WFPHA Newsletter January 2015

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1.- 14th World Congress on Public Health

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14th World Congress on Public Health - 11-15 February 2015 Kolkata-India

Theme: Healthy People-Healthy Environment

  • India is calling! Join the global congregation of Public Health experts at 14th World Congress on Public Health

  • Unlimited potential to interact with global stakeholders and organisations in public health and healthcare fields

  • Impact the global network of thought-leaders and planners, professionals and academics, researchers and analysts

  • Dynamic options to exchange, share and learn from translational experiences and successful programmes across different countries

Congress Highlights

  • High-value scientific content at the Plenary, Thematic and Concurrent sessions

  • The Solutions Platform exhibition draws exhibitors from across the world

  • Pre-Congress Workshops complimentary for registered delegates

  • Field visits to clinics and social agencies to experience activities and changes

  • Exciting Social events and cultural presentations to enjoy, relax and rejuvenate

Scientific Programme Highlights

7 Plenary Sessions

9 Thematic Sessions

31 Concurrent Sessions

7 Working Group Sessions

33 Free Paper Sessions

17 Capacity-building Workshops for Young Professionals

7 Pre-Congress Workshops

4 Global Consultations

Career Mart

Satellite Session


Partnering Associations

World Federation of Public Health Associations - WFPHA is an international nongovernmental organization in official relations with WHO, UN’s ECOSOC and other international organizations.

Indian Public Health Association – IPHA is a public health professionals’ association that envisions promotion, protection and attainment of an optimal standard of health for the people of India.


For further information, visit the website or contact us.

Congress Secretariat : KW Conferences Pvt Ltd

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2.- WFPHA at the 142nd Conference of the American Public Health Association

The theme of this year’s APHA Annual Meeting and Expo, Healthography, focused attention on the impact of ‘place and context’ on health and health equity. Over 12,000 delegates, mainly from the USA but with many others from several countries, met in New Orleans (Louisiana), to share, learn about and advocate for effective responses to improve, protect and promote human health.

Animated and passionate talks by Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, APHA President Joyce Gaufin, APHA’s CEO Dr. Georges Benjamin, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson during the conference’s opening plenary set the stage, challenged delegates to advocate for and put into place innovative and effective policies and practices to benefit the public’s health.

Once again this year, the APHA provided complimentary registrations for representatives of overseas PHAs as well as two concurrent sessions and a breakfast meeting. Representatives of PHAs of Canada, Brazil, Cuba, South Africa, Ethiopia, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Israel and Nigeria were present.


Representatives of PHAs members of the WFPHA attaending the meeting




The first concurrent session, chaired by Dr. Mengistu Asnake, WFPHA’s President, presented a proposed new global public health essential functions framework, elaborated through the Federation’s Global Public Health Framework Taskforce. The proposed new framework, unvewiled by Dr. Ehud Miron, the Chair of the WFPHA Public Health Education & Training Working Group, brings together the different ‘essential PH functions’ concepts used in different regions and countries. Professor Laetitia Rispel, Dr. Luiz Facchini, Mr. David Allen and Dr. John Ashton reflected on public health competencies and essential functions from the perspective of their respective countries (South Africa, Brazil and the UK), and on the relevance and utility of the proposed new PHEF framework.

The second WFPHA-sponsored concurrent session provided an opportunity for the WFPHA to share the results of a survey of its PHA members, carried out in partnership with Management Sciences for Health (MSH), assessing their organizational governance capacity, a key determinant of a PHA’s advocacy effectiveness and capacity to influence public health policy and practice. Presented by Dr. Mahesh Shukla of MSH, the survey elicited considerable discussion about the importance of and the means to assist PHAs improve their organizational governance capacity. Presentations by Dr. Lynn McIntyre (Canada), Dr. Mengistu Asnake (Ethiopia) and Dr. Hyoung-Sun Jeong (Korea) shared with delegates the challenges facing PHAs as well as their activities and responses on public health issues.

Several important messages emerged from these two sessions. First, that PHAs are involved in a wide range of public health issues, the priority topics often dependent on local circumstances and contexts. Second, the emergence of a flexible, global public health functions and capacities framework will be an important contribution to help countries identify how best to invest in public health. Third, PHAs, through their advocacy efforts, are in many cases “pushing the envelope” and promoting innovative, evidence-informed approaches to human health issues, at times in opposition to prevailing public and political sentiment. And, fourth, organizational governance is a critical determinant of PHA capacity to advocate effectively and to influence thinking and action on public health issues.

Two keynote speakers graced the WFPHA’s Global Health Leaders breakfast. Dr. Gillian Barclay, Vice-President of the Aetna Foundation, shared with delegates the Foundation’s new global health strategy, which includes a focus on the application and impact on population health and health equity of digital health technologies. Dr. Pierre Beukens, Dean of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, shared with us his thoughts on the direction and challenges facing global public health.


A historical event took place during the conference: the signing of a MoU between the APHA and SOCUSAP, the Cuban Society of Public Health, to cooperate to improve population health. This agreement places these two PHAs ahead of their governments in finding ways to cooperate on public health-related issues. This opportunity was used as well to set the stage for SOCUSAP to host in April 2015 a meeting of PHAs from the Americas region, to explore the idea of establishing the Pan American Network of Public Health Associations.



The signing of the APHA/SOCUSAP MoU (from left to right, Dr. Mengistu Asnake (WFPHA President), Dr. Georges Benjamin (APHA CEO), Dr. Alcides Ochoa (SOCUSAP President) and Dr. Juan Diego Cobelo (SOCUSAP Vice-President)

From the WFPHA’s perspective, this was a productive event. It demonstrated the vitality of the world’s public health community, and how public health is contributing at the local, national and global levels to improving health and health equity. As Dr. Georges Benjamin stated in his wrap-up talk at the conference’s final plenary session, the APHA (and by extension, all public health associations including the WFPHA) is about putting into place and advocating for socially just, evidence-based and effective public health policies and practices which minimize the impact of place and socio-economic/cultural and political context on the public’s health. And as the Acting Surgeon General reminded the delegates, policy should not be created out of fear (reflecting on the issues that are shaping national responses to the Ebola situation) and that public health cannot be a bystander to events.



3.- WFPHA Fellowships Program: reflections by a fellow one year after the pilot program

The World Federation of Public Health Associations in collaboration with Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) has organized the Fellowships Program held in Australia from 10th February to 24th March 2014.

Through this experience, I could learn and transfer important administrative skills as well as make significant improvement in leadership and motivation. Moreover I have improved project management abilities at different levels as well as developed coordination skills, documentation and media communication, learned more about resource generation process, monitoring and evaluation, community involvement activities and networking.

The fellowships program has allowed me also to learn about public health systems in others countries as well as has sustained important exchanges among participants and hosting professionals.

I have successfully transferred what learned during the fellowships program to my national public health association through internal discussions, as well as improved the association’s management attitudes by improving technologies, communication and information as well as by boosting international links.

The main challenge has been to apply what learned in a developed context to my in development country Nepal.

During last year, our organization has actively participated in activities initiated by WFPHA and has supported the establishment of the SEARO branch of federation. 

Asst. Prof. Binod Regmi

Nepal Public Health Association


4.- WHO Executive Board: special session on the Ebola emergency

On Sunday 25th January the WHO's Executive Board met in Geneva to discuss ways that the organisation needed to reform in light of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.


Director General Dr Margaret Chan described the pace of the response as "too slow", while Sally Davis of the UK, called the response a "shame" on the organisation.

A resolution on WHO reform passed with the only amendments made being the inclusion of a clause recognising the need to support survivors, in relation to both psycho-social support addressing stigmatisation and support for children orphaned by the outbreak.

The main themes of the Resolution were twofold.  Firstly the immediate aim was to ensure that the amount of cases in the current outbreak continues to decrease. Members of the Executive Board and Dr. David Nabarro, Special Envoy to the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Ebola Response, warned against complacency and donor fatigue.  One missed case, he emphasised, could result in a significant increase in cases.

The second theme of the Resolution was to improve WHO preparedness for future outbreaks.  Critical within this section was the emphasis on implementing the International Health Regulations, given the recognition that effective response resides in strong health systems existing prior to any outbreak occurring. 


Other points of note included Oxfam calling for an independent evaluation of the entire outbreak response by all actors involved, and MSF calling for better information sharing and monitoring of identified cases near national borders.


For more information, click here.

Christopher Jenkins



5.- News from our Members

New position paper released by the Canadian Public Health Association

Sex Work in Canada – A Public Health Perspective

The exchange of sexual services for money or goods has taken place in one form or another since the dawn of time and will likely continue for the foreseeable future. Public Health works within this context and acknowledges the real life situation involved in sex work. The goal of a Public Health approach is to make sex work safe for both the sex worker and client.

In response to the ongoing debate regarding sex work, the Canadian Public Health Association developed a position statement on sex work in Canada that addresses the issue from a public health perspective.

A public health approach to regulating sex work would:

•             respect the Supreme Court of Canada ruling;

•             focus on providing options for risk management and harm reduction by the sex worker;

•             address the social determinants of health which often lead to entry into sex work;

•             incorporate the principles of social justice, attention to human rights and equity;

•             incorporate evidence-informed policy and practice; and,

•             include coverage by workplace health and safety laws and regulations.

A public health approach to sex work in Canada is based on the principles of social justice, attention to human rights and equity, evidence-informed policy and practice, and addressing the underlying determinants of health. Such an approach will place health promotion, health protection, population health surveillance, and the prevention of death, disease, injury and disability as the central tenets of all related initiatives. It will also mean basing interventions on evidence of what works or shows promise of working. It will provide an organized, comprehensive and multi-sectoral effort directed at maintaining and improving the health of affected populations.

For more information, click here.

2014 Annual Report of the Asia Pacific Regional Liaison Office

Under the leadership of WFPHA, APRLO carried out a series of activities in 2014 including:

1) Assist KPHA to host the 5th WFPHA Asia-Pacific Public Health Conference

2) Attend the WFPHA Annual Meeting

3) Attend the WFPHA Fellowship program in Australia

4) Host the 5th International Forum for Sustainable Vector Management

5) Attend the 9th Annual Meeting of World Association of Chinese Public Health Professionals (WACPHP)

6) Keep in touch with Thailand Public Health Association to prepare the 6th APCPH

7) Undertake the task from WFPHA HQ

To read the report, click here.

2014 Annual Report of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association

Under the leadership of Chinese Association of Science and Technology (CAST) and National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), Chinese Preventive Medicine Association (CPMA) carried out a series of work in the areas of academic exchange, health promoting and education, international cooperation, periodicals management, science and technology review and service and so on. In this annual work report, we summarized the following activities conducted in 2014.

To read the report, click here.

10th Annual Conference of Vietnam Public Health Association

The 10th Annual Conference of VPHA was officially opened on November 28, 2014 at Cong Doan Hotel, Ha Noi. With the aim of “For a better future of Vietnam Public Health”, this annual conference of VPHA focused on urgent Public Health concerns in order to strengthen community health protection and care, and develop Public Health discipline in Viet Nam and integrate it into the region and the world.

For more information, click here.



6.- Members' Newsletters



7.- WFPHA Members Communication

2015 WFPHA General Assembly

The General Assembly of the WFPHA is scheduled to take place on February 13th in Kolkata, India, during the 14th World Congress on Public Health. We would like to invite your association to send a representative to attend this important meeting:

WFPHA 49th Annual Meeting

Friday, 13th February 2014 – Science City

17:00 – 18:30

Kolkata, India

The Agenda and relevant documents will be available soon at the GA page on our website.

WFPHA information booth @ 14WCPH

The WFPHA will have an information booth at the 14WCPH. Should you wish to share any information or materials on your association, please feel free to leave them at the booth.

Membership fees payment & members webpage

Members will receive soon via our website an email with the membership fees invoice. From this year Members can pay not only by bank transfer but also by credit card. The payments (both for bank transfer as well as for credit card) will be managed via the website through a secure system.

WFPHA HQ team will be available for 1 hour after the GA to show you how to do on-line payment and modify your members profile on the WFPHA website.


8.- WFPHA Working Groups

Oral Health Working Group

Promoting oral health in Syria - updates from the OHWG members

The epidemiological data in Syria have shown clear increasing trends of a number of oral diseases across different age groups. For example, the prevalence of early childhood caries has increased from 74% in 1991, 82% in 2007 to 86% in 2013 with a recent dmft value of 7.7 (SD=4.9). Similar increasing prevalence is observed in dental trauma and oral cancer. In addition to this burden of oral diseases, many disadvantaged groups, such as, children with special needs, the elderly residents of nursing homes and the residents of shelter centres are facing multiple barriers to access essential oral health care. The current Syrian dental education is based on traditional hospital-based dental programmes.

To face the above-mentioned increasing society-wide oral health needs, barriers to oral health care access and the need to modernise dental education, an outreach community-based dental education project named “Syrian Smiles” has been founded at Damascus University.

Syrian Smiles aims to engage Damascus University with the service of its community and modernise its dental education through: (1) providing outreach oral care to children with special needs, the elderly and other groups in the community who have difficulty accessing oral care, (2) conducting community based applied research to assess oral health needs and the effectiveness of health promotion interventions, (3) developing dental students’ knowledge, professional skills and attitudes to broaden their understanding of dental public health concepts and the social aspects of dentistry. The project provides opportunities to practice community-based health promotion and deliver outreach oral care according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and promotes social responsibility, volunteerism, communication and teamwork. Syrian Smiles was piloted in 2011 with an outreach preventive oral care activity involving 400 third year dental undergraduates and 215 children with special needs who attended special care centres in Damascus. This outreach care was part of students’ required clinical work in dental public health and included giving nutrition advice, oral hygiene training and clinical interventions (specifically the application of varnish fluoride and sealant). No additional resources or mobile/portable clinics were used. Syrian Smiles success encouraged other disciplines to adopt outreach oral care. The Damascus University Dental School has since created Syrian Smiles for the elderly to provide outreach denture care, and Syrian Smiles for the residents of shelter centres to provide oral screening and referral.

Syrian Smiles has been recognized by national and international groups and organizations. Its students have won honors and received certificates of appreciation. The Damascus University Headquarters has organized events to celebrate and share the Syrian Smiles experience and perspective of community-based education with the national governmental, and non-governmental and local communities’ representatives.

In summary, Syrian Smiles is succeeding in building hope and peace in dental education within our country’s current very difficult context. It provides a real-life model and a road map for how higher education generally, and health education in particular, can be modernized and engaged to meet a country’s increasing health, social and economic needs.

To see the Syrian smiles project photos, click here.



Joury E Constructing Hope and Peace in Syrian Dental Education during the Country’s Time of Difficulty: Success in Syrian Smiles. Education For Health, 27(1), 71-72.

Easter Joury

Assistant Professor of Dental Public Health and Oral Epidemiology.

Oral Medicine Department, Faculty of Dentistry, Damascus University, Damascus, Syria.

Consultant for the Global Child Dental Fund.

Dementia and oral health

In 2014 the World Federation of Public Health Associations’ General Assembly passed a resolution on the need to address the importance of oral health care for individuals with dementia. Prof. R. Bedi, Chair of the WFPHA Oral Health Working Group, analyses this subject in the last issue of the Journal of Public Health Policies.

To read the article, click here.




9.- What's on

10th anniversary of the entry into force of the WHO FCTC

On 27 February 2015 the Parties will celebrate 10 years since entry into force of the first global public health treaty. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) marked a milestone in public health and provided new legal dimensions for international health cooperation.

So far, 180 Parties around the world have ratified the Convention and committed themselves towards its full implementation. Achievements of the Parties to the Convention help protecting the health of their citizens, and are an inspiration to everyone involved in tobacco control. They are assisted in their efforts by partners such as WHO and its regional and country offices, the observers to the Conference of the Parties, including civil society organizations, as well as donors and all other stakeholders and international partners, including the United Nations system organizations, that have not spared the technical and financial means required to assist countries in need.

To read the note verbale to Permanent Missions in Geneva, click here.

We the Peoples - Celebrating 7 Million Voices Report

This report represents common aspirations and goals, regardless of nationality, gender, age, or background. MY World can be seen as a testimony to the people’s wish to practice tolerance, live in peace, maintain security and promote social and economic development when they are asked to voice their priorities for the next 15 years to come.

To read the report, click here.

100 Women Leaders in Global Health

On November 5, 2014, Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, launched a Twitter campaign aimed at showcasing female leadership in global health.

To read the list, click here.



10.- Publications

Vietnam Journal of Public Health

The Editorial Board of Vietnam Journal of Public Health (VJPH) welcomes authors to submit manuscripts as policy commentaries, original research papers drawn from quantitative and qualitative studies, systematic review and meta-analysis, review of books and report of lessons learned from public health programs.

Any questions relating to the VJPH should be sent to the Editorial Office.

New (free) book on plain packaging of tobacco products

First Author:

Simon Chapman AO PhD FASSA HonFFPH (UK)


Sydney School of Public Health A27

University of Sydney


To download the free ebook, click here.

Ebola vaccine trials back on track

The Lancet - Published Online: 14 January 2015

WHO announced that three phase 3 trials of experimental vaccines against Ebola, which had been delayed, are now set to start in a few weeks. Dara Mohammadi reports.

To read the article, click here.

Off-line version of the Ebola Pocket Library

The Internet version of the Ebola Pocket Library can be viewed here.

The downloadable version can be found here.

Global Immunization News

"Global Immunization News" newsletter, including the list of Meetings and Key Events Related to Immunization is now available.

To read the newsletter, click here.

Global Child Dental Fund

The Global Child Dental Fund 2014 Annual Report is now available. To read the report, click here.



11.- Upcoming events

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