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Reflections on the WHO Conference on the Social Determinants of Health

James Chauvin, Director of Policy, Canadian Public Health Association; Vice President & President Elect, World Federation of Public Health Associations

Two alternative declarations were also issued during the conference :

The Alternative Civil Society Declaration

Medical students' perspective on the Rio Declaration

Report from the European Public Health Conference

The 4th joint European Public Health Conference combining the 19th annual EUPHA meeting and the 33rd annual meeting of ASPHER, co-organised with the Danish Society of Public Health (DSOPH), took place in Copenhagen from 10 to 12 November 2011.

With 1308 participants for the main conference, 166 oral presentations, 38 workshops and 431 posters presented from 55 countries it was and interesting and successful conference.

Link to the online conference, click here.

The next Conference will take place in Malta between the 8th and the 10th of November, 2012. For more information, click here.

Dialogue on multi-stakeholder diplomacy: Partnerships to reach the health-related Millennium Development Goals

The Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development (NFSD), together with the Global Health Programme of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and the Global Partnerships Forum, convened an experts’ meeting on the topic of partnerships to reach the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on 26 October 2011 in Geneva. The meeting was part of the ongoing Geneva Dialogue series hosted by the foundation on global health issues. The event was moderated by Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Programme.

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5th High-Level Symposium on Global Health Diplomacy

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"Ten years after the doha declaration: The future agenda at the Interface of Public Health, Innovation and Trade - An Outlook on the next ten years"

The annual high-level symposium of the Global Health Programme explores critical issues and new developments in global health with particular relevance to the intersection of health, foreign policy and trade. This year’s symposium focused on the future agenda at the interface of public health, innovation and trade under the auspices of Madame Ruth Dreifuss, former chairperson of the WHO Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health (CIPIH). The Graduate Institute provided a neutral, academic platform that brings together various stakeholders.

Videos available here

WFPHA participation at the 139th APHA Conference

The Federation was delighted once again to participate actively in this year’s 139th APHA Conference (October 28 – Nov 2, 2011: Washington, DC). Besides featuring the 13th World Congress of Public Health at the WFPHA booth in the huge and well-attended exhibit section, WFPHA also hosted, co-chaired and participated as presenters and discussants at several concurrent sessions.

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At Tuesday evening’s Public Health Awards Reception & Ceremony, the Federation presented to APHA President Dr. Linda Rae Murray and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Georges Benjamin a statuette. This award was made in recognition of the sustained and considerable support provided by APHA since the Federation’s founding in 1967.

The role of public health associations to move forward action towards health equity through a “social determinants of health” lens

In late September 2011, in preparation for the WHO Conference on the Social Determinants of Health, the WFPHA surveyed its Full Member national public health associations to gain an understanding of how they view the concepts of health equity and the social determinants of health. The survey also examined the opportunities and challenges they perceive for national public health associations and the WFPHA to contribute to the achievement of health equity for all through a social determinants of health approach, both nationally and globally. James Chauvin, WFPHA Vice President and President-Elect, made a presentation about the survey’s results during the American Public Health Association’s 139th Conference in Washington, DC. An article about the survey’s results will be published soon.

1st International Symposium on Health Research & Developement

The 3rd West Pacific Regional Conference on Public Health

in Denpasar, Bali/Indonesia 16-18 November 2011

After conferences in Beijing (2009) and Tokyo (2010) the 3rd Regional Conference on Public Health in the Pacific region was organised by the WFPHA Liaison office in Beijing together with the Indonesian Public Health Association, the World Health Organisation and the National Institute of Health and Research Development of Indonesia. The general theme was “Health Research and Development to Address Health Inequality”.

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Outcomes of the First Global Climate and Health Summit in Durban

Coming out of the first global Climate and Health Summit on December 4, which took place parallel to the UNFCCC meetings in Durban, South Africa, thirty leading health NGOs and organizations from around the world released a Declaration and a Global Call to Action.

The event brought key health sector actors from around the world together to discuss the impacts of climate change on public health and solutions that promote better and more equitable health outcomes.  More than 250 people from more than 40 countries attended the event: doctors, nurses, public health experts, health and medical scientists, medical students, and health officials from major international health organizations are meeting in Durban to try and influence negotiations by raising awareness about the health risks of climate change and the health benefits of climate action.

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Two meetings were attended by the secretariat in Geneva:

- Consultation on WHO reform on December 6

- Global Monitoring Framework and Voluntary Global Targets for NCDs - Update and Informal Dialogue with Relevant Nongovernmental Organizations on December 15

Letter and call for survey of the NCD Alliance Network


Njala University Public Health Association's (NUPHA) first annual general meeting

The Njala University Public Health Association (NUPHA), on Saturday November 12th, collaborated with one of Sierra Leone’s leading pharmaceutical companies Emzor Pharmaceuticals to commemorate the association’s annual general meeting with the theme: political violence is a major threat to the advancement of public health.


NUPHA, World Vision and SOS Collaborate on HIV/AIDS Iinteractive Active Dialogue

The Njala University Public Health Association (NUPHA) last Thursday collaborated with the international charity World Vision, Bo in an interactive dialogue to commemorate this year’s World AIDS Day on December 1st. The interactive dialogue which took place at the grounds of the SOS Village in Torwama, in the Tinkonko chiefdom drew hundreds of youths and young adults of the SOS village school, community elders students of the Njala University School in what could be described in a frank and open dialogue on issues bordering on HIV/AIDS.


Public Health Reviews and ASPHER' S European PH programme

European Core Competences for MPH Education

European Core Competences for Public Health Professionals

Philosophy, Process and Vision

PHASA bids to host the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health

The Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA), in association with the City of Johannesburg, submitted a bid to host the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in 2015. This international event, held every three years, provides a forum to exchange best practice and new effective approaches for tobacco control as a means to create a smoke-free world. The 15th Conference will take place in March 2012 in Singapore. WFPHA provided a letter of support for the PHASA/City of Johannesburg bid. We wish them success and will communicate the outcome of the selection process in a future newsletter.

CPHA's case before the Supreme Court of Canada

You may remember during our Exec Board meeting last May that I mentioned about CPHA appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada, as an intervenor on the side of Insite, the safe injection drug facility in Vancouver that the federal government was seeking to close down. The federal government was arguing that the existence of such a facility contravened the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). About 6 years ago, Insite had been allowed to exist initially as a 3-year pilot project, having received an exemption to the CDSA through the federal Minister of Justice and the federal Minister of Health.

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Mongolian Public Health Professionals Association's first E-newsletter

We would like to share our first edition of E-newsletter.
Kind regards,

Bolormaa Purevdorj
Executive Director
Mongolian Public Health Professionals Association

2011 The Federation's Pages


Evidence, values, and ‘right versus right’ dilemmas in public health practice

Alex Gatherer

J Public Health Pol 32: 504-507; doi:10.1057/jphp.2011.49

World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development

The World Bank, September 2011
Available online here.

Launch of the new Health Systems Evidence website

McMaster Health Forum
December, 2011

Health Systems Evidence is a valuable resource for policymakers, stakeholders and researchers seeking to address today’s most pressing health challenges. It provides answers on questions about how to strengthen or reform health systems, or how to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them.

The redeveloped website offers numerous enhancements, including new open search and advanced search functionalities, and is available in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.


Invitation from the Non-Communicable Disease Prevention Program

International Development Research Centre (IDRC) – Canada

A couple of months ago, the Non-Communicable Disease Prevention Program (NCDPP) at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) launched a non-communicable disease (NCD) research prioritization activity using a method called Concept Mapping. The response was considerable: 200 individuals, mostly from low- and middle-income countries, contributed a total of 440 priorities! After a careful and thorough review, which included eliminating redundant statements as well as those that were considered too broad, too narrow or outside the specified scope of the four major NCDs and the main risk factors. In the end, 87 priorities were identified.

The NCCDP/IDRC is extending an invitation to all national public health associations to participate in a brief online exercise that involves rating the proposed NCD primary prevention research priorities. This exercise will help the NCDPP to explore if priorities differ by region or types of respondents (researchers vs decision-makers). The rating phase should only require around 15-20 minutes of your time. The software allows you to save your work and return to complete it later if needed.

You can access the rating phase by following this link.

WFPHA encourages its PHA members to participate in this important global survey. The results, to be shared by IDRC, will be published in a future WFPHA newsletter.

The GRF One Health Summit 2012


19-23 February 2012 in Davos, Switzerland The GRF One Health Summit 2012 will contribute to advancing the concept of “One Health” – which strives for intensive collaboration among all stakeholders related to public health – with elements of integrative risk management throughout the whole risk cycle. As today’s health risk management requires to be dealt with from a holistic perspective that acknowledges the systemic interconnections of human, animal and environmental health in close relation with food safety and security, only such an integrative approach will ensure sustainable public health in an era of climate change, resource depletion, land degradation, food insecurity and development challenges. read more

15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health

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Geneva Health Forum 2012

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Towards Global Access to Health

A Critical Shift to Chronic Conditions: Learning From the Frontliners

Fourth Edition 18 – 20 April 2012

International Conference Centre Geneva, Switzerland

21st ETC-PHHP Summer Course 'Strategies for Health in Europe'

The European Training Consortium in Public Health and Health Promotion (ETC-PHHP)* is pleased to announce the 21st International Summer Course to be held 2012 at the Glyndŵr University Wrexham, Wales, UK. The main topic of the European Dimension of Health Promotion course is


Assets for health are associated with a positive perspective of health, on the resources and protective factors within people and societies that create health and wellbeing and increase control over the determinants of health.
For more information visit the homepage

ICN 25th Quadrennial Congress

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Website and Call for Abstracts Launched

25th Quadrennial Congress will be held in one of the world‘s `most liveable` cities,- Melbourne, Australia, 18-23 May 2013

Geneva, Switzerland 28 November, 2011. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is pleased to release the Call for Abstracts and launch the website for its 25th Quadrennial Congress and CNR. Headlined with the theme Equity and Access to Health Care, Congress will take place in Melbourne, Australia from 18-23 May 2013.  Instructions for submitting abstracts for the scientific programme and details on the themes to be addressed can be accessed on their website. The deadline for abstract submission is 14 September 2012.


Member call for Annual Report 2011

In order to include our member associations news in the Annual Report 2011, we invite your PHA to

submit your communication of maximum 150 words before February 15, 2012.

We encourage new member PHAs to submit a short text of maximum 150 words presenting their association and most important actions 2011.

The texts can be sent either in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.

We look forward to your contributions.

WHO and our new DTO

After three years of fruitfull colaboration with Rebecca Bailey, the new Designed Technical Officer (DTO) of the WFPHA has been officially appointed.

We welcome Dr. Ruediger Krech, Director of the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights, as our person of contact at WHO and together we will establish the new WFPHA/WHO Collaboration Plan for 2012/2014.

Public Health Education WG survey call

Dear Members

The WFPHA Public Health Education working group (Chaired by Dr. Ehud Miron) would like to investigate the use of National Public Health Essential Functions Frameworks throughout the world through a very short questionnaire.

We would like to ask you to send to Marta Lomazzi the e-mail address of one of your members that could at best represent your association in this field , if possible by January 15th 2012.

The questionnaire will be sent directly to the designed person in January. The questionnaire will not take more than 15 minutes.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and we look forward to your feedback.

The results of the Health Policy Pilot Study are now available.

To see the results, current activities and action plan of the WFPHA , click here (Poster presented at the EUPHA meeting in Copenhagen, November 2011).

Thanks a lot for your participation!

Your opinion is important for us!

For more information, please contact the Secretariat.


The General Assembly of the WFPHA will take place on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 4 PM in Addis Ababa. In order to help us plan for this event, I am asking WFPHA members to please confirm whether or not a representative of their public health association will attend this event. Please note that WFPHA member associations will be responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation costs.

Could you please send confirmation whether your public health association will be represented at the WFPHA General Assembly to Laetitia Bourquin by March 19, at the latest?

We hope that your public health association will be able to attend the General Assembly.


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