WFPHA works in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) to advance the field of public health. This collaboration aims to promote mutually beneficial policies, strategies and programmes, and plays an important role in ensuring the harmonization of public health interests and activities at country, regional or global levels.

As an NGO in official relations with WHO, WFPHA has the right to:

  1. appoint a representative to participate, without right of vote, in WHO's official meetings
  2. access non-confidential WHO documentation; and
  3. submit a memorandum to the Director-General of WHO, who determines the nature and scope of its circulation.

In addition, a collaborative plan of work for 2016 - 2018 has been defined. 

Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship. WHO provides tailored support to its Member States in strengthening national health systems and increasing their resilience, with a view to progressing towards the goal of universal health coverage based on the UHC country support plan that is currently developed. This includes developing, implementing and monitoring national health policies, strategies and plans; establishing sound health governance and financing systems; ensuring the availability of equitable, integrated, people-centered health services through an adequate, competent workforce ; ensuring access to safe and essential health services; facilitating access to affordable, safe and effective medicines and other health technologies; enhancing health information systems; as well as strengthening research capacity.

In the context of the implementation of the WHO Global Programme of Work the focus on country coordination has gained significant momentum. In order to achieve the goal of universal health coverage, country support systems need to be strengthened. The WFPHA will assist WHO in aligning work on Essential Public Health Functions (EPHF), developing country case studies on how the changing role of Public Health affects the capacity needs of public health professionals; and how the Global Charter of the Public’s Health (Charter) contributes to conceptual alignment of Public Health in a changing global environment. To this effect, the WFPHA will publish policy briefs jointly with WHO and give due consideration of WHO’s coordination function in global health at its 16th World Congress of Public Health in Rome in 2020.

Contact: Dr. Rüdiger Krech

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