WFPHA Newsletter June 2016

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1.- Launching the A Global Charter for the Public's Health


The "A Global Charter for the Public’s Health" (GCPH) is the main output of WFPHA collaboration plan with the World Health Organization (WHO) to adapt today’s public health to its global context in the light of and in conjunction with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Charter aims to bring together the best of all the existing models and provide a comprehensive, clear and flexible framework that can be applied globally and within individual countries, whether low, middle or high-income. The Charter provides new insights into the direction of public health and provides guidance for both ‘services’ and ‘functions’. As such, when read in conjunction with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Charter has the potential to be a major influence globally. It is a document that ought to be taught in public health faculties and used to develop strategic approaches by public health associations around the world.

The Charter has been published at the European Journal of Public Health. It has been officially presented at the Commonwealth meeting (May 22nd 2016), at the side event “Global and local: Public Health and Primary Care in action!” during the 69th World Health Assembly and subsequently to the general public at the University of Geneva in June 2016 (see below for more information). Moreover the statement "Global Charter for the Public’s Health: a road map for collaborative global actions" has been read by M. Moore during the 69th World Health Assembly (Agenda point 16.1 Health workforce and services) and received very positive feedbacks!


M. Moore, WFPHA president, reading the statement at the 69th World Health Assembly


The implementation phase has started with the Commonwealth Implementation Tool for the "Global Charter for the Public's Health" and a survey that has been sent to all Public Health Associations (PHAs) and International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) members as well as main international health related organization to see if and how the Charter can be applied locally and globally to reshape PHAs strategic plan and as a tool for advocacy. Public health association of Australia (PHAA) has already re-shaped its strategic plan around the Charter.


To see the video on the Charter, click here.

@ 69th World Health Assembly

On May 23rd the World Federation of Public Health Associations organized, in collaboration with the The Network Towards Unity for Health, the side event «Global and local : Public Health and Primary Care in Action». The event, part of the 69th World Health Assembly, was co-organized with IFMSA, WONCA and IAPO and supported by Slovenia. A great public joined the event that marked the official launch of the A Global Charter for the Public’s Health. The event was organized in two parts, allowing WFPHA and The Network to present their proposals for a healthier world. Michael Moore, WFPHA President, Bettina Borisch, WFPHA Executive Director, Marta Lomazzi, WFPHA Executive Manager, Rüdger Krech, WHO Health Systems and Innovations Director and Stijntje Dijk, IFMSA Liaison Officer for Medical Education issues, explained the importance of the Charter and how it will be further implemented. Bettina Borisch started her presentation introducing the main elements of the Charter. The document brings together core services – protection, prevention and promotion - to guarantee that health is not about treatment, but especially well being. In order to ensure the implementation of these services, a group of functions is nedded: information, capacity, governance and advocacy.

According to Bettina Borisch, the Charter is an important tool towards the right to health. « You may say that we have a lot of charters and resolutions and that’s true. But they are mainly focused on one topic. The Charter embraces many topics, proposing a common framework about what we all want to do: health as a human right ». She also highlighted that the Charter needs to be read in conjunction to the Sustainable Development Goals in order to enhance its capacity of being part of a broader political aspect that puts health far beyond health systems.

The « health in all policies approach » was developed in 2012. It is an approach to public policies across sectors that systematically takes into account the health implications of decisions. As highlighted by Stijntje Dijk, it is very important that this approach is further implemented. According to her, improving education and inter-professionalism in global health topics is essential towards the implementation goal. For Michal Moore, this is not an easy task, though. All implementation process requires a coordination movement that involves a large number of people. The importance of advocacy, a basic element within the Charter, is crucial to build relationships in order to influence that better decisions are made. Engaging different sectors and people is needed. According to Dr. Rüdger Krech, “it is not good enough to work only with the health sector.” For this reason, the issue of governance becomes increasingly important. “Without free and equal access to information there will be no health improvement, certainly not for all”, emphasized Marta Lomazzi. According to her, “information equity can be achieved by the distribution of technologies and resources among social classes” that should be able to understand the information being shared. The Charter is just a beginning of a process  that aims to guide actions that will improve health for all.

To see the WFPHA intervention in the side event, please click here.

V. Bianco

@ Commonwealth Meeting

While in Geneva for the World Health Assembly ministers and their delegates of the Commonwealth of Nations gathered in conference to discuss issues of mutual interest. Amongst others they were addressed  by WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan and by the incoming President of the WFPHA, Michael Moore.


Michael Moore took the opportunity to explain ‘A Global Charter for the Public’s Health’ and the importance of Commonwealth and other nations being cognizant of the importance of a horizontal approach to public health rather that the vertical, disease specific focus that had been the hallmark of the previous decades. He acknowledged the work already under way in the Commonwealth Secretariat on developing a toolkit that was based on the work of the Charter. The opportunity was provided for an interesting question and answer suggestion prior to the WFPHA and the Commonwealth agreeing to continue working together to implement the Charter.

M. Moore

@ University of Geneva


This conference aimed to debate with professionals and the general public new approaches and main guidelines to ensure sustainable long-lasting health for future populations basing on the "A Global Charter for the Public's Health". This conference has brought together experts from different fields to discuss actions to be implemented at various levels – individual, political, governmental and civil society – to guarantee everyone the right to enjoy the highest attainable level of health.


The Charter has been introduced by Bettina Borisch and subsequently debated from different perspectives and with the public. Gian Luca Burci, Health Law - Graduate Institute, has underlined that public health shall be perceived as a public good. The health environmental aspects have been presented by Jean Simos, IFEH, highlightening that the Charter can drive the intersectoral work and link environmental health to the global health context. Individual aspects have also been debated with Matthias Kliegel, Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre of Gerontology and studies of vulnerabilities. WHO has been represented by Edward Kelley who underlined the importance of the coordination among actors in global public health as sustained in the Charter. The event has been opened by Antoine Flahault, Director, Institute of Global Health and by dean Henri Bounameaux of the University of Geneva, hosting the conference. Jamil Chade, Journalist at «O Estado de São Paulo» Brazil, Chaired the session.


To see the conference video, click here.


2.- 2016 WFPHA General Assembly main outcomes


At the opening of the 2016 WFPHA General Assembly, president M. Asnake has underlined that many achievements have been met this year through the excellent work of the international office, the activities of the working groups and committees, new resolutions and works with public health associations worldwide. Number, interaction and exchanges with members have been boosted.

The main output and vision for the future is represented by the A Global Charter for the Public’s Health.

Thanks to all who are working hard to make it possible!


Statements & Resolutions

The general assembly has approved the following resolutions (available at

  • Resolution “The integration of oral health into primary health care and public health system”
  • Resolution “Reducing Maternal Mortality as a Human Right”
  • Resolution “Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes”
  • Resolution “International Trade Agreements and Public Health”
  • Resolution “Zika virus and the Olympics: a public health disaster in the making?”

Moreover, two WFPHA statements have been presented at the 69th World Health Assembly:

New Governing Council Members

The nomination committee has presented:
  • three outstanding candidates for the VP-president elect position: L. Rispel, L. De Souza and J. Griemland. The GA has elected L. Rispel (South Africa) as new VP/president elect (photo left).




  • two outstanding candidates for the Asia Pacific seat on the GC: A. Bachtiar and A. Te Patu. The GA has elected A. Te Patu (New Zealand) to seat on the GC for the Asia pacific region (photo left). CPMA leaves its seat as Asia-pacific representative but will remain on the GC as regional office (ex officio).


  • five outstanding candidates for the young professional seat on the GC: Mustakim, N. Folmann Hempler, T. Tillmann, T. Pigott and S. Buttigieg. The GA has elected T. Pigott (Canada) as young professional on the GC (pnoto left). 



Regional federations reports

Regional federations reports are available here

Working groups reports

WGs reports are available at the respective website pages: A new working group on Public Health in Emergencies and Disasters has been approved in principles. The new co- Chair, Ahmed Javed Rahmanzai and Chadia Wannaus will develop further the concept and set up the new WG.

News WFPHA Members

Full Members
  • Public Health Society of Panama (SPSP)
  • Malta Association of Public Health Medicine (MAPHM)
  • Public Health Association of Colombia (ACSP)
  • Jordan Public Health Association – pending the confirmation of multidisciplinary
Sustaining Members
  • International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF)
Regional Members
  • Alliance of Public Health Associations of the Americas (APHAA)
  • International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI)
  • International Epidemiological Association (IEA) – mutual membership on-going
MoU with AFPHA
  • A Memorandum of Understanding with African Federation of Public Health Associations has been approved:14 new PHAs will be added to the current PHAs already members from the region. National PHAs from AFPHA will be accepted as Full or Associate Members upon MC decision. Membership fees collection will remain independent.
The WFPHA  extend a warm welcome to its new Members!

Annual report

annual report2015

2015 WFPHA Annual Report & financial report (last page of the annual report)

WFPHA and the Journal of Public Health Policy (JPHP)

jphpWhen we assumed editorial responsibility for the Journal of Public Health Policy in 2003, we immediately had a connection to WFPHA because both Theo Abelin and Peter Orris were already members of the Editorial Board. That led to a formal affiliation of JPHP with WFPHA in 2006, as recounted in a 2005 Editorial in JPHP in anticipation.


Since 2006 JPHP has dedicated four pages in each issue to any topic of interest to WFPHA organized by a Special Editor for the Federation’s Pages appointed by WFPHA. At the start those pages served as a newsletter. The Federation’s Pages operate outside of the journal’s regular peer review system, allowing WFPHA to decide on the content without restraint. We simply help with copy editing, especially for authors for whom English is not a first language.


The first Special Editor, Ulrich Laaser, also organized in 2006-2007 a Special Series on Prevention Legislation for the peer reviewed portion of the Journal.

Bettina Borisch, WFPHA’s second Federation’s Pages Special Editor has ushered in a new era by commissioning more in-depth pieces for the Federation’s Pages. Her recent appointment of Marta Lomazzi to lead the production of the Federation’s Pages content brings a new crispness to our joint responsibilities.


The JPHP-WFPHA relationship has broadened with more projects and greater involvement of WFPHA members who have joined the Editorial Board. In 2011, JPHP published a Special Issue organized and edited by Laetitia Rispel [Public health, health sector reforms, and policy implementation in South Africa: Studies and perspectives on the 24th anniversary of the Centre for Health Policy]. We asked her to join the Editorial Board. Ever since we have been asking her for help in identifying potential reviewers for submissions and she has magically produced many.


Madhumita Dobe, who did such a wonderful job with the 14th World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata in February 2015 published a very important peer reviewed Viewpoint in JPHP that year: The role of sanitation in malnutrition – A science and policy controversy in India. After the Congress, she prepared four papers for the Federation’s Pages on India’s most pressing and difficult to resolve public health problems. Then she agreed to join the Editorial Board.


Most recently, Jim Chauvin, a WFPHA past-president, who had been very helpful with reviews, also joined the Editorial Board—and has been working extensively with JPHP in several ways. He published a Viewpoint [Building codes: An often overlooked determinant of health]; he leads the WFPHA Health Equity Working Group’s preparation of a Sponsored Section on Digital Technologies and Public Health, including drafting the Introduction. We look to Jim for help in the future—perhaps with a paper from someone participating in Canada’s meeting on the ‘Endgame’ for tobacco (its abolition as a consumer product). All of these interactions with WFPHA have added to the global reach of JPHP-a terrific benefit for the Journal.


None of this would be possible without JPHP’s publisher, Palgrave Macmillan in the United Kingdom, and the fabulous production team there: our Publishing Manager, Lucy Williams and our Production Editor, Alexander Bell. To the Palgrave Macmillan team we owe a great deal. A very new development is a joint venture between Palgrave Macmillan with another publishing house, Springer, to form the Springer Nature organization. Palgrave will retain its identity and be able to take advantage of Springer’s larger infrastructure and portfolio. Thus we expect JPHP content, including that contributed to the Federation’s Pages, to become even more visible in the future.

JPHP Editors: A. Robbins; P. Freeman

WHO report

Dr R. Krech, WFPHA DTO, has underlined the importance of the Charter in the Global arena in his intervention.

Member reports

Members reports

Amended Bylaws

2016 Bylaws amended

Geneva meetings photos


3.- 15th World Congress on Public Health

Registration now open!

Registration for the 15th World Congress on Public Health 2017 is now open! Accommodation and field trips can also be booked when competing your registration. Register today and take advantage of early bird specials!

Confirmed speakers! Eugenio de Souza, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador

BrazilLuis Eugenio Portela Fernandes de Souza graduated in Medicine at the Federal University of Bahia (1987), has a Master in Community Health at the Federal University of Bahia (1996) and also a Ph.D. in Public Health from the Universite de Montreal (2002). He is currently assistant professor at the Federal University of Bahia. He has experience in Public Health with emphasis in Health Administration, acting on the following topics: health services and public health, hospitals, use of scientific knowledge.


Other confirmed speakers:

Michelle Deshong, Alex Ezeh, Prabhat Jha, Bronwyn King, Bronwyn King, Rüdiger Krech, Peter Miller, Maria Neira, Colin Tukuitonga!

For more information on Luis and our other confirmed speakers, visit the website.

Call for Abstracts Open

The Congress is now accepting abstract submissions for inclusion in the program. Abstracts can be submitted for a number of presentation types and in a variety of themes. Submissions can be entered via the form available online and will close 26 August 2016 – don't miss out!



4.- News from our Members

ASPHER Celebrates 50th Anniversary

This year has been a momentous one for the Association of Schools of Public Health in Europe (ASPHER) which is celebrating its 50th anniversary with half a century of strong commitment to public health from its members. The organization has developed immensely from just a few members in 1966 to an organisation with 112 full members from 43 European countries, and a host of associate members representing the organisation on other continents and creating a global context for the promotion of high quality education and training in public health, thereby strengthening the public health workforce.

In commemoration of its triumphs over the years, ASPHER published a 50th anniversary book titled ’50 Years of Professional Public Health Workforce Development’. This publication details the founding and history of ASPHER, the current ASPHER 2020 strategy, different programmes and strategies over the years, vignettes shedding light on the development of different schools of public health, and notes from past presidents and Andrija Stampar Medallists. The introductory statements are from WHO, EU DG Health, and the World Federation of Public Health Associations. This publication, containing personal accounts from those who have so greatly contributed to the work of the Association, and to greater public health in Europe, truly exemplifies ASPHER’s key achievements.

The heart of the 50th anniversary celebration took place during the annual Deans’ and Directors’ Retreat at the National School of Public Health, 25-27 May, in Athens, Greece. Alongside much festivity, many lively discussions took place reflecting on the past and planning the future, in order for ASPHER to maintain its standing as a key player in shaping and strengthening the public health workforce. This event was nothing short of the happening of the century!

Another event which took place in Brussels on 6-7 April addressed Brussels-based stakeholders, with inspiring presentations from some of ASPHER’s past presidents and Stampar Medallists examining the relevance of ASPHER's current strategic agenda, ASPHER 2020, to the Brussels arena. Another symposium, examining similar issues, is planned for September.

We are happy to look back on ASPHER’s rich history and numerous achievements and contributions to European public health, and look forward to the next 50 years, which promise to be even more glorious than the first 50!

Robert Ottok

Vietnam Public Health Association: 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and sexual health and rights

The 8th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights with theme “Ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific” have been successfully organized with the participation of 1200 delegates from 29 countries in over the world in February 2016. In the Myanmar Conference closing ceremony, the traditional flag of organising the 19th conference has been handovered to the Vietnam Public Health Association (VPHA).

Vietnam Public Health Association (VPHA) is the host of the 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights in November 2017.

As procedure, 5 different international consultations (ISC) will be conducted during the time of preparation of the conference. The first one has been organized in 19th – 20th April, 2016 and the following are theme and 5 sub-themes of the 9th conference.



The sub-themes also were selected as follows:

1. Towards a just economic order for sexual and reproductive health

2. Strengthening justice systems for sexual and reproductive health and rights

3. Overcoming social, cultural and religious barriers in sexual and reproductive health

4. Making good quality sexual and reproductive health education available to all

5. Advancing justice and equity in sexual and reproductive health and health care

The VPHA would want to make use this opportunity to invite member of the WFPHAs to join this important event of our region and share with us your knowledge and experience. We highly appreciate supports of the office of WFPHAs in passing this information on to all members so that our invitation be accessed and any plans to join us be arranged from now on.


Updated information about the 9th APCRSHR will be released on the VPHA’s Newsletters and the official website.


A group photo of the International Steering Committee members of the 9th APCRSHR

International Federation Environmental Health International Federation of Environmental Health has established 16 Special Interest Groups. For more information, click here.


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6.- Upcoming events

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