On July 3, 2017, the World Federation of Public Health Associations decided to take action against the arbitrary dismissal of thirteen academics from the Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir, Turkey on June 28, 2017.

The Federation demands a withdrawal of the dismissals as a consequence of seven statutory decrees targeting academics that signed the peace declaration of the Academics for Peace group, which has been working since November 2012, to establish peace conditions in Turkey.

WFPHA President, Micheal Moore, addressed this issue by sending three statement letters respectively to Prof. Dr. Adnan Kasman, Medical Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Oguz Dicle of Dokuz Eyül university in Izmir, as well as the President of The Turkish Council of Higher Education (CoHE) Prof. Dr. Yekta Saraç.

Thousands of Turkish academics that signed the declaration have been dismissed since its publication on January 11, 2016, and hundreds have been jailed. Many of the are highly respected academics that only asserted their freedom of speech and their desire to put an end to State perpetuated violence.

Among them, acclaimed surgeon Prof. Dr. Cem Terzi recently expressed his own opinion regarding the dismissals in the following words, “We are here for the truth and the peace.  We, as academicians, might pay for it. We are ready to pay for the peace…Academics do not obey.

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On January 10th 2017, the WFPHA, together with ABRASCO, sent a letter to the Government of Brazil urging it to reconsider the proposed amendment to the constitution (PEC55). The amendment will see a linear restriction to all public expenses until 2036, with consequences for universal health coverage for Brazilian citizens.  

On 11th November 2016, the World Federation of Public Health Associations, along with the 'Asociación Colombiana de Salud Pública', wrote a letter to Dr. Santos, President of the Republic of Colombia, congratulating him for being awarding the Nobel Prize for Peace. 


Dr. Santos has demonstrated to the world that a process of peace-making can be embarked upon even when the situation seems to be blocked from all sides. His actions have provided a signal of hope to all the regions of the world where the majority of people look so desperately for an end to war. In war and civil unrest people cannot live fulfilled happy lives, and even the basic human right to health cannot be achieved. It was for this reason that the WFPHA, in the name of over 100 member organizations representing a wide range of public health professions, chose to take the opportunity to recognize Dr. Santos' achievements. 

The Office of the High Commission for Peace of Colombia has subsequently sent a letter to Michael Moore, WFPHA President, thanking the WFPHA for its gesture of support and solidarity. In the letter, it was recognized that the international community is essential to end the conflict and help unite Colombians.

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