bookIn 2014 the World Federation of Public Health Associations’ General Assembly passed a resolution on the need to address the importance of oral health care for individuals with dementia. Prof. R. Bedi, Chair of the WFPHA Oral Health Working Group, analyses this subject in the last issue of the Journal of Public Health Policies. To read the article, click here.

wfphalogoshortIn 2011, the WFPHA had executed a survey to determine the top priorities in public health and what its members expected from the Federation. Three years after, the WFPHA, in association with Management Sciences for Health (MSH), released on November 19 the results of a survey of the Federation’s 82 member public health associations. The survey’s main purpose was to assess the state of organizational governance of national public health associations, including the factors that facilitate and constrain their governance effectiveness and the means the PHAs see to improve organizational governance and, ultimately, their effectiveness as national PHAs to have an influence on health and health equity. The survey also assessed the connectedness of PHAs to the WFPHA and identified areas of public health focus for the WFPHA and PHAs. The survey’s full results will be published in due course.

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WFPHA’s continuing status as an accredited observer at the Conference of Parties (COP) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was approved by the WHO FCTC Secretariat. This is a very important recognition, as it establishes our Federation as one of only 24 international NGOs accorded such status. The COP is the governing body of the WHO FCTC that reviews on a regular basis the implementation of the Convention and takes the decisions necessary to promote its effective implementation.

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On September 27, 1979, at a meeting held at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) office, in Brasília, the Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs of Collective Health (Abrasco) was founded, bringing together representatives of six graduate programs. In 2011, to welcome the newly created undergraduate courses of collective health, Abrasco changed its name to Brazilian Association of Collective Health.

Upon completing 35 years of its foundation, Abrasco gathers 80 graduate programs and 22 undergraduate courses in collective health, at Universities in all states of Brazil. Only in SciELO, over 1,500 scientific articles in the area are indexed annually, since 2009. The Brazilian Congress on Collective Health, which is held every three years (the next Congress will take place from July 28 to August 1, 2015), brings together about 7,000 participants. The two journals of the Association - Science & Collective Health and Brazilian Journal of Epidemiology - are among the most reputable in the country.

Thus, in these 35 years, the field of Collective Health has grown, both in terms of knowledge production and training of teachers, researchers, managers and health technicians who work in the academy and healthcare services.

Moreover, Abrasco has a strong political action, since its inception. It actively participated in the democratization process in Brazil, which led to the end of the military dictatorship, in 1985, and entered the universal right to health in the federal Constitution of 1988. Today, as yesterday, Abrasco is present in the struggle for the effective guarantee of health for all, through adequate funding for the Unified Health System, efficience of public management, and equal access to healthcare for all Brazilians.

In short, Abrasco is recognized by the academic community, by workers and social movements in health as a patrimony of science, public health and the Brazilian society.

As a national association, it feels very honored to be a member of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, composing, currently, its board and its policy committee.