Letter to the Austrian Minister Sebastian Kurz

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On Sept 4th 2018, the WFPHA Immediate Past President M. Moore AM, sent a letter to the Austrian Minister Sebastian Kurz urging him to take action to support full implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) implementing stricter tobacco control policies in Austria.
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was a landmark treaty in the history of public health. Though its regulations have reduced the burden of non-communicable diseases caused by tobacco smoke, the battle for worldwide tobacco control has yet to be won. Some non-smokers are still heavily exposed to secondhand smoke, especially those working in hospitality industries where smoking is allowed indoors.

Since several years, WFPHA undertakes tobacco control-related activities and performs strong advocacy.

The Austrian government cancelled a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, putting workers and patrons at a higher risk of emphysema, cancer, and other NCDs. The decision may also reverse the nation’s improvements in reducing rate of smoking among youths. Austria’s action contrasts the goal of the FCTC and represents a step backward in public health.

The letter has been quoted by a number of journals:

https://orf.at/stories/3036961/

https://diepresse.com/home/innenpolitik/5503624/Dont-smoke_Australischer-Experte-schreibt-offenen-Brief-an-Kurz

https://www.kleinezeitung.at/service/newsticker/5503632/Dont-smoke-Offener-Brief-an-Bundeskanzler-Kurz

https://www.wienerzeitung.at/nachrichten/oesterreich/politik/992313_Oesterreich-hat-weiterhin-ein-derart-grosses-Tabakproblem.html

http://www.heute.at/politik/news/story/Michael-Moore-Australier-schrieb-Brief-an-Kurz-44924367

https://derstandard.at/2000088198683/Fehlender-Nichtraucherschutz-Offener-Brief-an-Bundeskanzler-Kurz


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Swiss Federal Act on Tobacco Products Proposal

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As is outlined in the Global Charter for the Public's Health, the WFPHA is committed to the Promotion of the public's health and the Protection of the human right to a healthy life. In March 2018, the Swiss Parliament in Berne is discussing a bill proposal that will defend the position of the tobacco industry at the expense of the public's health, giving bigger freedom to advertising of Tobacco Products, so further distancing Switzerland from the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Thus, the WFPHA has joined a petition of signatories, initiated by the SSPH+, in opposition of this proposed Federal Act on Tobacco Products. We call on others to join in the refusal of this bill.


The WFPHA has signed the Cape Town Declaration on Human Rights and a Tobacco-free World

The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH2018) resulted in the creation of the Cape Town Declaration on Human Rights and a Tobacco-free World. The marketing and sale of tobacco is a violation of the human right to a healthy life. As is outlined in the Global Charter for the Public's Health, the WFPHA is committed to the Promotion of the public's health and the Protection of the human right to a healthy life. Thus, the WFPHA has signed this Declaration and calls upon individuals, public health organizations, and government bodies to support it as well.

To read the Declaration Summary click here

To read the Whole Declaration click here 


WFPHA in support for the Global Prison Health Data Survey

There is currently an opportunity to enable countries and researchers to access useable, directly comparable data on prison health governance, systems and administration.

During 2016 and 2017 WHO (Europe) regional office provided the questionnaire to WHO national contact points in member countries in the Europe region. So far 38 of these member countries have completed the survey, in consultation with their prison health authorities, via a system for on-line data entry.

The next stage is to expand this questionnaire to other WHO regions. A coalition is forming to undertake this work and make the minimum dataset truly global, with an initial focus on Asia Pacific countries.

The project is being developed in collaboration with the WHO (Europe) Health in Prisons Program, which will host the results on the existing platform.

To read the whole document click here.


Support to SESPAS

On March the 5TH 2018 the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) has had acknowledge about the letter that SESPAS (Sociedad Española de Salud Pública y Gestión Sanitaria) affiliated to WFPHA has remitted to you regarding the Assessment Council of Health. We agree with the two points raised by SESPAS in their letter and support them.

Any public policy on health needs a public health vision in order to be comprehensive and effective. The values and principles of public health are inherent to any action aimed at improving the health of the population as shown by the history and performance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other global health related organizations.

We kindly ask you to reconsider the possibility of nominating a reference expert the field of public health.

Equity is among the principles of public health this is why we also would be grateful if you consider the gender issue suggested by SESPAS. We think that you as Minister not of Health, Social Services and Equity are in an unbeatable position to make decisions that have an impact on the population and promote social changes towards gender equality. To read the letter click here.


Letter to the Spanish Ministry of Health Social Service and Equity

On March the 5th the WFPHA has written a letter to the Spanish Ministry of Health Social Service and Equity, supporting the Spanish Public Health Association (SESPAS Sociedad Española de Salud Pública y Gestión Sanitaria) affiliated to us.

Regarding the Spanish Assessment Council of Health we think  that any public policy on health needs a public health vision in order to be comprehensive and effective.

We kindly ask the Ministry to reconsider the possibility of nominating a reference expert (Gender equitable) in the field of public health.

To read the wholw letter please click here.


WFPHA against the arbitrary dismissal

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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Letter to the Government of Brazil

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.  


Letter of congratulation

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. 

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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 115 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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