WFPHA Newsletter March 2014

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

In this newsletter:

1.The Final Word from the President

2.Candidate for the position of Vice-President/President Elect

3.Job Share Program

4.News from our Members

5.WFPHA Member's communication

6.Members' Newsletter

7.WFPHA Working Groups

8.What's on

9.Meetings&Committee Reports

10.Upcoming Events


12.Your Communications


1.The Final Word from the President

As my term as WFPHA President comes to an end in May, I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every WFPHA member public health association and organization for its support to the Federation. I would also like to thank my colleagues who sit on the WFPHA’s Governing Council, its Advisory Board and its various committees and working groups, as well as Geneva secretariat staff. It is truly amazing what a volunteer membership organization such as the WFPHA can achieve.

The Federation has put into place several important initiatives over the past two years, beginning with the hugely successful 13th World Congress on Public Health in April 2012. We also witnessed the launching of the Federation’s fifth working group, on oral health.

The year 2013 was no exception. The WFPHA carried out several activities that contributed to strengthen its operational and policy advocacy capacities, to enhance the policy development and advocacy capacity of its member associations, and to put into place the framework for future activities.

In May, representatives of several member public health associations met in Geneva to formulate the WFPHA’s five-year (2013-2017) organizational strategic plan. The Federation also expanded its membership base, with the addition of 22 new member organizations. This included 15 from Europe, through an innovative umbrella agreement with the European Public Health Association. This brings the total membership in with WFPHA to over 100 public health associations and health organizations.

The WFPHA collaborated in several regional public health conferences. This included the 1st Arab World Public Health Conference, hosted by the Dubai Health Authority (a WFPHA Sustaining Member) in April 2013 and the 4th Asia-Pacific Regional Public Health Conference, hosted by the Viet Nam Public Health Association in November 2013. WFPHA representatives also attended global health conferences in Canada and Taiwan, as well as the first World Innovation Summit on Health, held in Qatar in December 2013. The WFPHA also sponsored successful concurrent sessions and a Global Public Health Leaders breakfast at the 141st American Public Health Association Conference.

The Federation launched four new initiatives over the past two years. The first was a study about the challenges in achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals. The results of this survey will help the Federation advocate for more explicit public health-related goals and targets for the post-2015 human development agenda.

The second was the first-ever WFPHA advocacy skills-building workshop. This one-day pilot event took place immediately prior to the 9th Conference of the Public Health Association of South Africa. It brought together representatives from several African PHAs, the APHA and CPHA, and focused on the issue of falsely-labeled and falsified medicines, a very important public health issue in Africa. The outcome was a declaration of commitment by the African PHAs to gather evidence in their respective countries as input to continental advocacy action on this issue.

The third initiative was the launching of the WFPHA’s Job Share program.  Through it, PHAs wishing to enhance their operational and policy development and advocacy capabilities are twinned and mentored by more mature and experienced PHAs. The pilot phase saw the twinning of the Nepal Public Health Association and the Chinese Preventive Medical Association with the Public Health Association of Australia.

The fourth initiative was launched followed the signing in January 2013 of the renewed 3-year partnership agreement with the World Health Organization. This collaborative initiative will, through a consultative process, contribute to defining public health in today’s global context. The outcome will help confirm essential public health functions for the 21st Century, and provide input to the work of the Federation’s working group on Public Health Professional Education and Training, which is examining how essential public health functions intersect with the curriculum in today’s programs and schools of public health.

Considerable effort was invested over the past year in the planning of the 14th World Congress on Public Health, to be hosted by the Indian Public Health Association in Kolkata (India) in February 2015. The International and National Congress Organizing Committees and Scientific Program Committee were established and met on several occasions. By the end of the year, the draft scientific program had been defined, several potential partners approached and the Congress’ venue visited and approved.

The Federation can and should be proud of what has been achieved over the past few years. Some challenges remain, including securing sustained funding in support of the Federation’s operations and activities. In 2012 the WFPHA signed an agreement to continue the partnership with Colgate-Palmolive to promote hand washing and is currently developing other partnerships to guarantee sustainable funding.

But overall, the WFPHA has succeeded in making itself more visible and pertinent on the global scene. I am confident as the Presidency passes to another highly qualified team that we will see the Federation continue to make its mark in the world.

James Chauvin

2.Candidate for the position of Vice-President/President Elect

tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Newsletter 2014/March/Michael Business Portrait 2007 010r2.JPGMICHAEL MOORE is the CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). He has been nominated by the PHAA for the position of Vice-President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) as a person of energy and vision who took a key role in rebuilding the PHAA and ensuring that key health issues were on government agendas.  The experience he brings to WFPHA includes advocacy and networking in areas such as the health impacts of International Treaties; climate change and health; immunisation; tobacco, alcohol and food policy; board and NGO governance.  He believes the WFPHA is poised to have an even greater impact on international health policy through involving the membership, networking and engaging with governments.

He is a former Independent Member of Parliament and was Minister of Health and Community Care in the Australian Capital Territory for four terms from 1989 to 2001. He was the first Australian Independent Member to be appointed as a Minister to a Government Executive. He has developed considerable skills in governance, advocacy and health policy.

Michael holds a post-graduate diploma in education, a master’s degree in population health, is an adjunct professor with the University of Canberra. He is widely published as a political and social columnist and in peer review journals. His experience in serving on a range of boards and scientific committees would be invaluable as a council member of the WFPHA. These boards and committees include the WFPHA Kolkata Congress, many PHAA and related conference committees, the ACT Local Hospital Network Council, Australian Health Care Reform Alliance, the National Drug Research Institute, ACT Asthma Network and the Institute of Public Administration.

Obesity is a serious and costly health problem facing our nation. The number of kids and teens who are obese has nearly tripled in the past three decades, leading to a generation at risk for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other serious health problems. However, there is hope. For the first time in recent years, obesity rates have declined. Innovative public health approaches and partnerships are contributing to improved food choices and creating opportunities for physical activity, helping to curb obesity. We must continue to fund public health programs to ensure healthy futures for all of our nation’s children.

Share this infographic widely and use it as an example when talking to your members of Congress and other policymakers about the importance of strong public health funding.

Read Text Equivalent.

- See more at:

3.Job Share Program

The first Job Share Program has been successfully accomplished. The two fellows Heya Yi - Chinese Preventive Medicine Association - and Binod Regmi - Nepal Public Health Association - as well as Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia that hosted the fellows, will report on this experience at the upcoming WFPHA General Assembly.


4.News from our Members

French society of public health - Société Française de Santé Publique

Federate and promote public health


tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Newsletter 2014/March/sfsp.jpgThe Société Française de Santé Publique (SFSP), founded in 1877, is a public association recognized on 8 March 1900 and governed by the Associations Bill of 1901. It has its registered office in Nancy and is composed of a team of 6 employees and numerous members: individual members working or having worked, either as professionals or as voluntary workers, in the field of public health, and local or national institutions for which one of their fields of action is public health, regional public health societies and professional bodies. The SFSP is full member of EUPHA and makes the links with European level for its members.

... and promote public health

The SFSP provides the various public health actors - field workers, research workers, decision-makers, voluntary workers, etc. - with a framework and resources for collective and interprofessional reflection. This reflection is based, in particular, on critical, multidisciplinary analysis of scientific evidence and professional practices. Based on the professional experience and know-how of its members, this approach leads to the formulation of proposals for decision-makers and informs public opinion about the challenges, strengths and weaknesses of public health policies.

The various activities of the SFSP are designed to achieve these objectives:

-National and international public health surveillance with weekly e-mail news flashes, web site dossiers devoted to special topics, etc.

-Capitalization and recognition of the expertise of field workers: consultations, exchange of practices, etc.

-Publication of a french-speaking scientific review, allowing an exchange of practices intended for all field workers, research workers and professionals: Santé publique, including a section “Africa, health and developpement”.

tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Newsletter 2014/March/SPUB_136_L204.jpg

-Organization of a biennial congress, conferences, and seminars, allowing debate and exchange and providing tools for continuous professional development.

-Interventions directed to public authorities or public opinion: formulation of opinions, contributions to health policies, press releases, etc.

For more information about the SFSP, click here or contact:

1, rue de la Forêt – 54520 Laxou - France

Phone: +33(0)3 - Fax. +33(0)3 -

Successful re‐accreditation of the Accreditation Agency in Health and Social Sciences (AHPGS)

tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Newsletter 2014/March/AHPGS_Logo_klein.jpgThe German Accreditation Council (GAC) once again approved the issuing of the seal of the GAC to the AHPGS for the period of five years on 25 February 2014. The assessment of the Accreditation Council states: “Overall, the assessment group got a differentiated and positive impression of the agency, the basis of the submitted documents and particularly within the framework of the on‐site inspection. The experts were particularly impressed by the great commitment of committee members, experts and the agency to the quality development of the study programmes to be accredited. At the same time, the assessors got the impression that the high qualification of all of those involved and the professional procedures established in the agency guarantee accreditation procedures according to the criteria of the Accreditation Council.” The AHPGS – Accreditation Agency in Health and Social Sciences – has now existed for over 10 years. Officially founded on 6 April 2001, the AHPGS was first officially accredited for three years by the Accreditation Council in the same year. Three years later the first re‐accreditation was approved without conditions for the period of five years until the year 2009. The accreditation by the Accreditation Council began with these findings: "The AHPGS has developed positively in every respect since its accreditation. This applies to both the number of procedures carried out as well as the consolidation and work of its committees." In addition to the successful accreditations by the Accreditation Council, the milestones in the development of the AHPGS particularly include its approval for system accreditation in 2008, its approval to carry out accreditation procedures in Swiss universities of applied sciences as well as the continuous increase of accreditation procedures for study programmes and universities abroad in Europe and outside of Europe. The positive development can be explained in particular by the number of accreditations carried out by the AHPGS. From three study programme accreditation procedures successfully carried out in 2002 to 48 procedures carried out in 2005, the number of accredited study programmes per year currently amounts to more than 120. The AHPGS has accredited more than 800 study programmes overall. The increasing number of international accreditations is also to be emphasised. The approval to carry out accreditations at universities in Switzerland and the acceptance into the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) are causing an increase in the inquiries from abroad. In addition to carrying out accreditation procedures in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia, the AHPGS has also successfully concluded various procedures for the accreditation of health sciences programmes in Saudi Arabia. One significant reason for the increasing number of international accreditations is the fact that AHPGS is the only accreditation agency worldwide with explicit expertise in the areas of health and social sciences. The AHPGS is represented in the relevant international accreditation networks. In addition to membership in the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA) and the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the AHPGS was accepted into the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) in 2009. The AHPGS has also been a member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) since 2009 and a member of the Network of Central and Eastern European Quality Assurance Agencies (CEENQA) since 2012. In addition to carrying out procedures for study programme and system accreditation as well as institutional audits, the significant fields of work of the AHPGS increasingly involve the supervision of universities during their foundation and development phases in the dynamic field of health and social sciences. Members and employees of the AHPGS are involved in the field in many ways and thereby make a significant contribution to academisation, education and quality development in accordance with the mission statement of the AHPGS.
Further information as well as contact details can be found on:

Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health

tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Newsletter 2014/March/siti-200x198.jpgThe Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (S.It.I.) is an organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and wellbeing. It was founded in 1878 by Gaetano Pini and named in 1921 Italian Society for Hygiene by Achille Sclavo. Membership has grown up to more than 3000 members today, with many of them located in local Departments of Prevention on the Italian territory. It is sited in Rome and counts on 15 regional Section. S.It.I. Officers are the President, the President-Elect and the Secretary/Treasurer. The President is the chief officer and official representative of the Society. The President-Elect provides secondary leadership for the Society. The Secretary/Treasurer prepares the agenda for sessions of the Board of Directors and General Membership Meeting and supervises all aspects of the Society’s finances. Eligibility for membership is open to any person who is interested in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine. The mission of the Society is to achieve advances in the fields of epidemiology, public health, community health, organisation, management and health economics, to encourage the evolution and development of cultural and professional activities of prevention and the role and qualifications of its practitioners and operators at central and peripheral level, to promote health education activities aimed at increasing the level of sanitation of the population and promote the activities of continuing education programs.

tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Newsletter 2014/March/taormina.jpg

46th National Congress of the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health - Taormina 2013

The S.It.I. collaborates with institutions, practicioners, associations, foundations and other Scientific Societies to promote research in the field of hygiene and prepares manuals, guidelines, protocols, operational and multicenter studies. The S.It.I. web sites are:;;

tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Newsletter 2014/March/cagliari.jpg

45th National Congress of the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health - Cagliari 2012

5.WFPHA Member's communication

47th WFPHA General Assembly

The General Assembly of the WFPHA is scheduled to take place on May 18th 2014 in Geneva. All associations Member of the WFPHA are invited to send a representative to attend this important meeting:

Sunday, 18th May 2014, 09:00 – 14:00

Graduate Institute - « Jacques-Freymond Auditorium »

Rue de Lausanne 132, Geneva, Switzerland

The Agenda and relevant documents will be sent in April.

Please let Mrs Bourquin know if you plan to participate.

New co-worker at the WFPHA Headquarters

tl_files/doc/about/Claire Morris.jpgClaire Morris
Program Manager @ WFPHA

Claire has an honours degree in business, IT and management, and over seven year’s global IT project management and business analysis experience. She also has qualifications in Six Sigma and PRINCE2 methodologies.
Claire has worked for various large blue chip organisations including General Electric and HSBC managing a plethora of global projects. Her roles involved managing all aspects of the projects as well as eventually being reponsible for the management and successful delivery of the entire program of projects.

Claire has a black belt in taekwon-do and teaches taekwon-do to children. She also is passionate about running, triathlons, tennis and cycling, and will be participating in a cycle from London to Paris in June 2014. In addition to this Claire also teaches English as a foreign language.

In 2014, she joined the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) where she works as Program Manager. Her main duties are the management of member associations and the evaluation of fundraising opportunities for the WFPHA.

Welcome on board Claire!

6.Members' Newsletter

Public Health Association of Australia: Read the Newsletter

Brazilian Association of Collective Health: Read the Newsletter

Canadian Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

European Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Nepal Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Netherlands Public Health Federation: Read the Newsletter

Nicaragua Association of Public Health: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of South Africa: Read the Newsletter

The Graduate Institute: Read the Newsletter

Tunisian Association for Health Promotion: Read the Newsletter

Vietnam Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter


Bulletin of the World Health Organization: Read the Newsletter

7.WFPHA Working Groups

Oral Health Working Group

Updates from China

There were many dental activities in the last half year in 2013 in China.

The 15th Chinese Stomatological Association Annual Meeting and China Dental Show were held in Shanghai in August of 2013.

International Symposium on Caries Classification and Management System was held in Nanning in September of 2013.

The National Love Teeth Day activities in 2013 focused on “Healthy teeth, Happy Family – Caring elders, Providing False Teeth for Missing Teeth”. Totally, 944 dental hospitals and clinics in 113 cities in 24 provinces took part in the activities. They have provided oral health examination and topical fluoride application to more than 9400 elders free of charge and provided oral health information materials to public, which covered almost 160 000 people.

National Project on Comprehensive Caries Prevention and Control in School Children in the Central and Western Regions of China was going on in the 5th year. It covered about 600 000 school children in grade 3 and provided over 2 million sealants. In addition, topical fluoride application, as a effective caries prevention methods, was involved into the National Project in 2013, and it was provided to preschool children.

In the few months of 2014:

The Research Grant from Central Government of China was just announced in this month to focus oral health care for people. It will involve the 4th national oral health survey, the first national dental manpower survey, and strategic researches on management of dental caries and gingivitis.

Wen-Sheng Rong

8.What's on

WHO public consultation on draft sugars guideline

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a public consultation on its draft guideline on sugars intake. When finalized, the guideline will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems like obesity and dental caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay). Comments on the draft guideline have been collected during the month of March 2014.

The draft guideline can be downloaded (after submission of a Declaration of Interests) clicking here.

WHO and FAO publish policy draft for ICN 2

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have jointly issued a political document ahead of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), a high-level conference at FAO Headquarters, Rome, from 19 to 21 November 2014, being held in cooperation with IFAD, IFPRI, UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, WTO, WFP, the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition and the High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis (HLTF).

The 'zero draft' document focuses on the multiple threats of malnutrition and a vision for global action to end all forms of malnutrition. Included is a recognition that diet has played an important part in the rise in global obesity, that obesity is responsible for over 3million deaths each year and a commitment to reverse the rise in obesity and diabetes as part of wider efforts to reduce NCD mortality. 

For more information, click here.

Global health law and governance: the state of the art

MONDAY 7 APRIL 18:30 - 20:00
A panel of experts moderated by Prof. Gian Luca Burci, Legal Counsel at the World Health Organization, will explore the state of affairs in Global Health Law and governance, with a look to the most pressing legal and policy issues in the field, a prognosis for the major health threats of our times--as well as an assessment of where health fits in current trends and developments in international law. 

Free entry; please register here.

Audiorium 2
Maison de la paix
The Graduate Institute, Geneva

In collaboration with O'Neill Institut

New Executive Course on Global Health Diplomacy

Apply before Thursday, 1 May 2014
3 - 5 June 2014
The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland

2015 will mark the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (FCTC). It will also be a key date for the Post-2015 MDG agenda and future health initiatives in the priority area of non-communicable diseases. During the last decade, there have been numerous calls for legally binding global health instruments in other health areas. In this context it will be critical to review the experience of the WTO FCTC and its subsequent Protocol as the first global health treaties of the 21st century.
This intensive three-day course will discuss the role of treaties in global health governance, lessons learned from the implementation of the Framework Convention as well as the process led by its governing body, the Conference of the Parties (COP) that has followed. Another key goal is to enhance the knowledge of participants in key aspects of implementing the Convention at the national level and internationally.

You can download the course flyer in pdf.

Find out more information on the course content, fee, and application process.
Or contact " href="mailto:"> for further inquiries.

This course is organised by the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute in collaboration with the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Global Health Diplomacy - Executive Course

Organised by the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute

16 - 20 June 2014
The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland

The Global Health Programme of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is offering this intensive five-day course in response to the demand for new skills as health moves beyond its purely technical realm to become an ever more critical element in foreign policy, security policy and trade agreements. Since 2007, more than 150 diplomats and health professionals have benefited from this course, which focuses on health diplomacy and negotiations, with a new thematic emphasis each year.
This year's course will explore current debates at the interface between foreign policy, trade and human rights, the post-2015 development agenda, the role of health in recent trade agreements and new issues in diplomacy such as multi-stakeholder diplomacy and digital diplomacy. Through a multidisciplinary learning process, academics and practitioners will share their expertise on health-related negotiations, including international law mechanisms to develop new agreements. A negotiation simulation and skill-building activities will facilitate the real-life background discussion, along with a high-level introduction to the field of global health diplomacy and key challenges at the national, regional and global levels.
The course is aimed at professionals from different backgrounds, such as health attachés and other diplomats with a portfolio impacting on health, health and international relations professionals in departments of international health, as well as representatives of international organisations, NGOs, philanthropic organisations and the private sector.

Course Director
Professor Ilona Kickbusch
Global Health Programme, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

You can download the course flyer in pdf.
Find out more information on the course content, fee, and application process.
Or contact " href="mailto:"> for further information.

Global Health Governance: Call for Submissions

Global Health Governance will be publishing a special issue on a proposed Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) in December 2014. The proposal for an FCGH would create a new international framework, grounded in the international human right to health, that would support health at the national and global levels.
For this FCGH special issue, Global Health Governance invites submission of theoretical and empirical policy research articles that examine and analyze how the FCGH could improve health through improved governance and realization of the right to health.

For more information, click here.

Publish Soon, Publish Often, a Guide to Scientific Publications

The Bibliotecheca Alexandria (Library of Alexandria) and the Supercourse, Uni. of Pittsburgh have established a free web site, with rules and tools provided by some of the leading scientists in the world to help professionals and students develop publication and presentation skills to advance scientifically.

For more information, click here or contact Ronald LaPorte, Ph.D., WHO Collaborating Centre ((412 915 9415)

World Oral Health Day is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance to everyone, old and young, of practising good oral hygiene. - See more at:

9.Meetings&Committee Reports

The WFPHA, through Laetitia Bourquin, had the pleasure to meet in Kathmandu the Nepal Public Health Association’s President Ram Bhandari and two representatives from Friendship Nepal, the Chairperson being Bishnu Prasad Bastola.

Both associations showed a keen interest in the Federation and the will to get more involved. Some links with the Indian Public Health Associtaion, towards a regional association, could be made as well as some concrete plans towards workshops at the Congress in Kolkata.

The WFPHA thanks its memebrs from Nepal and looks forward to these future collaborations.

10.Upcoming Events

The 2nd Arab World Conference on Public Health

The 2nd Arab World Conference on Public Health has been posponed to 2015.

For more information, click here.

5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Public Health

tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Newsletter 2014/January/apcph 2014 (14)_jpg(1).jpgThe 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Public Health (APCPH 2014), hosted by the Korean Public Health Association, will be held at Seoul Olympic Parktel, in Seoul, Korea on April 10-11, 2014. A key issue of APCPH 2014 is “Health Asia – Multidisciplinary Approaches to Emerging Challenges”; public health experts and participants will have an extraordinary opportunity to meet, interact, and network with leading professionals from the government, non-governmental organizations, industry, and academic sectors of the region.

For more information, click here.

For inquiry: 

Geneva Health Forum

This will be the 5th edition of this well-established Forum on Global Health challenges.

As it is held in Geneva, a city where all the major actors in Global Health are located, the Geneva Health Forum provides a unique opportunity to meet and shape tomorrow’s agenda on major health issues. Organized by the Geneva University Hospitals and the University of Geneva - Faculty of Medicine in partnership with the other main Swiss academic institutions and Geneva based organizations and key players in health, the GHF offers ample opportunities to debate freely on current health issues.

The Geneva Health Forum is not just another conference on health. By looking to the future, it brings vision and thrives on all participants’ unique experiences and in depth insights on topics and initiatives generated and implemented all over the world. Pooling intelligence will bring value and challenge common ideas to explore new territories of freethinking and build on inter-sectorial approaches to solving the problems of our time.

Come to be inspired, come to challenge others and be challenged as well! Bring your unique vision to confront it with others’ expertise to innovate in proposing solutions to the complex questions facing the health sector in a rapidly evolving world. The Geneva Health Forum is where policy meets practice, where frontliners reshape tomorrow’s orientations.

To be held in Geneva, Switzerland - 15-17 April 2014

For more information, click here.

Africa Health Forum

The Jeune Afrique Group Africa Report and the African Development Bank are organizing, on 16-17 May 2014 in Geneva, the Africa Health Forum, the first public-private international forum on health economics in Africa.

For more information, click here.


Swiss Public Health Conference 2014

Conference theme: Public Mental Health

To be held in Olten, Switzerland, 21-22 August 2014.

For more information, click here.

APHA's 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition

tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Newsletter 2014/January/APHA2014logo_stackMED.pngAPHA's 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition was a resounding success, and we’re already looking ahead to our 142nd Annual Meeting (Nov. 15-19, 2014).  With more than 13,000 attendees and up to 1,000 presentations, we convene the most public health professionals from around the globe to network, discuss and share the latest in research and policy than any other event.

For more information, click here.

7th European Public health Conference

tl_files/doc/publications/newsletter/Newsletter 2014/January/EUPHA.jpgThe European Public Health Association (EUPHA), the UK Society for Social Medicine and the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) are pleased to invite you to the 7th European Public Health Conference.

The EPH Conference aims to contribute to the improvement of public health in Europe by offering a means for exchanging information and a platform for debate to researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in the field of public health and health services research as well as public health training and education in Europe.

Conference theme: Mind the gap: Reducing inequalities in health and health care

To be held in Glasgow, UK, 19-22 November 2014.

For more information, click here.

14th World Congress on Public Health


Healthy People - Healthy Environment


A unique gathering of public health professionals from around the world

A springboard to develop, implement and evaluate the impact of policies, programmes and practices

A premium interface for transformative beneficial changes in health and environment for all

A meeting for government and international agencies, academics, researchers, policy - makers and other stakeholders

Important Announcements

- Online Registration open

- Scientific Programme available

- Abstract Submission open

For more information, click here.




Teaching global health

Global Health Action publishes a first set of articles directed to creating a comprehensive, dedicated and affordable "textbook" for teaching global health. The articles evolved out of deliberations at the 13th World Congress on Public Health, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in April 2012.

To access this novel set of articles, click here


Facets of Global Health: Globalisation, Equity, Impact, and Action

The Millennium Development Goals: experiences, achievements and what’s next

Marta Lomazzi, Bettina Borisch, Ulrich Laaser

The Lancet—University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health

The political origins of health inequity: prospects for change

Many drivers of ill health lie beyond the control of national governments and, most often, also outside the realms of the health sector. How can global governance processes outside the health system better protect and promote the health of the world’s populations? This is a question The Lancet - University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health has been investigating during the past two years.

For more information, click here.

WHO: Physical inactivity kills over 3 million each year

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a new briefing paper on physical activity, which notes that physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for death worldwide, causing approximately 3.2 million deaths each year. WHO member states have committed to reducing physical inactivity by 10%, but so far policies to address physical inactivity are only operational in 56% of the WHO Member States. The WHO recommends that adults are moderately active for at least 150minutes per week, carried out in bouts of at least 10minutes.  The new briefing is available here.


12.Your Communications

Don't miss your chance to share with other Public Health Associations and Public Health Professionals worldwide important information.

Send us your newsletter, articles & photos of your activities, annual reports and inform us about the upcoming events (your annual meetings and all other interesting congresses/seminars) and we will post them on our website and newsletter.

Post interesting news, advertise upcoming events and share with us your comments on FaceBook and Twitter.

Become friend of the WFPHA on and join the WFPHA Facebook group!

Twitter name: @WFPHA_FMASP

  Follow us | facebook twitter  rss