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WFPHA Newsletter 09 - 2013
Published: 30 September 2013

In this newsletter:

1.A Stellar Public Health Conference in Africa

2.Public Health Association of Australia 42nd Annual Conference

3.News from our Members

4.WFPHA Members' communication

5.Members' Newsletter

6.Working Groups

7.Upcoming Events

8.Your Communications


1.A Stellar Public Health Conference in Africa

tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Main article No3 Sep2013.jpgThe 9th Public Health Association of South Africa Conference, held in association with the African Federation of Public Health Associations, took place at the International Conference Centre in Capetown on September 26 and 27. Its theme, Africa’s Public Health Legacy – Beyond the MDGs, offered a perfect springboard for discussions about how the community of public health associations in Africa can, in partnership with governments at all levels and other stakeholders, develop, implement and evaluate the impact on health outcomes of public and private sector policies, programs and practices that affect human health.

This important pan-African public health event exceeded expectations. Almost 500 delegates attended, primarily from South Africa but as well representing 20 African countries and 8 other countries. Several pre conference events took place, including a Public Health Student Symposium (September 24) and several skills-building workshops on September 25.

WFPHA organized and sponsored a one-day pre-conference pilot policy development/advocacy skills-building workshop for PHAs in the Africa region. The workshop drew on their experiences and lessons learned in policy development and advocacy as a means to help participants gain increased understanding of the ‘do’s and don’ts’ in public health policy advocacy. It brought attention to the issue of falsely-labelled and falsified medicines as the basis for framing an advocacy campaign action plan by PHAs at the national and continental levels on an important public health issue.

Representatives of public health associations from several African countries (South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Nigeria and Kenya) attended the workshop. Some PHA representatives who had been invited were unable to attend at the last minute. Their absence was made up by the participation of a large delegation from Nigeria (a country which has begun to tackle the medicine quality issue) and several observers who joined the workshop.

Representatives from APHA (Debbie Klein Walker, Vina HuLamm and Regina Davies) acted as co-facilitators and Dr. Amir Attaran of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa was a speaker and technical advisor during the workshop on the issue of falsely-labelled and falsified medicines. PHASA’s President, Laetitia Rispel, made welcoming comments and Stephen Knight of PHASA co-presented the workshop’s opening presentation with WFPHA President Jim Chauvin.tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Main article No1 Sep 2013.jpg

The workshop achieved its objectives. African PHAs and the WFPHA committed to work together to begin assembling country-based evidence about the extent of the falsely-labelled and falsified medicine situation and an environmental scan as to what is being done to address the issue. They also agreed to bring the issue to the attention of the AU and to push WHO to take action on it. A communiqué was released following the workshop. A workshop report is in preparation and will be circulated to all WFPHA member organizations, to the AFPHA as well as to WHO and other international agencies and professional organizations.

The PHASA conference program covered a range of public health issues and featured several pre-eminent speakers. Dr. Adewale Troutman, APHA President, made a reflective presentation on leadership for equity and social justice, drawing on his personal experience. Dr. John Geer, the recipient of the first PHASA Public Health Innovation and Leadership Award, provided a thoughtful reflection on public health in South Africa. Ms. Jeanette Hunter, former CEO of the Health Systems Trust and Director General for Primary Health Care at the South African National Department of Health, talked about the South African experience in bringing a health in all policies approach within the country’s primary health care system. Dr. Amir Attaran made an excellent presentation about the challenges of falsely-labelled and falsified medicines in Africa, drawing upon the discussions and outcome from the WFPHA workshop. Professor Michael Asuzu, President of the Society of Public Health Professionals of Nigeria (a WFPHA member) and a leader in the creation of the new Nigerian Public Health Association, reflected on what is needed in Africa to achieve the objective of ‘healthy people, healthy environment’, and Dr. Tracey Naledi, Director of Health Impact Assessment at the Western Cape Department of Health made a presentation on addressing the multiple burden of disease in South Africa through Intersectoral action. All were excellent presentations that demonstrated the depth of passion for public health and the actions being put into place in Africa to tackle the challenges to achieving Health for All.

tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Main article No. 2 Sep 2013.jpgJim Chauvin, WFPHA President, was honoured by PHASA as a keynote speaker at both the opening and closing plenary sessions. The opening session, a panel on leadership for a lasting legacy, included very interesting presentations by Ms. Precious Malebona Matsoso, Director General of the South African National Department of Health, and Dr. Mollent Okech of the Kenya Medical Training College. Jim’s presentation and comments advocated for refocusing attention on the characteristics of leadership for the public’s health and looking beyond leadership training for the management of health care services (an important issue, but the focus of which constrains public health’s capacity to tackle the non-health care determinants of health). His presentation during the closing plenary reflected on what he heard, saw and learned during the conference. He closed with a call to the African public health community and PHAs to imbed the right to health (and not only to health care) as a primary principle, and to shift the emphasis of discussions about policies and strategies from health care to health equity. Both presentations were well-received and generated considerable discussions with conference delegates.

The oral concurrent and poster presentation sessions highlighted the vitality and passion of the young public health cadre. A lot of interest was expressed about the WFPHA and the role of public health associations as catalysts for change and in advocating for better health outcomes and health equity. The conference demonstrated that a vibrant public health community exists in South Africa and in Africa, with a high potential for significant and sustained transformative change for health equity and human development through public health associations in Africa.

Following the conference, Jim took part in a panel discussion during the afternoon of October 1 at the School of Public Health/Witwatersrand University on Health Equity, health care access and civil Society action. This event, attended by several dozen faculty and graduate students, included presentations by myself, Dr. John Eyles (a medical geographer from McMaster University in Canada who is the newly appointed Chair for Health Policy and Systems at the Witwatersrand University’s Centre for Health Policy) and Mr. Thulani Masilela, Deputy Director-General in the South African Presidency responsible for health and health care. The presentations were well received and generated a good discussion.

Jim’s presentations can be viewed at

2.Public Health Association of Australia 42nd Annual Conference, Melbourne:16-18 September 2013

tl_files/doc/about/JimOrationPHAA.JPGThe Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) held its 42ndAnnual Conference on the theme A “fair go” for health: tackling physical, social and psychological inequality. At the opening session Victoria State’s Minister for Health and Ageing, the Honourable David Davis, described very clearly how this state government is dealing with the inequalities in access to health care. He especially mentioned the plight of refugees in Australia and also indigenous people’s health. This introduction was followed by WFPHA President Jim Chauvin, invited by the PHAA to present this year’s Douglas Gordon Oration. This commemorates the significant contribution made by the late Dr. Douglas Gordon (1911-1993) to public health in Australia. The purpose of the presentation, An alliance for global civil society advocacy for the public’s health: WFPHA and the PHAA, was to share with conference delegates his reflections about the important role played by national public health associations and to make a call to action for the members of these organizations to be active and fully-engaged participants in global public health advocacy. The presentation helped sensitize the PHAA’s members about the important role that their association can play in the Asia Pacific and global public health arenas, and helped reinforce the relationship between the PHAA and the WFPHA.

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Delegates at the 42nd PHAA Conference

This was a high level conference with a special emphasis on advocacy; there were several Public Health Action Workshops, where advocates with experience and success shared their ways of working with the political, the scientific and the population level. For all tobacco campaigners worldwide it is important to note that Australia became the first country in the world to require tobacco products to be sold in plain packaging. Both Professor Mike Daube, an ardent public health advocate, and former federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon, emblematic figures of this success, presented their views. Health equity was dealt with in several lectures, including one by Sharon Friel, Professor of Health Equity at the Australian National University in Canberra, the recipient of the PHAA’s 2013 Mentor of the Year Award, who made an excellent presentation on tackling the physical and psychological determinants of health. In addition, the large spectrum of public health activities both from the academic and the field were showcased in the numerous concurrent sessions and poster presentations. It was an impressive conference.

tl_files/images/Newsletter2013/bettina_borisch-32.JPGThe Council of Academic Public Health Institutions of Australia (CAPHIA) held its annual Teaching and Learning Forum immediately following the PHAA Conference. The topic was “Public Health Teaching in a changing university environment”. A special focus was on the new technologies and forms of teaching; MOOCs, blended learning and the like were presented and discussed in workshop formats. On the second day Professor Bettina Borisch, Director of the WFPHA’s Geneva Secretariat Office opened the meeting with a presentation on Swiss, European and WFPHA activities in teaching and learning – Overview. The ensuing exchange was rich and stimulating. Several concerns shared worldwide were mentioned and the consensus was that teaching Public Health always brings us back to the definitions of Public Health in a changing world.

Congratulations to our Australian colleagues for two excellent events!

3.News from our Members

New Members at WFPHA

Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh (PHFB)

Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh is an independent, autonomous, non-political & non-profitable organization and led by a group of well reputed, committed & dedicated physicians, researchers, clinicians, public health specialists and other multidisciplinary health professionals from home and abroad.

It aims to make a positive desirable change by establishing a fairer, more equitable and healthier society with the objectives of addressing priority public health challenges with activities, mobilizing resources, and delivering health services.

The main activities of this organization are focused on:

  • Promoting education and training
  • Supporting & conducting surveys,research to create evidences
  • Mobilizing resources
  • Building institutional capacity
  • Implementing health promotion activities
  • Offering technical assistance
  • Developing need-based programs,guidelines and policies
  • Disseminating information

Targeting the above mentioned activities Public health Foundation of Bangladesh has already conducted series of training programs on “Teaching Methodology, Research methodology, Epidemiology and biostatistics” for the young doctors, teachers, researchers of health science to generate an active and efficient workforce in health and other allied sectors. Also Various seminars and symposiums on “Social Accountability of Health Science Institutes and Public Health Education, Doctor-Patient Relation, Patient Safety, Violence against Women” etc had been organized by this organization to create awareness.

Periodic newsletters are also published every four monthly focusing the activities of the foundation and public health issues. Health services are being provided to both sick and healthy population of underprivileged and vulnerable group. Members regularly participate in the public health discussions in the mass media.

It runs a E-Journal named “South East Asia Journal of Public health” and a separate website(

Public Health Foundation believes in “Working Together”. It works in partnership with gov’t, non-govt other stakeholders. Through continuous and sustaining efforts Public Health Foundation will fight the challenges towards building a “Healthy Bangladesh”.


PHFDB officials with participants in the Training on Research Methodology

Chadian association of Public Health (ATSP)

After working for a comfortable institutional base, the Chadian Association of Public Health (ATSP) is firmly committed this year for more visibility near the public. This option was strongly reaffirmed in favor of the first general meeting of the association held on February 8, 2013 in N'djamena. The General Assembly, enhanced by the presence of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Health and the representative of the World Health Organization in Chad has not only permit to broaden the executive office of the ATSP but has also offered the opportunity to adopt the Action plan for this year.

In the implementation of this action plan, the Chadian Association of Public Health conducted a number of activities of which the most important is the commemoration of the World Kidney Day, March 14, 2013. This is the first time that Chad at the initiative of the ATSP celebrated this day. In addition to awareness messages, the opportunity was offered to the population to be tested to make sure that it does not suffer from hypertension, diabetes or other kidney diseases. Concretely, in 7 hours, there are 570 people including 230 women were detected on volunteer basis. The overall result shows that 39 people detected suffering from serious arterial hypertension problems. It is also discovered, thanks to the search for protéinurie, that 37 have kidneys that do not function well. 11 of the 570 volunteers have a particularly alarming sugar rate and might thus suffer from the diabetes. All these diagnosed patients were given access to appropriate health services.

Note that the ATSP was also, fully invested together with the structures of the Ministry of Public Health to organize the World Day of fight against tuberculosis, malaria, tobacco and has sensitized the population by the radio and television on the free medical care of urgencies preached by the Chadian Government. Under the partnership and with financial support from WHO, the ATSP plans to hold awareness campaigns on malaria and non-communicable diseases in N'djamena. Following a very successful meeting granted on 27 August 2013 at National Coordinator Dr. Garba Tchang Salomon and Secretary General Komandegal Lazare, the Minister of Health Ahmed Mahamat Djidda promised to assist the Installation and training of members in five (5) of twenty-three (23) regions of Chad. This activity will be carried out between October and December 2013.

In the field of the coalition, the ATSP is designated, following a consultation meeting held from 06 to 07 September 2013, to chair the expert advisory group of civil society in support of vaccination and immunization. The implementation of this platform is a response to the wishes of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) which Chad is eligible. The ATSP is delighted, overall, of the good collaboration established with the Ministry of Public Health and its partners, in particular the WHO.

To read the French versionof this article, click here.


Members in the office of ATSP

Indian Public Health Association (IPHA)

Indian Public Health Association (IPHA) is a nongovernmental , nonprofit making organization with almost 6,000 multidisciplinary membership of national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, social scientists, veterinarians and related public health specialists. The Association, is the founder member of the World Federation of Public Health Associations and has state level branches in almost all states of India. Committed to addressing current and emerging public health science, policy, and practice issues through co-operation with Government and Nongovernment agencies, organizations and institutions in an effort to prevent disease and promote health of the people of the country is the prime objective of the organization. The Association was inaugurated on the 28th September 1956 by the then Union Health Minister Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur at the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Calcutta, with the active support of late Dr. B. C. Roy, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal.

The Association has an academic unit – the Indian Academy of Public Health which undertakes research and training on behalf of the association and organizes conferences, meetings, symposia and discussions in different aspects of public health. The Association publishes an indexed quarterly journal – the Indian Journal of Public Health, specially adapted to the needs of administrators and academia in public health.

IPHA is also actively involved in capacity building of all categories of public health workers in India , local need based and context specific service delivery and advocacy campaigns among different sections of the population, particularly the vulnerable and at risk disadvantaged groups. IPHA members sit on board all important planning, policy making and program implementation committees.

Gearing up to host the 14th WCoPH


After the 1st ICOC meeting in Kolkata

Indian Journal of Public Health

Since 2010 Indian Journal of Public Health is being published both in print and ahead-of-print online e-version with increased visibility and open access globally. During these years there has been massive increase in submission of articles. Articles from outside India are also being sent. In 2012 we have received a total of 535 articles submitted  online through e-submission system. All four issues of 2012 have been  published – currently 4th issue of the journal is available online. Online full text articles are available at We are regularly publishing special articles, on important aspects of public health, written by nationally acknowledged experts in the related fields. Articles on Public Health Education and Public Health Research Methods are now being published in separate sections.

Indian Academy of Public Health

Healthy Schools, Healthy Nation initiative was launched for developing peer ‘Health Champions’ in Kolkata Schools The initiative is intended to make our youth ‘act’, about ‘Healthy Living’ and develop a peer group of Health Champions, who will be responsible for ensuring that healthy practices and behavior are adopted and implemented within their school campuses and their communities. Students have undertaken ‘projects’, some of which were presented at the Annual National Conference 2013.

4.WFPHA Member's communication

Swiss Public Health Conference 2013

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The Swiss Public Health Conference 2013 has been a success with more than 400 participants discussing on the theme: Prevent and treat chronic illnesses: who does what with whom?

All presentations are available here Powerpoint presentations authorized to be published (Plenary and parallel sessions)

Photos available on flickr.

We look forward welcoming you next year in Olten on August 21st and 22nd 2014.

Conversation on Public Health issues at the Carter Center

On 10th September, the American Public Health Association engaged directly with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and New York Times Op-Ed Columnist, Nicholas Kristof, on Google+ to address global neglected tropical diseases. APHA represents a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health officials at all levels working both within and outside governmental organizations and educational institutions. The Carter Center invited the APHA Communityto join in a special Google + Conversation to discuss ways we can still tackle global health issues in times of insecurity. The most insightful contributors were invited to join them in a live Hangout On Air that took place on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. ET.

If you missed the conversation on Google+ with Jimmy Carter & +Nicholas Kristof about Public Health, you can watch the full video on YouTube. +The Carter Center #carterconvo 

Global Burden of Disease Call for Experts

The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010 (GBD 2010) advanced the evidence base in health by producing comparable estimates for 291 diseases and injuries, 1,160 sequelae, and 67 risk factors by age and sex for 187 countries for 1990 and 2010. That effort represented the collective work of 488 co-authors and many other contributors. The results, published in The Lancet in December 2012, have generated robust debate and discussion from researchers, donors, and policymakers, among others. One message is consistently clear: burden of disease estimates are a public good and an enormous resource, but to maximize that public good, they should be produced in a more timely fashion. Annual estimates of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) — using consistent definitions, standardized approaches to data quality, and consistent modeling strategies — are essential if we want to maximize the impact of this valuable resource.

We invite anyone interested in collaborating on the GBD to express their interest. A detailed protocol for GBD 2013 is available here. After reading the protocol, those interested in participating should submit their information via this online form. Given the relatively short timeline for each annual assessment, including GBD 2013, individuals interested in participating are encouraged to express their interest as soon as possible. The application deadline is October 15, 2013. All applications to be a collaborator will be carefully considered, taking into account the existing needs for expertise in diseases, injuries, risk factors, all-cause mortality, and country epidemiology.

To contact the GBD Management Team, please email Summer Lockett Ohno at

Ambassador of World Peace

Dr. Nirvadha Singh, Specialist Public Health Consultant, a PHASA and WFPHA member, was conferred the title of Ambassador of World Peace (Shantidoot-the term given by India) in Rajasthan, India on 7 September 2013.

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The title was conferred as she had introduced public health into the concept of peace for the first time ever.

Dr. Singh also presented a paper called Peace - A Public Health Genesis . The PHASA editor has placed an article on the website with regard to the peace award. She was interviewed by both India and South African TV and magazine media.

Congratulations to Dr. Nirvadha Singh!


In the WFPHA July 2013 newsletter, reference was made in the Message from the WFPHA President to the change in membership status of the Association of Public Health Professionals of Nigeria. The correct name of the association which became a WFPHA Associate Member in May 2013 is the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria. Our apologies to the Society of Public Health Professionals of Nigeria, a different and new organization which is not as yet a WFPHA member, for the confusion.

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 AssociationRead the Newsletter

Nepal Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Netherlands Public Health Federation: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of New Zealand: Read the Newsletter

Nicaragua Association of Public Health: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of South Africa: Read the Newsletter

Swiss Society of Public Health: Read the Newsletter

The Graduate Institute: Read the Newsletter

Vietnam Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh: Read the Newsletter

Association Tunisienne Pour La Promotion De La Sante: Read the Newsletter


Bulletin of the World Health Organization: Read the Newsletter

6.WFPHA Working Groups

Tabacco Control Workign Group (TCWG) News

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7. Upcoming Events

APHA 2013 Annual Meeting

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

Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

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.

6th European Public Health Conference

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

The Mouth – the Mirror of the Body: Practical and Political Perspectives

Joint EADPH (European Association of Dental Public Health) and Council of European Chief Dental Officers meeting will be held from 14th to16th November 2013 in Malta.

To read the program,click here; for further information,click here.


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4th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health

tl_files/doc/publications/Newsletter 2013/March 2013/logo3sua2.jpgThe Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health is convened annually. In 2013, the Vietnam Public Health Association (VPHA) will be the host of the 4th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health from 21 – 22 November, 2013 in Nha Trang. The theme for the Conference is "Climate change and Population Health".

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

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

For more information, click here and here.

Important deadlines and dates:

- October 15, 2013: PowerPoint presentation or Poster submission close

-November 21 - 22, 2013: The 4th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health

8° International Congress of Public Health

This congress will be held from 27 to 29 November 2013, in Medellin, Colombia.

Main subject: Human Rights and Equity in the Perspective Of Global Justice

The 8° International Congress of Public Health is a meeting place of public, private, academic, governmental and non-governmental actors with respect to the implications that has for public health to assume a perspective based on social justice, human rights and equity in health. Thus, on its theoretical basis, human talent formation, its practice and ultimately individuals and populations’ health contexts, in which health care providers develop their professional and institutional practice, we invite you to submit research and experiences related to the Congress’ theme.

For more information, click here

Global Health: Interconnected Challenges, Integrated Solutions

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

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

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

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

14th World Congress on Public Health

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14th World Congress on Public Health will be held in Kolkata, India, 11-15 February 2015.

The theme for this Congress is “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.

The Website is now online:

Call for abstracts will be open in January 2014.

The list of reviewers is actually being established. If you are interested to act as reviewer, please write to Laetitia Bourquin.

8.Your Communications

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Send us your newsletter, articles & photos of your activities, annual reports and inform us about the upcoming events (your annual meetings and all other interesting congresses/seminars) and we will post them on our website and newsletter.

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