The WFPHA General Assembly has approved a Resolution on Oral Health for Individuals with Dementia submitted by the WFPHA Oral Health working group. This resolution  got very positive feedbacks from the GA audience and worldwide.

Moreover, a OHWG statement on Oral Health for Individuals with Dementia and elderly in general has been added as a document of the 67th World Health Assembly under the point Multisectoral action for a life course approach to healthy ageing.

Both activities has been supported by the International Council of Nurses.

 

The World Federation of Public Health Associations in collaboration with the Brazilian Association of Collective Health (ABRASCO) announces the launch of the second edition of the WFPHA Fellowships program (previously Job Share Program).

There is global evidence of the widening gaps, within and between countries, in income levels, opportunities, health status, life expectancy and access to care.

The 2012 World Congress on Public Health focused on global progress in achieving equity, as well as the opportunities and threats to such progress. The final Addis Ababa Declaration recommitted the World Federation of Public Health Associations to strive for greater equity between and within countries in health outcomes, access to health care, and those social, economic and political factors that drive health inequities.

Reflections & Reports from the 48th WFPHA General Assembly:

On Sunday, May 18, during the WFPHA’s Annual General Assembly, my two-year term as WFPHA President came to an end. As I handed over the Presidency to Dr. Mengistu Asnake of Ethiopia, I reflected with satisfaction on what we have achieved over the past few years.

We improved the Federation’s organizational and policy influence capacity by expending our membership and concluded an innovative memorandum of understanding with the European Public Health Association which will serve as a model for similar agreements with other regional networks of public health associations; by developing and implementing the 2013-2017 Strategic Plan; by making our governance process more efficient and responsive; and by exploring new partnerships with potential partners and funders.

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We strengthened the global public health community through launching the pilot Job Share initiative (henceforth to be known as the WFPHA Fellowship Program) and holding a pilot skills-building workshop for public health associations in Africa on policy development and advocacy. The WFPHA was present at several public health association conferences, played a leadership role at the 1st Arab World Public Health Conference, and participated in global health conferences in Canada, Taiwan and Qatar. The Federation began exploring new partnerships with other professional organizations, such as the International Epidemiology Association.

We also took action on several priority public health issues. We approved new position statements on oral health, environmental health and international trade and public health; we galvanized attention on the issue of falsified/falsely-labelled medicines; and we embarked on a collaborative initiative with the WHO to define public health in today’s global setting. The Federation is also developing a statement to advocate for public health within the post-2015 human development agenda. We are also moving forward on advocacy and action on the issues of tobacco control and skills and competencies within public health education and training.

The planning for the 14th World Congress on Public Health, which takes place 11-15 February 2015 in Kolkata (India) is progressing well. During the face-to-face meeting of the International Congress Organizing Committee and the Congress Scientific Committee on May 16, the list of keynote speakers and the structure of the Congress’ program were finalized. Our colleagues at the Indian Public Health Association are putting into place the logistical arrangements in association with KW Conferences. We anticipate 2700 delegates from over 100 countries.

The General Assembly also saw the ratification of the recommendation made by the World Congress Bid Selection Committee to accept the bid by the Public Health Association of Australia to host the 15th World Congress in April 2017 in Melbourne (Australia). This will be a particularly important event, as it will coincide with the WFPHA’s 50th anniversary. The GA also confirmed Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia, as the Federation’s new Vice President/President-Elect.

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It has been an honour and a privilege serving the Federation. I am proud of what we have accomplished and put into place. I thank the members of the WFPHA Governing Council, the Advisory Board, the Federation’s various committees and working groups, our Geneva Headquarters staff and the many women and men from around the globe who have volunteered their time and provided invaluable input to help us create a vibrant and influential voice for global public health. I wish Mengistu and Michael all the best as they move the Federation to a new level.

Jim Chauvin

WFPHA Immediate Past-President

Main reports from the 48th General Assembly

Now available for download: Now available for download: The WFPHA 2013 Annual report is now available for download.

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