HISTORY

The World Federation of Public Health Associations was founded in May 1967 during the 20th World Health Assembly by delegates representing 32 national public health associations. Its foundation represented a milestone in creating a non-governmental civil society voice for public health.

Member associations

MILLIONS Public health professionals represented

Countries

In official relations with WHO

Accredited at UNEP

Consultation status at ECOSOC

Observer at Codex Alimentarius

Our Story

Over the Years

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May 1967

Foundation – Constitution & By Laws

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January 1971

WFPHA approved as NGO by WHO

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1972

Official relation to UN Economic and Social Council (ECSOC)

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Since 1972

Cooperative activities with WHO, UN and UNICEF

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1978

Position paper presented during WHO International Conference on Primary Health Care in Alma Ata

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Since 1981

Release of position & policy papers

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1985 – 2010

Support development of 30 national PHAs

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2010

Office transition from Washington DC to Geneva

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2011

Foundation of the African Federation of Public Health Associations (AFPHA)

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2015

Foundation of the Alliance of Public Health Associations of the Americas

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Since 2016

Release & on-going implementation of Global Charter for the Public’s Health

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2016

Accreditation of WFPHA by UNEP

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2018

Grant of Observer Status at Codex

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Since 2020

Series of public health activities on COVID19

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2020

WFPHA joins Global Health Equity Task Force

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2020

Creation of the International Immunization Policy Taskforce