The WFPHA officially supports the World Heart Foundation (WHF)’s statement delivered at the WHO Executive Board, in response to the Foundation for a Smoke-free World’s open letter.

In this statement, the WHF reminds the WHO of it’s commitment to protect their policy-making process from tobacco industry interference, and the Sustainable Development Goal they initiated which strengthens the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries. Moreover,the World Heart Foundation recommends that no government or organization should accept money from, endorse, or enter into partnerships with the Philip Morris International (PMI) funded “Foundation for a Smoke-Free World”.

Read the full statement here: https://bit.ly/2S0NFzn

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The WFPHA Oral Health Working Group’s article “Integrating oral health with public health systems under the framework of the Global charter for the Public's Health” has been released in the International Dental journal.

Aimee Lee, Marta Lomazzi, Hyewon Lee and Raman Bedi joined forced to highlight oral health in the global health perspective and internationally call to action for all public health professionals to advocate the integration of oral health into public health systems.

Read the full article here.

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The first side session Professor Laetitia Rispel attended was called: “PHC: breaking the silos to make it happen”. Laetitia argued that Public Health is multidisciplinary by nature. She presented the Global Charter for the Public’s Health as an enabling framework to break down silos across levels of care and government ministries.

Laetitia concluded with a three-key message. First, she underlined the importance of shared values and philosophy on equity and social justice, which are central to the original Alma Ata declaration.Then, she insisted on the value of equal coalitions, partnerships and collaboration based on mutual respect. Finally, she highlighted the resilient health systems with PHC as the foundation.

Then she represented the WFPHA at a second session called: «Who needs to be in the modern primary health care team to achieve universal health coverage?". She pointed out the importance of taking into account the country’s global and economic development context in the discussion. She also claimed that a move towards inter-professional collaboration instead of making the case for each professional group would be a better alternative. Moreover, Laetitia reminded that the original Alma Ata declaration was also about community participation and intersectoral collaboration, hence the person, or patient should be at the centre of health care delivery and the healthcare team should work from that premise.

The Indigenous Working Group of the World Federation of Public Health Associations has been invited to the Global Conference on Primary Health care starting today in Astana, Kazakhstan. The  World Health Organization called them to demonstrate Indigenous knowledge and moderation technique as part of the Empowering People at the Centre of Primary Health Care conference session.

Adjunct-Associate Professor Carmen Parter, Co-Chair of the Indigenous Working Group from Australia and Ms Emma Rawson Co-vice Chair and Public Health Association of New Zealand executive committee member, will be representing the Working Group. 

 “The Indigenous Working Group and WFPHA are honoured to be recognised as an important force bringing Indigenous knowledge and cultural practices to global discussions on primary health care. This conference is a significant international event bringing together health experts and world leaders which also celebrates the 40thanniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration and a renewed commitment to health for all, and for the working group to be part of this is very exciting.” Said Professor Parter.

Read the full press release here


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