On March the 5th the WFPHA has written a letter to the Spanish Ministry of Health Social Service and Equity, supporting the Spanish Public Health Association (SESPAS Sociedad Española de Salud Pública y Gestión Sanitaria) affiliated to us.

Regarding the Spanish Assessment Council of Health we think  that any public policy on health needs a public health vision in order to be comprehensive and effective.

We kindly ask the Ministry to reconsider the possibility of nominating a reference expert (Gender equitable) in the field of public health.

To read the wholw letter please click here.

WFPHA Joint Satetement on Antimicrobial Resistance

The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) has committed to addressing global health issues that require an innovative, collaborative, and multidisciplinary approach. The WFPHA recognizes the threat antimicrobial resistance poses to human health, and the burden it has on the systems that designed to for ensuring positive health outcomes for all. Therefore, we have worked strategically to implement a new framework which has been developed in collaboration and consultation with the WHO called the Global Charter for the Public’s Health. The WFPHA is organizing a workshop called the International Global Health & Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop in 2018 to analyze this treat through the Global Charter lens. This is a workshop that will provide guidance and insight to face antimicrobial resistance through the sharing of knowledge and development of innovative ideas.
Our support on the Joint Statement on Antimicrobial Resistance along with other civil society organizations is unequivocal. We agree that civil society plays a key role in combating AMR through an integrative, and collaborative approach on AMR-One Health policy making and the AMR Action Plan. Civil society members must work together by sharing information, research, ideas, and hosting events to raise awareness if we plan to have an effective impact on this global problem. We support the development and implementation of the National Action Plans and we plan to mobilize our global members to raise awareness on this issue. We recognize that the action against AMR requires significant investment in the overall schematic of a countries health system. We support the plan for the establishment of a dedicated European AMR fund to support Member States efforts. The development of the Global Charter for the Public’s Health conceptually shares very similar characteristics and concepts with the One Health approach. We cannot ignore the relevance of animal health and its influence on the dichotomy between human health and the environment. While utilizing this approach, it is vital for civil society and other stakeholders to adequately regulate and disseminate AMR data. Transparency during collaborations among groups will limit redundancy and wasting of resources on ineffective approaches. The AMR workshop planned for May 23rd as mentioned will create an environment for this transparency, and exchange of best practices among those in attendance. This will include members from the World Farmers Organization, Global Fund, WHO, GARDP to name a few. The role of health professionals are vital in this collaborative effort to mitigate the impact of AMR. Health associations such as ICN, FIP, WMA, and WONCA will be at this workshop interacting with a broad audience of CEOs and presidents of national and regional Public Health Associations worldwide from LIC, MIC and HIC. Here at the WFPHA we are in unified support with the other organizations on this Joint Statement and will continue to empower our members to implement the needed prevention strategies that will eliminate the threat AMR poses to the global society today.

Read the Call to Action

Read the AMR Joint Statement

WFPHA@ WHO EB. Statement on UHC and the Global Charter

The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) presents a statement at the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) in January 2018 on Universal Health Coverage and the Charter

142th session of the WHO Executive Board, Geneva, 22 - 27 January 2018

Agenda item: 3.7 Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property

The WFPHA is the only worldwide non-governmental representation of public health professionals whose prime focus is to promote and strengthen public health at the local, national and global level.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC), as part of Universal Health Care, has been on the public health agenda since the declaration of Alma Ata in 1978. The quest for UHC has been reiterated on many occasions since with the most recent being the Tokyo Declaration of 2017.

UHC is technically and financially feasible and is already working effectively in low, middle and high income countries. UHC is based on a political decision and, therefore, needs political will. There are social, economic, and political preconditions for UHC to be a realistic political goal including: a sufficient tax revenue base to finance public goods, a relatively equitable society, as well as legislative and institutional structures.

To achieve and maintain UHC the WFPHA, together with WHO, has elaborated four enablers in the Global Charter for the Public’s Health (Charter). They are capacity building, good governance, accurate information and effective advocacy.

We call upon the WHO to fully embrace the Charter’s functions of protection, prevention and health promotion as well as the four enablers as a way of creating the preconditions for UHC.

The WFPHA stands ready to mobilize our members worldwide to accelerate political leadership for UHC. Every country faces a unique policy context, but we will enhance cross-country “learning” through our world-wide membership. We will support the WHO in its norm-setting functions and in its assistance to implement policies. To do so, we call upon the WHO, its member states, and the related UN-organizations to openly support what is a fundamentally political process.

Management and governance solutions should be consistent with the values of the citizens they serve. We call for implementation of the Charter to focus on systemic approaches for strengthening health systems to deliver UHC.

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