50th Anniversary Photo Competition
Thank you to everyone who participated in the photo contest for the 50th Anniversary of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.
The contest was a great success! We received over 145 excellent photographs from over 30 different countries, identifying various achievements and challenges in public health. A selection panel made up of WFPHA representatives and leaders in public health have now watched the video of all the entries and have selected the three best photographs.
We would like to congratulate the following individuals for beings selected as our winners:
Title: Kangaroos of Colombia: An innovative, effective and economical method that guarantees the survival of preterm infants.
Description: A young mother, a beneficiary of the kangaroo mother's program at the Instituto Materno Infantil in Bogotá - Colombia, protects and welcomes in her breast her little baby, who receives maternal affection while taking a recommended bath of sunlight.
Name: Hernando Nieto – Herminso Ruiz.
Organization: Colombian Pubic Health Association.
Title: Giving girls a chance.
Description: Samata Project: the Samata intervention aims to reduce HIV risk among adolescent girls in Bijapur and Bagalkot Districts by increasing their rates of secondary school enrolment and completion.
Name: Guy Natanel.
Organization: Documental Films.
The prize ceremony will be held on Thursday April the 6th at 10.30am in Plenary Room 1 at the World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne.
The prizes are as follows:
The three best photographs will be printed and displayed at the WFPHA booth at the WCPH in Melbourne. They will also be spread on our social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram) and website. You can view the video of the photo contest on youtube. This video is shared in our network of over 120 public health organizations around the world, on the WFPHA website and social media accounts and at the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne.
WFPHA sincerely thanks you all for not only your contribution to our competition, but also for your contribution to the field of global public health and all that it advocates for.
The World Federation of Public Health Associations would like to congratulate Slovenia and the Slovenian Government on their adoption of Tobacco Control Law.
With a unanimous vote of 61 for, and 0 against the adoption of the law, all parties and members voted to adopt tobacco control measures, which will include plain packaging, advertisement bans on tobacco products, and increasing and earmarking excise tax. Despite previously expressed reservations or opposition from a number of parties and members, all ultimately voted in support of the law, which will come into force with multi-party support from 2020. This is a terrific outcome for our colleagues in Slovenia and in WHO Europe who have done much to support the progression of the law and its adoption.
Michael Moore, WFPHA president, became a Member of the Order of Australia
The World Federation of Public Health Associations would like to congratulate our President Michael Moore on his newly received honour. On Australia Day, 26th of January 2017, Prof. Michael Moore became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his significant service to community health, particularly to social policy reform, and to the community of the Australian Capital Territory. The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry, established to recognize Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service.
Prof. Moore said “these things are always also a recognition of those around who offer their support, encouragement and ideas. I have been fortunate for many decades to be surrounded by people working for a better world and fairer, healthier communities. It is part of the joy of working in public health”.
Letter to Dr. Juan Manuel Santos, President of the Republic of Colombia
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, on behalf of the President 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.