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


We welcome Dr. Benjamin and thank warmly Prof. Ulrich Laaser for his commitment and activity as past Chair of the Advisory Board. He remains, of course, member of the Board.

As per art. 6 of the WFPHA By Laws: “The Advisory Board constitutes a knowledge resource for the Council and the Federation.

The Board works on request of the Council or takes its own initiatives, subject to approval by the GC. The work is coordinated by the Chair in agreement with the Council.”

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