The Indigenous Working Group of the World Federation of Public Health Associations has been invited to the Global Conference on Primary Health care starting today in Astana, Kazakhstan. The  World Health Organization called them to demonstrate Indigenous knowledge and moderation technique as part of the Empowering People at the Centre of Primary Health Care conference session.

Adjunct-Associate Professor Carmen Parter, Co-Chair of the Indigenous Working Group from Australia and Ms Emma Rawson Co-vice Chair and Public Health Association of New Zealand executive committee member, will be representing the Working Group. 

 “The Indigenous Working Group and WFPHA are honoured to be recognised as an important force bringing Indigenous knowledge and cultural practices to global discussions on primary health care. This conference is a significant international event bringing together health experts and world leaders which also celebrates the 40thanniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration and a renewed commitment to health for all, and for the working group to be part of this is very exciting.” Said Professor Parter.

Read the full press release here


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On the 25th and 26th of October, World leaders, state members, health experts and global organizations will meet at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana Kazakhstan to renew their commitment to achieve primary universal health coverage, building on the principles of the Alma-Ata Declaration. 
The Declaration of Alma-Ata was ground-breaking in uniting health leaders behind the importance of primary health care as key to delivering better health for all, and to the value of social justice, health equity, and the social determinants of health. It formed the foundation for the last 40 years of global primary health care efforts. 
40 years ago, the WFPHA, played a significant role at the Alma-Ata Conference on Primary Health Care by releasing a position paper representing views of nongovernmental organizations about primary health care. 
 The aim today is to renew political commitment from member states and global organisations to developing people-centred primary health care, building on the principles of the Alma-Ata Declaration. A renaissance in primary health care is essential to provide health for all, including the most vulnerable. 
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Photo : In 1978, the WFPHA was represented by Mr. Gerald Dafoe (President at the time), on the Right and Mr. Russel Morgan, second to the left.

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The WFPHA along with other non-governmental organizations from all over the world have signed a letter addressed to the President of the Swiss confederation.

In fact, Switzerland is hosting the FCTC (Framework Convention on Tobacco Control) but remains one of the very few countries in the world, which have not ratified it.

The signatory organisations rightly accuse Switzerland of protecting the economic interest of the tobacco industry rather than focusing on protecting public health.

They underlined that “Switzerland has everything to lose by continuing to complacently give this industry political and other privileges while sacrificing the health and human rights of its own people”.

To read the letter click here.


The International Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labels Webinar 2018 was a huge success with impressive presentations, lively discussions between the audience of health professionals, consumers and our high-level speakers from various countries and sectors. This interaction offered an interdisciplinary insight into front of package labeling approach and its potential implementations.

To learn more about the Webinar and the speakers' presentations, click here