The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) joins the launch of The Global Sustainable Health Equity Movement. The movement has been started by sending an Open Letter to H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN). The letter called for a comprehensive, equity-focused response to the COVID-19 pandemic, guided by the ethical principles of justice, beneficence and nonmaleficence and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This global launch event aims to:

  • Highlight the role and importance of sustainable health equity in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond;
  • Reiterate the initiative’s support for the UN and World Health Organization (WHO) as ethical global leaders to guide the comprehensive response to the pandemic and its aftermath.
  • Launch of the Sustainable Health Equity Movement, by bringing together all entities, organizations, and individuals who endorsed the open letter to the UN.

The event will be addressed by UN and WHO leadership, as well as members of the interim steering committee of the movement.

Save The Date: Thursday, 2 July 2020, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (New York) / 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Geneva/Johannesburg) / 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Dhaka)

Please register in advance for this event: https://umassmed.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FO7JKXMNSyublj6KM2gVtw

 

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Since its inception in 1967, social justice, equity and human rights have been the enduring values of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA). These values underpin all our actions and activities.

Racism is a public health crisis deeper and more chronic than the current Covid-19 pandemic. A growing body of research shows, racism and discrimination constitute social determinants of health; their presence adversely affects health outcomes.

Human rights are inherent to all people, regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other factor. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination. Structural embedded racism and inequalities exist to varying degrees in all countries, creating health disparities that contribute to broader social crises.

The WFPHA joins all who are committed to preserving peace, justice, and human dignity. We call on all individuals to reflect on their own biases and behavior, and to seize daily opportunities to fight racial injustice and discrimination of all forms.

The Statement is available here.

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This year, General Assembly was very special: first time ever online and everyone behind a screen. This has never happened in the history of our Association. But the world lives a special moment in these days, this is not only for the Public Health community, but it touches all and everyone and global public health is now at the center of discussions.

We say thank you to Laetitia Rispel for her two years of presidency and leadership with a special focus on equity and governance; we wish her a good time as past president.

We say a warm welcome to Walter Ricciardi our incoming president. As Public Health professional he has shown to act also on the political side of Public Health, so much needed.

We also have the pleasure to congratulate our Brazilian friend Luis Eugenio de Sousa as president-elect. I am convinced to have a good presidential team: important to put public health where it should be: on top of the agenda!

Prof. Bettina Borisch,
Executive Director
World Federation of Public Health Associations

Document is available here.

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Global Health Inquity is a fact. The present crisis renders visible these inequities. The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) has signed an open letter to the United Nations proposing that the UN Secretary General provide the necessary support to the World Health Organization (WHO), by creating a multi-sector "Global Health Equity Task Force" to confront the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in its full health, socio-demographic and economic dimensions.

As the unique international non-governmental body representing the interests of the global public health community through national and regional public health associations and associated organizations, WFPHA is concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among already vulnerable and marginalized populations worldwide. Disadvantaged and marginalized populations are more at risk to become infected. When infected, marginalized people are more likely to evolve to severe cases as they suffer disproportionately higher rates of chronic diseases, obesity and malnutrition.

The "Global Health Equity Task Force", housed within WHO, would be charged with taking the necessary steps to exert needed global leadership for a comprehensive, equity-focused response to the pandemic, guided by the ethical principles of justice, beneficence and nonmaleficence and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It would encourage international cooperation towards fair allocation of resources to all countries according to need.

Full Letter with List of Institutions is Available Here.

List of Individual Signing the Letter is Available Here.