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WFPHA Newsletter 09 - 2012
Published: 30 September 2012

In this newsletter:

1.Letter from the President

2.News from our Members

3.WFPHA Member's communication

4.Members' Newsletter

5.WFPHA Working Groups

6.What's on

7.Upcoming Events

8.Publications

9.Your Communications

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1.Letter from the President

Reflections on being the WFPHA President for the past 90 days

In many countries, the first 90 days of holding office is usually known as the “honeymoon period” – a time interval during which the new office holder assumes responsibility for the business items and issues, charts the course for his or her term in office, learns about what needs follow-up and immediate action, and sets in motion the means to achieve the objectives of his/her mandate. It is a time of reaching out and seeking advice from trusted colleagues about how to proceed. The past three months have also been a period of reflecting upon the discussions heard and presentations made during the 13th World Congress on Public Health as well as following up on decisions taken at the 46th WFPHA General Assembly.

First of all, it is my pleasure to welcome to our team my friend Dr. Mengistu Asnake as the WFPHA’s new Vice President and President-Elect. Mengistu and I have known each other for many years. I look forward to working closely with him, so that there is a seamless transition when he assumes the role of President in May 2014.  He and I will work in close collaboration with Ulrich Laaser, Immediate Past President and our dedicated staff at the WFPHA Geneva secretariat office to ensure that we carry out the tasks before us.

WFPHA’s financial sustainability is one of the planks of my program. we should expand and diversify our revenue streams. We have had fruitful discussions with Colgate-Palmolive about future continued funding support from this important corporate partner. We also anticipate revenues from the Congress. This will certainly assist us in our efforts to ensure on-going funding of the WFPHA’s Geneva secretariat and other activities. We are also holding discussions with several other organizations and corporations about potential collaborative initiatives. We will keep you posted on developments.

Another element of my platform is the preparation of a new five-year organizational Strategic Plan (2013-2017). The WFPHA Advisory Board, which held its first face-to-face meeting during the World Congress, made several recommendations which the Governing Council will take into consideration as we move forward to define the process which will result in the production of our Federation’s new strategic plan.

Making the WFPHA’s voice heard at international events, including the World Health Assembly is another element of our work plan. We are the global non-governmental voice for public health. Our member associations have important things to say concerning the priority public health issues facing our world. We should be consulting with them on a regular basis, inviting their input to WFPHA position statements. These statements would then be our means to influence thinking and possibly action on healthy public policy and public health practice. Under Bettina Borisch’s leadership, our Policy Committee has moved forward on defining new criteria for policy statements and endorsements.

We are very fortunate to have a very dedicated group of men and women who volunteer their time freely as members of the Governing Council, the WFPHA’s various committees and working groups. I am counting on every WFPHA member association and organization to become actively involved within the Federation. We need your participation on the Federation<s committee and working groups, and as our eyes and ears at regional and international meetings. Together, all of us will make a difference as we move the Federation to greater heights and accomplishments.

Jim Chauvin

August 2012

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Three new representatives of our Members have been designed to seat on the WFPHA Govening Council. We would like to introduce and to welcome them! 

Ildefonso Hernández Aguado - EURO

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Spanish Society for Public Health and Health Administration

Region: EURO - Country: Spain

Term: 2012 - 2015

Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health and Head of the Department of Public Health, History of Science and Gynecology, Universidad Miguel Hernández (Spain). Former Director General of Public Health of the Spanish Government. Member of the Management Board of the European Centre for Disease Control. Member of the WHO Scientific Committee: European Review on Social Determinants and the Health Divide. Member of the Standing Committee of the Regional Committee for Europe (WHO).

As Director of Public Health, he directed the preparation of the Spanish priority on social determinants of health publishing the report “Moving forward equity and health: monitoring social determinants of health and the reduction of health inequalities”. He and directed the works of the Spanish Law of Public Health and on the law on tobacco prevention. He has been member of the Steering Committee of the Centre for Research on Epidemiology and Public Health of Spain and President of the Spanish Epidemiological Association. He is now Deputy President those of the Spanish Public health Association and is involved in several activities regarding the implementation of Public Health Ethics and the development of accountable governance of public health policies.

He is (co) author of over 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals as American Journal of Epidemiology, Lancet, JAMA, British Medical Journal,  International Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health or European Journal of Public Health. Co-editor or author of several books on public health. Director of 15 Doctoral thesis. Director of over 15 research projects.

He has been member of international and national panels on research policy, planning and evaluation. He has been temporary advisor of several institutions including WHO, Spanish Government, UE and South American Universities. He was founder and director of the Summer School of Public Health (Menorca, Spain).

Javed Rahmanzai - EMRO

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Dr Javed Rahmanzai

Afghanistan National Public Health Association

Region: EMRO - Country: Afghanistan

Term: 2013 - 2016

Dr. Ahmed Javed Rahmanzai is a Fulbright scholar, an entrepreneur and a public health professional from Afghanistan, with more than 10 years of experience in the field of humanitarian and development work. During his 10 years of experience, he has demonstrated a life time commitment to improving the lives of others through health education, strategic public health interventions and competency-based provider training program development, all in a country in which support systems and infrastructure are marginal at best.

His contributions to the health care system in Afghanistan include: leading a team of professionals to establish the Midwifery and Nursing Education Accreditation System for the first time in the country, working as an active member of the working group to establish the Afghanistan Medical Council, Serves as the founder and executive committee member for Afghanistan National Public Health Association, contributed in the development of National Health Policies and Strategies, including, National Strategy for Improving Quality in Health Care, National Reproductive Health Policy and Strategy 2011-2016, National Policy on Education of Midwives and Nurses 2005, National Human Resources Policy 2009, National Midwifery and Nursing Policy and Strategy 2010. He is also the founding member for Afghanistan Fulbright Alumni Association and Kabul Research and Advisory Association, a small think tank charged with policy analysis and recommendation. In 2006, he was awarded with prestigious award of Fulbright Scholarship to undertake masters in Public Health.

In 2008, he founded Emerging Leaders Consulting Services (ELCS), a research and consulting company. He currently serves as the CEO for the company.

Victor Jesus Mendez Dussan - AMRO

In the next newsletter, Dr. Victor Jesus Mendez Dussan, representative of the AMRO region, will present himself.

2.News from our Members

Australia’s High Court upholds law on plain packaging for cigarettes

The WFPHA congratulates our colleagues in Australia on the victory in the High Court which upheld legislation banning cigarette company logos and colorful packaging, replacing these with plain packaging. The law is in line with the WHO FCTC’s recommendations and will be closely studied and perhaps emulated by other countries. The law was being challenged by cigarette manufacturers, but the High Court found in favor of public health arguments. For more information about this important victory, click here. WFPHA sent a letter to Dr. Michael Daube, a leading tobacco control advocate in Australia and former President of the Public Health Association of Australia, who was one of the key people who built the case in support of the law.

Mapping of all Arab countries

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is seeking to map public health services (in terms of understanding the current situation, capacity building and challenges) in the Arab World. They intend to complete mapping of all Arab countries before the upcoming 1st Public Health Conference being held in Dubai.

The public health mapping process will facilitate highlighting public health situation in the Arab countries through: assessing the current public health capacity and services, identifying the main strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for public health, and proposing recommendations for action.

It is anticipated that, through the mapping of Arab countries, the upcoming Arab World Public Health Conference will contribute to the improvement of public health in the Arab World by offering a means for exchanging information and a platform for discussion on different public health issues to policy makers, researchers, and practitioners in the field of public health and health services as well as public health training and education in the Arab countries. The conference is anticipated to be held in April of 2013 in Dubai, with representatives from the Arab world as well as from many international public health leaders.

Public Health professionals of the Arab countries are kindly invited to assist DHA with the mapping of Public Health in their country. Should you have any query please feel free to contact DHA.

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The new members present theselves. In this newsletter: the Malawi Public Health Association

Malawi Public Health Association

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Malawi Public Health Association Executive Board

Malawi Public Health Association started as Malawi Health Inspectors Association in 1994. The Malawi Health Inspectors Association invited people from Eastern and southern Africa to Lilongwe, Malawi and all of them indorsed it. On 14th June, 2000 Professor Yahane Nyasulu with assistance from Canadian Public Health Association called for a meeting where over 40 people gathered and elected the National Executive committee for Malawi Public Health Inspector Association. Towards the end of 2000, the name changed to Malawi Public Health Association. The association drew up the constitution and lawyer Chinula assisted it to register under an act of Non-Governmental Organization. MPHA has members throughout the country and it has three regional committees. The overall head is the president and followed by the National executive committee. Currently MPHA has over 150 paid up members comprising of all cadres of health field.

MPHA has a goal as well as a mission. Its goal is as follows:

To improve the health status of all poor people through the provision of affordable ways and creation of a conducive platform for community involvement and the use of appropriate technology.

While the mission of MPHA is as follows:

To establish and improve the health status of all underserved and unprivileged people by improving the quality, access and cost effectiveness of community health and related services so as to alleviate the suffering caused by illness, promote good health and prevent diseases.

MPHA’S MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE AREAS OF TOBACCO CONTROL

Malawi Public Health Association with funding from International Cancer Association has been doing something on tobacco control despite some challenges. Some of the notable accomplishments are:

  1. Conducted Training of 50 primary school teachers in anti-smoking among primary school pupils in 6 primary schools in Jombo ward. This exercise was very successful such that we managed to reach the target of training the teachers as planned. After training the organization also launched an anti-smoking campaign in all the primary schools where we had trained the teachers. The campaign mainly centered on addressing the dangers and effects of smoking. Through monitoring the organization noticed a very big decrease of smoking among pupils.
  2. The organization also managed to translate all the literature on the control of tobacco to local language (Tumbuka) to enable them understand the message better.
  3. The organization also managed to produce Information, Education and communication materials such as leaflets, posters and brochures and were distributed in major smoking areas such as bars, bus depots, colleges etc. The materials mainly carried the messages on the dangers of smoking.

Moreover, one of the on-going activities of the Malawi Public Health Association is the Masasa Water and Sanitation project. For more information, read the leaflet and see the photos below:

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Activities related to the Masasa Water and Sanitation project including women classes on water utilization.

Reports from our Members: in this newsletter, the Indonesia Public Health Association: 

Indonesia Public Health Association

IPHA as professional Organization engaged in the health area who participated  to give the direction of health development, assisting, critiquing and arrange policy program development for the health of nation. Until midyear of 2012, IPHA had been done some actions to support health development through education, advocacy, policy regulation and also brokering knowledge. In Education, IPHA collaborate with Ministry of Health still process to standarize graduate student from PH institution and accredite PH institution through HPEQ Project collaboration with MONE. In community development, IPHA with DANONE collaborate to make roadmap action in providing health and clean water in community. This collaboration will provide community with health and clean water and then will be managed by it’s community. We are from IPHA will help in empowerement and management training for the community.

In Brokering knowledege, IPHA with NIHRD, Directorate of TCAM, and University of Muhammadiyah Surakarta was holding International Seminar on Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine on 22nd-23rd June 2012. In this session, IPHA also held meeting with Public Health Australia Association (PHAA) to discuss collaboration in Traditional and Complementary Alternative Medicine. One of our planning is PHAA through NORPHCAM will hold one symposium in IPHA National Congress on July 2013. IPHA also collaborate with parliament member through caucuss of Health RI to combat  WTA Conference in Indonesia that will be held in Jakarta this September. In case to reject WTA Conference, we also make some action like demonstration, advocacy and audience to push government not to give permission of WTA Conference.

Main activities of IPHA was National Work Meeting (MUKERNAS) that was held in Pontianak, July 2012. This meeting dicuss and evaluate IPHA organizational based on work programme and other activities that had been done. Beside that, this meeting also discuss the next step action of IPHA in one year to go. In this event, IPHA also proudly present collaborate between IPHA-Harvard University-Ministry of Health about Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih Scholarship Programme (ERS-SP). This programme provide scholarship for Indonesian people to create innovative policy to solve health problem in Indonesia.

The goal of the ERS-SP is to support education and research in public health with emphasis on TCAM, NCD, MDGs, Health Financing, Global Health, and Healthy Life Style. The ERS-SP is not tied to any particular school or type of scholarship, and will be administered by a Secretariat established at the IPHA.The ERS-SP is committed to leading-edge public health research, public health workshops, short courses, superb public health education and exceptional public health policy development. The close collaboration between the community of public health professionals and public health scientists will be one of the unique strengths, enabling us to provide support for health policy development with the best evidence and practices available as we work to discover more effective strategies to develop health policy and practice to tackle public health issues.

Currently the ERS-SP has begun its activities in July 2012 with eight (8) Indonesian Scholars who have travelled to the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, USA to attend a six (6) week course and workshop for analysis of national health and nutrition data. As part of this activity, each Scholar will prepare two (2) manuscripts that will provide evidence for health policy formulation and evaluation in Indonesia. The manuscripts will be reviewed in coordination with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia and national and international experts. The results and implications of this process for future health policy will be presented in September 2012 during a comprehensive workshop planned to be opened by the President of Republic of Indonesia and under direction of the Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia. This event will be attended by national and international leaders and experts in public health, academics, practitioners, researchers, donors and other stakeholders.

For more information, read the whole report.

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The European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network (EHFCN)

The European Healthcare Fraud & Corruption Network (EHFCN) is the only organisation dedicated to combating fraud and corruption in the healthcare sector across Europe. Its aim is to improve European healthcare systems by reducing losses to fraud and corruption. EHFCN was formally established in 2005 and currently represents 18 member associations in 13 countries, which provide healthcare services to millions of people in Europe.

EHFCN provides its members with high-quality information, tools, training and assistance in their work to counter healthcare fraud and corruption. It also promotes the share of good practice, joint work and the development of common working standards. The Network collaborates with national, European and international bodies to increase public awareness on the need to fight fraud and corruption. 

EHFCN is a non-profit organisation financed through subscription fees. Its members are healthcare and counter-fraud organisations in Europe.

For any further information, please visit our website at www.ehfcn.org or contact the EHFCN office at office@ehfcn.org, tel +322 7397982.

3.WFPHA Member's communication

Congratulatory messages from the WFPHA President / Messages de félicitations du Président de la FMASP

The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) recognizes the important role that its members associations and organizations play in their own countries and in their regions of the world. If your association or organization would like the WFPHA President to send a congratulatory note for a national or regional event (conference, workshop) being organized by your association or organization, please make a request to the WFPHA Geneva secretariat several weeks in advance. We will do our best to accommodate your request. Thank you.

La Fédération mondiale des associations de santé publique (FMASP) reconnait le rôle important que jouent les associations membres et organismes membres dans leurs propres pays et régions du monde. Si votre association ou organisme aimeraient recevoir du Président de la FMASP un message de félicitations à l’occasion d’un événement  (conférence, atelier) organisé par votre association ou organisme, veuillez informer le secrétariat de la FMASP à Genève plusieurs semaines auparavant. Nous ferons de notre mieux pour répondre à votre requête. Merci.

Share our newsletter with you network

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Help us in sharing important public health information worldwide!

4.Members Newsletter

Federation of African Medical Students' Associations: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of Australia: Read the Newsletter

European Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Mongolian Public Health Professionals Association: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of South Africa: Read the Newsletter

Swiss Society of Public Health: Read the Newsletter

Vietnam Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

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Environmental Health WG: Read the Newsletter

5.WFPHA Working Groups

In this Newsletter, the Oral Health WG 

Oral Health WG

The Oral Health WG is the new WG of the WFPHA. From October 2012, Dr Marta Lomazzi will be the Executive Coordinator of this WG.

We would invite you to read more on this subject. From the Federation's pages of the Journal of Public Health Policy:

Global Oral Public Health - The Current Situation and Recent Developments

By Kenneth A. Eaton

In many countries, oral health has a relatively low priority. This is perhaps unsurprising because, with the exception of oro-pharyngeal cancer, very few people die as a direct result of oral diseases. However, painful or unsightly teeth and periodontal tissues (gums) and oral infection can have a variety of consequences leading a reduced quality of life and considerable expense. To read the article, click here.

For more information regardind the Oral Health WG, please contact Dr M. Lomazzi.

6. What's on ?

13th World Congress of Public Health

The presentations performed during the 13th World Congress of Public Health are now available for download. To download the presentation, click here.

FDI World Dental Congress

Mr James Chauvin, president of the WFPHA, has represented the WFPHA at the FDI World Dental Congress in Hong Kong, August 29 - 31. He has been invited to make a plenary statement on oral health as a public health issues and also be involved in a workshop organized by the Cavity-Free Alliance.

Report

Joint UNACOH-MakCHS annual scientific conference

Dr Mengistu Asnake, vice president/president elect of the WFPHA, has attended on behalf of the Federation the Joint UNACOH-MakCHS annual scientific conference, 26 - 28 September 2012, Kampala - Uganda.

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

For more info, read the leaflet.

59th session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean

Representatives of the Dubai Health Authority/Public Health Affair Department, Sustaining Member of the WFPHA, will participate as observers the fifty-ninth session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean on behalf of the Federation. To be held from 1 to 4 October 2012 in Cairo, Egypt.

For more information, click here.

APHA 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition

Mrs James Chauvin (president of the WFPHA), Prof Bettina Borisch (Head of the WFPHA secretariat) as well many other WFPHA Members will attend the APHA Annual Meeting in S. Francisco, CA, USA from 27 to 31 October 2012. For more information click here or contact Mrs Vina Hulamm.

5th Annual European Public Health Conference 2012

Prof. Ulrich Laaser, Immediate Past President of the WFPHA, and Dr Marta Lomazzi, Program Manager at the WFPHA, will attend the the 5th Annual European Public Health Conference. To be held in Malta, 8-11 November 2012. Prof. Laaser and Dr Lomazzi will be happy to meet you and give an overview of the WFPHA Millennium Development Goals Project on Friday 9th November 2012, from 13:00-14:30. The meeting room number will be communicated later. Please contact M. Lomazzi for any further information.

Survey

Here are a few informations about the survey:
It is conducted by IMSP (Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine), with the support of OFSP (Federal Office of Public Health).
We have two objectives: evaluating the knowledge in human rights; identifying the need for training in this area, among students and health professionals.
The data collected will be treated in a strictly anonymous manner.
A correction will be available (in French or English), once the data collection is over, for those interested (informations at the end of the questionnaire).
The results will be published, so accessible to anyone interested, at the end of our survey.

Link for students:
http://fr.surveymonkey.com/s/survey_human-rights_students

Link for health professionals:
http://fr.surveymonkey.com/s/survey_human-rights_health-professionals

7.Upcoming Events

1st Regional Symposium on Health Research and Development - Indonesia

The 1st Regional Symposium on Health Research and Development will be hosted by National Institute of Health Research and Development - Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia. The symposium theme is focused on the issues of health research and development towards the universal coverage and equity.

To be held on 11 to 12 of October 2012 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

For more information, click here.

8th Annual National Scientific Conference of VPHA

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here

APHA 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition

Annual Meeting LogoThe APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world, attracting more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists. APHA's meeting program addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.For more information, click here.

To be held in San Francisco, CA, USA from 27 to 31 October 2012.

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

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

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

The 4th International Forum for Sustainable Vector Management & 1st International Forum for Tropical Disease Prevention and Control

The International Forum for Sustainable Vector Management (IFSVM) is launched by the Society for Vector Biology and Control (SVBC), Chinese Preventive Medicine Association (CPMA). The principal goals of this forum are to promote international communication and cooperation on sustainable management of disease vectors, to improve the ability of vector surveillance and control, and to promote the vector research and management network in the world. The Forum aims to provide an academic platform in exchanges of new technologies, new methods and new achievements in the field of vector biology and management. The activities include oral presentations, posters, techniques and products exhibitions, etc. The topics will improve the competency of public health professional in detection, diagnosis, treatment, surveillance, researching and development vaccines. 

To be held on 25– 29 Nov, 2012, Haikou , Hainan, P. R. CHINA. 

For more information, click here.

South East Asia Regional Public Health Conference & 57th Annual Conference of IPHA

South East Asia Regional Public Health Conference & 57th Annual Conference of IPHA to be hosted from 1st to 3rd February 2013 at the prestigious Science City in Kolkata. The focus will be on ”Strengthening Partnerships towards excellence in public health - One Vision, One Voice”. For more information, click here.

Global Conference on Health Promotion 2013

The 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion (8GCHP) - Helsinki, Finland, 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.

27th International Population Conference

At the kind invitation of the Korean Government, the XXVII IUSSP International Population Conference will be held at the BEXCO Conference Centre in Busan, Korea, from 26 Aug to 31 Aug, 2013.

The IUSSP and the Korean National Organising Committee (NOC) expect over 2,000 participants and warmly invite all members of the population community to submit a paper/poster proposal and to plan on attending this important international event.

For more information, click here.

21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion

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.

To be held in Pattaya, Thailand on 25 – 29 August 2013.

For more information, click 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.

Watch the video of the upcoming World Congress of Public Health.

8.Publications

Equity Action Newsletter

Equity Action is the joint EC programme on health inequalities. Its aim is to develop practical ways of tackling these health inequalities across Europe. EQUITY ACTION NEWS will report on programme developments every quarter for policymakers and for people who deliver public and other services.

Each edition will focus on the activities of a different work package (WP) within the programme. This first edition focuses on WP4 that deals with tools and mechanisms for tackling health inequalities and promoting health equity, and developing an equity focus for a "health in all policies" approach. It also highlights the growing political importance of health inequalities.

To read the last issue, click here.

Social Determinants of Health - Canadian Best Practices Portal

“……The social determinants of health influence the health of populations.  They include income and social status; social support networks; education; employment/working conditions; social environments; physical environments; personal health practices and coping skills; healthy child development; gender; and culture.

These resources provide Canadian and international information to help you plan approaches to address the social determinants of health.

For more information, click here.

UNAIDS report: Together we will end AIDS

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 2012

“….New report containing the latest data on numbers of new HIV infections, numbers of people receiving antiretroviral treatment, AIDS-related deaths and HIV among children. The report also gives an overview of international and domestic HIV investments and the need for greater value for money and sustainability…”

To read the report, click here.

Tobacco use in 3 billion individuals from 16 countries

Lancet article entitled, “Tobacco use in 3 billion individuals from 16 countries: an analysis of nationally representative cross-sectional household surveys” is the largest tobacco use prevalence study ever reported in the scientific literature.

To read the article, click here.

9.Your Communications

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