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Immunization is one of the most successful public health measures of modern times. Annually immunization prevents an estimated 2.5 million deaths globally and reduces disease-specific treatment costs (World Health Organization 2018).

For all the devastation caused by COVID-19, an important lesson is that the balance needs to shift from treating disease to preventing it. Immunization has an important role to play in prevention not only for infants but throughout life as a key component of healthy ageing. Further, it has positive long-term impact, contributing to make communities healthier and promote social and economic development.

Specific to COVID-19, almost everyone is at risk and may require vaccination if given the opportunity. Hence, it is likely that demand will surpass supply. The concern of the WFPHA International Immunization Policy Task Force is the tendency for the rich to acquire and pay for the limited supply of available efficacious vaccines to the detriment of the at-risk populations in low income settings.

Not surprisingly, the race to produce a safe and efficacious vaccine for COVID-19 has been on-going and there are indications that success may not be too far away. An important lesson that experience has taught us from previous immunization programs is that, even when effective vaccines are available, vulnerable persons in low income settings usually do not have access to these vaccines for some time, if at all. There is a myriad of reasons for this state of affairs. These include (among others) high cost of vaccination programs for countries, health systems, families and individual, individual’s poor geographical access to vaccination centres, and inadequate supply of available vaccines due to competition. To worsen matters, GAVI (The Vaccine Alliance) indicated (prior to COVID-19) its intention to wean itself off such funding support. Therefore, the WFPHA International Immunization Policy Task Force provides Statement on COVID-19 Immunization and Equitable Access to Vaccines.

Read the Statement here.

The Statement is available in French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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Global Health Inequity 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.

 

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The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) is pleased to endorse the InterAction Council of former heads of state and government’s Global Responsibilities and an Emergency Framework for Countries and Communities.

The InterAction Council’s framework aligns well with the WFPHA’s guiding principles of solidarity, social justice, human rights, equity, evidenced-informed policy and practice, and the need to address the underlying socio-economic, commercial, human rights-related and political determinants of health. The WFPHA’s Global Charter for the Public’s Health aligns well with and supports the Framework’s elements. Besides calling for strengthening the primary elements of public health (disease and injury prevention, health promotion and health protection) and health system operations and measures, the Framework recommends an all-of-society approach across all sectors for future pandemic and emergency responses.

Please read full documant here.

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COVID-19 and The Role of Silver Diamine Fluoride in Emergency Dental Care

Global Child Dental Fund, in collaboration with the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) has produced 3 webinars on the role of Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) in emergency dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic. These webinars are available to view by clicking on the links below.

 

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Part 1:

Speakers:

Prof Raman Bedi, WFPHA's Oral Health Working Group, Chairman of Global Child Dental Fund.

Dr Ali B. Attaie, President and Chairman of NYC Management Service Organization (NYC MSO).

Dr Parthit Phantumvanit, President of the Centre for Assessment and Accreditation for Dental Practitioners, Thailand.

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Part 2:

Speakers:

Prof Raman Bedi, WFPHA's Oral Health Working Group, Chairman of Global Child Dental Fund.

Dr Richard Niederman, Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, New York University

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Part 3:

Speakers:

Prof Raman Bedi, WFPHA's Oral Health Working Group, Chairman of Global Child Dental Fund.

Dr Linda Greenwall, Prosthodontist and Cosmetic, Restorative Dentist.

Andrew Osafo, Ambassador for the Mouth Cancer Foundation and Specialist Advisor for the CQC at Care Quality Commission.

Nicola P T Innes, Professor of Paediatric Dentistry, University of Dundee.

Paul Ashley, Professor of Paediatric Dentistry, Eastman Dental Hospital, University College London.

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Summary – Parts 1 and 2 by Professor Raman Bedi

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