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WFPHA Newsletter 05 - 2013
Published: 31 May 2013

In this newsletter:

1.News from the WFPHA

2.Outputs from 1st Arab World Conference on Public Health

3.News from our Members

4.WFPHA Member's communication

5.Members' Newsletter

6.WFPHA Committees&Working Groups

7.What's on

8.Upcoming Events


10.Your Communications


1.News from the WFPHA

Moving towards a stronger WFPHA: 47th WFPHA General Assembly Meeting on 19 May 2013

The General Assembly (GA), composed of the WFPHA’s Full Members in-good-standing, is the body of national public health associations (PHAs) from around the world that defines the Federation’s policies, positions and activities. As per the WFPHA’s Constitution, the GA meets annually.

On May 19, 2013, the General Assembly held its annual meeting, the 47th since the Federation’s creation in 1967. This meeting was attended by representatives from several WFPHA Full Members, including South Africa, Ethiopia, Georgia, Bangladesh, China, India, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Brazil, Australia, Afghanistan, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the USA. Representatives from several WFPHA Associate, Regional and Sustaining member organizations also attended as well as those from other non member organizations and academic institutions. The annual GA meeting took place at the Graduate Institute of Development and International Studies in Geneva (a WFPHA Sustaining Member since 2010).

This year’s meeting approved several important items of business. These included approval in principle of the draft 2013-2017 WFPHA Strategic Plan, which had been developed a few days earlier during a two-day intensive workshop. The GA also approved a second consecutive three-year term for the China Preventive Medicine Association to sit on the Federation’s Governing Council.

New WFPHA members approved by the GA included public health associations from Chad and Nepal as Full Members, from Egypt as an Associate Member, and several other organizations as Sustaining Members. It also approved the modification of membership status (to an Associate member) of the Nigerian Association of Public Health Physicians. It also approved the proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the European Public Health Association (a WFPHA Regional member) through which national public health associations in the Europe region which are already EUPHA members will also be conference membership in the WFPHA. When the MoU is approved by the EUPHA Board of Directors in November 2013, WFPHA’s membership will increase by 15 PHAs.

The WFPHA’s Treasurer informed the GA about the Federation’s financial situation. The WFPHA ended the year 2012 with a healthy positive balance due in large part to the revenue generated through last year’s World Congress on Public Health. The GA also approved in principle a declaration on child oral health proposed by the WFPHA’s Oral Health Working Group and a statement proposed calling upon countries to not misuse health-related services as a cover for clandestine activities.

The GA was informed about the activities of the WFPHA’s various Committees and Working Groups. Considerable progress was made over the past year by the Environmental, Public Health Professional Education and Training and Oral Health Working Groups. The Tobacco Control and Global Health Equity WGs plan to move ahead with their work plans over the next year.

The meeting concluded with a promotional film for the 14th World Congress on Public Health (Kolkata, India: 11-15 February 2015). The GA approved as well a motion to bring the next triennial congress forward by one year, to 2017, to coincide with the Federation’s 50th anniversary. The call for bids to host the 15th World Congress will be published later this year, with the announcement of the host PHA to be announced at next year’s General Assembly meeting.

All in all, a busy and productive year for the Federation.

James Chauvin, WFPHA President

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Strategic planning meeting group

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APRLO meeting

A New Five-Year Strategic Plan Approved in Principle

The WFPHA’s five-year strategic plan helped guide the planning and implementation of the Federation’s policy and programmatic activities over the period 2007 to 2012. On May 19, 2013 the WFPHA General Assembly approved in principle a new draft 5-year strategic plan for the period 2013 to 2017. Representatives from the WFPHA Governing Council, its Advisory Board and the WFPHA’s secretariat office worked together during a facilitated intensive two-day workshop (May 15 and 16, 2013) held at the Château de Bossey, near Geneva, to produce the draft document.

Workshop participants used the previous strategic plan as a starting point. They determined the Federation’s vision and mission statements to still be relevant, with some slight word-smithing. The five Goals from the 2007-2012 strategic plan were reviewed in light of recent accomplishments. These include the development of a transparent and enabling governance structure, better external and internal visibility and expanding relationships (in particular with WHO and other international organizations, a more structured membership application and review process, the transfer of its secretariat office to Geneva, and the establishment of regional networks of national public health associations in the Asia=Pacific and in Africa. The triennial World Congress on Public Health was defined as the WFPHA’s flagship activity.

The Federation’s core values were re-confirmed, with some clearer definitions as to what they meant. For example, the principle of partnership was redefined as collaboration at all levels, from community to global, as a basis for mutual learning and capacity building.

The five strategic goals from the 2007-2012 strategic plan were found to be sound and relevant, with some slight modifications and re-ordering. The five goals defined for the 2013-2017 period are:

  1. Advocate for effective global policies to improve the health of populations
  2. Advance public health practice, education, training and research
  3. Expand and strengthen partnerships
  4. Promote and support the advancement of strong member associations
  5. Build an effective, responsive and sustainable WFPHA

A set of measurable outcomes and an associated strategy for their achievements was defined for each of the five goals. The consensus was to develop a WFPHA initiative based on the concept of the CPHA’s former Strengthening of Public Health Associations (SOPHA) Program as a means of contributing to the nurturing of the organizational and programmatic capacity of national public health associations and to build a strong global advocacy voice for public health.

With its approval in principle by the Governing Council and the WFPHA General Assembly, the draft strategic plan will be shared and feedback sought from all Federation members. This input will be used to draft the plan’s next iteration, which will include a budget-based operational plan. The aim is to have a new strategic plan in place before the end of the current calendar year.

James Chauvin, WFPHA President

Oral Health for Children Declaration

The World Federation of Public Health Associations and its Members influence international health policy through the development and implementation of Policy Resolutions and other advocacy initiatives. WFPHA has led the NGO community at Alma Ata in endorsing the concept of 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 providing leadership in efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals. WFPHA is nowadays actively involved in the Non Communicable Diseases process.

The Association’s key policy making forum is the annual General Assembly of the WFPHA held in Geneva to coincide with the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization. This effectively determines the timescale for the development and consideration of policy resolutions. On the 19th May 2013 the WFPHA general assembly passed a resolution from the newly established Oral Health Working Group on access to good for oral health for children. The declaration had been proposed by the Oral Health Working Group (OHWG) and endorsed by the WFPHA policy committee.

Professor Bedi (Chairman of the WFPHA - OHWG) presented the declaration to members at the 47th WFPHA General Assembly on Sunday, 19th May 2013. The declaration was unanimously accepted by members and will now be sent to all public health associations as the Associations policy on child oral health.

Declaration on Access to Oral Health for Children

Passed by the WFPHA General Assembly – 2013

Every child has a right to good oral health. Oral health problems in children can impact on many aspects of their general health and development, causing substantial pain and disruption to their lives and often altering their behaviour. Oral health is an integral part of overall well-being and essential for eating, growth, speech, social development, learning capacity and quality of life.

To promote oral health every child should have access to:

• Oral health education including oral hygiene instructions and dietary advice, and access to affordable toothbrushes and toothpaste containing fluoride as soon as the first primary tooth erupts

• Preventive interventions, appropriate to the infrastructure and priorities of the country, which may include dental sealants, community fluoridation, and regular fluoride varnish applications

• Treatment of early stage decay to stop it from progressing to cavities, and treatment of dental cavities, acute pain and other oral diseases

• Environments that eliminate advertising of unhealthy foods to children.

Through good oral health all children will have an equal opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential for a promising future.

To read the declaration, click here.

Declaration of Dubai on Public Health in the Arab World

This declaration aims to raise capacity and networking between countries on public health issues. United Arab Emirates, Dubai, May 20, 2013: A significant development in the field of healthcare was the recent 'Declaration of Dubai on Public Health in the Arab World,' that was signed during the 1st Arab Conference of Public Health that recently took place in Dubai. In line with the declaration, healthcare professionals are now discussing ways to begin implementing the steps laid down in the declaration. 

The Declaration of Dubai on Public Health in the Arab World is in line with the belief that public health is a key component of the health system, it should receive priority and that a robust public health system minimizes the risk of communicable and non-communicable diseases and improves productivity of the population.

The declaration was signed by His Excellency Engineer Essa Al Maidoor, director-general of the Dubai Health Authority during the 1st Arab World Conference on Public Health.

Al Maidoor said: "The more countries spend wisely on public health, the less likely will be the occurrence of preventable illnesses and impaired health. The Declaration of Dubai on Public Health in Arab Countries was adopted by over 400 delegates and participants from 35 Arab and non-Arab countries. This is a significant step in the move to ensure a strong public health system that helps promote better health for our communities." He further said that the scope of public health services is quite complex and multi-sectoral; it therefore needs strong and efficient networking within and outside its national boundaries.

The declaration was formulated by key public health experts from the Dubai Health Authority, Executive board of Health Ministers' Council for Cooperation Council States, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Imperial College London, Association of Schools of Public Health in the European region, Dubai Municipality, American University- Beirut, Supreme Council of Health-Qatar, UAE Ministry of Health, Bahrain Ministry of Health, and World Federation of Public Health Association to name a few.

Dr Muhammad Wasif Alam, Director of Public Health and Safety Department of the DHA said: "The next step is the adoption of the action points within the declaration. It is hoped that it will be implemented in all 22 countries of the Arab World, including all the GCC states through Ministries of Health and related Government bodies and we are presently working in this direction."

"Public health is a key component to any health system - a majority of the points in the declaration pertain to building and strengthening the capacity of healthcare professionals and the health sector -however, an important component of the declaration is to facilitate access to public health services and to promote health awareness so that people can take charge of their own health and be responsible towards making choices that promote good health. We are over the next few months going to pay attention to all three crucial aspects of the declaration - healthcare system, networking and the community, so that we can collectively improve the health status of individuals, families and communities across the Arab countries."

To read the declaration in English, click here; in French, click here.

2.Output from 1st Arab World Conference on Public Health

1rst Arab World Conference on Public Health, Dubai April 4th – 6th , 2013

Under the auspices of the Dubai Health Authority in collaboration with the World Federation of Public Health Associations Public Health Experts from all Arabic countries met for the first time ever in Dubai in April 2013.

Several considerations motivated both the WFPHA and the local organisers to call upon this meeting: the Arab world refers to 22 countries but is in most health statistics split up into Eastern Mediterranean region (EMRO of WHO) or Middle East and Nord Africa or other subdivisions. Arab world is a new unit of analysis for Public Health.

Secondly the Arab world is among the most diverse and inhomogeneous on the world: we find here the richest ad the poorest countries of the world, some countries with booming economies, other engaged in active conflict or having experienced recent uprisings. It was felt that is timely and necessary to convene experts from all these countries to facilitatenexchange, knowledge transfer and networking.

Scientific work of high level on Public Health in the Arab world was presented and discussed. Topics ranging from mammography screening programs to oral health via occupational health were discussed during three days. In addition to the merely scientific part this first Arab Conference on Public Health allowed for advocates in the field to work on a declaration. Having noted the need for moving the public health agenda forward, for strengthening public health structures and workforce to improve populations health, the Dubai declaration on Public Health in the Arab World calls upon all countries in the region to -among other points  - Give due attention to social determinants of health and its importance in public health (point4), Ensure equitable access to effective health systems including public health services (point5) and empower people to take responsibility for their health (point7).

For the full text of the Dubai declaration please click here.

3.News from our Members

New Members at WFPHA

During the last General Assembly, led in Geneva on May 19th 2013, 7 new Public Health Associations became members of the Federation.

The Federation heartily welcome all new Members!

Full Members:

  • Nepal Public Health Association (NEPHA)
  • Association Tchadienne de Sante Publique (ATSP)

Associate Members:

  • Egyptian Association of Public Health Promotion (EAPHP)

Sustaining Members

  • Association Tunisienne Pour la Promotion de la Sante (ATPPS)
  • Rural Development Organization (RDO) (India)
  • Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh (PHFB)
  • European Association of Dental Public Health (EADPH)


Our Members present themselves. In this issue the Accreditation Agency in Health and Social Science (AHPGS).

Accreditation Agency in Health and Social Science (AHPGS)

The “Accreditation Agency in Health and Social Science” (AHPGS) is a German accreditation agency in Higher Education Area. Its mission is to contribute to the quality assurance of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in the fields of health and social sciences. AHPGS' work focuses on guaranteeing international-competitive quality standards for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and their mutual recognition as well as quality management systems of HEI’s. AHPGS is the only European accreditation institution in Higher Education being specialized in the area of health and social sciences. Respectively, its work involves assessing particular competences in the field of Public Health. Due to this, most German study programmes in the field of Public Health are accredited by AHPGS.

Founding members of the AHPGS are the Deans’ Conference in Nursing Sciences, the Assemblies of the Faculties of Social Work and of Therapeutic Pedagogy as well as the German Coordinating Agency for Public Health.

Currently, AHPGS has successfully accredited nearly 700 national and international study programmes at about 120 HEIs in Europe and beyond that.

In its work AHPGS promotes the German accreditation criteria, as well as the international criteria of quality assurance, in particular the “Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area” (ESG) of the "European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education“ (ENQA). In doing so, AHPGS gives reliable orientation pertaining to the quality of study programmes to HEIs, students and employers.

A constitutive element of the AHPGS’ accreditation procedures is the cooperation with national and international experts who are part of the AHPGS’ expert network. Overall, AHPGS have been collaborating with more than 1,500 experts. AHPHS holds memberships in all relevant European quality assurance networks:

- European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR)

- European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)

- European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA)

- Network of Central and Eastern European Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEENQA)

- International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)


Tobacco Control Law came into effect in Vietnam

The new comprehensive Tobacco Control Law in Vietnam came into effect on May 1. The Vietnam Public Health Association (VPHA) is encouraging youth and other supporters across the globe to sign up and support the new smoke-free law. This new law makes public places smoke-free and helps to reduce the horrible health effects of smoking and second-hand smoke. Every year, 40,000 Vietnamese die of smoking-related illnesses annually. Please support the VPHA and its tobacco control partners by signing up to support the smoke-free law in Vietnam.

Together, we can help prevent 40,000 Vietnamese from dying of smoking-related illnesses every year!

Public Health Newsletter, Keep in touch

The Nepal Public Health Association has started publishing a monthly basis newsletter entitled “Public Health Newsletter, Keep in touch” in online version.

To read it, click here.

For more information, click here.

4.WFPHA Member's communication

WFPHA Annual Report 2012

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To read the report, click here.

WFPHA declaration on Medimond publication

WFPHA would like to declare that the “Proceedings of the 13th World Congress on Public Health” published by Medimond are unauthorized by WFPHA and that the Federation has no relationship with Medimond.

To read the publication, click here.

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


Bulletin of the World Health Organization: Read the Newsletter

6.WFPHA Committees&Working Groups

News from the Membership Committee

The deadline for membership application has been fixed on March 1st every year or 2 months before the World Congress of Public Health during the years in which this event takes place. The applications are voted at the WFPHA General Assembly.

For more informations, click here.

Oral Health Working Group (OHWG) News

The OHWG Bylaws as well as the EG and RG Members list and bionotes are now available.

To read them, click on the corresponding link:


EG and RG Members

OHWG @ 1st Arab World Conference of Public Health

Dr. R. Bedi, Chair of the Oral Health WG, and other group's Members have discussed important issues related to Oral Health in the EMRO region and worldwide during the 1st Arab World Public Health Conference.

To read their presentations, click on the speaker's name:

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S. Al Bulushi 

M. Al Darwish

M. Alfarhan

M. Al Rafee

P. Vassallo

OHWG @ GA 2013

The OHWG presented its activities at the 2013 General Assembly of the WFPHA.

To read the presentation, click here.

7. What's on ?

Public Seminar: Health in the Post - 2015 Agenda

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Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS

The UN will meet in 2015 to decide on new development goals to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The positioning of health in the post-2015 agenda is not yet resolved and this issue was central to the public seminar organized by the Global Health Programme of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (GIIDS) in Geneva on 2 May 2013 on Health in the Post-2015 Agenda”. Bringing together Geneva diplomatic missions, nongovernmental organisations and other stakeholders, the seminar aimed at helping to prepare for discussions in the May 2013 World Health Assembly.

The seminar highlighted that there was much progress in the MDGs but also much unfinished business which must be included in the post-2015 agenda; as well as hitherto neglected areas including equity, non-communicable diseases and sexual and reproductive health. The combination of national and global interests that now applies requires a new global narrative of ‘smart sovereignty’. New players, including low-and middle income countries, the private sector and civil society, should be brought prominently into the formulation and implementation of new sustainable development goals. Emphasis was given to the centrality of ‘just governance in an interdependent world’,  the production of accurate data to foster strong public accountability; and shared responsibility in which countries mobilise internal resources to contribute to key development objectives such as good health.

The key challenge is to decide how health should be incorporated. One approach is to have a set of goals that are based on subject matter: there could then be a ‘health headline’ under which an inclusive health framework is developed. While there is a strong move towards universal health coverage (UHC) as a unifying principle for health in the post-2015 agenda, UHC is not itself an outcome, but a means to the desired outcome of improving health and reducing health inequities. An approach that exclusively focuses on health services access, affordability and quality would miss the need to address the wider determinants of health. Health outcomes can and should also be achieved through goals that are not specific to health.

For further information on the seminar, including video excerpts, please click here.

Stephen A. Matlin

Adjunct Professor, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London; and Senior Fellow, Global Health Programme,  Graduate Institute of international and Development Studies, Geneva

Public Seminar: Health R&D as a global public good

Providing global public goods: the challenges and opportunities
INGE KAUL, Adjunct Professor, Hertie School of Governance

The final report of the Consultative Expert Working Group (CEWG) on Research and Development (R&D) was presented in April 2012 and discussed at the World Health Assembly (WHA) 2012. In January 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board debated a draft resolution that includes, among other items, the proposal to establish a global health R&D observatory, to facilitate the implementation of health R&D demonstration projects, to review the existing coordination function for R&D, and to develop new proposals for effective mechanisms for coordination, including pooling resources and voluntary contributions. This will be discussed at the WHA in May 2013.

The purpose of the proposed seminar and workshop is to examine how to secure collective action to provide global public goods through R&D and innovation for the specific health needs of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Specifically, the event will explore how to learn from other sectors (such as agriculture, the environment and energy) in order to secure fair and sustainable contributions that ensure the provision of global public goods.

Following the introductory keynote address by Professor Kaul, a high-level panel, with policy-makers from HICs and LMICs, will discuss key issues relating to current efforts to organise the production of global public goods for health where the market has been failing. The public seminar is open to anyone and aims to attract, in particular, representatives of intergovernmental organisations, country missions, civil society and the private sector.

For more information, click here.

To read the Policy Brief, click here.

Social Determinants of Health in the Assessment of Global Needs for Health

“…Following the close attention given by WHO’s governing bodies to the important role played by social determinants of health in global health, especially in relation to the WHO reform process and the Organization’s future activities, further review and consultation have taken place.

Tackling social determinants of health is recognized as being both a fundamental approach to the work of the Organization and a priority area of work in itself in the draft twelfth WHO general programme of work 2014–2019, which has been discussed by the regional committees before its further consideration by Executive Board and the Health Assembly…”

To read the full report, click here

Social Protection: Shared interests in vulnerability reduction and development

“….This briefing describes challenges to ensuring comprehensive social protection, health coverage as part of social protection, and potential areas for joint work across different government agencies responsible for social protection.

It has three sections

1. Social protection overview. This section covers mutual public policy interests between health and other areas of social protection; global trends in social protection regimes and the challenges; the goals and principles for policy action; and a typology of common policy interventions. It situates these issues within a broad policy, economic, and stakeholder context.

2. Interventions. The second part describes in more detail the different types of interventions presented in the previous section, their health impacts and pathways, and provides some examples of areas for joint work between health and other areas of social protection.

3. Summary messages.  key messages and examples of areas for collaboration between health and other areas of social protection.

The briefing has been structured to permit those with limited time to obtain a well-rounded perspective of the topic by reading only sections one and three...”

To read the text, click here.

Newsletter on WHO Reform, April 2013

Welcome to this second overview of Change@WHO, which provides an update on the reform process. Much is happening on multiple fronts. Several items summarize the findings of external reviews of WHO’s performance. These join the views of Member States as we work together to give WHO a sharper focus and a more responsive managerial framework.

To read the newsletter, click here

8.Upcoming Events

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 June 24-26 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.

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: July 1–5 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.

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.

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


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

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.

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 !


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....”

To read the full text, click here.

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....”

To read the series, click here.

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...."

To read the article, click here.

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 (

To read the article, click here.

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