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At Cuba Salud 2018, professors Carlo Signorelli and Anna Odone of the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health have presented the next World Congress on Public Health to the convention as well as to WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus.
The World Congress is an important event held by the WFPHA, with the support of partners and other organizations, that takes place once every 2-3. The Congress serves as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on key public health issues, contributing towards protecting and promoting public health at a national and global level. The next World Congress on Public Health will be hosted by SItI and EUPHA and is taking place in Rome, Italy in October 2020. Stay tuned!

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The WFPHA supports the Global Child Dental Fund (GCDF) resolution calling for 20% of the revenues generated through a taxation on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) to be allocated to oral health promotion programs.

Currently, 28 countries have introduced a sugar tax on food and drinks. The revenues generated from this sugar tax have been invested in efforts to reduce and prevent obesity and type II diabetes, such as the development of physical education and healthy eating programs in schools with less or no focus going towards oral health promotion and prevention.

Nearly half of the world's population (48%) is affected by oral diseases and has suffered disabilities from oral diseases. 2.5 billion people have dental carries on permanent teeth, including in developed countries. Sugar is the primary factor responsible for the development of tooth decay. In the "Fiscal Policies for Diet and Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs)", the WHO has clearly highlighted the negative impact of SSBs on obesity, diabetes, AND tooth decay. Twhy, then are resources only being allocated to obesity and diabetes prevention, and not towards promoting oral health as well?

While oral health is an integral part of overall health, well-being and quality of life, it has traditionally been compartmentalized in healthcare and segregated from public health systems. Thus, oral diseases have become a neglected epidemic. The WFPHA calls for oral health to be integrated into overall health policies using cross-sector and holistic approaches for health promotion and led by good governance, in accordance with the Global Charter for the Public's Health. We need to educate the public about the detrimental effect of sugar on teeth and the importance of affordable fluoridated toothpaste.

Download the PDF Resolution here.

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As is outlined in the Global Charter for the Public's Health, the WFPHA is committed to the Promotion of the public's health and the Protection of the human right to a healthy life. In March 2018, the Swiss Parliament in Berne is discussing a bill proposal that will defend the position of the tobacco industry at the expense of the public's health, giving bigger freedom to advertising of Tobacco Products, so further distancing Switzerland from the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Thus, the WFPHA has joined a petition of signatories, initiated by the SSPH+, in opposition of this proposed Federal Act on Tobacco Products. We call on others to join in the refusal of this bill.

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The WFPHA was honored to have a display of the Global Charter for the Public’s Health at the International Scientific Conference and Health Fair hosted by the Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh. This event marked the 5th anniversary of the founding of the Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh and the Health Fair was the first of its kind in the country. Congratulations on a successful event!

The WFPHA calls upon national public health associations to continue to share and promote the Global Charter and to fully embrace its services of protection, prevention and health promotion as well as its four enabler functions of good governance, accurate information, effective advocacy and capacity building. Utilization of these services and functions will serve as a pathway to resilient health systems globally.

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