WFPHA Newsletter 07 - 2012
Published: 31 July 2012
In this newsletter:
2.News from our
5.WFPHA Working Groups
1.Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly
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
Sekimpi of Uganda recognized for tobacco control accomplishments
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
WFPHA 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: http://www.aub.edu.lb/fhs
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
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
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,
Association of Public Health Medicine
Human Rights and Public Health-Nepal
The Forum for
Human Rights and Public Health-Nepal (Friendship-Nepal) has recently become a sustaining member
of the World Federation of Public Health Association.
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
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
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
engages health workers in the realization of health-related human rights to
promote justice, equity and inclusion to ensure the health rights of
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.
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
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.
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
WFPHA has an
important role in supporting the development of public health policy both
globally and at a national level.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Intern at the WFPHA
Hello 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.
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5.WFPHA Working Groups
In this Newsletter, the Environmental Health WG.
Environmental Health WG
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org respectively) at least 7 days before the endorsement
For more information, click here.
Video of the 13th World Congress of Public Health
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.
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
“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
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.
Swiss Public Health Conference 2012 - (Re-)Organizing Health Systems
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
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.
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.
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.
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
information, click here
Annual Meeting -Networking
to Address Global Health Challenges
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
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.
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
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
Thinking Across Addictions, Acting Across Borders. To be held in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, 12 -16 November 2012. For more information, click here.
Cuba Health 2012
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:
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.
CALL FOR PAPERS:
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 www.globalhealthaction.net by 31st August 2012 at the latest, under the category “BEYOND2015”.
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
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
...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
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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