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We open an invitation to you for the International Global Health & Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop in 2018. This is an event that will provide guidance and insight to face antimicrobial resistance through the sharing of knowledge and development of innovative ideas.

This workshop will be held on May 23rd, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. Participation in the workshop is free but registration is mandatory. Click here to register. Space is limited and it is first come first serve – do not wait to register!

This event will consist of high level keynote speakers, interactive discussion, and small group activities with an AMR theme. We are accepting theme idea's so if interested please email a brief abstract and the title/name of who will lead the small group activity to .

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Wednesday 14 March 2018 - Friday 16 March 2018


English below:

Consciente de la nécessité pour l'Afrique de s'approprier cette innovation et de sa contribution intellectuelle au processus initial de conception de cette Charte, l'Association Camerounaise de Santé Publique (CAMPHA) en collaboration avec la Fédération Mondiale des Associations de Santé Publique (WFPHA) et la La Fédération des Associations de Santé Publique dont elle est membre, prend l'initiative d'organiser au Cameroun un forum international pour la promotion (FAASP) de la nouvelle Charte Mondiale. Le forum sera structuré de la façon suivante: une conférence inaugurale de la WFPHA; conférences thématiques en plénière; ateliers; symposiums; communications orales dans des sessions parallèles; communications affichées; réunions parallèles; un programme social et une séance plénière de clôture.

Mindful of the need for Africa to take ownership of this innovation and given its intellectual contribution to the initial process of designing this Charter, the Cameroon Public Health Association (CAMPHA) in collaboration with the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and the African Federation of Public Health Associations of which it is a member, takes the initiative to organize in Cameroon an international forum for the promotion (FAASP) of the new Global Charter. The forum will be structured in the following way: an inaugural conference by the WFPHA; thematic conferences in plenary; workshops; symposiums; oral communications in parallel sessions; displayed communications; side-meetings; a social program, and a closing plenary.

Find here the links to the documents: French and English.

Location Yaoundé/Cameroon (Central Africa)

WFPHA Joint Satetement on Antimicrobial Resistance

The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) has committed to addressing global health issues that require an innovative, collaborative, and multidisciplinary approach. The WFPHA recognizes the threat antimicrobial resistance poses to human health, and the burden it has on the systems that designed to for ensuring positive health outcomes for all. Therefore, we have worked strategically to implement a new framework which has been developed in collaboration and consultation with the WHO called the Global Charter for the Public’s Health. The WFPHA is organizing a workshop called the International Global Health & Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop in 2018 to analyze this treat through the Global Charter lens. This is a workshop that will provide guidance and insight to face antimicrobial resistance through the sharing of knowledge and development of innovative ideas.
Our support on the Joint Statement on Antimicrobial Resistance along with other civil society organizations is unequivocal. We agree that civil society plays a key role in combating AMR through an integrative, and collaborative approach on AMR-One Health policy making and the AMR Action Plan. Civil society members must work together by sharing information, research, ideas, and hosting events to raise awareness if we plan to have an effective impact on this global problem. We support the development and implementation of the National Action Plans and we plan to mobilize our global members to raise awareness on this issue. We recognize that the action against AMR requires significant investment in the overall schematic of a countries health system. We support the plan for the establishment of a dedicated European AMR fund to support Member States efforts. The development of the Global Charter for the Public’s Health conceptually shares very similar characteristics and concepts with the One Health approach. We cannot ignore the relevance of animal health and its influence on the dichotomy between human health and the environment. While utilizing this approach, it is vital for civil society and other stakeholders to adequately regulate and disseminate AMR data. Transparency during collaborations among groups will limit redundancy and wasting of resources on ineffective approaches. The AMR workshop planned for May 23rd as mentioned will create an environment for this transparency, and exchange of best practices among those in attendance. This will include members from the World Farmers Organization, Global Fund, WHO, GARDP to name a few. The role of health professionals are vital in this collaborative effort to mitigate the impact of AMR. Health associations such as ICN, FIP, WMA, and WONCA will be at this workshop interacting with a broad audience of CEOs and presidents of national and regional Public Health Associations worldwide from LIC, MIC and HIC. Here at the WFPHA we are in unified support with the other organizations on this Joint Statement and will continue to empower our members to implement the needed prevention strategies that will eliminate the threat AMR poses to the global society today.

Read the Call to Action

Read the AMR Joint Statement

WFPHA@ WHO EB. Statement on UHC and the Global Charter

The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) presents a statement at the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) in January 2018 on Universal Health Coverage and the Charter

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142th session of the WHO Executive Board, Geneva, 22 - 27 January 2018

Agenda item: 3.7 Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property

The WFPHA is the only worldwide non-governmental representation of public health professionals whose prime focus is to promote and strengthen public health at the local, national and global level.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC), as part of Universal Health Care, has been on the public health agenda since the declaration of Alma Ata in 1978. The quest for UHC has been reiterated on many occasions since with the most recent being the Tokyo Declaration of 2017.

UHC is technically and financially feasible and is already working effectively in low, middle and high income countries. UHC is based on a political decision and, therefore, needs political will. There are social, economic, and political preconditions for UHC to be a realistic political goal including: a sufficient tax revenue base to finance public goods, a relatively equitable society, as well as legislative and institutional structures.

To achieve and maintain UHC the WFPHA, together with WHO, has elaborated four enablers in the Global Charter for the Public’s Health (Charter). They are capacity building, good governance, accurate information and effective advocacy.

We call upon the WHO to fully embrace the Charter’s functions of protection, prevention and health promotion as well as the four enablers as a way of creating the preconditions for UHC.

The WFPHA stands ready to mobilize our members worldwide to accelerate political leadership for UHC. Every country faces a unique policy context, but we will enhance cross-country “learning” through our world-wide membership. We will support the WHO in its norm-setting functions and in its assistance to implement policies. To do so, we call upon the WHO, its member states, and the related UN-organizations to openly support what is a fundamentally political process.

Management and governance solutions should be consistent with the values of the citizens they serve. We call for implementation of the Charter to focus on systemic approaches for strengthening health systems to deliver UHC.

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The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) is pleased to announce the formation of its first Indigenous Working Group.

In April 2017, at the 15th World Congress on Public Health, over 40 Indigenous delegates at the Yarning Circle supported the formation of an Indigenous Working Group, which was ratified by the Governing Council of the WFPHA on the 15th of November 2017.
It is estimated that there are 370 million Indigenous People across 70 countries around the world, who often are a minority in their own country, and experience poorer health and lower life expectancy.
Michael Moore, President of the WFPHA, said “The formation of this group demonstrates the WFPHA commitment to working with Indigenous peoples from around the world to improve their health and wellbeing.”
The group will be co-chaired by Adrian Te Patu from New Zealand who is also a member of the Governing Council, and Carmen Parter from Australia who is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Vice President for the Public Health Association of Australia. Emma Rawson from New Zealand and Summer May Finlay from Australia are co-vice chairs.

“The Indigenous Working Group aims to assist in reducing the health disparity and inequities experienced by Indigenous people globally,” said Mr. Te Patu, who recognizes the “differences among Indigenous peoples but also our similarities which are the strengths of this group.”

The Working Group is underpinned by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, where self- determination is a key component; therefore the Indigenous Working Group will be led by Indigenous peoples.
“It is important to recognize that this group embodies Indigenous self-determination and will be led by Indigenous peoples,” said Mr. Moore.
“To address public health concerns among Indigenous peoples culturally appropriate solutions are required. The Governing Council understands that Indigenous Nations know what is required and have the skills and capacity to address the issues they face,” said Mr. Moore.

Carmen Parter, Co-Chair said “This is an opportunity for Indigenous peoples to come together to support each other and seek out research collaborations that develop the evidence base that informs global Indigenous public health policies.”
The Working Group’s objectives are: to bring together Indigenous peoples from around the world to share and learn from each other, engage in collective advocacy, partner with existing international groups working in Indigenous affairs, and source any funding or in-kind support to support the work of the Indigenous Working Group.
Indigenous members of WFPHA are invited to join the Working Group, with non-Indigenous people invited to join as associate members.

The Working Group hopes to hold its first face to face meeting in May 2018 at the WFPHA General Assembly in Geneva.

Please follow the Working Group on Twitter @IndigenousWFPHA.

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