There is global evidence of the widening gaps, within and between countries, in income levels, opportunities, health status, life expectancy and access to care. Each day, across the world there are hundreds of unnecessary deaths as a result of health inequities, defined as “unfair and avoidable or remediable differences in health outcomes between different population groups.” The desirable counter-side of equity is shown in the box below.
Equity is the absence of avoidable or remediable differences among populations or groups defined socially, economically, demographically or geographically. Health inequities, therefore, involve more than inequality - whether in health determinants or outcomes or in access to the resources needed to improve and maintain health
Source: PHAO & WHO
The 2012 World Congress on Public Health focused on global progress in achieving equity, as well as the opportunities and threats to such progress. The final Addis Ababa Declaration recommitted the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) to strive for greater equity between and within countries in health outcomes, access to health care, and those social, economic and political factors that drive health inequities.
With the WFPHA Fellowships Program, the WFPHA supports public health associations (PHAs) in developing or strengthening the skills necessary to promote public health locally and worldwide, as well as in setting up global partnerships, through the exchange of capabilities and knowledge among public health professionals from different countries.
The main aims of the WFPHA Fellowships Program are to:
- Bring emerging public health association together with established and proven public health associations to promote public health growth and understanding;
- Facilitate and improve communication between global public health associations;
- Develop partnerships and practices that will positively affect and improve public health;
- Document success or challenges that could serve as a learning tool for all Public Health Associations.
The second WFPHA Fellowships Program has been held in Brazil starting in 2015. The Brazilian Association of Collective Health (ABRASCO) has been the hosting country for 2015. The two selected fellows, Dereje Gebreab Tilahun - African Federation of Public Health Association - and Sharmila Huda - Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh - have joined the activities of ABRASCO dealing with policy development, program management, field work etc.
For more information, please contact the WFPHA International Office.
The next call for the fellowship program will be opened soon! Stay tuned!