WFPHA Newsletter March 2019

If you can't see this e-mail properly, view it online

  In this Newsletter:

Engage with us by tagging WFPHA in your tweets, posts, and photos! #WFPHA #globalcharter #VaccinationWorkshop2019



1.- International Vaccination & Capacity Workshop 2019

front pictureScreen Shot 2019 04 26 at 1.18.31 PM


After the success of its 2018 “International Global Health & Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop”, the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) is pleased to announce its 2019 “International Vaccination & Capacity Workshop” taking place on the 22nd of May 2019. Register for a seat here!


The workshop will discuss strategies and good practices to increase primary prevention through increased capacity (from human to infrastructures to sustainable investments and beyond) applied to the vaccination context. Notwithstanding the scientific evidence of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, we continue to witness major outbreaks and deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases. The reasons are complex and vary between and within geographical regions and countries. These reasons include lack of health care access, resource constraints, population displacement due to war and violence, religious opposition, vaccine refusal, conspiracy theories, and philosophical reasons on the ethics and politics of mandatory vaccination.


Human Resources for Health (HRH) are at the core of “capacity”, which is an essential element of the Global Charter for the Public’s Health. Although there is increasing recognition that HRH are essential for the achievement of broader development goals, including Universal Health Coverage, we face a global crisis. This crisis is characterised by: sub-optimal leadership and governance; inequitable distribution; widespread shortages; poor performance; and lack of responsiveness to the needs of communities. The suboptimal resources for health are not limited to HRH only but embrace also infrastructures, institutional capacity, and strategic investment.


The WFPHA is taking the lead in enhancing the discourse on vaccination and capacity to enable its members, partners and stakeholders to increase their knowledge and advocacy efforts on these important global priorities. The workshop discussions will feed into the deliberations of civil society in the lead up to the United Nations Assembly in September 2019 on Universal Health Coverage.

Secure your spot by registering here. The Workshop is free but registration is mandatory. 





2.- General Assembly

WFPHA's 53rd General Assembly will take place on 18 May in Geneva! Laetita Rispel, President of WFPHA, will be acting chair of the General Assembly. The purpose of the annual assembly is to go over the organizations' strategic plans, vote on key issues such as finances, new members of the general council, new associations members, and review events happening through the coming year. 





3.- 2020 World Congress in Rome

Screen Shot 2019 03 27 at 4.22.15 PM

WFPHA is proud to present the 16th World Congress on Public Health, together with the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI).

The Congress serves as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on key public health issues. In Rome 2020, we are expecting to attract over than 4,000 delegates!

The theme of the Congress, Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy, and Action, reflects our firm commitment that we, in the global public health community, have an obligation to respond to these new circumstances. We must make visible the threats to health. We must challenge and hold to account those with the power to make a difference. And we must act, making real our commitment to health in all policies. We aim to encourage your active participation in the WCPH 2020 programme!



• What happened to the Enlightenment?

• Leading the way to a healthier world

• The Earth: a strategy for survival

• Moving out of the silos

• Making a difference

• The information revolution

• Revolutionizing the public health workforce as agents of change

• High quality health systems to ensure health and well-being



Low cost registrations are now available until 30 November 2019. Don't miss the opportunity. To register click here

Fees below are inclusive of current VAT (22%) and are quoted in Euro.


Screen Shot 2019 04 26 at 1.38.12 PM


Emerging countries are those states as "low-income" and "lower-middle income" as per World Bank country classifications. For a complete list, please check the World Bank website. Proof of status is required to finalize the registration. Reduced student rates are also available for full-time students.



World Leadership Dialogues (WLD) are high-level sessions on hot topics in public health intended to complement the plenary themes. The purpose is to provide in-depth perspectives on key issues integrated into public health strategic plans/policies/health budgets perspectives. WLD applications can be submitted by organizations, working groups (WFPHA, EUPHA, SITI), foundations but not individuals and should comply with the requirements provided on the website. Additionally, these dialogues should be self-sustainable with the organizing groups covering all expenses related to the development of the session and the participation of the speakers including congress registration fees. WLD submissions are open starting 1 August 2019 until 31 December 2019. Format and submission information can be found here



The 16th World Congress on Public Health offers excellent opportunities to learn from the latest research and practice from around the globe. Abstracts are invited for workshops and single presentations on all areas of public health research, practice, policy and education.

Abstract submission is open from 1 December 2019 to 1 March 2020.


4.- Speak Up

Planetary Health Alliance

planetary health

Screen Shot 2019 04 15 at 1.59.50 PM











WFPHA co-signed a call initiated by the Clinicians for Planetary Health of the Planetary Health Alliance. This global call-to-action reflects a broad commitment of the healthcare community to planetary health. It aims to increase awareness of the public health impacts of global environmental change and to mobilize clinical communities to get engaged in planetary health. The WFPHA supports physicians, nurses, and other clinicians protecting our health thanks to their unique capacity to understand and communicate the shifting landscape of planetary health challenges and the strategies. Join them by supporting the initiative:


Indigenous Working Group

WFPHA's Indigenous Working Group has released two press releases within the 2019 year highlighting important matters relating to Indigenous people. 


Press Release: International Year of Indigenous Languages and Beyond

Screen Shot 2019 04 26 at 1.29.25 PM

2019 is the Year of Indigenous Languages! The Indigenous Working group presents their first press release this year, celebrating the tribute to Indigenous language. Playing an important role in culture and cultural expression, language is precious to indigenous people. With culture playing a central role in their health and wellbeing, the Indigenous Working Group encourages the over 90 countries around the world, where the 3000 million Indigenous people have called home before colonization, to invest in Indigenous language maintenance and revival.

Read the full press release here.


Screen Shot 2019 04 26 at 1.27.58 PM

Indigenous Knowledge is the way to Planetary Health and Sustainable Development

The Indigenous Working group held a workshop at the World Conference on Health Promotion in order to identity global Indigenous public priorities. Indigenous knowledge is important to a healthier and more sustainable planet. Adrian Te Patu, Co-Chair of the working group, believes that indigenous people of the world have always respected their environment, which is why is it necessary for them to be apart of the policy conversations on planetary health and sustainable development. The Indigenous working group works hard to prioritize the rights and knowledge of Indigenous people. This press release works to inform everyone of the importance of indigenous representation in order to better the environment.

Read the full press release here


5.- WFPHA Working Groups 

Working Group on Health in Emergencies and Disaster

webinar migrant

The Working Group on Health in Emergencies and Disaster organized a Migrants, Refugees, and Health Webinar. Multiple speakers including three members of the Working Group along with invited speaker from the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM), The Lancet Commission on Migration and Health and EchoHealth Alliance discussed the importance of refugee and migrant health, the challenges to implement international guidelines to promote refugee and migrant health, how environmental changes can lead to forced migration and to climate refugees, and what actions need to be taken in the future to ensure access to health for migrants and refugees.


Migration has become a complex social and political issue, with one billion people on the move or having moved in 2018, Majority of which occurs within low and middle-income countries (LMICs). The numbers of refugees and of people displaced by war and conflict, natural disasters, and climate change are at the highest levels ever recorded: 22 million and 40 million, respectively (IOM, 2017). On 10 December 2018, over 160 countries adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. It is the first-ever UN global agreement on a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions.

The aims of the webinar were to:

  • Introduce the Global Compact for Migration, highlight the links between Migration and Development, and focus on the issue of the health of migrants and refugees

  • Assess the major challenges to implement the Global Compact and the key role international and professional organizations, such as Public Health Associations, can play to inform solutions for access to health for migrants and refugees

  • Facilitate a dialogue to advance understanding and capabilities to tackle health challenges faced by migrants and refugees by leveraging the power of community and professional organizations.

About 100 people attended the webinar! If you missed the webinar or would like to listen again, a recording can be found here, all you have to do is register and the recording will start playing. In addition, all slides can be accessed here


At the conclusion of the webinar, a discussion was held on the important role of public health professional associations in advocating for migration health and in providing the evidence-base and the science for the implementation of the Global Compact. The webinar was successful in highlighting the major challenges faced today regarding migrant health, presenting key research findings on addressing health inequalities and integration of vulnerable immigrant population, the challenge of promoting the health of refugees and migrants in Europe, and environmental degradation, land use change and climate change impact on migration health and underlines the importance of risk reduction and preparedness measures, including early warning to ensure healthcare access to migrants, and increase the resilience of people who are particularly vulnerable.


Oral Health Working Group 

Screen Shot 2019 04 15 at 11.12.34 AMpic 1


The Oral Health Working Group has began a series of videos highlighting the link between public health and oral health, the work they do to promote oral health, and challenges the field faces. These videos feature Co-Chair Hyewon Lee, Vice-Chair Myron Allukian, and Executive Manager Marta Lomazzi. The first video has now been published on our youtube channel and addresses population health and dental public health and the challenges they face. 


Support the Oral Health Working Group and learn more about their advocacy on their website!


6.- New Interns

AbbyAbby McLennan

My name is Abby McLennan, I have recently completed a Masters of Human Nutrition and currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Public Health through Griffith University, Australia. I am really interested in food policy, sustainable food systems and improving health literacy. I find it fascinating how these three topics can affect the health of people and the planet. Food affects everyone and from a health perspective I want to give people the confidence to make clear, obvious and informed choices for their health when it comes to consuming food. I think improving health literacy by way of minimising the confusion around nutrition, particularly nutrition food labelling needs to be at the top of the nutrition agenda. As I am a newly graduated Public Health Nutritionist, I jumped at the chance to be part of the policy development for front of pack nutrition labelling. I am excited for the opportunity to intern with WFPHA to contribute and learn practical and relevant experience in the public health policy process. I am looking forward to advocating for WFPHA to communicate the policy as I believe this is a very important step in promoting a healthier global food system as well as reducing the global burden of disease. 

shannon website

Shannon Papalia

 My name is Shannon Papalia. This past December 2018 I graduated from the University of Connecticut in the United States with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health and Health Promotion. I first became interested in Public Health through volunteer opportunities in different cities in the U.S. focusing on issues such as rural poverty, health care access, health disparities and harm reduction services. The past two summers I have volunteered as a Health Fellow for an NGO called One Heart Source in Cape Town, SA where I taught middle school students subjects of biology, chemistry, and HIV/AIDS, volunteered at local health clinics, and worked as a leader for other volunteers. This organization inspired me to gain interest in global health, epidemics, and health education. Through these experiences, I have learned the importance of breaking global health misconceptions and educating the public on disease prevention. As I am passionate about promoting health access for all, I am grateful for this opportunity to intern at WFPHA in order to learn more about the global health field and their efforts to promote global health and the right to health.  

kathrynKathryn Bonham

My name is Kathryn Bonham and I am interning at WFPHA working on Policy, Advocacy and communications. I am originally from England where I studied a BSc in Psychology before working for three years in Public Health promotion, project coordination and management with the British and French Red Cross. I gained an International MSc in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Montpellier in France and the University of Basilicata in Italy. Here I worked and studied a range of aspects of Public Health Nutrition including linkages with Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Agriculture and the economics of Sustainable Agriculture. I have worked in Europe, Latin America and Asia on different Public Health projects, focusing on project coordination, advocacy and communications. I previously worked in Geneva as an intern with the United Nations and have been back in Geneva for a short while now. I was excited and eager to start an internship with WFPHA as I am continuously passionate about Public Health on an International scale and working in Public Health promotion. It is great to be back in Geneva and working for a global and necessary cause.



7.- News from our Members

Screen Shot 2019 04 23 at 1.47.43 PM

Panamanian Public Health Society

Screen Shot 2019 04 23 at 1.55.54 PM

The Panamanian Public Health Society (SPSP) is taking a stand for tobacco control! They created a press release urging President Juan Carlos Varela to veto a bill, which favors tobacco companies and encourages them to expand on sales and marketing. Tobacco can lead to major health concerns such as lung cancer, heart disease, and heart attack. Panama has been an example to other countries as it has the second lowest prevalence of smoking in the world! This law could threaten that status and the health of communities in Panama. This is why the Panamanian Public Health Society is expressing their veto as urgent in order to protect the well-being of their citizens. WFPHA supports SPSP in their efforts to promote public health and fight for tobacco control! Read the full press release here.




8.- Advertising & Courses

Screen Shot 2019 04 11 at 9.42.45 AM

Maîtrise Avancée en Santé Publique à l’Université de Genève



L’Université de Genève a le plaisir d’ annoncer l'ouverture des inscriptions pour la Maîtrise en Etudes Avancées (MAS) en Santé Publique (Faculté de Médecine, Université de Genève, Suisse).


Ouverte aux professionnels disposants d'un diplôme universitaire ou d'une haute école en santé ou en sciences humaines, le MAS s'effectue durant trois ans en cours d'emploi, à hauteur de cinq semaines  par année d'enseignement présentiel en français, complétées par des projets personnels (en français ou en anglais). Cette formation est reconnue par les sociétés médicales et professionnelles (FMH et la SSPH+).


A ce jour, plus de 180 diplômé-es de par le monde ont bénéficié de cette formation. Ils-elles occupent des postes à responsabilité dans la santé publique en Suisse et à l’étranger. Pour sa trentième année qui commencera en septembre, le MAS accueillera le Professeur Jean-François Etter en tant que nouveau directeur, ainsi qu'une équipe enseignante et administrative largement renouvelée, afin de répondre au mieux aux besoins des étudiant-es, tant en termes de méthodologie que de connaissances dans les différents champs de la santé publique.

Les inscriptions pour cette formation qui commencera en septembre prochain sont ouvertesjusqu'au 15 juin.

Vous trouverez davantage d'informations ici:

Par ailleurs, l’équipe du MAS se tient à votre disposition pour toute question à l'adresse: 


International Health Systems Program - Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health

Study at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health! 

Screen Shot 2019 04 11 at 9.44.59 AM

You’re a senior official or policymaker who strive to improve the health of citizens in your country? Enroll to one of the three courses offered by Harvard University:

Purpose: This course is designed to support prioritizing human resources development in reaching the WHO Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The course will provide new and innovative ways of addressing human resources policy and management issues. Participants will develop their own draft country strategic plans for human resources.

Purpose: Experienced Harvard faculty developed this workshop to better equip policy makers and managers to meet the challenges encountered designing, implementing and managing a health care decentralization transition. While both theory and practice will be included, the emphasis will be on practical skill building.

Purpose: This course is designed to improve the conceptual and practical skills of health care professionals who are trying to assess and improve the quality of health services. Participants attending this course will learn an effective conceptual framework for the design of an overall health improvement system; and learn to plan strategically for health system improvement. 


Menzies - School of Health Research 

study at menzies

Study Public Health at Menzies!


You want to gain an effective framework and reliable tools, which will enable you to comprehend and tackle complex population health and social issues in cross-cultural, local and global environments? Choose Menzies public health courses! Celestine Aho, postgraduate student tells you everything about her experience as a researcher

menzies malaria




The Menzies malaria research program spans a broad range of research activities aimed at both prevention and treatment, from epidemiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology, immunology, molecular parasitology, clinical trials, and evaluation of the impact and cost-effectiveness of public health interventions.

Read about the student's experience and find more information about the programs here.  


9.- Upcoming events

No events
  Follow us | facebook twitter linkedin  youtube  rss