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WFPHA Newsletter 07 - 2012
Published: 31 July 2012

In this newsletter:

1.Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly

2.News from our Members

3.WFPHA Member's communication

4.Members' Newsletter

5.WFPHA Working Groups

6.What's on

7.Upcoming Events


9.Your communications


1.Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly

The President of the Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly Dr Christos Patsalides with Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, Mr Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, and Dr Anarfi Asamoa-Baah, Deputy Director-General of WHO, moments before the opening plenaryWHO/Pierre Albouy

Each year in May the representatives of the world’s countries meet in Geneva to discuss and debate the key health problems affecting humankind. This year’s World Health Assembly (WHA) was the 65th and considered key issues including intensification of the momentous campaign to achieve global polio eradication, early marriage and young pregnancies, implementations of the International Health Regulations and the progress made in achieving the health-related Millennium Goals.

 It was recognized that the level of progress in some of these crucial areas has not been as great as had been hoped and the Assembly devoted considerable time discussing how performance could be improved and objectives met.

The WFPHA has official relations with WHO and is therefore able to attend the WHA. Representatives of the World Federation took the opportunity to have meetings with country representatives and with key WHO staff members. The opportunity to stress the importance of strengthening the public health workforce and also of supporting the operation public health associations in individual countries is very valuable.

A notable moment in the proceedings of the Assembly was the reappointment of Dr Margaret Chan for a second tern as Director-General. In her acceptance speech Dr Chan identified universal coverage of the population by health services as the single most important objective. Her election was accompanied by agreement on the need for reform of WHO in order to improve performance, governance and transparency.

For more information, click here.

2.News from our Members

Dr. D.K. Sekimpi of Uganda recognized for tobacco control accomplishments

tl_files/images/Newsletter 2012/March/Dr.D.K.Sekimpi.JPGEvery year, the WHO recognizes individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. We are delighted to share the news that Dr Deo K. Sekimpi, Secretary General of the Uganda National Association of Community and Occupational Health (UNACOH), is a recipient of the 2012 World No Tobacco Day award. Dr. Sekimpi has been a champion for tobacco control over many years, and through UNACOH, has been a strong advocate for the application of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Uganda. Recently UNACOH, through his leadership, promoted and helped establish smoke-free workplaces and health care facilities in Uganda. UNACOH is a long-standing WFPHA member. Congratulations Dr. Sekimpi and UNACOH!!!

Dr G. Scally recognized for his work in Public Health

Dr. Gabriel ScallyWFPHA Governing Council member Prof Gabriel Scally from the UK has recently been awarded a honorary Doctor of Sciences degree by the University of the West of England (UWE).  Gabriel has been a notable public health leader in the UK for the past two decades and has been particularly active in the areas of clinical governance, sexual health and tobacco. The recognition from UWE comes about because he has been a pioneer on developing joint working between public health and the architecture and planning communities in order to improve the quality of the built environment and in particular to enhance health. The WFPHA sends its hearty congratulations to him.


The new members present theselves. In this newsletter: The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut, the Malta Association of Public Health Medicine and the Forum for Human Rights and Public Health-Nepal (Friendship-Nepal).

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut has recently become a sustaining member of the World Federation of Public Health Association. Established in 1954, FHS is the first self-governed school of public health in the Arab World.

In addition to two undergraduate programs in Environmental Health and Medical Laboratory Sciences, the FHS offers a Master of Public Health (concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Promotion and Community Health, and Health Management and Policy) and a Master of Science in Epidemiology, Population Health and Environmental Sciences. The Graduate Public Health Program (MPH/MS) is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and was the first such program to be accredited by CEPH outside the Americas in 2006.

FHS research and outreach activities cover diverse issues and themes such as Environmental and Occupational Health, Reproductive Health, Youth wellbeing, Health of Older People, Tobacco Control, Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, Health Management and Health Policy. Such activities are characterized by their regional extension, partnership and community-based approaches, and link to action and policy.

FHS works closely with sister institutions of public health in the region. It has led an international collaboration to publish the Public Health in the Arab World book in 2012. FHS hosts the Secretariat of the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Academic Institutions’ Network for Public Health (EMRAIN) and is a Nodal Institute of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

For information about FHS, and its programs and initiatives please visit:

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With 520 pages in 38 chapters, Public Health in the Arab World (Cambridge University Press, March 2012) is the largest and most comprehensive book on the topic. With an international and multidisciplinary community of 81 authors, it is also the most ambitious scholarship collaboration on public health in the region. FHS played a lead role in editing the book and in coordinating the efforts that led to its publication.

The Malta Association of Public Health Medicine

The Malta Association of Public Health Medicine (MAPHM) has recently become a sustaining member of the World Federation of Public Health Association. MAPHM is an association of persons with an interest in promoting public health in Malta. MAPHM is a non-governmental, non-political and non-union organisation.

The role of MAPHM is very wide and includes promotion of high standards of practice and professional ethics in Public Health; teaching and practice of public health medicine; promoting professional interests of qualified practitioners including CPD; provide an independent forum for health and other professionals to address public health issues facing the country; facilitate exchange of information, experience and research on public health matters in Malta and to advocate for and advise upon policies and programmes that contribute to the improvement of public health in the country. Hence our role will be of great contribution to public health and health status of our population in Malta and indeed contribute to public health globally.

The MAPHM seeks to be the leader on Public Health issues in the Maltese Islands and to advocate for policies that contribute to the enhancement of Public Health in Malta. For more info, click here.

This year, Malta will be hosting the 5th ANNUAL EUROPEAN PUBLIC HEALTH CONFERENCE between the 8th and 10th November 2012. This year, the overall theme is “ All inclusive public health”.

The major topics of the conference are:

  • Mind, body and spirit – a multifaceted approach to health
  • Life choices – population, economic activity and lifestyle
  • Research across health - services, sectors and policy
  • Technology and environment – getting smart with health determinants
  • Small, few or different – Inequality in Europe’s health

Malta, a group of three small islands in the heart of the Mediterranean, has been attracting conference and incentive groups for years and a great variety of other visitors for centuries. We look forward to welcoming you to Malta’s shores and continuing our public health debate and may as well stay over for your holidays.

Meanwhile, allow me to thank publicly all those past and present who have dedicated their time and energy to promote public health via the MAPHM committee for their dedication and commitment to their belief in this noble cause.

Dr Charmaine Gauci - President, Malta Association of Public Health Medicine

Forum for Human Rights and Public Health-Nepal Forum for Human Rights and Public Health-Nepal (Friendship-Nepal) has recently become a sustaining member of the World Federation of Public Health Association.

Forum for Human Rights and Public Health-Nepal (Friendship-Nepal) is a non-profitable independent public organization working in the area of Human Rights, Child Rights, Child Education, Environment and Margins. Mainly we prioritize HIV/AIDS and drug abuses. Friendship-Nepal is officially registered in 2006AD in the authorized office. The current Friendship-Nepal team includes social workers, human rights activist, community health worker, teachers and journalists. It is dedicated to conduct its programs in the urban and rural where the need of such program is more significant than in the urban areas.

Main focus of the organization

Health is Human Right so HIV/AIDS and Drug abuse needed to be addressed from the rights based perspective. For this our organization is disseminating information about HIV/AIDS and drug abuse as well as make able to know them that HIV/AIDS being spread through sharing of injection, mainly focusing adult children as the pillar of nation.

Vision of our organization

Friendship-Nepal aims to preserve basic rights to health. We work to establish healthy society through social justice, public health awareness and respect of human rights where social, cultural, economic, civil and social justice reveals and lives with respect and dignity.

Mission of our organization

Friendship-Nepal engages health workers in the realization of health-related human rights to promote justice, equity and inclusion to ensure the health rights of marginalized people.


1.To establish healthy society by fostering health security.

2.To finance the children who can't afford their basic education.

3.To inform the adult students, about HIV/AIDS and drug abuses.

4.To ensure the health and education rights for the most disadvantaged children.

5.To expand mutual relationship with the national and international organizations related to health and education.

Major Activities

1.Promote fundamental right to health prioritizing on children and marginalized people

2.Spread out awareness about HIV/AIDS and drug abuse among school going adult children

3.Dissemination of health information, a need for a comprehensive and portable directory on the public health facilities.

4.Expand mutual relationship with the national and international organizations related to health and education

Plan and Program

1.The organization is planning to carry out the information program about HIV/AIDS and drug abuse in the school of rural areas in 2013.

For more info, read the Proceedings Report of the International Workshop on Consultative Human Rights and Social Protection or click here.

3.WFPHA Member's communication

Guidance on Development of Policy

WFPHA has an important role in supporting the development of public health policy both globally and at a national level.

WFPHA participated with the NGO community at Alma Ata in endorsing the concept of broadly based primary health care; urged linking health with economic development strategies; raised awareness of the health consequences of landmines and nuclear weapons; engaged as an active NGO participant in the negotiations leading up to the passage of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control; and, is committed to public health support to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

Read the Guidance on Development of Policy.

Logo and Tagline Policy

The GC has approved the new Logo and Tagelines for its Members as well as a Logo&Tagelines policy. Members in good standing can require the Logo and/or Tageline and the policy corresponding to their membership status at

New Intern at the WFPHA

tl_files/images/Newsletter 2012/July/Foto 175.jpgHello everybody, my name is Mareike Theisling and I am the new intern at the WFPHA office in Geneva. I am currently a Master’s student of International Economics. During my undergraduate studies of International Relations I became interested in public health issues. I have done research projects about the Cuban and Chilean health care system and I was an intern at the WHO European Office for Social and Economic Determinants of Health in Venice. During my internship I will mostly work on the MDG project. I am looking forward to contribute to the work of WFPHA.

4.Members Newsletter

Federation of African Medical Students' Associations: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of Australia: Read the Newsletter

European Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Mongolian Public Health Professionals Association: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of South Africa: Read the Newsletter

Swiss Society of Public Health : Read the Newsletter

Vietnam Public Health Association : Read the Newsletter

5.WFPHA Working Groups

In this Newsletter, the Environmental Health WG.

Environmental Health WG

The Environment Working Group has been the information hub for health professionals interested in sharing information on environment and health issues. The EWG has an e-news digest, a bi-weekly, international, newsletter which puts together a variety of articles, editorials, news and information on issues concerning environmental health. It is strickly limited to between 4 and 6 one paragraph summaries with links to full article.

Each issue is a useful compilation of information and resources covering a range of topics at the interface between the environment and public health. It prioritizes those stories that identify the relationships between the natural, built and social environment and human health emphasizing an action agenda.

Founded in 2009, the newsletter is emailed to public health professionals on all continents from the Environmental Working Group of the WFPHA. It is distributed to, and solicits contributions from, public health officials, medical professionals, and environmental activists, in communities, schools, and workplaces. In this sense, it provides an online venue for sharing information among its receivers.


WFPHA's Environmental Working Group's Chair, Prof. Peter Orris MD, MPH, from the University of Illinois Occupational and Environmental Health Program attended meetings in Uruguay earlier this month as part of the 4th Intergovernmental Committee negotiating a Mercury control treaty. Over 500 representatives, including delegates from 128 governments and representatives from intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and other stakeholders, met in Punta del Este in the fourth meeting to try to resolve differences with respect to the control of mercury pollution from coal burning power plants, gold mining, waster incineration, and use in products such as those in use in health care (Thermometers, Sphygmomanometers, and mercury amalgams). WFPHA participated in the discussions of the IPEN global network of more than 700 health and environmental organizations working in 116 countries for a toxics-free future during their meetings prior to and during the negotiations. Despite a busy schedule and broad areas of agreement very little progress was made with respect to areas of disagreement.

“There has been no substantial progress with respect to the biggest sources of mercury pollution, emissions to air, nor in reconciling the different positions of governments,” said. Michael Bender, Zero Mercury Working Group co-coordinator “This issue is critical to diffuse the ticking mercury time bomb.” Issues as straightforward and with general agreement of all parties as the phase out of mercury in thermometers and sphygmomamometers were not even discussed effectively in plenary and no treaty wording was approved. Barely visible in the draft treaty are core requirements for the environmentally sound management of elemental mercury and mercury waste, which are contingent on future decisions. At the same time, the issue of contaminated sites has only been minimally addressed and no support given to the polluter pays principle. Regrettably, countries from the north are united in opposing a separate health article proposed by the International Society for Doctors for the Environment and officially endorsed by the Latin American group of countries. This section would project biomonitoring to assess the effectiveness of the treaty and the introduction of human health issues in all aspects of the document. The next session will take place early next year and hopefully the health sectors voice will be heard more clearly.

For more information regarding the Environmental Health WG, please contact Dr P. Orris.

To get the Environmental Newsletter, please contact Dr A. Livschitz.

6.What's on

New Policy for Endorsement request at the WFPHA

Endorsement requests should be addressed to the WFPHA secretariat and to the Chair of the Policy Committee ( and respectively) at least 7 days before the endorsement deadline.

For more information, click here.

Video of the 13th World Congress of Public Health

A short documentary film produced and aired by EBS in connection with the 13th World Congress on Public Health. To watch the video, click here.

The future we want - progress since the “zero draft” of the Rio declaration

Overall, there has been enormous progress since the “zero draft” of the Rio declaration late last year, which had practically no mention of health, to the present document, which includes specific section and numerous references to a wider range of health issues and health determinants.

The outcome document “The future we want” (available in all UN official languages) has a number of statements that are crucial for occupational health.

WHO welcomed the outcome document of Rio+20 and emphasized several health-related development issues including “assurance that all jobs and workplaces meet minimum safety and health standards to reduce cancer, chronic lung diseases, injuries and early deaths.” For more info, click here.

WHO also stated that the “lack of access to health services impoverishes people because they cannot work…” and argued that “ensuring access to essential services through universal health coverage is thus an essential element of any strategy to reduce poverty and build resilient societies.” For more info, click here.

Africa Public Health.Info lunches 2012 Africa Child Survival Scorecard

On the occasion of the first Global Summit on Child Survival holding in Washington DC on 14th and 15th June 2012 and hosted by governments of USA, Ethiopia and India - with collaboration of UNICEF and USAID –the Africa Public Health Alliance called on global stakeholders and African governments to implement urgent and improved multisectoral policy and investment in non-health social determinant sectors impacting on health - access to clean water, sanitation, hygiene, food security and nutrition, alongside improved investment in the key health sector areas such as immunization –all crucial to improving child survival in Africa and globally.

Read the Scorecard and the Statement.

27th Annual FAMSA Scientific Conference and General Assembly

The FAMSA Network

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”, this Federation of African Medical Students Associations (FAMSA) 27th Annual General Assembly and International Scientific conference report comes at a critical time the whole world is assessing progress towards the Millennium Declaration in the last seven years before the 2015 deadline. As the report shows there is a cause for concern. Read the report.

Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health - Strategic Framework

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The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) is an alliance of international organizations, governmental and non-governmental agencies, partner countries, donors, foundations, health professional organizations, academic and research institutes and members of the private sector who have a shared interest in, and commitment to, the achievement of the maternal and child health Millennium Development Goals, and are committed to short- and long-term measures to achieve them.

PMNCH sets out the Strategic Framework for the operations over the course of 2012 to 2015. It presents the context in which the Partnership operates and sets out the Partnership’s Vision, Mission and Value added. For more information on the Strategic Framework, click here.

To apply to join the Partnership, please click here and follow the instructions reported.

7.Upcoming Events

Swiss Public Health Conference 2012 - (Re-)Organizing Health Systems

This conference will focus on the research in Public Health Systems, future needs of the employment market in the Public Health field, and the strategies required to improve health conditions among the Swiss population.

To be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, 30-31 August 2012. For more information, click here.

Joint Annual Scientific Conference MakCHS & UNACOH

Joint Annual Scientific Conference
8th Annual Scientific Conference of the MakCHS
20th UNACOH Annual Scientific Conference and
11th Dr. Matthew Luwiya Memorial Lecture

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

To be held in Kampala - Uganda, 26 - 28. September 2012.

For more info, read the leaflet.

8th Annual National Scientific Conference of VPHA

The year 2012 is a special year with some remarkable events of the Vietnam Public Health Association. The 3rd National Congress, the 10th Anniversary of Foundation and the 8th Annual National Scientific Conference are of these important events.

The National Scientific Conference of Vietnam Public Health Association (VPHA) is held annually as a forum for professional information and experience exchange and sharing research findings of public health issues.

The Vietnam Public Health Association has an honor to announce that the 8th Annual National Scientific Conference of VPHA will be held on October 11-12th, 2012 in Hanoi.

All VPHA members, scientists, individuals and organizations in and out of Vietnam who are interested in the field of public health are kindly invited to participate in this conference. Presentations of scientific researches, training programs and community-based intervention models related to public health are highly welcomed.

For more information, click here

2012 IANPHI Annual Meeting -Networking to Address Global Health Challenges

ANPHI's seventh annual meeting will welcome the world's public health leaders to Mexico City for three days of networking with colleagues, sharing challenges and solutions, and building stronger partnerships. Hosted by Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health (INSP), the event for IANPHI’s 79-member strong network will address topics such as innovative approaches to improved health outcomes in Mexico, complex problems of obesity and malnutrition and the roles of NPHIs, modern surveillance for developing countries, international partnerships between institutes, and much more.

Hosted by the Mexico National Institute of Public Health, to be held in Mexico City, September 30, 2012 - October 2, 2012. For more information, click here.

5th Annual European Public Health Conference 2012 - All Inclusive Public Health

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The European Public Health Association (EUPHA), the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) and the Malta Association of Public Health Medicine (MAPHM) are pleased to invite you to the 5th joint conference combining the 20th annual EUPHA meeting and 34th annual ASPHER meeting.
The European Public Health Conference aims to contribute to the improvement of public health in Europe by offering a means for exchanging information and a platform for debate to researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in the field of public health and health services research as well as public health training and education in Europe. For more information, click here.

To be held in Portomaso, St. Julian’s, Malta, 8 – 10 November 2012

54th ICAA International Conference On Alcohol and Addictions

ICAAThinking Across Addictions, Acting Across Borders. To be held in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, 12 -16 November 2012. For more information, click here.

Cuba Health 2012

tl_files/images/Newsletter 2012/March/cuba.jpgThe Cuban Ministry  of  Public Health has  the  pleasure to  invite you to  take part  of  the Health  International  Convention to  take place on December 3-5th, 2012, at Palacio de  las Convenciones, Havana, Cuba.

This  important forum is aimed to exchanging on public health effectiveness  on 21st century based on policies, strategies, organization and sustainable economic basis, assessment  of new renovation process for  primary health  care  and its implications for  health services; to consider the increase of the population health and scientific-technical, humanistic strategies for health professionals and technicians training in order to guarantee a high level medical practice, ideological preparation and  ethical and  moral values, to  assess the contribution of scientific research and innovation in national health systems. It is also aimed to favor new types of international health cooperation between countries under the principle of solidarity cooperation in order to improve the population’s health and promoting agreements on technology and innovation.

For more information, read the leaflet:

English version

Spanish Version

VI Congreso Internacional de Universidades Promotoras de la Salud y a la IV Conferencia Puertorriqueña de Salud Pública

To be held in Porto Rico, 19-23 March 2013. Read the leaflet.

Global Health – beyond 2015

The Swedish Society of Medicine, in collaboration with The Lancet and Global Health Action, announces an international symposium “Global Health – beyond 2015” in Stockholm on 4th April 2013.
This will include inputs from world leaders in global health, focusing on the health challenges the world faces beyond the conclusion of the current Millennium Development Goals in 2015.
As part of the symposium on 4th April 2013, there will be short cameo presentations from around the world on nine specific global health topics. Papers are invited for submission to Global Health Action under nine global health topic areas. The best one in each topic area will be selected on the basis of peer reviewers’ comments and editors’ judgements. These nine papers will be published as part of the special series. Papers that are not selected for the symposium may still be considered on their own merits for general publication in Global Health Action. For more info, click here.
Manuscripts should be submitted on-line at by 31st August 2012 at the latest, under the category “BEYOND2015”.

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.


Mercury in Dental Amalgam and Resin-Based Alternatives: A Comparative Health Risk Evaluation

Serap Erdal, Ph.D. in collaboration with Peter Orris, M.D., M.P.H.and Chair of the WFPHA Environmental Health WG

" Based on this comparative review and the practical experience of countries and dentists that have essentially eliminated mercury amalgams, a virtual phase-out of dental amalgam, with exceptions provided for difficult cases, is possible and advisable.

...This phase-out must be planned and deliberate, assuring continued emphasis on adequate restorations to prevent continued tooth decay and the potential of malnutrition in economically impoverished areas."

Read the report.

Global Health 2012

The inaugural edition of Global Health – published to coincide with the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, from 21-26 May – explores how organisations responsible for improving health and well-being worldwide can address the many challenges they face. The publication includes articles from leading global health institutions, including many of those represented at the WHA. Topics include the national and international efforts in the ongoing fight against the major infectious diseases of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and polio, as well as strategies to tackle non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease. Published by the Global Health Prorgam at the Graduate Institute in Geneva (A WFPHA Sustaining Member) in cooperation with the Global Health Diplomacy Program at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Trinity College at the University of Toronto (Canada), the publication features contributions from Michel Sidibé (UNAIDS Executive Director), Dr. Mirta Roses-Periago (Director of the Pan American Health Organization), Dr. Luis G. Sambo (Director of the WHO Regional Office for Africa) and Pascal Lamy (Director General of the World Trade Organization). It also includes articles authored by several NGO representatives, including one by Jim Chauvin, WFPHA’s President, on ‘Creating global health: a role for national public health associations’.

Read Global Health 2012.

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