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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.

The International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), the International Association of Dental Students’ (IADS) and the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) are proud to announce the official implementation signing of the World Health Students’ Alliance (WHSA).

The WHSA is a coalition of international health student-run organizations aiming to strengthen interdisciplinary healthcare-related advocacy; to commonly contribute to the advancement of global health; and to develop and implement improved health policies together with multisectorial stakeholders. The Alliance has a reach-out capacity of over 1.8 million health students in more than 100 countries worldwide. 

“ We hope that through this united effort, the knowledge and competence of healthcare students worldwide will be acknowledge for the advancement of global health.” - Agostinho Sousa, IFMSA President 

Since 1941, November 17th is recognized as the International Students’ Day, commemorating the day students and professors from Charles University in Prague were killed without a legal trial. This day highlights the role of students as agents of change and advocates of sustainable progress. For the founding members of the WHSA, this day symbolizes the importance of promoting the participation and empowerment of young people and students as key stakeholders in health development. The WHSA hence offers a meaningful working space for the health students to promote greater youth participation.

" We strongly believe that students must be involved in the delivery and quality of healthcare alongside other professional health and governmental organizations." - Petra Horáková, IADS President

Modern healthcare is highly specialised discipline which calls for synergic cooperation of various healthcare professionalists together in order to improve the health of patients and thus of populations around the world. Hence, the founding members of the WHSA are confident the Alliance will effectively and collaboratively work to answer this need for the best interests of the patients.  

“ We believe that collaboration between healthcare students can ensure a good development of care for the future.” - Parand Akhavan, IPSF President

About IFMSA

The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) envisions a world in which all medical students unite for global health and are equipped with the knowledge, skills and values to take on health leadership roles locally and globally. Founded in 1951, IFMSA today represents a network of 1.3 million medical students through its 123 national member organizations. For more: www.ifmsa.org.  

About IADS

The International Association of Dental Students (IADS) connects students of dentistry from all over the world. The aim of IADS is help students in their professional growth and to give them a possibility towards diversity and knowledge exchanges. The IADS was founded in 1951 and today represents 50 countries. For more: www.iads-web.org

About IPSF

The International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF) is the leading international advocacy organisation of pharmacy students and recent graduates aiming to improve public health through information, education, networking and a range of publication and professional activities. Founded in 1949, IPSF today represents over 315,000 individuals from 87 different organizations. For more: www.ipsf.org.

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The 14th WCPH Congress will be a significant event for Public Health practitioners and agencies, bringing together diverse disciplines to address challenges and concerns.

It will provide interesting opportunities to exchange, share and learn from translational experiences and successful programmes across different countries.             

Professionals, researchers, academicians and thought-leaders will discuss and debate advances in areas of healthcare, nutrition, preventive measures and practices.

Mentoring for Young Professionals, use of digital and social media, IT applications and other emerging technologies to optimise healthcare delivery are some of the new offerings.

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bookLeading health experts urge EU Member States to “mobilize all possible resources” to assist West Africans in controlling the Ebola epidemic. They call for European countries to take specific measures, including allowing health professionals to volunteer for temporary leave to assist with the crisis, and incentivising private companies to reverse travel restrictions to affected regions.

The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 26 September 2014
doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61611-1
Jose M Martin-Moreno, Walter Ricciardi, Vesna Bjegovic-Mikanovic, Peggy Maguire, Martin McKee, on behalf of 44 signatories

To read the full article and the list of signatories, click here.