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WFPHA Newsletter 07 - 2013
Published: 31 July 2013

In this newsletter:

1.Message from the WFPHA President

2.Visit to Braun School of Public Health, Jerusalem

3.News from our Members

4.WFPHA Member's communication

5.Members' Newsletter

6.Working Groups

7.What's on

8.Upcoming Events


10.Your Communications


1.Message from the WFPHA President

General Assembly approves membership for several new associations


James Chauvin, WFPHA President

On May 19, the WFPHA General Assembly approved the recommendations made by the WFPHA’s Membership Committee for admission of several public health associations and other organizations as new WFPHA members. Full Member status was approved for the Nepal Public Health Association (from the South Asia region) and the Association tchadienne de santé publique (from the Africa region). The recently established Egyptian Association of Public Health Professionals, formed partially in response to the WFPHA’s efforts to promote the establishment of national, non-governmental public health associations in the Middle East, was admitted as an Associate Member. Four organizations were approved as Sustaining Members. These are: the Association tunisienne pour la promotion de la santé (Tunisian Association for Health Promotion), the Rural Development Organization (India), the European Association of Dental Public Health, and the Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh. The General Assembly also approved the Nigerian Association of Public Health Professionals, admitted in 2012 as a Sustaining Member, to be reclassified as an Associate Member.

The General Assembly also approved in principle the draft Memorandum of Understanding between WFPHA and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA). Under this MoU, all national public health associations which are accredited members of EUPHA will become either Full or Associate Members of the WFPHA. Presently there are 18 Full and Associate Member public health associations in the WFPHA from the European region. The MoU would bring in an additional 15 Europe region public health associations into WFPHA membership. EUPHA will also make an annual blanket membership fee payment to the WFPHA on behalf of the conjoint member PHAs. This draft MoU will be considered by the EUPHA Board of Directors during its meeting in November 2013. If approved, it will then be signed by the WFPHA and EUPHA Presidents. The addition of these new member associations will bring the total WFPHA membership to 101 PHAs and health-related organizations.

2.Visit to Braun School of Public Health, Jerusalem

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Ulrich Laaser, WFPHA Immediate Past President

From February 18-21, 2013 I had the occasion as past president of WFPHA and ASPHER to attend an alumni meeting at the Braun School of Public Health in Jerusalem. About 50 graduates of the School’s International Master of Public Health, a long established programme, listened to the projects of their colleagues from many African countries but also from the Pacific area and from Central Asia and Russia as well as from South Eastern Europe.

I was given the opportunity to present in detail the WFPHA and its global mission with offices now in Utrecht, Beijing, and Addis Ababa. Also I talked about the “Public Health Triangle” comprising Public Health Associations, Public Health Institutes, and Schools of Public Health. Furthermore I described  the task profile of Public Health Associations i.e. to integrate public health voices, to organize annual conferences and publications, to adopt a standard of public health competences and a code of professional ethics, and finally to go public and to defend professional interests.

Later I participated in a meeting of the Deans and Directors of the Israeli Schools of Public Health. I outlined ASPHER’s role as a regional member of the WFPHA and the upcoming congresses in Dubai, Vietnam and Kolkata. The discussion with Dr. Ehud Miron, chair of our WG PET let to the definite conclusion that a draft version of globally harmonized Essential Public Health Functions (EPHF) incl. a detailed commentary should be sent soonest to the members of PET and after their approval to the GC of WFPHA before the end of the year 2013, followed by a wider circulation of the draft and final adoption by the GA of WFPHA 2014/5 (in Kolkata), publication and global advocacy.

Jerusalem 23 February 2013

3.News from our Members

New Members at WFPHA

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President of EADPH: Professor Kenneth Eaton

EADPH was founded in 1996 as an international and independent science-based forum for professionals having a special interest in dental public health and community dentistry.

The objectivesof EADPH are:

  • to promote effective oral health care and oral health strategies within Europe;
  • to be an advocate on oral health issues;
  • to be supportive of oral health initiatives within countries;
  • to raise the profile of oral health by developing links with the European Commission;
  • to work towards the development, recognition, teaching, and academic base of the speciality within Europe;
  • to promote research into oral health and health services and encourage the application of research findings into practice;
  • to work constructively with industry by providing a network and expertise in the evaluation of products and to harmonise advice on products impacting on oral health across Europe;
  • to work and liaise with other international organisations in the field of health.

EADPH organises annual meetings where exchange of information takes place between researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. EADPH has several Special Interest Groups. These groups consist of members with a specific interest in a particular area including prevention of oral cancer, gerodontology, periodontal and caries epidemiology, oral health-related quality of life and dental health education. EADPH also collaborates with Community Dental Health, as its official journal.

Our President and Vice-President are actively involved in the Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe. Our President currently chairs the Platform and together with our Vice-President and other members of the Platform has held meetings, to raise the profile of oral health in Europe, with various senior European Commission officials and Members of the European Parliament. The Platform is a joint initiative of the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE), the Council of European Chief Dental Officers (CECDO), and the International Dental Health Foundation (IDHF). The mission of the Platform is to promote oral health and the cost-effective prevention of oral diseases in Europe. It seeks a common European approach towards education, prevention and access to better oral health in Europe. Full details of its work and current initiatives can be viewed at

Nepal Public Health Association (NEPHA)

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/NEPHA photo 6.jpgThe Nepal Public Health Association (NEPHA) is a non-governmental and non-political civil organization of public health professionals in Nepal. Established in 1990, its primary objective is to advocate for professionalism and capacity building,  to provide input, advice and support to the government and non-government organization in the process of public health policy and program development and implementation. The NEPHA also collaborates with national and international organizations and shares resources and experiences, and as well conducts health researches and program in Nepal. It envisions to articulate Nepalese aspirations in the arena of health and community development.

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Research finding dissemination (WHO representative, Chairperson, Director of FHD)

As per the NEPHA constitution, a Nepali citizen having a minimum of a bachelors degree in a Public Health-related discipline is eligible for membership. Currently NEPHA has  more than 1000 active members. Of these 275 are life members and 452 are general members. A general convention is held every two years. It is the apex body of the Association. The general convention elects central executives for a period of three years.  It also forms policies and sets priority areas of work for the Association’s executive. An annual work plan and budget is approved during the annual general meeting.

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Research finding dissemination with Government (Chief of IMCI, WHO representative, DG of DOHS, Experts)

Since its establishment, NEPHA has advocated for improved quality of public health services for the population. The association has lobbyed for appropriate policy formulation, better health standards through advice on the forthcoming new policy of health, legal and judicial support for necessary amendment in the health sector. It has organized various health awareness and advocacy activities and conducted health and social research and studies on important public health issues while upcoming activities based on to achieve

  • International:  Networking, regional activation
  • Health Promotion: Exhibition, Conference
  • Organizational infrastructure development:Health Activities: NCD, Oral health, activities on predominant diseases

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Awareness Programme in Rural Area of Nepal

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NEPHA Chairperson Mr. Ram Bhandari Discussion with participants on World Health Day

Contact information:

Nepal Public Health Association (NEPHA), Central Office, Babarmahal, Kathmandu

Ph: 00977-1-4248513; Fax: 00977-1-4245233;


PO Box: 3780

Homepage Url:

Newsletter Url:

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Seminar of NEPHA with Government Secretary, DG, Director and Officers and Members

NPHF - Nederlandse Public Health Federatie

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In the face of the economic crisis, the Netherlands Public Health Federation (NPHF) has renewed its strategic vision in 2012. In this vision, the NPHF promotes “health” as the leitmotif in reforming healthcare rather than simply focussing on achieving accessible, good quality, and affordable healthcare which now seems to dominate the debate on sustainable health reform in The Netherlands.

Dutch healthcare, like any other health system in developed countries, is unsustainable as it is largely and stubbornly organized ‘downstream’: being primarily aimed at repairing health problems. The vast majority of health providers deliver curative and care services, while approximately 50% of burden of disease can be prevented. Moreover, the burden of disease is shifting from acute single diseases towards multiple chronic ones, diminishing the added value of specialised curative and care services.

Logically, investing in prevention and health promotion is considered key for the future sustainability of Dutch healthcare. The NPHF supports this vision, but also emphasises that these investments must be part of a much more comprehensive paradigm shift in healthcare. The future sustainability of healthcare cannot be safeguarded by a few public health institutions and professions only. To shift healthcare to the upstream calls for engaging in all healthcare stakeholders signing up to this endeavour. In other words, a consistent  health focus should be inculcated in the DNA of all professionals, managers, financiers, and citizens/patients themselves.

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/NPHF photo.jpgTo nurture this paradigms shift, the NPHF vision is operationalizing its strategic vision in all relevant national policy areas such as the quality of care, R&D policy, health workforce planning, financing schemes and EU-policy. By doing this, the NPHF seeks to bring in a public health perspective in the societal debate on the future of Dutch healthcare.

Thereby, the NPHF-approach is threefold: 1) to  connect and combine the strength of all member organisations; 2) to broaden the vision to other care sectors like curative care and welfare; and 3) to achieve health-in-all policies.

International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA)

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The International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA) is a non-governmental non-profit student-led organization, which represents over 1,3 million medical students worldwide. Established in 1951 and expanding through continents, today IFMSA accounts for 114 member organizations from 107 countries. Through this wide representation of highly motivated medical students, IFMSA purposes to develop culturally sensitive global health leaders of tomorrow to understand and address health and social inequalities that shape the health of populations. IFMSA is recognized by United Nations and, among other partners, works in close collaboration with World Health Organization, UNESCO and World Medical Association.

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IFSMA General Assembly

Our main interests are spread across fields of Public Health, Human Rights and Peace, Medical Education and Reproductive Health. These areas of interest are actively supported by ability to have ofessional and Research Exchanges over continents (over 11000 exchanges annually), ability to contribute to society through participation in various projects and training programs. Participation of IFMSA in shaping todays’ Global Health Agenda is achieved through active external representation of Federation at various meetings such as International AIDS Conference, COPs, Rio+20, World Health Assemblies, World Conference on Social Determinants of Health and many others. As one of latest events, IFMSA has organized pre-World Health Assembly workshop in Geneva which has aimed to create a platform of well-prepared medical students in order to play active role in advocacy of youth perspective on Global Health issues at the 66th World Health Assembly.

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IFSMA delegation at 66th WHA

IFMSA is actively involved in advocating towards various Public Health topics such as Tobacco and Alcohol abuse, wider inclusion of Public Health subjects into medical curricula, Organ Donation, NCDs and Social Determinants of Health. IFMSA has become member of WFPHA in 2012 after several years of partnership on different levels, through organizing first and second International Students’ Meeting on Public Health (ISMOPH) in 2009 and 2012 respectively, and taking active role in contributing to Public Health agendas of national and international Public Health Organizations.

For more information and to connect with IFMSA:

Email us:

Visit IFMSA’s website at:



IFMSA’s official blog:

4.WFPHA Member's communication

BA Super Help Desk ("methods door")

tl_files/images/Newsletter2013/helpdesk logo.jpgThe Library of Alexandria and the WHO Collaborating Centre at the University of Pittsburgh are launching a project to improve productivity in developing countries by establishing a Research Methods Help Desk. This will assist junior researchers to design better research and publish their public health research discoveries in biomedical journals.

Help Desk is being piloted in the Eastern Mediterranean countries before helping all developing countries. With the help desk, volunteer experts will aid junior scientists to answer their most pressing research methods questions.

You are invited to join this effort as part of the mentoring team. For more information, please click here.

New Program Officer at African Federation of Public Heath Associations (AFPHAs)

tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Dereje Gebreab Tilahun.jpgMy name is Dereje Gebreab Tilahun. An Ethiopian, born in Debresina which is located 180 kilometers away from the capital city of Ethiopia. I completed my elementary and high school education in the same town. Subsequently, I joined the Debrebrehan teachers training institute and earned my teaching credential and served as a teacher for three years in the same region.

In 2003, while I was teaching, I got a scholarship to study in Morocco within the framework of bilateral relationship between Ethiopia and Morocco. Since I was an English speaker and the education system in Morocco is in French, I had to join the Mohamed V University-Faculty of science and education in Rabat to learn the French language.

In 2005, I joined the faculty of law in Fes- Morocco and graduated in Public Law in 2008.  From 2008 to 2010, I pursued my education and completed my master’s degrees in Diplomatic Studies and Administrative Management from Faculty of Law- Rabat and School of Administration respectively

In 2011, I returned to my native Ethiopia and I have worked as a Program Manager with a local NGO called Voice of Wilderness Developmental Organization. From July 1st 2013, I joined the African Federation of Public Heath Associations (AFPHAs) as a Program Officer. I am pleased to join the AFPHAs as it opens for me, a continent wide exposure to serve Africa.

5.Members Newsletter

Public Health Association of Australia: Read the Newsletter

Canadian Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

European Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Ethiopian Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Mexican Society of Public Health: Read the Newsletter

Mongolian Public Health Professionals Association: Read the Newsletter

Nepal Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Netherlands Public Health Federation: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of New Zealand: Read the Newsletter

Nicaragua Association of Public Health: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of South Africa: Read the Newsletter

Swiss Society of Public Health: Read the Newsletter

The Graduate Institute: Read the Newsletter

Vietnam Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh: Read the Newsletter


Bulletin of the World Health Organization: Read the Newsletter

6.WFPHA Working Groups

Tabacco Control Workign Group (TCWG) News

Dr Luis Caceres (Group coordinator) had his news article published as part of the tobacco industry interference news analysis in the Tobacco Control journal.

Tobacco industry interference: still going strong

Throughout 2012, tobacco industry interference received significant attention from the tobacco control community. It was a prominent focus of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Singapore in March 2012, as well as the 2012 World No Tobacco Day theme. While these efforts increased awareness among governments and policy makers about Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the industry continues to find new avenues for subverting tobacco control—most notably by placing itself at the heart of policy making. In this issue, we highlight a number of recent examples of tobacco industry interests having access to the highest levels of government, and contrast this with some success stories of low and middle income countries implementing strong measures to resist tobacco industry influence and interference.

Paraguay: tobacco manufacturer wins presidential election

On 21 April, Horacio Cartes was elected to a 5-year term as president of Paraguay-a country with the dubious distinction as one of the world's top producers of contraband cigarettes. Cartes’ win returns to power the conservative Colorado Party following former President Fernando Lugo’s impeachment in June 2012. While Cartes’ election ends Paraguay's regional isolation caused by Lugo's controversial overthrow, Cartes’ alleged criminal past and history as a tobacco manufacturing baron in Paraguay should raise concerns about the global control of the contraband cigarette supply chain.

Cartes is one of the owners and top shareholders of Paraguay's largest cigarette manufacturing companies Tabacalera del Este (also known as Tabesa). The company was founded in 1994 and is controlled by the conglomerate Grupo Cartes, which owns a range of companies involved in banking, soft drinks, and tobacco. Tabesa markets cigarette brands such as Palermo, San Marino, and Kentucky.

During the election campaign, Cartes faced a number of allegations of links to drug trafficking groups and to the smuggling of cigarettes into neighbouring Brazil. According to InSight Crime, a 2010 US diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks, the US Drug Enforcement Administration identifies Cartes not only as the head of a transnational criminal organisation but also revealed his involvement in a money laundering operation.

Whether or not these allegations are true, the link between Paraguay’s tobacco companies, cigarette smuggling, drug traffickers, and governmental officials and authorities has been documented extensively in Paraguayan newspapers. Local tobacco companies sell their cigarettes to distributors who in turn smuggle cigarettes by truck, car, plane, boat, or on foot. Low-market cigarettes or tobacco leaf is also brought into Paraguay and then re-manufactured, re-exported, or smuggled into neighbouring countries Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina. It is estimated that Paraguay is the source of 11% of the annual 600 billion cigarette stick worldwide illegal cigarette market.

Paraguay has ratified and signed the FCTC. Given Paraguay's contribution to the global illicit cigarette market, the new Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products will depend on Paraguay's active participation to be effective. Health advocates in Paraguay and elsewhere will be watching closely to see what leadership Cartes provides in controlling the sale of contraband cigarettes during his new presidential


World Federation of Public Health Associations & Open Society Institute

7. What's on ?

Health Equity Through Action - Social Determinants of Health

tl_files/images/Newsletter2013/For July newsletter2013_1.jpgIn an attempt to understand and address the social factors that drive health inequities in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute sponsored the 2nd annual symposium on the Social Determinants of Health on April 23, 2013, and invited local and national leaders to discuss how we can achieve health equity in Baltimore City.

Over 30 researchers and practitioners spoke on topics including building healthy communities in order to reduce health disparities, policies that have altered the landscape, race and racism and building human capital.

Speakers included Sir Michael Marmot, Chair of the World Health Organization’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health; Dr. Anthony Iton, Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities, The California Endowment; Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland’s 7th District; Dr. James Comer, Founder of the Comer School Development Program; Vincent DeMarco, President of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative; and many other prominent thought leaders.

The symposium brought together over 625 faculty, students, community leaders, and other advocates dedicated to pursuing the highest quality of health for all of society. What follows is a compilation of the lessons learned and the success stories shared during the symposium.

The intent is to continue the discussion beyond the one-day symposium, and form ongoing workgroups to tackle the underlying factors.

Lessons Learned and the Path Forward

1 Leverage Evidence-Based Practices

2 Focus on Upstream Interventions to Change Downstream Outcomes

3 Make Clear What the Costs and Benefits Are to Everyone—Not Just the Poor

4 Listen to the Community and Echo Their Thoughts

5 Empower Individuals and Community

6 Start Small, Then Scale Up

7 Measure Outcomes

8 Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Politics

9 Use Social Media, Advertising, and Media to Change the Narrative

10 Leverage Partnerships

11 Work Togeth

To read the summary document, click here.

Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, June 2013

8th Global Conference on Health Promotion: WHO Regional study cases and consultations on Health in All Policies

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/SDH logo 2013.jpgThe 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion (8GCHP) was held in Helsinki, Finland, from 10 to 14 June 2013. The conference was co-organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland (MSAH).

Taking asocial determinants approach requires governments to coordinate and align different sectors and various types of organizations in the pursuit of health, equity and development – this is the spirit of the “Health in All Policies” (HiAP) approach.

Over the past ten months, offices from WHO regions – Africa, South-East Asia, and the Western Pacific that supported discussions in Helsinki have studied how to improve support for intersectoral action and the implementation of “Health in All Policies” (HiAP). Literature reviews were conducted and consultations held. Country case studies were developed on the themes of the Helsinki conference to showcase challenges and opportunities.

Summaries of the cases as well as summary outcome documents from reviews and consultations are now available here.

To learn more about the 8th GCHP, click here.

Thematic series:Promoting universal financial protection - Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research WHO

Every year about 100 million people are pushed into poverty because they have to pay for health services out-of-pocket. The WHO has committed to assisting Member States to ensure universal access to quality and effective health services and to protecting their population from financial risk when doing so.

As a contribution to fulfilling this commitment, the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, WHO has supported case-studies in seven low –and middle- income countries (Costa Rica, Georgia, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Thailand – countries at very different stages of the transition to universal health coverage) and has produced a thematic series entitled “Promoting universal financial protection” that provides useful insights and lessons for other LMICs seeking to move towards universal coverage.

The series includes a paper for each of the seven country case studies as well as an overview of the key factors facilitating or hindering progress toward universal coverage on the basis of these case studies.

To read more about the series, click here and here.

Health in the Context of Global Climate Change

How can scientists project the impacts of climate change years in advance? Scientists have developed “scenario-based models” to project likely impacts of climate change, including on health.

Scenarios consider possible paths of green-house gas (GHG) emissions based on their driving forces (population growth, type of development, energy use, etc), and therefore the level of climate change expected at different times in the future (e.g. decades). Scenarios have different uses, but here we explore their value in:

1) climate change research and assessment of the magnitude and extent of changes in climate and associated impacts,

2) the degree to which mitigation and adaptation policies can reduce risks,

3) the interactions among and trade-offs between climate change impacts and adaptation and mitigation policies, and

4) the relationship between climate change and development.

The framework for developing these scenarios and their implications for health are the topics for the upcoming webinar sponsored by Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine Innovation Collaborative on Global Environmental Health and Sustainable Development.


  • Provide an overview of the set of Shared Socioeconomic Pathways being developed to aid in the modeling and analysis of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Discuss key narrative elements that can be utilized to describe health in the context of changing global climate change.
  • Identify mechanisms for developing and disseminating these climate change scenarios.

To read more, click here.


8.Upcoming Events

Swiss Public Health Conference

To be held in Zurich, Switzerland, 15 -16 August 2013.

Under the theme "Prevention and care of chronic diseases", the conference will give special attention to the various aspects of the communication between the different actors.

For more information, click here.

3rd international Public Health Nursing Conference

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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 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.

At this congress, Granada will welcome next September hundreds of researchers and public health professionals from Europe, Latin-American and other countries around the topic “The science and practice of health policies: the intelligence of public health”. The Scientific Committee has received up to 1131 abstracts from 12 different countries with a significant participation from Brazil. To read its scientific program, click here .

For more information, click here.

9th PHASA conference and the inaugural conference of the AFPHA 9th Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) conference and the inaugural conference of the African Federation of Public Health Associations (AFPHA) will be held jointly in Cape Town, South Africa, from 24 -27 September 2013.

Conference venue:
Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

Theme: Africa’s Public Health Legacy - Beyond the MDGs

Target audience:
The target audience is policy makers, public health academics and students, health professionals, health service managers and individuals from non-governmental and community-based health organisations.

Student Congress - 24 September 2013
Workshop - 25 September 2013
Conference - 26 - 27 September 2013

For more information, click here.

1st Conference on Control and Prevention of Infectious Diseases in Greater Mekong Sub-region

tl_files/doc/about/Mekong image.jpgThe 1st Workshop on Control and Prevention of Infectious Diseases in GMS will be held on Oct.10-11 2013 in the "Spring City" - Kunming of Yunnan Province, China.

The conference is organized by the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association (CPMA) and Health Poverty Action (HPA), co-sponsored by Global Health Strategy (GHS) and supported by WHO/WPRO, DFID, ADB, Asia-Pacific Regional Liaison Office of World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA/APRLO), China CDC, School of Public Health/Peking University, and Yunnan Health Bureau. It will focus on sharing experiences on health and development strategies on diseases control and prevention, and discussion of the role of NGOs on diseases control and prevention in GMS.

Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

Global Health Workforce Alliance

From 10 to 13 November 2013, the Alliance will host the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Recife, Brazil, under the patronage of the Government of Brazil, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The theme of the Forum is Human Resources for Health: foundation for Universal Health Coverage and the post-2015 development agenda.

For more information, click here.

APHA 2013 Annual Meeting

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/APHA 141 Annual meeting.jpgThe American Public Health Association will hold its 2013 Annual Meeting in Boston from November 2 to 6, 2013. The announcement about the two WFPHA sessions and WFPHA Pubilc Health Leadership Breakfast that will take place during the 2013 APHA Annual Meeting and the registration form are available now. If a representative of your association plans to attend this event, please advise the WFPHA Geneva secretariat ( and James Chauvin, WFPHA President ( no later than August 12. We hope your association will be able to attend this important public health event.

6th European Public Health Conference

The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Association of  Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) are pleased to invite you to the 6th joint conference combining the 21st annual EUPHA meeting and 35th annual ASPHER meeting.

Conference theme: "Health in Europe: are we there yet? Learning from the past, building the future"

To be held in Brussels, Belgium, 13-16 November 2013.

For more information, click here.

4th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/March 2013/logo3sua2.jpgThe 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.

For more information, click here and here.

Important deadlines and dates:

- July 31, 2013: Abstract submission close

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

- September 15, 2013: Earlybird registration close

- September 15, 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

Global Health: Interconnected Challenges, Integrated Solutions

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Help make Health powerful.
The Fifth Edition of the Geneva Health Forum
15 -17 April 2014
International Conference Centre of Geneva, Switzerland

Since 2006 GHF has asked hard questions, invited practical solutions, and heard many brave voices from all over the globe. As the world gets more complex and health more vital, come, be part of GHF 2014 where we will go even further.

GHF 2014 is seeking submissions from practitioners and researchers across disciplines.

To submit an abstract for the 2014 edition, please click here.

14th World Congress on Public Health

tl_files/doc/about/WPHA logo.jpgOn May 17 took place in Geneva the second meeting of the International Core Organizing Committee (ICOC) of the World Congress on Public Health which will be held in Kolkata in 2015. Six National subcommittees have been set up by the Indian Public Health Association and the website of the Congress will be online in mid-June and will be communicated to our members.

ICOC Members

  • James Chauvin, WFPHA President (Co-Chair)
  • J. Ravi Kumar, IPHA President (Co-Chair)
  • Mengistu Asnake, WFPHA Vice President/President Elect and Co-Chair of Scientific Committee
  • C.S Pandav, IPHA  National Organizing Committee
  • Dipika Sur, IPHA Secretary General and Co-Chair of Scientific Committee
  • Madhumita Dobe, IPHA Organizing Secretary
  • Peter Orris, American Public Health Association
  • Laetitia Bourquin, Representative of WFPHA Geneva Secretariat

On the same day took also place the 1st planning meeting of the Scientific Committee. The programme will be established in September and the first call for abstract sent out in October 2013.

SC Members

  • Mengistu Asnake, WFPHA Vice President/President Elect (co-chair)
  • Dipika Sur, IPHA Secretary General (co-chair)
  • Ulrich Laaser, WFPHA Immediate Past-President
  • Bettina Borisch, WFPHA Secretariat Director
  • Madhumita Dobe, IPHA Organizing Secretary
  • Paul Freeman, American Public Health Association
  • Ruediger Krech, WHO Designated Technical Officer for WFPHA
  • Roopa Dhatt, IFMSA President
  • Michael Moore, Public Health Association of Australia
  • Javed Rahmanzai, Afghanistan Public Health Association

We look forward to seeing you all in Kolkata in 2015 !


Managementof severe malaria – A practical handbook. Third edition

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/Malaria book 2013.jpgApril 2013
World Health Organization


" Malaria continues to be a major health problem in many parts of the world. Delay in treatment, especially of cases caused by P. falciparum – the species of the parasite that is the main cause of the severe forms of the disease – may result in rapid deterioration in the patient’s condition, and in the development of life-threatening complications. Recognizing and promptly treating uncomplicated malaria is therefore of vital importance.

This Handbook, an updated edition of the Management of Severe Malaria, provides new and revised practical guidance on the diagnosis and management of severe malaria. After outlining the necessary general nursing care, it considers possible complications, including coma, convulsions, severe anaemia, hypoglycaemia and pulmonary oedema, and gives specific and concise advice on their management. While intended primarily for clinical professionals and other health staff responsible for centres with inpatients facilities in malaria-endemic countries, it will also be of practical use to physicians in non-endemic areas, who increasingly have to deal with patients infected during visits to malarious areas..."

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Health literacy - The solid facts

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/For July newsletter 2013 _2.jpgEdited by Ilona Kickbusch, Jürgen M. Pelikan, Franklin Apfel and Agis D. Tsouros 2013, vii + 73 pages

“…..As societies grow more complex and people are increasingly bombarded with health information and misinformation, health literacy becomes essential. People with strong health literacy skills enjoy better health and well-being, while those with weaker skills tend to engage in riskier behaviour and have poorer health.

With evidence from the recent European Health Literacy Survey, this report identifies practical and effective ways public health and other sector authorities and advocates can strengthen health literacy in a variety of settings, including educational settings, workplaces, marketplaces, health systems, new and traditional media and political arenas.

The report can be used as a tool for spreading awareness, stimulating debate and research and, above all, for informing policy development and action….”

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The Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization

Review of Public Health Capacity in the EU

Aluttis CA, Chiotan C, Michelsen M, Costongs C, Brand H Aluttis CA, Chiotan C, Michelsen M, Costongs C, Brand H, on behalf of the public health capacity consortium (2013). Published by the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Consumers. Luxembourg, 2013

"...This report aims to provide an overview of capacity for public health in EU Member States, with a view to identifying areas of action which can be taken at national and EU levels to strengthen public health capacity, and ultimately to improve population health. The review was performed in 2010 and 2011, thereby providing a snap-shot of the situation in the Member States at that point in time.

The review included literature research, a quantitative and qualitative assessment at country level by national public health experts, case studies, policy dialogues and interviews with national stakeholders. A conceptual model for public health capacity was developed and the following domains were assessed:

(1) Leadership and Governance, (2) Organisational Structures, (3) Workforce, (4) Financial Resources, (5) Partnerships and (6) Knowledge Development.These domains also covered particularly relevant areas for public health in Europe, including health information systems, public dministrative capacity and the public health aspects of health service organisations..."

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Global Health Metrics & Evaluation: Data, Debates,Directions

The Lancet - Volume 381, Supplement 2, Pages S1-S151 (17–19 June 2013)

Metrics for what?

" favourite word in global health today—accountability. The birth of a renewed interest in measuring and evaluating what we all do in global health (including the role of journals) is most welcome. It signifies our joint commitment to ensuring that the promises we all make are fully delivered. The most advanced expression of this interest in accountability has come from the UN Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health, a creature of the UN Secretary-General's Every Woman, Every Child initiative.

What the work of the Commission and its offspring, the independent Expert Review Group, shows is that while monitoring and metrics are important, they are only the beginning of the process we call accountability. Two further steps—participatory, transparent, and inclusive review of data, together with a plan for action based on that review—are essential additional components of accountability..."

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Richard Horton

Patient Privacy in a Mobile World – A Framework to Address Privacy Law Issues in Mobile Health

TrustLaw report - Editors: Baker & McKenzie, Merck, Thomson Reuters Foundation, June 2013

This work is the result of collaboration with the mHealth Alliance, hosted by the United Nations Foundation, international law firm Baker & McKenzie and global healthcare provider Merck together with local counsel in each of the case study countries.

“…..This paper summarizes the other major aspects of current laws to provide a snapshot of where the laws stand today and a baseline for discussing potential reform and the adoption of new laws. Interestingly, very few of the existing laws cover health information specifically (the United States being the prime exception) and fewer still make any reference, even in terms of regulatory guidance, to mHealth.

The current application of these privacy laws to mHealth issues, therefore, is by extension of existing, more general principles related to privacy protection. For this reason and to provide more specific examples that can be used to address mHealth privacy issues, this paper also offers an overview of medical ethics and patient confidentiality codes in effect throughout the world.

This paper then goes on to set forth a functional framework for addressing privacy law issues around the globe, which adapts and is sensitive to particular cultural, technological and institutional contexts. ..”

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