WFPHA Newsletter February 2018

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1.-WFPHA Meets with Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Geneva Office Meet WHO DG Tedros

On Monday February 5th Executive Director of the World Federation of Public Health Associations Prof. Bettina Borisch, the Executive Manager Dr. Marta Lomazzi, and Dr. Ruediger Krech, WHO DTO for WFPHA, met with Director General Dr. Tedros to officially introduce the WFPHA given the relationship and work done with the previous Director General Dr. Margaret Chan. Following the 142nd Executive Board, this direct meeting with Dr. Tedros was very much appreciated by the WFPHA and Dr. Krech given his breadth of responsibility and obligations. The organizational structure of the WFPHA was presented including the global network of professional societies and members who have undertaken various global health initiatives.


As this meeting transitioned toward the WFPHA’s role in Africa and strengthening the necessary links to various countries, Dr. Tedros was able to strongly relate given his role in inaugurating the WFPHA Regional Office for Africa in Addis Ababa in 2012. Various components of the WFPHA was presented which included highlighting the other global regional offices as well as the current Working Groups. The discussion was fruitful, and progressive as they assessed how best to collaborate in assisting in the implementation of the Draft 13th of the General Programme of Work. The “Global Charter for the Public’s Health” (Charter) was introduced to Dr. Tedros, starting with the document’s origination as it was created upon the request of the previous Director General Dr. Margaret Chan in 2012 to review the role of public health in the globalized world. This was well received by Dr. Tedros as he offered his support for the Charter in agreement with the previous Director General. The Charter embraces concepts analogous to those highlighted in the GPW13.


The WFPHA is ready to lead a dialogue with its members on how to further engage different sectors which impact global health. This dialogue can be instituted using various platforms and methodology, as this is a collaborative effort to engage stakeholders toward the development of the strategic measures the GPW13 recommends with the support of the Charter. The overall presentation was well received by the Director-General as it highlighted how the Charter, through the implementation of its enabler functions, could be used to promote the principles needed for the adoption of Universal Health Coverage. The WFPHA truly appreciates Dr. Tedros' support and looks forward to both parties' continued collaboration.



2.-Global Charter for the Public's Health Implementation:

International Global Health & Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop 2018

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The WFPHA recognizes that Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a major global health concern that needs to be addressed globally in line with the values stated in the Global Charter for the Public's Health. To contribute to the fight, the WFPHA will run an International Global Health and Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop on May 23rd 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.


The International Global Health & Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop 2018 will consist of a one-day set of interactive presentations, discussions, will address practical problem, and will include debates involving professionals from all sectors and industries that are involved with antimicrobial resistance.


In particular, the Workshop programme will include topics on:

- The complexity of Resistance

- AMR as a risk for health, security and development

- AMR surveillance and research

- Optimization of the use of antimicrobial agents

- Common problems and possible solutions for programmatic management of AMR

- International aspects of antimicrobial resistance

- Actors and partnership to fight AMR

- Sustainable investments for AMR

- AMR action plan & health system strengthening


This workshop will convene experts in AMR at the global level to showcase experiences, challenges and possible solutions to face AMR. A special focus will be addressed on the need to set up resilient and secure health systems.


Confirmed speakers include:

- April Johnson, Animal Health Officer, FAO;

- Denise Denelay, Director, SustainAbility;

- Sonja Löfmark, Microbiologist/Analyst in Antibiotic and Infection Control, PH Agency Sweden;

- Herman Goossens, Opinion leader & former member of JPIAMR;

- Howard Catton, Director, Nursing and Health Policy, International council of nurses;

- Manica Balasegaram, Director, GARDP;

- Marc Sprenger, Director, Antimicrobial Resistance Secretariat, WHO;

- Peter Beyer, Senior Advisor, Dept. of Essential Medicines & Health Products, WHO;

- Philip Howard, International Pharmaceutical Federation;

- Stefano Aliberti, Head of the Respiratory Infections Assembly, European Respiratory Society;

- Thomas Tängdén, Medical Director, ReAct;

- My Sahlman, Chief Veterinary Officer of the Ferderation of Swedish Farmers, World Farmer's Association


Attending the workshop is free but registration is mandatory at the following link: WFPHA AMR Workshop


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Stay tuned as we continue to unveil more speakers!


3.-Speak Up:

WFPHA Statement on UHC and the Global Charter at the WHO EB

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



Given during the 142th session of the WHO Executive Board, Geneva, 22 - 27 January the WFPHA reiterated the importance of Universal Health Coverage.


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.


WFPHA Joint Statement on Antimicrobial Resistance

The World Federation of Public Health Associations 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 are designed to ensure positive health outcomes for all.


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 support the plan for the establishment of a dedicated European AMR fund to support Member States efforts. 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.


Here at the WFPHA we, together with the other cosigning organizations are unified in our support of 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.


4.-News from our Members

The #2WeeksCampaign has started!

The WFPHA is providing its members with a great opportunity to increase their visibility. All the interested members will have the occasion to highlight activities, challenges, achievements in public health, as well as public health topics of their own country on the WFPHA social media during two dedicated weeks. The WFPHA welcomes all its members to take part to the campaign to set up new potential partnerships and joint advocacy actions.


Most recently the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventative Medicine and Public Health had their campaign from Jan 8-21, followed by the Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh as well as the Public Health Association of Bangladesh from Jan 29-11 Feb.


The next #2WeeksCampaigns will be dedicated to Cameroon, Vietnam, and Canada.


To tag WFPHA Facebook page, add @wfpha (or @World Federation of Public Health Associations), and add @WFPHA_FMASP on Twitter. Share WFPHA posts and retweet our tweets in your social media!


Stay tuned!


5.-Members' Newsletters


6.-WFPHA Members Communication

WFPHA General Assembly in May

The next General Assembly of the WFPHA will take place on May 20th 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland at the Graduate Institute, chemin Eugène-Rigot 2at the Maison de la Paix, close to the UN Building and other international organizations in Geneva.


Agenda and related documents will be posted at latest one moth before the GA our website at


Please let us know if you intend to participate by March the 28th 2018 at 



Meet The New Interns

Emeka Profile

Chukwuemeka (Emeka) Iloegbu


Chukwuemeka (Emeka) Iloegbu is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist specialized in Immunohematology, Hematology, and Microbiology. He earned both a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelors in Clinical Laboratory Science in 2008 at the University of Hartford. Prior to completing his undergraduate studies, he undertook various volunteer roles, most notably was his time at the Greater New York Red Cross as a First Responder where he served as a team leader on 2 relief operations. Concurrently, he was an instructor at Emerald Isle Immigration Center teaching civics, and English proficiency to those applying for citizenship. His service was recognized with an accommodation in 2011 and 2012 as he was the recipient of the President’s National Volunteer Service Award. Emeka is currently completing his Master’s in Public Health at the Graduate School for Public Health at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. His focus is refugee health, and migration, and his capstone project is an environmental health assessment of a migrant farmworker community in Arizona near the US/Mexico border.

Emeka is a student member of the ACCESS to care team at the Mount Sinai Human Rights Clinic and is a Refugee Health Fellow for a NGO called Espoir which focuses on addressing the health and social needs of newly arrived refugees or asylum seekers in the New York. He holds a position on the MADA Conference Committee for the United African Congress and is also a consultant for the Global Peace Foundation on global health initiatives and engaging youth and young professionals. After his 3 month stay in Geneva, he plans on remotely continuing his work with the World Federation of Public Health Associations on current and future initiatives.

Ishan Profile

Ishan Haque


Ishan Haque joined the WFPHA as an intern in January 2018, and will be with the federation until May of the same year. He holds citizenship with Bangladesh, Switzerland, and the United States and is currently pursuing a Masters degree of Global Health with a Specialization in Epidemiology from the University of Geneva.


He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Tulane University and has experiencing interning with international organization such as UNAIDS and ITU, as well as with local NGO’s such as Roots of Renewal in New Orleans.


A world traveler, Ishan is motivated by the existing challenges in health governance and health access that lie ahead of the sector and hopes to help the sector address these challenges.


7.-WFPHA Working Groups

Indigenous Health Working Group


The Indigenous Health Working Group is in the process of organizing a workshop on the 24th of May 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. 


Stay tuned for more information.







Oral Health Working Group

 Oral Health Pic

On the 21st and 22nd of February the executives of the Oral Health Working Group convened in Geneva to review their activities and discuss how best to move forward in the coming year.


On the 22nd of February the Working Group also met with Dr. Benoit Varenne, Oral Health Programme Officer and part of the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases department at the WHO, to discuss potential collaborations.



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8.-Advertising & Courses


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With real public health issues as the foundation of your learning, you will be immersed in some of the most significant and complex public health crises that our country and planet have experienced.


The MPH is a chance to expand your knowledge of Public Health and study-abroad in Canada at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry's Master of Public Health Program.


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This master is recognized by Swiss School of Public Health, Fondation Promotion Santé Suisse and Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).


During 3 years, students follow courses in the University of Geneva (5 weeks per year) and do several projects about public health. Students are coached by the faculty and by several colleagues working in international organizations (World Health Organizations, ICRC, ONU, etc.).


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The third edition of the Mayo Clinic Antimicrobial Therapy

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The new third edition of Mayo Clinic Antimicrobial Therapy is fully updated and revised to reflect the latest guidelines and drug development since the second edition. Chapters have been added on the following subjects: bioterrorism, prosthetic joint and transplant infections, treatment options targeted for hepatitis B and C infections, and dosing for obese and neonatal patients.


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9.-What's on


23rd International Humanitarian and Security Conference at Webster University of Geneva

23rd International Humanitarian and Security Conference at Webster University of Geneva

"For this yes we need experts, BUT what is really needed is passion” stated by Dr. Laura Pacifici Noja on February 16 during her presentation at the 23rd International Humanitarian and Security Conference.


The focus for this two day conference was for the need for effective global compacts on refugees and migration. The list of speakers were representatives from the UNHCR, ICRC, IOM, UNOG, the Italian Coast Guard, and Webster University of Geneva. The Global Compact on Migration is a technical document, and it requires cross sectorial collaboration within the governments of the countries engaged in the development of this document.


Similar to this, is the declaration instituted at the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne Call to Action calls on governments to enable public health professionals and their organizations to carry out their work to develop further public health functions and quality health systems as global public resources. This declaration also calls on governments to hold all sectors accountable for the health impacts of their policies and actions, consistent with the intent of the social determinants of health and their responsibilities to strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


The World Federation of Public Health Associations will continue to work toward improving health outcomes globally through effective partnerships with our members and their respective governments.


Take a bite of global health

Lomazzi Take a bite of Health

On Tuesday February 13th Dr. Marta Lomazzi gave a comprehensive presentation on the interconnection between Oral Health and the Global Charter through a public health lens.


This presentation, which displayed how the key components of the Global Charter are utilized to address oral health disparities, was well received by those in attendance and led to a fruitful and productive discussion. A general introduction of the Global Charter was given which included the origins of the Charter, it’s key components, and the purpose it serves. Following this was the importance of oral health and its role in determining health outcomes within LIC, MIC, and HIC settings. Dr. Lomazzi emphasized the key role proper oral health treatment and services has on social interaction, and the need for improved analysis of the mouth for early detection of serious diseases.


Next two case studies on the implementation of the Global Charter were presented. The first case study was on Access to Oral Health for Children in Mexico City. The second was on the universal provision of oral health which was a comprehensive way of engaging all stakeholders at the global level. Both case studies utilized for key components of the Global Charter: Information, Advocacy, Capacity Building, and Governance.


Dr. Lomazzi ended the presentation by highlighting that the integration of oral and public health is a win-win situation that shares both common risk factors, and preventive approaches which can lead to one health outcome that prevents disease to protect the population.



Europe observes a 4-fold increase in measles cases in 2017 compared to previous year

Photo by WHO/Alex Shpigunov

Europe increase in Measles

2017 saw an increase in measles rates compared to previous years. 21,315 people where affected, and 35 died compared to only 5,273 cases in 2016. “Declines in overall routine immunization coverage, consistently low coverage among some marginalized groups, interruptions in vaccine supply or underperforming disease surveillance systems” were cited as possible causes for the increase.


Moving forward, action will be taken to halt current outbreaks and prevent new ones. Noted approaches include “raising public

awareness, immunizing health-care professionals and other adults at particular risk, addressing challenges in access, and improving supply planning and logistics.”


The WFPHA understands that achieving permanent health outcomes is difficult but such setbacks must be taken as a learning experience from which we can improve our approaches going forward. Using evidence based solutions is crucial and the Global Charter for the Public’s Health is a document created with the goal of guiding the development of public health programs that are able to handle stressors and abnormalities.


You can read the full press release and find out more about the current situation here.



Urgent need to scale up health services in Cox’s Bazar: WHO

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 WHO Rohingya Refugees

As the Rohingya refugee crisis continues, the WHO announces that the nearly 1.3 million people in Cox’s Bazar remain vulnerable populations that require continued support to survive. Despite admirable efforts by the Government of Bangladesh and partner agencies, the magnitude of the crisis demands further scaling up of aid and provided health services.


WHO continues to act in a coordinating role for over 100 partners that manage close to 300 health facilities including clinics, hospitals, and health posts. While these facilities provide many services, resources and the existing work force remain strained.


As refugees of genocide, the international community cannot stand by and watch the situation unfold, and efforts must be continued to meet the needs of this population.


For more information check out WHO’s webpage here.



PAHO, OAS renew agreement to cooperate on a public health response to the drug problem in the Americas

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The use of psychoactive substances is a serious public health issue in the Americas, and is a large contributor to premature deaths and disability. The renewed PAHO-OAS agreement covers a variety of approaches that will be implemented to address the drug problems, these include the “promotion of structured information systems, facilitation of access to integrated healthcare services, training of human resources, promotion of research, and diffusion of scientific knowledge”.


However, comprehensive efforts to fight the use of psychoactive substances requires that countries’ public health systems also take action to address social determinants; “promote healthy lifestyles; prevent or delay the onset of drug use; mitigate the adverse effects of consumption; and treat, rehabilitate and fully reintegrate problematic users using effective interventions within a framework that protects their fundamental rights”.


To learn more about the situation and renewed agreement please refer to the web bulletin here.




Journal of Public Health Policy - Federation's Pages

Journal of PHP
In each issue of the Journal of Public Health Policy (JPHP), journal editors include an article commissioned by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), written by leading authors in the field. Edited by Bettina Borisch and Marta Lomazzi at the WFPHA, JPHP is pleased to make the Federation’s Pages free to view in celebration of JPHP’s continuing affiliation with the WFPHA.

Latest Articles

More articles coming soon, stay tuned!


Interesting Publications

Monitoring universal health coverage within the Sustainable Development Goals: development and baseline data for an index of essential health services


“Achieving universal health coverage, including quality essential service coverage and financial protection for all, is target 3.8 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). As a result, an index of essential health service coverage indicators was selected by the UN as SDG indicator 3.8.1. We have developed an index for measuring SDG 3.8.1, describe methods for compiling the index, and report baseline results for 2015.” (D. Hogan, The Lancet Global Health, 2017)


Progress on catastrophic health spending in 133 countries: a retrospective observational study


“The goal of universal health coverage (UHC) requires inter alia that families who get needed health care do not suffer undue financial hardship as a result. This can be measured by the percentage of people in households whose out-of-pocket health expenditures are large relative to their income or consumption. We aimed to estimate the global incidence of catastrophic health spending, trends between 2000 and 2010, and associations between catastrophic health spending and macroeconomic and health system variables at the country level.” (A. Wagstaff, The Lancet Global Health, 2017)


The role of healthcare and education systems in co-occurrence of health risk behaviours in 27 European countries


“Contextual factors play an important role in health and related behaviours. This study aims to examine the association of co-occurrence of five health-risk behaviours with healthcare and education contextual factors using nationally representative samples from 27 European countries.” (S. Kino, European Journal of Public Health, 2017)


WHO Bulletin- Noncommunicable diseases: a call for papers

The Bulletin of the World Health Organization will publish a theme issue on noncommunicable diseases. Since much is known of the clinical interventions in managing these conditions, this theme issue will be focusing on the political economy and experiences in addressing the commercial drivers of noncommunicable diseases and the impact of international trade on government policy on these diseases.


The commercial drivers are a significant challenge that requires better evidence, multisectoral actions and citizens’ involvement. We welcome all papers that address the industries’ interference in public policies and the gaps between policy and the implementation of population-based best-buy interventions that address modifiable behavioural risk factors.


The deadline for submission is 15 July 2018. Manuscripts should be submitted in accordance with the Bulletin’s guidelines for contributors, and the cover letter should mention this call for papers.The theme issue will be launched at Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) in January 2019


You can see the entire bulletin at




11.-Upcoming events

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