Millennium Development Goals: how public health professionals perceive the achievement of MDGs

There have been various consultations on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by different groups. However, even if it is clear that the health sector has led the development success of the MDGs, only a few MDG reports consider public health experts’ points of view and these are mainly government driven.

The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) has executed a global survey to consult public health professionals worldwide concerning the implementation and achievements of the MDGs.

The survey was conceived by WFPHA health professionals and promulgated online. Public health professionals and organisations dealing with MDGs responded to the survey. Content analysis was conducted to analyse the data.

Survey participants attributed the highest importance worldwide to MDGs dealing with women, poverty and hunger reduction, and disease prevention and management. Moreover, they underlined the role of education, referring both to school children and professionals. In high and upper-middle income countries, environmental challenges also received considerable attention.

Notably, respondents underlined that weak governance and unstable political situations, as well as the gap between professionals and politicians, were among the main causes that detracted from MDG achievements.

The public health workforce felt it would be imperative to be included from the outset in the design and implementation of further goals. This implies that those professionals have to take an active part in the political process leading to a new and accountable framework.

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Autors: Marta Lomazzi, Ulrich Laaser, Mareike Theisling, Leticia Tapia, Bettina Borisch

The Official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the African Federation of Public Health Associations (AFPHA) on the Establishment of the AFPHA Head Office in Addis Ababa Ethiopia was effected on the 8th day of September 2014, at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs Office in Addis Ababa.

His Excellency Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos, State Minister for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs representing the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and Dr. Tewabech Bishaw AFPHA Secretary General, representing the African Federation of Public Health Associations signed the MoU.

Present at the occasion were officials from the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mengistu Asnake, President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), Dr. Filimona Bisrat, President of the Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) and Mr. Dereje Gebreab, Program Officer, AFPHA.

On the occasion, H.E. Ambassador Berhane stressed the importance of the regional public health organization and the Ethiopian government commitment in supporting the Federation activities in Ethiopia and throughout the continent. On her part Dr. Tewabech Bishaw acknowledged all the support being provided by the Ethiopian government right from the inception of AFPHA and emphasized the federation’s commitment in improving public health in the continent.

The official signing of the MOU is a significant step that enables AFPHA to work independently as an African Regional Organization and to mobilize required resources for the betterment and equity of public health in the African region and beyond.

The World Federation of Public Health Associations and the African Federation of Public Health Associations call on mobilizing public health resources and revitalizing primary health care for a sustainable response to the current Ebola situation and public health emergencies.

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