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WFPHA Newsletter 03 - 2013
Published: 26 March 2013

In this newsletter:

1.The Millennium Development Goals survey - Results

2.The 4th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health

3.News from our Members

4.WFPHA Member's communication

5.Members' Newsletter

6.WFPHA Working Groups

7.What's on

8.Conference&Committee Reports

9.Upcoming Events


11.Your Communications


1.The Millennium Development Goals survey - Results

MDGs – A public health professional’s perspective from 71 countries

Lomazzi M, Theisling M, Tapia L, Borisch B, Laaser U (2013)

Journal of Public Health Policy, Federations’ Pages Online Supplement, 34, e1–e22; doi:10.1057/jphp.2012.69

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are nowadays discussed at several levels from governments to grassroots advocacy.

The WFPHA has executed a quali-quantitative survey to explore the opinion of public health professionals worldwide and their experience concerning the implementation and achievement of the MDGs with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. We received 427 completed questionnaires, from 71 countries. 88% of respondents were involved in MDGs-related activities collaborating mainly with the national government, multilateral organizations and local NGOs. The respondents’ main activities focused on MDG 4, 5, and 6. Their answers do not differ significantly across respondents’ employment position, WHO regions, and country’s Gross National Income. All 8 MDGs were considered as relevant by some in the public health community. However, the importance assigned to each MDG varies significantly, with MDGs 4 and 5 considered most important in the African Region, and MDGs 7 and 8 in the Western Pacific Region. Respondents from lower-income countries (LIC) attach high relevance to MDG1. All-together 51% agree fully and 40% partially with a positive statement on MDGs achievement. The quantitative results have been published at the Journal of Public Health Policy. The qualitative data of this study will be published soon.

To read the article, click here.

2.The 4th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/March 2013/logo3sua2.jpgThe Vietnam Public Health Association is pleased to announce that the 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Public Health (APCPH) will be held in NhaTrang City, Viet Nam between 21 and 22 November, 2013. With the theme of “Climate Change and Population Health”, the Conference will remind us of the emerging threat to public health not only in Viet Nam but also in many other parts of the world. Climate change has been affecting, and will continue to affect the health status of different generations and population groups, patterns of morbidity and mortality, the rich-poor health gap, social stability, geo-political security, etc.

Climate change may cause direct and indirect impacts on population health. Risks for population health and social stability due to climate change are greater than generally anticipated. There will be increasing costs of emergency and healthcare services, extended surveillance systems and prevention programs, resettlement of population groups and reduction in workforce productivity, thereby impeding other social and economic development goals. Generally, climate change undermines several environmental determinants of health including air pollution, water and food-related health problems, and it also increases extreme weather events such as heat waves, storms, hurricanes, droughts, etc. It is estimated by WHO that climate change has already been responsible for over 140,000 annual deaths worldwide since the 1970s. Moreover, climate change has increased the number of major fatal epidemic outbreaks such as malnutrition, diarrhea, and hemorrhage fever, which cause approximately 6 million deaths annually around the world.

The conference program will compose of five keynote address and three thematic sessions for research, policy and model/initiatives intervention on climate change and population health. The Scientific Committee is made up of members who are senior and well-known professionals working in the climate change and population health from Vietnamese and international organizations and agencies.

Great deals of researches, projects and programmes have also been initiated by sectors, agencies, organizations and individuals to adapt and mitigate health impacts from climate change. However, there are still a lot of works that need to be done at the global, regional and country levels. The International community needs more appropriate policies, technical assistance, capacity building, and financial supports to protect human health. At the very heart of the global response to climate change, protecting human health must be the ultimate goal.

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NhaTrang City, Viet Nam.

The Vietnam Public Health Association, as an active member of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, is honored to welcome all public health professionals, public health associations and other related agencies, together with researchers, policy makers to joining us for this important event in November 2013. We hope that this Conference will be a mutual platform for participants to share and learn from each other’s experiences, and further define the best ways to mitigate health impacts from climate change.

On-line registration and abstract submission can be made through the Conference website.

Important deadlines and dates:

  • January 15, 2013: Registration and abstract submission open
  • June 30, 2013: Abstract submission close
  • July 31, 2013: Notification of accepted presentations by the organizing committee
  • August 15, 2013: Earlybird registration close
  • August 31, 2013: Notification of conference agenda
  • October 15, 2013: PowerPoint presentation or Poster submission close
  • November 21 - 22, 2013: The 4th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health

3.News from our Members

APHA Delegation to Cuba

Dr. Peter Orris and Dr. Georges Benjamin led an APHA delegation to Cuba, December 2-8, 2012. APHA organizes such research visits annually for its members to study the primary care and public health services of the Cuban health system. The group met with various Cuban health professionals to learn about the country’s efforts in infection control, the roles of community based doctors and nurses, prenatal care, home visits, and elderly care. Some of the site visits in Havana included: a polyclinic, maternity home, the Center for Prevention of STIs/HIV/AIDS, the National Center for Medical Sciences Information, Mazorra National Psychiatric Hospital, and the country office of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).


Delegation visits a maternity home. On the right, teaching, Mrs Maria Cecilia Santan.


The delegation visits the office of the Pan American Health Organization and meets PAHO/WHO representative, Dr. Jose Luis di Fabio.

In addition to the delegation’s visits with medical facilities and other health related organizations, the members spent time at the Cuba Salud 2012 conference to interact and network with colleagues from all over the world. The conference included the participation of over 40 health ministers as well as 1, 200 participants from the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa. The opening ceremony emphasized the promotion of social integration and encouraged the participation of society in all health efforts. Upholding the belief that health is human right, Cuba continues to work on providing healthcare not only within its borders but also increasing cooperation with other countries and providing such services on international missions. On the timely occasion of PAHO’s 110th anniversary, the Cuban Minister of Public Health, Roberto Morales Ojeda, highlighted the island’s accomplishments in health:

  • Reducing infant mortality rates to 4.8 deaths per live births
  • 8 vaccines produced domestically
  • Eradication of diseases: polio, meningitis, measles, and chicken pox
  • Reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS to less than 0.1%
  • Increased use of traditional and complementary medicine
  • Improved prenatal diagnosis of congenital conditions

However, Cuba also faces challenges that include: financial limitations, an ageing population, and rising healthcare costs. It is estimated that the population will increase by 30% in 2030.

Dr. Peter Orris presented a study about disparities in occupational injuries among hotel workers in the U.S. Injury rates among workers based on sex and ethnicity (female and Hispanic) were partly explained by job type and the company where the work took place. Dr. Georges Benjamin presented the US perspective on an international emergency preparedness panel. He discussed the need for strong leadership on the local and national levels as well as increasing inter-sectoral collaborations.


Opening ceremony of the Cuba Salud 2012 conference.

An introductory side meeting was organized between the APHA delegation and the leadership of the Cuban Society of Public Health (SOCUSAP) to provide an overview of the two associations and to discuss ways for increased cooperation and collaboration. SOCUSAP’s President, Dr. C Alcides Ochoa Alonso, expressed interest in strengthening ties to and increasing participation in the WFPHA. Additionally, discussions included possible opportunities where SOCUSAP and APHA may work more closely together to exchange knowledge and ideas in addressing the region’s health challenges.

SOCUSAP awarded Dr. Peter Orris the honor of “Miembro Correspondiente”, acknowledging his contributions and longstanding relationship with the organization.


Group photo of the delegation.

On behalf of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, J. Chauvin, president of the WFPHA, is delighted to extend our congratulations to Dr. Peter Orris, Professor and Chief of Occupational Medicine at University of Illinois at Chicago (USA), on the bestowing of honours on him by the Sociedad Cubana de salud publica (SOCUSAP). Dr. Orris is Chair of the WFPHA's Environmental Health Working Group, providing technical advice and leadership to the Federation over many years on this and other public health issues. Congratulations, Peter, and well deserved!

Vietnam Public Health Association in 2012

In tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/March 2013/1.jpg2012, Vietnam Public Health Association (VPHA) was awarded certificates of merit at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of its foundation and Prof. Le Vu Anh was elected as the President of VPHA.

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Prof. Nguyen Thanh Long – Deputy Minister of Health giving certificates of merit to VPHA.

VPHA has well implemented and developed the programs on tobacco control, elderly health promotion, reducing the risk of dioxin exposure through foods, human and animal wastes management, the training on management skills for staffs on HIV/AIDS prevention.

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Taking fish samples at Dong Xuan contaminated canal to analyze the concentrations of dioxin.

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Composing human and animal manure, following the guideline.

VPHA also published the first special issue of Vietnam Journal of Public Health in the English language. VPHA has contributed greatly to the successful campaign of advocating for the Law on Tobacco Control which was passed on 18thJune 2012, the National Plan of Action on Ageing 2012-2020.

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Announcing the smoke-free city in Hue City.

VPHA has well prepared for the 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Public Health 2013 in NhaTrang, Vietnam.

4.WFPHA Member's communication

2013 General Assembly

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

To read the Preliminary Agenda of the WHA, click here.

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The Graduate Institute.

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

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

tl_files/images/Newsletter 2012/November/Dubai.jpgProf. Ulrich Laaser, Immediate Past President of the WFPHA, Prof. Bettina Borisch, Head of the WFPHA Secretariat and Mrs Laetitia Bourquin, Executive Manager at the WFPHA, will attend the 1st Arab World Public Health Conference. They will be happy to meet you and give an overview of the WFPHA on Saturday 6th April 2013, from 11:50-12:50, Hall 3 of the conference center. Please contact the secretariat for any further information.

New Intern at the WFPHA

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/March 2013/Juan Zhao_2012.jpgMs. Juan Zhao, born in China, is French national.

Juan previously worked for the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, the International Telecommunication Union, the South-South Centre, and PATH.

She holds an MA in Development Studies from the University of Manchester (UK), a Postgraduate Foundation Diploma in International Development Studies from the University of London, and a BA in Political Science from Suzhou Regular University (China). She will soon complete an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London.

Juan is fluent in Mandarin, English, and French.

She will start her internship in April 2013 for a period of 8 months.

New Chair of the Nomination Committee

According to Article 5 of the Federation's By-Laws, the Immediate Past President Prof. U. Laaser is ex officio Chair the Nominations Committee and the ad hoc Committee for Federation Awards.

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

Netherlands Public Health Federation: Read the Newsletter

Nicaragua Association of Public Health: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of South Africa: Read the Newsletter

Swiss Society of Public Health: Read the Newsletter

The Graduate Institute: Read the Newsletter

Vietnam Public Health Association:Read the Newsletter


Bulletin of the World Health Organization: Read the Newsletter

6.WFPHA Working Groups

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

tl_files/images/Newsletter 2012/November/Dubai.jpgDr. R. Bedi, Chair of the Oral Health WG, and other group's Members will discuss important issues related to Oral Health in the EMRO region and worldwide during the 1st Arab World Public Health Conference (Session scheduled on April 5th from 16:00 to 17:30, in the Hall 3 of the conference center). An informal meeting of the OHWG will follow the session. All interested people are invited to join.

For more information, please contact the secretariat.

7. What's on ?

Change in Health, Health for Change

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne.

Inaugural Address of Dr. Carissa F. Etienne as Director of the Pan American Health Organization.

New PAHO Director will promote universal health coverage, make “health a driving force for change”

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, of Dominica, is installed as 10th Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization - Washington, D.C., 31 January 2013 PAHO/WHO

“....Of the many opportunities and challenges this Organization and our Member States face, one goal stands atop all the others. It is providing universal access to health care across the Americas,” she said. “No other single achievement would contribute more to ensuring a long, dignified and productive life….”

“....There is no single or sure path toward such an achievement. Our Member States are diverse in size, resources and levels of development. But I do believe there is common ground among us in at least three fundamental tenets of universal health coverage.

First, it means that every individual and community has access to health services for prevention, promotion, treatment and rehabilitation.

Second, it means putting in place the financial mechanisms and policies to ensure that people are protected from falling into poverty because of sickness.

And third, universal health care means universal access to well-trained and motivated health care professionals, to safe and effective medical products and technologies, and to well-organized delivery networks.

It means building and maintaining strong health systems based on primary health care.

Our work in this must be guided by innovation, evidence-based information, and appropriate research....”

For more information, click here and read her profile (The Lancet, Volume 381, Issue 9867, Page 619, 23 February 2013).


On behalf of the WFPHA, J. Chauvin offered to Dr. Carissa F. Etienne the Federation's congratulations for her election and assured the Federation commitment to work closely with WHO and PHAO on advocacy for Universal Health Coverage and other priority issues.

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne expressed her interest in exploring how PHAO can partner with the WFPHA in the pursuit of Universal Health Coverage and more broadly in advocating for health in all policies and in addressing the social determinant of health.

Health in the post-2015 development agenda: need for a social determinants of health approach

ILO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and UNAIDS – 2013 – Joint statement of the UN Platform on Social Determinants of Health

“....The UN Platform on Social Determinants of Health is an informal mechanism to provide coordinated support to Member States with implementation of the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health.

The Platform also advocates placing the social determinants of health highly on the global development agenda, and fostering coherent action on the social determinants of health. Currently, the platform involves staff from ILO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and UNAIDS...."

To read the statement, click here.

Students within Borders

"Students within Borders" is an initiative by the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations IFMSA (Chapter-India) aiming to reflect on the healthcare industry that the young physicians-in-training in India are ready to lead to achieve the healthcare goals. With our initiative named 'Students within Borders' - Health for All, we intend to work within the borders of India and as well as to reach grassroots levels to achieve our aim of healthcare for all. Our plan of action for 2013 is to organize at least 100 health camps (medical & dental) with approximately 50,000 people around the country. We are confident with our public health team (SCOPH-India). The project will be lead by Dr.Swapnil Bumb.

To read the report of the first camp, click here.

Swapnil Bumb

GAPA appeals to global health community to sign statement of concern

On October 8, 2012, thirteen of world’s largest alcohol producers issued a set of commitments to reduce the harmful use of alcohol worldwide. The commitments were issued in support of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol.
As an independent coalition of public health professionals, health scientists and NGO representatives, GAPA (Global Alcohol Policy Alliance) has written a public letter that is addressed to the WHO Director General in response to the recent initiatives of the global alcohol producers. Based on their lack of support for effective alcohol policies, their misinterpretation of the Global Strategy’s provisions, and their lobbying against effective public health measures, GAPA believes that the alcohol industry’s inappropriate commitments must be met with a united response from global health community.
GAPA is now asking qualified professionals throughout the world to review the Statement of Concern, and indicate their endorsement.

For more information, click here.

Commission for Social Development Approves Five Draft Resolutions

Concluding its fifty-first session, the Commission for Social Development approved five draft resolutions for adoption by the Economic and Social Council, covering a range of issues pivotal to the promotion of societies rooted in respect for the dignity of every individual, from youth and disability, to ageing and African development.

The Commission’s approval of the texts capped two weeks of negotiations, panel discussions and general debate under the priority theme “Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all”.  Representatives of Governments and civil society advocates from around the world described efforts to stimulate job creation, combat poverty and create inclusive societies, with a view to informing the Commission’s policy session next year, and more broadly, the global development agenda beyond 2015.

For more information, click here.

Safeguarding Health in Conflict coalition

The Safeguarding Health in Conflict coalition promotes respect for international humanitarian and human rights laws that relate to the safety and security of health facilities, health workers, ambulances, and patients during periods of armed conflict or civil violence.

Through this effort, the coalition promotes the effective functioning of health services, the protection of health infrastructure, and the safety of health workers during periods of armed conflict or civil violence. The coalition’s main objectives are to:

  • Raise visibility of the problem of attacks on health workers, facilities, transports, and patients
  • Foster documentation of evidence of such attacks
  • Increase accountability for violators
  • Develop practical strategies for the prevention of violence against health workers, facilities, and patients.

For more information, click here.

UN Secretary-General appoints Ray Chambers as the first Special Envoy on financing for the health-related Millennium Development Goals

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Ray Chambers as the first ever Special Envoy for Financing the Health-Related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and renewed his mandate as Special Envoy for Malaria.

In his new capacity, Mr Chambers will work with United Nations agencies, funds and programmes to promote and secure increased investment by the public and private sectors to achieve the health-related MDGs on child and maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), malaria and other diseases by the end of 2015.

For more information, click here.

WHO/World Bank convene ministerial meeting to discuss best practices for moving forward on universal health coverage

Top officials from health and finance ministries from 27 countries joined other high-level health and development stakeholders at a two-day meeting in Geneva to discuss ways that countries are progressing towards universal health coverage. The meeting was convened jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank and took place just weeks after the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution supporting universal health coverage.

Delegates at the Geneva meeting expressed strong support for the ideas underlying universal health coverage: that everyone, irrespective of their ability to pay, should have access to the health services they need, without putting their families at financial risk. 

For more information, click here.

iERG report

The independent Expert Review Group (iERG) is inviting all stakeholders to submit evidence for the second iERG report that will be presented to the UN Secretary-General in September, 2013.

All submissions, if accepted, will be credited in the report to the name of the author/s on the post and on contributors’ page.

Learn about the requirements and topics:

iERG Call for Evidence 2013

iERG Call for Case Studies 2013

DEADLINE: 15 May 2013

PROCESS: send your submissions to the iERG Secretariat at

Free Access to Palgrave Macmillan Journals in April April 1-30, 2013 Palgrave Macmillan will be running its Access All Areas promotion, in which ALL journals, including Journal of Public Health Policy, have been made free to view online.

WFPHA members and journal contributors are encouraged to:

-Explore current and archival content from the Journal of Public Health Policy, featuring more than 30 years of scholarly dialogue and debate around key and controversial topics in public health:

  • Share the promotion, and their work, with colleagues and contacts

** Don’t forget - WFPHA members receive a special 50% discount on print + online personal subscriptions to Journal of Public Health Policy.

8.Conference&Committee Reports

Dr Cai Jiming and Dr Wang Peng (Director of APRLO and Vice Director of APRLO), attended on behalf of WFPHA the Global Health Summit: Dreaming the Future of Health for the Next 100 Years from January 26 to 27, In Beijing, China. The summit was hosted by Rockefeller Foundation in conjunction with Peking Union Medical College, an institution that was founded by The Rockefeller Foundation in 1917; the event marked the beginning of the Foundation’s centennial year. Dr. Le Vu Anh, President of Vietnam Public Health Association, was invited as a speaker on the session of Leadership for the Future of Health. APRLO delegates also met several presidents of Public Health School of universities in China.

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APRLO Director Cai Jiming (right) and VPHA President Le Vu Anh (middle) at the opening Global Health Summit.

For more information, click here.

Third round of informal consultations on the development of a WHO global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs 2013-2020

Dr M. Lomazzi participated on behalf of the WFPHA to the Informal Consultation with relevant NGOs on the development of a Global Action Plan for the prevention and Control of Noncommunicable diseases 2013-20120, held on March 6th at WHO.

Many NGOs as well as representatives of Members States (as observers) participated to the consultation. A general positive agreement on the draft has been expressed. The following consultations have included private sector entities, Member States and UN Agencies.

To read the revised Action Plan as well other important documents, click here.

The outcome of the third round of informal consultations will serve as an input for the WHO Secretariat to conclude the work on the development of the action plan and develop a final draft for consideration by Member States at the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly (20-28 May 2013).

9.Upcoming Events

1st Arab World Conference on Public Health

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The 1st Arab World Conference on Public Health, promises to bring together leaders in public health from different Arab countries and as well as health experts across the globe to discuss critical issues in Public Health in the region.

Conference Theme: "Towards Excellence in Public Health: Opportunities and Challenges in the Arab World"

For more information, click here.

World Health Summit (WHS)

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

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

  • The Impact of Health on Asian Economies;
  • Financing Health Care in Asia;
  • Innovations in Health in Asia; and
  • Emerging Health Threats in Asia.

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

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

For more information, click here and here.

Executive Course On Global Health Diplomacy

The Global Health Programme is offering this intensive five-day course in response to demand for new skills as health moves beyond its purely technical realm to become an ever more critical element in foreign policy, security policy and trade agreements.

Since 2007, more than 120 diplomats and health professionals have benefited from this course, which focuses on health diplomacy and negotiations, with a new thematic emphasis each year.
This year’s course will explore current debates at the interface between foreign policy, trade and human rights, such as non-communicable diseases, the post-2015 development agenda, and access to medicines. Through a multidisciplinary learning process, academics and practitioners will share their expertise on health-related negotiations including international law mechanisms to develop new agreements. Negotiation simulations and skill-building activities will facilitate the real-life background discussion, along with a high-level introduction to the field of global health diplomacy and key challenges at the national, regional and global levels.

The course is aimed at applicants from different professional backgrounds, such as health attachés and other diplomats with a portfolio impacting on health, health and international relations professionals in departments of international health, as well as representatives of international organisations, NGOs, philanthropic organisations and the private sector.

Course director
Professor Ilona Kickbusch
Global Health Programme, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Date: 1–5 July 2013
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline for applications: Monday 1 April 2013

Find out more about the course and download the application form.
Watch video testimonials from participants on last year’s course.

Global Conference on Health Promotion 2013

To be held in Helsinki, Finland on June 10-14 2013.

The conference is co-organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland.

The Conference will assess achievements and aims for health promotion globally from Ottawa to Nairobi. It aims to address what works and how, identifying options for action, available processes, mechanisms and tools.

For more information, click here.

Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference

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

The conference will inform international perspectives on:

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

For more info, click here.

World Justice Forum

The World Justice Forum is the world’s premiere rule of law event and brings together over 500 leaders, dignitaries and innovators from more than 100 countries to address critical rule of law issues, including economic development, technology, women’s rights, and freedom of expression.  

The World Justice Forum IV will take place July 8-11, 2013 in The Hague, Netherlands.

For more information, click here.

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.

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

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.

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.


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

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The Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health is convened annually. In 2013, the Vietnam Public Health Association (VPHA) will be the host of the 4th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health from 21 – 22 November, 2013 in Nha Trang. The theme for the Conference is "Climate change and Population Health".

All World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) members, VPHA members, scientists, individuals and organizations in and out of Vietnam interested in the field of public health are kindly invited to participate in the Conference. Presentations of scientific researches, training programs and community-based intervention models are welcome.

On-line registration and abstract submission can be made through the Conference website.

For more information, click here and here.

14th World Congress on Public Health

On February 2015, India will welcome public health professionals, policy makers and community leaders to deliberate on the agenda of Environment Health at the 14th World Congress on Public Health with a theme “Healthy People - Healthy Environment”. The issues that will be covered range from climate change, to safe sanitation and air to orientation of health system to addressing the challenges of environmental health.

To be held in Kolkata, India, 11-15 February 2015.

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M. Asnake, L. Bourquin, Chandrakant S. Pandav and J. Chauvin met in Kolkata with many colleagues of the Indian PHA for the Congress preparation.


Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation - Intersections between public health, intellectual property and trade

World Health Organization (WHO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and World Trade Organization (WTO)

“....Medical technologies — medicines, vaccines and medical devices – are essential for public health. Access to essential medicines and the lack of research to address neglected diseases have been a major concern for many years. More recently, the focus of health policy debate has broadened to consider how to promote innovation and how to ensure equitable access to all vital medical technologies.

Today’s health policy‑makers need a clear understanding both of the innovation processes that lead to new technologies and of the ways in which these technologies are disseminated in health systems. This study captures a broad range of experience and data in dealing with the interplay between intellectual property, trade rules and the dynamics of access to, and innovation in, medical technologies....”

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Non-Communicable Diseases Series 2013

The Lancet - February 12, 2013

“....This latest Series on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) builds on previous Lancet Series (2010, 2007, 2005), and on a landmark high-level United Nations NCD meeting convened in September 2011.

The aim of the new Series is to set out clear plans for countrywide implementation of NCD plans in the post-MDG era, towards the unified goal of '25 by 25'—reducing NCD mortality worldwide by 2025.

The first paper emphasizes the importance of embedding NCDs into post 2015 MDG strategy, essential if the '25 by 25' target is to be achieved; paper 2 details NCD countrywide approaches including planning, implementation, accountability, and the importance of a National NCD Commission to monitor progress. An affordable step-wise approach will be the key to successful NCD implementation.

Other papers discuss reducing health inequalities, 'unhealthy commodities' such as the food and drink industries, and of the importance of the scaling-up of access to vital medicines, especially the need for wider availability of affordable generic drugs....”

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Global health diplomacy: five years on

Ilona Kickbusch & Mihály Kökény

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2013;91:159-159A. doi: 10.2471/BLT.13.118596

“....It has become amply clear that health diplomacy is not a transient fashion.

Four elements have contributed to the ascent of global health diplomacy. First, foreign affairs ministries are becoming more involved in health because of its relevance for soft power, security policy, trade agreements and environmental and development policy.

Second, the venues of health diplomacy are expanding; many new actors outside WHO have become (health) diplomats.

Third, globalization, new donor–recipient relationships, new types of health alliances and the rise of cooperation between low- and middle-income countries have heightened the need for health diplomacy.

Fourth, we need competent health diplomats more than ever. Fly-in, fly-out negotiations for health no longer suffice...."

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Health: the greatest wealth

Prof. Bettina Borisch, Head of the WFPHA Secretariat, joins International Innovation to discuss what public health means for different parts of the world in 2013 (

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