WFPHA Banner

WFPHA Newsletter 01 - 2013
Published: 31 January 2013

In this newsletter:

1.The WFPHA @ 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.The WFPHA @ 1st Arab World Public Health Conference

tl_files/images/Newsletter 2012/November/Dubai.jpg

Meet the WFPHA @ the 1st Arab World Public Health Conference

Prof. Ulrich Laaser, Immediate Past President of the WFPHA, Prof. Bettina Borisch, Head of the WFPHA Secretariat and Mrs Laetitia Bourquin, Executive Manager at the WFPHA, will attend the 1st Arab World Public Health Conference. They will be happy to meet you and give an overview of the WFPHA on Saturday 6th April 2013, from 11:30-12:30, Hall 3 of the conference center. Please contact M. Lomazzi for any further information.


Dear colleagues
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 1st Arab World conference on Public Health. This conference is built upon the hope that it will bring in all the Arab World together in prompting excellence in public health services and in minimizing disparity. Dubai Health Authority has pioneered to take the initiative of organizing this conference with the active support and recommendations of World Federation of Public Health Association.

The objectives of the conference are to:

  • Serve as a regional forum for exchange of knowledge, experience and success stories on key public health issues in Arab Countries
  • Shed the light on the importance of Public Health and the use of new public health approaches for promotion of community health
  • Contribute towards promoting public health at regional and national levels
  • Create a better understanding and solutions of the Arab World Major public health challenges within the global public health community.
  • Facilitate and support the development of the Arab World Public Health Association (AWPHA).
  • Announce Dubai Declaration on Public Health.

We acknowledge that organizing such a conference is important but we also acknowledge that post conference follow up may be equally if not more vital in implementing the outcome of the conference.

The Arab world which constitutes 22 countries, is very unique as the countries in it are markedly heterogeneous. Some countries are quite affluent, while others are very much the opposite and therefore are consequently facing a double burden: Communicable diseases while simultaneously responding to accelerated Non Communicable Diseases and injuries like: Diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases, Obesity and cancers. Therefore the continuous challenge to health ministries and to countries remain enormous. I think under these prevailing challenges, communications revolution that redefines the geographical and social boundaries for exchange of health information and health services are essential. It is with this notion primarily we have organized this conference with particular consideration to the below three issues:

  • Strengthening national public health systems or public health functions of national health systems.
  • Enhancing the numbers, training and competence of the workforce responsible for public health functions both within and outside the health sector in all countries.
  • Establishing flourishing national associations/societies of public health professionals where they do not exist, and strengthening them further where they do.

We anticipate all Arab countries will take this opportunity and come closer in sharing their accomplishments and challenges with others such that we may all benefit from each other.
We look forward to your active participation during this stimulating program.

Ms. Laila Al Jassmi

For more information on the conference, click here.

To read the press release, click on the corresponding .



2.News from our Members

Asia Pacific Liaison Office & China Preventive Medicine Association

Activities of WFPHA Asia-Pacific Liaison Office in 2012

Under the leadership of WFPHA, APRLO carried out a series of activities in 2012.

4th APRLO Work Meeting

During the 13th World Congress on Public Health, APRLO hosted the 4th APRLO Work Meeting in Addis Ababa on April 27, 2012. WFPHA Presidents Ulrich Laaser and James Chauvin, WFPHA Geneva Officers and the delegates from China, Indonesia, Korea, Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Mongolia attended the meeting. The director of APRLO, Dr Cai Jiming, hosted the meeting. At the meeting, Prof.Charles Surjadi, Indonesia Public Health Association, reported the main content of the 3rd WFPHA West Pacific Regional Conference on Public Health (WPRCPH) and Dr. Le Vu Anh, Vietnam Public Health Association, described the progress of the preparations for the 4th APRCPH. Dr. Seung-wook Lee, Korea Public Health Association, announced the KPHA’s decision to host the 5th APRCPH in 2014. Mongolia Public Health Association and Australia Public Health Association expressed their interest to actively join relevant activities of APRLO in the future. Dr.Wang Peng, APRLO, described all activities that have been held and will held in China.

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/January 2013/APRO.jpg

APRLO Work Meeting participants

WFPHA President Dr James Chauvin visited CPMA and APRLO and CPMA hosted the seminar on future cooperation between CPMA and WFPHA

WFPHA President James Chauvin was invited to visit CPMA and APRLO from September 1 to September 5, 2012. CPMA hosted the seminar on future cooperation between CPMA and WFPHA. Dr.Yang Weizhong, Vice Director Of China CDC, Prof. Zhang Konglai, professor of Peking Union Medical College in China, Prof. Meng Qingyue, president of Public Health school Beijing University, Dr. Li Shichuo, CCLH President, and Mr. Qin Jiuyi, director of the International Cooperation Department CAST, attended the seminar. At the seminar, the president of CPMA, Dr Wang Longde, highly praised the WFPHA’s contribution for promoting Global Public Health and appreciated the trust and support from WFPHA. President Wang also said that CPMA would try the best to actively join the activities of WFPHA and made more contribution for the development of global health. The Vice President of CPMA and director of APRLO Dr. Cai Jiming described the activities that have been carried out since the founding of the liaison office. Dr Cai also introduced the working mechanism of APRLO. President James Chauvin, on behalf of WFPHA, expressed his great appreciation for CPMA’s contribution to WFPHA development, and his gratitude for what APRLO did to promote public health cooperation within the Asia-Pacific area. Last, president James Chauvin described his ideas and the future direction of WFPHA during his tenure.

WFPHA and CPMA signed the Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding

On October 8, 2012, WFPHA and CPMA officially signed the Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding about duties and obligations of APRLO. At the same time, WFPHA issued the authorization letter to CPMA.

WFPHA Past President Prof. Ulrich Laaser visited CPMA and APRLO

WFPHA immediately Past President Prof. Ulrich Laaser was invited to visit CPMA and APRLO from November 17 to November 20, 2012. On Nov 17, CPMA hosted the round table discussion about the APRLO future activities. Dr Wang Peng, on behalf of APRLO, reported the APRLO activities in 2012. Professor Laaser briefly introduced the Education and training of public health professionals in the European Region: variation and convergence, and had the opportunities to discuss the Education and training of public health professionals in China with the deans of Chinese Public Health School.

At the meeting, Prof. Laaser also reported the main content of the Taiwan Health Forum that was held from Nov.14 to Nov.15, in Taipei, Taiwan.

Last, Dr Cai Jiming, director of APRLO, underlined that APRLO would enhance the contact with WHO WPRO and do more work for the public health cooperation within the Asia Pacific Region.

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/January 2013/APRLOulrich.jpg

Round table discussion during the visit of Prof. U. Laaser to CPMA and APRLO

APRLO assisted Vietnam Public Health Association to host the 4th APRCPH

APRLO assisted VPHA in the preparation of the announcement of the 4th APRCPH and in advertising the event to all the members among the Asia-Pacific area and to all the CDC experts and the professors in the public health school in China. CPMA would like to encourage more experts, professors and students to join the 4th APRCPH.

APRLO hosted the 4th International Forum for Sustainable Vector Management and the 1st International Forum for Control of Important Infectious Diseases and Tropical Diseases in Asia-Pacific Region

The 4th International Forum for Sustainable Vector Management and the 1st International Forum for Control of Important Infectious Diseases and Tropical Diseases in Asia-Pacific Region were hold by CPMA and China CDC, with the technical support of APRLO, in Haikou, China, from November 26 to November 28, 2012. More than 400 experts and professors from Japan, England, Thailand, Hongkong, Macaw, India and USA attended the forum and gave a key report on Sustainable Management and Integrated management on Disease Vectors. The Forum aimed to provide a platform for all participants to share new achievements, technologies and experiences in the area of vector control and vector-borne disease prevention and also to promote the cooperation within the region.

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/January 2013/APRLOvector.jpg

Forums activities

APRLO attended, on behalf WFPHA, the Rockefeller Foundation Global Health Summit

The director of APRLO Dr Cai Jiming and the Vice Director of APRLO Dr Wang Peng, attended on behalf WFPHA, the Rockefeller Foundation Global Health Summit - Dreaming the Future of Health for the Next 100 Years, January 26 - 27 2013, Beijing, China.

The Annual Plan of WFPHA Asia-Pacific Liaison Office for 2013

Jointly-Organize the 4th WFPHA Asia-Pacific Conference on Public Health

The 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Public Health (APRCPH) will be held in Nha Trang city, Vietnam from 17 to 18 October, 2013. The general theme of the conference will be "Climate change and Population Health". The director of WFPHA APRLO Dr. Cai Jiming has been invited to attend the 4th APRCPH as the member of Scientific Committee and Organizing Committee.

Host the Seminar on Disease Prevention and Control in Mekong Area

The Seminar on Disease Prevention and Control in Mekong Area in 2013 will be hosted by the Asia Pacific Regional Liaison Office (APRLO) of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), and the Health Poverty Action (HPA) in China.

The Seminar will contribute to regional understanding of the dynamic relationship between cross-border migration and communicable diseases control and help build regional consensus on ways forward among NGOs, academia, government and private sectors. Participants include representatives of governments, CDCs, NGOs, research institutes from Mekong sub-region and neighboring countries such as China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand; and delegates from relevant donor agencies. Professionals and experts in this field are all welcome to join.

Strengthen the regional network building and website building

In order to improve the cooperation on public health within the Asia-Pacific Region, APRLO will enhance the regional network building and website building in the future, including organizing the biannual meeting through skype or some advanced network modern communication tools.

Capacity Building of APRLO

In order to better undertake the task from WFPHA Geneva Office, APRLO will send the staff to join the International Organizations Reserve Personnel Training Courses in 2013.

Public Health Association of Australia

From December 1, 2012 Australian legislation requires that all tobacco products sold or otherwise supplied must be in "Plain Packaging". The packs will be dominated by graphic images. The new, expanded warnings are strong and stark. The brand name appears only in a small font prescribed by the government. The rest of the pack is on a brown background designed to be as unpleasant as possible. Importantly, plain packaging is being introduced alongside a series of other measures in a comprehensive approach to reducing smoking. This world-leading measure will help to discourage children from starting to smoke and encourage adults to quit. It has been opposed ferociously by Big Tobacco, in the knowledge that many other countries are interested in following the Australian example.

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) was one of a coalition of health organisations advocating for plain packaging. The Government's Expert Committee that recommended plain packaging was chaired by former PHAA National President Professor Mike Daube (see article below). Both Professor Daube and PHAA CEO Michael Moore helped to lead the campaign in support of this and other tobacco control measures, introduced by former Health Minister Nicola Roxon with strong all-party support.

Brazilian Association of Collective Health

Since the early 1970, the struggle against the dictatorship in Brazil mobilized health professionals and workers. Democratization was seen as one of the necessary conditions for improving people’s health and quality of life. In this context, arose the belief that an effective health system needed to ensure universal and equitable access, in addition to offering comprehensive health care.

At the end of that decade, in 1979, ABRASCO - Brazilian Association of Collective Health was founded, characterized as an academic institution, with strong political action.

The founders opted for the name Collective Health, rather than Public Health, to indicate the engagement in research and intervention not only on the actions aimed at preventing disease, but on the whole health-disease-care process, including from the action on the social determinants of health (health promotion) until medical-hospital attention for sick individuals.

The congresses of Abrasco, known for the rich debates on scientific studies and policy proposals, have gained over the years more and more legitimacy and representativeness by combining profiles of its participants, including researchers, professionals and managers at all levels (local and ministerial authorities).

In 2012, the Abrasco held the 10th Congress of Collective Health, which remained as a privileged arena of knowledge diffusion and political positioning through intense and fruitful discussions. Under the theme "Health is development: Science for citizenship", during the four days (November 14 to 18, 2012) of the Congress more than seven thousand people passed through the Campus of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, presented papers or followed the debates and presentations."

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/January 2013/ABRASCO - CONGRESSO. FACCHINI, LIGIA BAHIA, ALEXANDRE PADILHA, LUIS EUGENIO..JPG

L.A. Facchini, L. Bahia, A. Padilha and L. Eugenio at the 10th Congress of Collective Health.

As a prominent participant of the event, the Brazilian Health Minister Alexandre Padilha said that "it is the biggest congress where public health is debated in Brazil. With strong participation of representatives from other countries. It puts together a lot of people who are dedicated to understanding the risk factors, the conditions and the social determinants and impacts of public health policies around the country. And it brings together champions of the Unified Health System (SUS – Sistema Único de Saúde) ".

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/January 2013/ABRASCO - CONGRESSO..JPG

10th Congress of Collective Health.

At the closing ceremony of the Congress, professor Luís Eugênio Portela Fernandes de Souza took office as the new President of the Association for the next 3 years, replacing the researcher Luiz Augusto Facchini.

Abrasco’s main programmatic guidelines remains the support for the consolidation of collective health as scientific field, with the strengthening of the production of knowledge and training of researchers and professors; and supporting the implementation of the Unified Health System (SUS) universal and egalitarian.

Sudanese Public Health Association

Sudanese Public Health Association (SPHA) in collaboration with Academy of Health Science (AHS) has organized one day Training workshop on haemorrhagic fevers with focus on Yellow fever on November 28th 2012. The workshop which was held in the national laboratory hall has targeted 80 health professionals and 10 journalists.

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/January 2013/SPHA.jpg

Training workshop on haemorrhagic fevers

On 6th December 2012 SPAH has celebrated the World AIDS Day in collaboration with Sudan National AIDS Prgoram and AL Zaeim Al Azhary University. The agreed upon theme for Sudan for this year is: “Your love for us, is by your test for us”.

Our Members' annual reports

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

3.WFPHA Member's communication

2013 General Assembly

The 47th WFPHA General Assembly will take place on Sunday, 19th May 2013 at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, from 9 am to 1 pm, the day before the opening Ceremony of the World Health Assembly.

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/January 2013/photoIHEID.png

All Members are kindly invited to confirm their presence to Laetitia Bourquin before May 1st 2013.

Russian version on the WFPHA website now on-line

The WFPHA website is now available also in Russian. We would like to thanks Dr N.Michael Livshin for this translation, the IFMSA students that took care previously of the French and Spanish ones and Sébastien Sarmiento for his IT support.

Call for policy

The Policy Committee invites all WFPHA Members to send us their Resolutions/Policies accepted in 2012 (and archives if available on line). These policies will be posted on the WFPHA website and could be of inspiration for the Policy Committee.

4.Members Newsletter

Public Health Association of Australia: Read the Newsletter

Canadian Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

European 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

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


Bulletin of the World Health Organization: Read the Newsletter

5.WFPHA Working Groups

Oral Health Working Group @ 1st Arab World Public Health Conference

Dr. R. Bedi, Chair of the Oral Health WG, and other group's Members will discuss important issues related to Oral Health in the EMRO region and worldwide during the 1st Arab World Public Health Conference (Session scheduled on April 5th from 16:00 to 17:30, in the Hall 3 of the conference center). An informal meeting of the OHWG will follow the session. All interested people are invited to join.

For more information, please contact M. Lomazzi.

Environmental Health WG @ INC5 Mercury Negotiations

Dr. P. Orris, Chair of the Environmental Health WG, did an opening statement on behalf of WFPHA at the INC5 Mercury Negotiations.

World Federation of Public Health Associations - January 13, 2013
Opening Statement Intergovernmental Negotiations Mercury Treaty

"Thank you Chair, I should like to report to the delegates of the continued presence and attention to these negotiations by the World Federation of Public Health Associations, the World Medical Association, and Health Care Without Harm. From differing perspectives each has identified the public health threat posed by environmental mercury, in its methylated form, at exquisitely low doses to the most vulnerable of humans - pregnant women and small children. Each organization has participated in conjunction with the World Health Organization in efforts to educate our colleagues of the ability to phase out the use of mercury sphygmomanometers and thermometers and to replace them with non mercury devices of comparable accuracy, efficacy, and cost.

Further, our organizations of health care professionals hope that this process can truly reduce human exposures to environmental mercury through the food chain and avoid the recurring occurrences of high dose poisonings from industrial processes and mining. Therefore, the attention of the treaty to the public health issues of these exposures and the need for the attention of governments to provisions for treatment and prevention characterized in 20bis is of importance.

Finally, I would note that the availability of information for health care professionals as to the mercury content of materials is critical to the prompt appropriate treatment and prevention of adverse human health effects".

For more information on the Environmental Health WG, click here.

To read the last issue of the Environmental Health WG News, click here.

6. What's on ?

In 2000, world leaders promised to halve extreme poverty by 2015 with a global plan called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Thanks to millions of people taking action and a massive global effort, we have already made real progress.

Yet, 1.4 billion people still live in extreme poverty. Every 4 seconds a child dies from preventable causes and over 900 million, particularly women and young people, suffer from chronic hunger. Meanwhile our population is set to rise to 9.5 billion by 2050 and the food system is at breaking point.

Climate change threatens to destroy the lives of millions more and undo all the progress we have made so far. Inequality is growing everywhere and human rights are being undermined in the worlds most fragile and conflict affected countries while the world economy continues to falter.

The World We Want will gather the priorities of people from every corner of the world and help build a collective vision that will be used directly by the United Nations and World Leaders to plan a new development agenda launching in 2015, one that is based on the aspirations of all citizens.

For more information, click here.

The Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (JALI)


JALI is mobilizing civil society towards a vision of a global framework convention, based on the human right to health, that defines what states and the international community are obligated to do to provide conditions conducive to good health.

For more information, click on the following links:

- JALI website

- A Framework Convention on Global Health: Health for All, Justice for All

- A framework convention on global health:a catalyst for justice

Globalization and Health - call for papers

Globalization and HealthCan health innovations designed for a developing country setting be applied in a developed country setting? Online journal Globalization and Health announces a new thematic series entitled, 'Reverse innovation in global health systems: learning from low-income countries'.

Globalization and Health is soliciting papers of a practical nature and expect articles to span all health systems components. We welcome submissions that explore both potential and actual benefits that can flow from health systems in low-income to middle and high-income countries. We also welcome perspectives on how institutional partnerships can provide a channel for “reverse innovation”. Finally, we welcome insights and best practices on the measurement of partnership “benefits” and how they impact health systems.

The guest editors of the series are Shamsuzzoha Syed and Viva Dadwal and all manuscripts will undergo rigorous peer review according to the journal's policy.

For more information, click here.

Investment for Economic Growth, Social Inclusion and Environmental Sustainability

Hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), this seminar has been held from 26 to 27 January 2013 in Santiago, Chile, under the theme "Alliance for Sustainable Development: Promoting Investments of Social and Environmental Quality"  as part of the preparations for the first European Union (EU) - Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Summit of Heads of State and Government.

To read the Santiago Declaration, click here.

7.Conference&Committee Reports

4th Global Health Summit in Ghana

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

To read the report, click here.

132nd session of the WHO Executive Board

Prof. B. Borisch and Mrs L. Bourquin, from the WFPHA Secretariat, have participated to the 132nd session of the Executive Board that has taken place in Geneva from 21st to 29th of January 2013.


Dr Joy St John, Chairman of the EB and Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General

The Executive Board discusses among other items the WHO reform; noncommunicable diseases; promoting health through the life course; preparedness, surveillance and response; communicable diseases and health systems.

Selected documents:

EB132/5 Add.8
Implementation of WHO reform, 2012

EB132/7 Corr.1
Draft action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013–2020

The Board has appointed Dr Carissa Etienne as the new Regional Director for WHO's Americas Region (WHO/AMRO), following her nomination by the Regional Committee for the Americas in September 2012.

8.Upcoming Events

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.

4-Day Certificate Course "Introduction to Health Technology Assessment"

To be held in Hall in Tyrol, Austria on March 6-9 2013.

The workshop combines lectures, discussions, case study group work, and hands-on computer lab sessions in the key elements and methods of HTA and Decision Sciences.

For more information, click here.

World Health Summit (WHS)

The World Health Summit (WHS) which counts German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande as patrons, will be holding its inaugural regional meeting outside of Europe in Asia, Singapore from 8th to 10th April 2013.

The Summit which is themed “Health for Sustainable Development in Asia” will be opened by Singapore’s Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong. The areas of discussion will be focused on four sub-themes:

(1) The Impact of Health on Asian Economies;

(2) Financing Health Care in Asia;

(3) Innovations in Health in Asia; and

(4) Emerging Health Threats in Asia.

A distinguished list of speakers has been assembled for this meeting. There will also be an Asian Health Minister’s Panel discussion for which several Asian Health Ministers have been invited to take part in.

As this presents an excellent opportunity for the international health community to network and exchange practical ideas, the organisers are pleased to offer a 10% discount for members of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.

For more information, click here and here.

Executive Courses at the Graduate Institute

The Graduate Institute organizes an Executive Course on Intellectual Property, Diplomacy and Global Public Health (13 - 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.

Global Conference on Health Promotion 2013

To be held in Helsinki, Finland on 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

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

The conference will inform international perspectives on:

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

For more info, click here.

Promotion 2013 3rd international Public Health Nursing Conference

tl_files/images/Newsletter 2012/November/Nurses_Logo.JPG

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

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

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.

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, on September 4-6 2013.

For more information, click here.

4th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health


"Climate Change and Population Health"

Nha Trang, 21 – 22 November, 2013

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 21 – 22 November, 2013 in Nha Trang. The theme for the Conference is "Climate change and 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.

Important deadlines and dates:

- January 15, 2013: Registration and abstract submission open

- June 30, 2013: Abstract submission close

- July 31, 2013: Notification of accepted presentations by the organizing committee

- August 15, 2013: Earlybird registration close

- August 31, 2013: Notification of conference agenda

- October 15, 2013: PowerPoint presentation or Poster submission close

- November 21 - 22, 2013: The 4th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health

For more information, click here and 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.


Waiting for the domino effect

In december 2012, landmark legislation comes into force in Australia, making it the first country to ban branded cigarette packaging. Mike Daube talks to Fiona Fleck about how public health campaigning has come a long way since the 1970s.

To read the article, click here.

Universal health coverage anchored in the right to health

European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs recently pointed out the need for “updated and modernised [Millennium Development Goals], providing decent living standards for all – a set of minimum floors below which no one should fall”. He added that “these ‘MDGs plus’ would provide the basic rights that every citizen on the planet should expect … with, where necessary, for the poorest countries, the support of the international community through continued overseas development assistance”.

To read the full article, click here.

The CIA’s vaccination ruse

Back in 2010, in the midst of a struggling national vaccination campaign to eliminate polio in Pakistan, the CIA enlisted a Pakistani doctor, and then sent him out in the field to give hepatitis B vaccine. His real mission was espionage for the United States, but while gathering biological samples for DNA analysis, his
team vaccinated whole neighborhoods without government permission.

To read the article, click here.

Vietnam Journal of Public Health, Issuse 26, December 2012

The Vietnam public health association (VPHA) respectfully introduces the Vietnam Journal of Public Health, Issuse 26, December 2012

To read the journal, click here.

10.Your Communications

Don't miss your chance to share with other Public Health Associations and Public Health Professionals worldwide important information.

Send us your newsletter, articles & photos of your activities, annual reports and inform us about the upcoming events (your annual meetings and all other interesting congresses/seminars) and we will post them on our website and newsletter.

Post interesting news, advertise upcoming events and share with us your comments on FaceBook and Twitter.

Become friend of the WFPHA on and join the WFPHA Facebook group!

Twitter name: @WFPHA_FMASP