WFPHA Newsletter September 2015

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1.- Adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

25 September 2015 – The 193 Member United Nations General Assembly have formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of bold new Global Goals, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed as a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.

“The new agenda is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere. It is an agenda for people, to end poverty in all its forms – an agenda for the planet, our common home,” declared Mr. Ban as he opened the UN Sustainable Development Summit.



The UN chief’s address came ahead of the Assembly’s formal adoption of the new framework, Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.

The Goals aim to build on the work of the historic Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which in September 2000, rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle the indignity of poverty.


Quotable quotes by Mr Ban Ki-moon include:

  • “These Goals are a blueprint for a better future. Now we must use the goals to transform the world. We will do that through partnership and through commitment. We must leave no-one behind."

  • “The 2030 Agenda compels us to look beyond national boundaries and short-term interests and act in solidarity for the long-term. We can no longer afford to think and work in silos.

    Institutions will have to become fit for a grand new purpose. The United Nations system is strongly committed to supporting Member States in this great new endeavour,”

  • “We must engage all actors, as we did in shaping the Agenda. We must include parliaments and local governments, and work with cities and rural areas. We must rally businesses and entrepreneurs. We must involve civil society in defining and implementing policies – and give it the space to hold us to account. We must listen to scientists and academia. We will need to embrace a data revolution. Most important, we must set to work – now,”

  • “Seventy years ago, the United Nations rose from the ashes of war. Governments agreed on a visionary Charter dedicated to ‘We the Peoples’. The Agenda you are adopting today advances the goals of the Charter. It embodies the aspirations of people everywhere for lives of peace, security and dignity on a healthy planet,”

  • “We recognize the need to reduce inequalities and to protect our common home by changing unsustainable patterns of consumption and production. And, we identify the overwhelming need to address the politics of division, corruption and irresponsibility that fuel conflict and hold back development,”

For more information click here.


From UN adopts new Global Goals, charting sustainable development for people and planet by 2030, UN News Centre







2.- APRLO visit to the WFPHA Headquarters

The Asia Pacific Regional Liaison office (APRLO) of the WFPHA represented by Prof. Yang Weizhong and Ms. Yi Heya visited the WFPHA Headquarters on September 8th, meeting Prof. Walter Ricciardi, EU Governing Council member, and Dr Marta Lomazzi, Executive manager of the WFPHA. Other public health professionals from China have joined the delegation.



During the meeting the development of public health in the region as well as the set-up of a regional federation of public health associations have been discussed.







3.- New co-worker at the WFPHA Headquarters

Eleonora De Cata has a Ph.d. in Economics and has always had a huge interest in the NGOs and Non profit, working in the past for the Italian Division of International Cooperation.

She has been living in Italy, United States and Switzerland working mainly in administration and finance in several different sectors.

She has written a few papers on developing countries economics (Peru and Costa Rica) and on Italian fashion industrial districts (and their local impacts on environments and supply chain).

She is originally from Rome and speaks fluently Italian, English, Spanish and French.

She will be working for the WFPHA Headquarters as "Office Manager" taking care of members and media management, accounting and administration.







4.- News from our Members

Public Health: an Italian perspective

The health status of Italian population has been undeniably improving: the latest picture about the overall health level of Italians and the quality of health care in the Italian Regions shows an increase in life expectancy for both genders (now at 79.6 years for men and 84.4 years for women) and a decrease in the infant mortality rate, despite huge differences among Regions (in 2011 the infant mortality rate was 3.1 deaths for 1,000 live births).

These unremitting improvements represent an important public health success, but we still have risk factors and lifestyles that have not been properly addressed, such as the overweight and obesity, the physical inactivity, as well as the smoking and drinking habits especially among the youngest people; threats that we thought defeated and instead have returned strengthened, like tuberculosis; and new complex problems we have to be prepared to deal, like the multidrug resistant microorganisms and the effect of economic crisis on socio-economic inequalities.

It is therefore important that Italian Public Health will continue its intrinsic mission, to ensure the improvement of the health status of their citizens through the integration of different skills, from medicine to economics, from environmental to socio-political sciences and the coordination of distinct professionists, such as health care personnel, researchers, public managers as well as of the politicians and all the stakeholders.

This approach requires adequate investments that have been lacking in the last decades, especially in the field of health prevention and promotion, and a collaborative propensity to face these challenges with international efforts and policies.

This has always been the inspiration of the World Federation of Public Health Association (WFPHA) and of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA), from their founding to the present, as well as the life motive of the Italian Society of Hygiene (SItI).

Finally, the most important Italian and European annual scientific appointments in the field of Public Health will be carried out together in Milano.

The SItI 48th National Congress will be held in parallel to the 8th European Public Health Conference, organized by EUPHA.

A parallel conference has already happened in 2003 in Rome, and it represents once again a great opportunity to share experiences and methods used in different countries.

The two events, hosted at the MiCo (Milano Congressi), will be held during the opening of Expo 2015, the World's Fair that Italy hosts from May 1 to October 31. Expo 2015 is the largest event ever organized about food and nutrition. Its main theme - Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life - runs through all the events organized both inside and outside the Exhibition Site. It is linked to familiar themes to public health experts and it will permeate widely the scientific program of the two events. The 5 Plenary sessions of the EPH conference, organized by EUPHA in collaboration with EuroHealthNet, the European Commission, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and ASPHER (Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region), look at the questions on the role of Europe in a Global public health; on people’s health and wellbeing; on the cross border health threats and health care; on best practices at local level; and on the expectations on the public health professional in a global environment.

In the meanwhile, the main themes of the SItI 48th National Congress will be the health threats and equity, the connection between environmental and Health; the E-Health applied to prevention; the Food safety, food security and health nutrition; and the management of public health emergencies. These main sessions will be enriched by several workshops, round tables and parallel sessions.

The participation of the Italian Society of Public Health at EXPO 2015 is not limited to the organization of the two conferences: SItI is deeply involved also in other scientific events, such as in the presentation at the Italian Pavilion of Expo of the "Clinical Nutrition and Preventive" Manifesto, realized through collaboration of the main scientific societies involved in nutrition, and in the commitment at the experts panel about oral prevention during the Congress of Orthodontics (SIDO).


The Italian Society of Hygiene, founded in 1878, is the most important scientific society of Public Health in Italy. SItI aims to promote scientific and cultural progress in the field of Hygiene, Epidemiology, Public Health, Preventive and Community Medicine, and Health Management and Economics through the cooperation between hygienists, the health administration and national and international scientific medical institutions; the development of prevention activities and the support to health operators in central and peripheral levels; health promotion activities targeted to the population; and continuing education programs in order to increase the managerial, scientific and technical skills of their members.

Walter Ricciardi

EUPHA Past President

Member of WHPHA Governing Council

ABRASCO - 11th Brazilian Congress of Collective Health

The 11th Brazilian Congress of Collective Health joined about 5,000 people, during four days, at the Federal University of Goiás (FUG). The opening session had the presence of both ministers of health and science, technology and inovation, the rector of the FUG, the state health secretary, the Paho/WHO representative in Brazil, the representative of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (WHO), among others.




The general theme of the congress was "Health, Development, and Democracy: the challenge of the universal SUS" (Unified Health System). The current economic crisis and its effects in the health conditions of people as well as in the health policies and services were discussed in different round-tables. 




The magna conference was held by prof. Moysés Szklò who made a presentation about translational epidemiology. 

At the last plenary session, the participants approved the Letter of Goiânia, restating Abrasco's commitment to health as an universal right. 



Luis Eugenio de Souza

ABRASCO President

Alliance of Public Health Associations in the Americas Region Meeting

In concomitance with the 11th Brazilian Congress of Collective Health in the city of Goiás, members of the Board of Directors of ABRASCO (Brazilian Association of Collective Health), Dr. Luis Eugenio Portela Fernandes de Souza and Dr. Luiz Augusto Facchini, met SOCUSAP (Cuban Society of Public Health) president, Dr. Alcides Ochoa, to discuss about a memorandum of collaboration between two associations, to be signed during the 143rd annual meeting of APHA in Chicago in November.












Moreover, the next steps of the Alliance of Public Health Associations in the Americas Region have been discussed. Dr. Mengistu Asnake, President of the WFPHA, attended the meeting.

Alcides Ochoa
SOCUSAP President

3rd Population Health Congress, Hobart Australia, 6-9th September

Over 900 population health professionals recently came together for the 3rd Population Health Congress held by four of Australasia’s leading health professional organisations - the Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA), Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA), Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) and Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA).



The Congress theme of ‘One Vision, Many Voices’ dealt with the diversity of perspectives, with a different plenary theme on each day:

  • Impact of diversity

  • Healthy places and spaces

  • Wicked problems and grand challenges

The range of public health issues was very extensive but at the same time very linked - across health services, global NCD challenges, disability and human rights, climate change and sustainability, policies and politics, indigenous health challenges, population demographics, linking big data, and the list goes on. 


Quotable quotes include:

  • We need to move from the ‘I’ in illness to the ‘we’ in wellness.  Ruth Hussey, CMO, Wales

  • Climate change affects food security – also political stability.  Rob Sturrock, Centre for Policy Development

  • You need a firm grasp of key facts to do big picture advocacy. Tarun Weeramanthri, Executive Director of the Public Health Division, Western Australia

  • How important it is for all public health professionals to advocate and use their voice if we want to make progress on public health issues. lexa Wilkins, Curtin University

Keynote presentations will be uploaded to the conference website.

The Congress was an important lead up event to the World Public Health Congress to be held in Melbourne Australia, 3-7th April 2017. 

Stay tuned for further announcements!!

Heather Yeatman,DPH

President, Public Health Association of Australia



5.- Members' Newsletters



6.- WFPHA Members Communication

WFPHA 50th Anniversary Planning Committee15WCPH logo

The WFPHA Governing Council approved in July the establishment of the Federation’s 50th Anniversary Planning Committee. This committee will be responsible for planning the activities and events and for fund-raising to mark the Federation’s 50th anniversary in 2017. 

The committee, set up in August, includes the following people:

-       James Chauvin, WFPHA Immediate Past-President (Committee Chair)

-       Margaret Hilson, WFPHA Past-President (representing the WFPHA Advisory Board)

-       Russell Morgan, Past WFPHA Secretary General

-       Prof. Laetitia Rispel, Public Health Association of South Africa (representing the WFPHA Governing Council)

-       Prof. Bettina Borisch, WFPHA Secretariat

-       Dr. Georges Benjamin, American Public Health Association

-       Prof. Hyoung-Sun Jeong, Korean Public Health Association

-       Dr. Fiona Sim, Royal Society of Public Health (UK)

-       Dr. Peter Sainsbury, Public Health Association of Australia (host of the 15th World Congress on Public Health)

Our thanks to all public health associations for sending in the names of nominees to sit on the committee.

Submission of Resolutions and Working Group proposals to the WFPHA Policy Committee & General Assembly

Resolutions on important public health issues relevant globally and to the Federation as well should be submitted through the online system by December 31st 2015. The resolutions will be evaluated by the WFPHA Policy Committee and submitted for approval to the WFPHA General Assembly in May 2016.


Requests to found a new Working Group should be submitted by December 31st 2015 at latest and should include: WG name, scope & purpose; work plan; name of the Chair and of at least 3 members (more information on WG are available here). The request will be then evaluated by the WFPHA Governing Council and submitted for approval to the WFPHA General Assembly in May 2016.



7.- WFPHA Working Groups

Oral Health Working Group: Advanced Dental Leadership program – level 1

After 10 years of the successful Senior Dental leadership program developing the strategic leadership skills of 400 senior dental leaders, the Global Child Dental Fund charity has developed the Advanced Dental Leadership program – level 1 (ADL1). This program targets final year dental students and younger dental professionals worldwide, aiming to develop the leadership skills that will prepare the emerging generation of global dentists to perform in the increasingly competitive and evolving arena of modern dentistry.

The ADL1 program is structured around 20hrs of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules in oral health leadership, provide a verified certificate from the Global Child Dental Fund charity upon completion, is available in multiple countries and languages and costs £40 to sign up for all the interactive course materials.

A subgroup of WFPHA Oral Health working group has been involved in this ADL1 program making this activity one of the project sustained by the group. These professionals engaged in bringing their public health vision within the dental profession. The plan is to contribute to ADL1 as well as to develop the teaching activities to further levels in the next future.

For more information, please contact us.



8.- What's on

The United Nations and civil society – 70 years working together: how do we make a difference from Geneva?

In the lead up to the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) together with the Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), the World Federation of United Nations Associations, and the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) held an event on 22 June in Geneva entitled "The United Nations and civil society - 70 years working together: how do we make a difference from Geneva?" The meeting, which was attended by Permanent Missions, NGOs with ECOSOC Consultative Status, International Organizations, academic institutions and other stakeholders aimed to concretely assess and examine the achievements and ways forward in terms of strengthening the long-lasting partnership between the UN and civil society.

The report of the event is now available.

For more information, click here.

“Turn the World UN Blue” Marking the United Nations at 70

To help mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, iconic monuments, buildings, landscapes, museums, bridges, and other landmarks across the globe will be lit up blue the official colour of the United Nations - on UN Day, 24 October 2015.
As part of this international event, images and videos of the lighted structures will be part of press and social media outreach, and will be seen by millions of people around the world.

Citizens are also asked to get involved and take action by sharing their “choose blue” images using the hashtag #UN70.

For more information, click here



9.- Meetings and Committees reports

Report on the first World Academic IFEH meeting , Sept 22nd -26th 2015, Coimbra - Portugal

The Health School of Coimbra University and the International Federation for Environmental Health (IFEH) joined forces to organize the IFEH first World Academic Congress. The IFEH and the WFPHA had recently accepted mutual membership. Prof Borisch, Executive Director of the WFPHA, was invited to both the board meeting of the IFEH preceding the congress as well as key note speaker on the main topic of the event: “Urban Health”.


The meeting was well organised by a dedicated team from the Coimbra Health School and attended by about 200 participants from over 20 member countries of the IFEH.

It was well perceived how many common points are there between environmental health and global public health. The fact that both world wide active associations have now a strong collaboration was welcomed.

Peter Archer, IFEH President Elect, presented a paper on a 'Declaration on health equity – IFEH Policy 10'. As part of this policy there is a live project titled '101 postcards - closing the gap in a generation'. Already environmental health practitioners have submitted more than 70 postcards detailing their health projects. These are as varied as encouraging children in Norwegian kindergartens to wash their hands, to a major sanitation and water project in Mukunkiki in Zambia!



Besides the main theme “Urban Health” the Sendai framework for Disaster Risk Reduction management was a main focus (Chadia Wannous, UNISDR).

The IFEH had also invited the IMPEL (European network for Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law) to both present and collaborate with the IFEH. Chris Dijkens, IMPEL Vice Chair presented the network and its activities.

In addition to the lectures, a wide variety of workshops completed the program.
On Saturday 26th, the World Environmental Health Day have been celebrated under the theme “Children are our future – let’s protect their Environment and Health”.

Bettina Borisch

WFPHA Executive Director



10.- Publications

Chronic Conditions Manual: Prevention & Management of Chronic Conditions in Australia

Chronic conditions, or chronic diseases, are characterised by prolonged illnesses causing

functional impairment or disability due to multiple and (mostly) preventable risk factors, with little chance of cure or spontaneous resolution.

These conditions often affect the most vulnerable and make the largest contribution to premature death in our society. In Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people disproportionately carry the greatest burden of chronic disease.

The fiscal and social burden of chronic health conditions is widely known and reported.

It is estimated that if current trends continue over the next two decades, the burden of

chronic conditions will account for 80 per cent of Australia’s ill health and represent more than 70 per cent of all health care expenditure, leaving an indelible socioeconomic and personal impact on the fabric of the nation, straining national health infrastructure and valuable resources.


In response to this picture, the Chronic Conditions Manual: Prevention & Management of Chronic Conditions in Australia (the Manual) has been produced by the Rural and Remote Clinical Support Unit of the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service in Australia in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Apunipima Cape York Health Council.



The Manual has been developed in response to demand in an environment not only characterised by high rates of chronic conditions, but one of complex co-morbidities and with a population experiencing development of chronic conditions at younger ages.

The manual contains:

  • Evidence-based behaviour recommendations in five major lifestyle areas so that clinicians can support consumers in proactive planning, management and optimisation of their health, wellbeing and quality of life while living with one or more chronic conditions.

  • Information on the 20 most common chronic conditions in Australia including an explanation of:each condition; diagnosis; management; medications; and care plans for follow-up and recall

  • The knowledge and practice requirements for the conduct of regular child and adult health checks

  • Links to the reference sources and further resources which can be accessed to support prevention and care.

The Manual is supported by a set of evidence based Child Health Check and Adult Health Check forms which guide clinicians from the very first weeks of life through to old age.

The Manual is designed to be used by all health workers and professionals including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners, Allied Health, Nurses and Medical Officers.

One major aim of the Manual is for these health professionals to use the information to support client health literacy. In aiming to fulfil this role and to support our consumers to take some control and responsibility for their own health, there is a range of useful, practical, plain language tips for health promotion, early detection, brief interventions and planning with the patient for lifestyle change.

The guidelines in the manual and the associated health checks are not definitive statements or procedures; rather, they constitute a general guide to be followed, subject to the context in which they are used as well as the scope of the clinician's practice.


This Manual is available to be ordered in A5 size hard copy format or also on a USB drive.

It can also be viewed or downloaded (in full or by individual sections) free of charge 

Any enquiries can be submitted by email to Peter McCormack, Executive Director, Rural and Remote Clinical Support Unit.

Peter McCormack
Executive Director

Rural and Remote Clinical Support Unit
Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service





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