Antimicrobial resistance Moving ForwardAntimicrobial resistance Moving Forward

The success of antimicrobial drugs has led to their widespread overuse and misuse in humans, animals and plants.

When microorganisms are exposed to antimicrobial drugs, they can develop adaptations to survive drug exposure and defeat the drugs designed to destroy them. The accumulation of these adaptations can lead to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Moreover, the complex international concerns over AMR may endanger the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, placing AMR as a global public health challenge.

For this reason, multi-faceted and multi-stakeholder approaches are needed. The Global Charter for the Public’s Health, developed by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in association with WHO, is introduced as a tool to tackle AMR. The Charter indicates capacity, governance, information and advocacy as the four enablers of public health functions (prevention, protection and promotion).

The findings and strategies to offer ways to reduce AMR are reported in the journal BMC Public Health.

“The global public health voice should lead the current policy discussions in the field of AMR”.  Thus, the WFPHA Call, signed by around 70 national and international organizations demand that all sectors keep public health at the centre of policies and research. “The Global Charter for the Public’s Health can pave the path to coordinate the key initiatives that incorporate acting from the individual empowerment to good governance for effective global action.”

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The WFPHA has written a letter to the mayor of Madrid to support the position of the Spanish Society of Public Health and Health Administration (SESPAS).

In this letter, the WFPHA expresses concern regarding the negative impacts of reversing the policy on air pollution on the health of people.

The WFPHA supports the request from SESPAS asking to keep the measures that were already implemented. The WFPHA also asks for developing new policies to reduce air pollution and its risk for the public’s health. 

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Indigenous WG Press Release: Calls for Indigenous Status to be included in reporting against Sustainable Development Goals

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The WFPHA's Indigenous working group presents a press release that details the topic of non-communicable diseases on Indigenous people around the world. NCDs contribute to 70% of deaths globally. Indigenous people, however, often carry a higher burden of these diseases. This means that Indigenous peoples life expectancy is anywhere between 5 and 10 years less than non-indigenous people.

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A Pledge on Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labels

In 2018, WFPHA held a webinar on International Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labels. The webinar was a huge success and expert speakers provided valuable lessons and further reflections in bringing awareness and understanding to the consumer. At the conclusion of this webianr, a Call to Action was proposed on behalf of the WFPHA members. Food labelling systems can aid people adopt healthier diets by making easy and informed food choices. It can also have an impact on companies and lead to product reformulations to healthier versions. WFPHA encouraged government officials, health experts, food businesses, international organizations and consumers to adopt this call to action. 

Based on the results of the webinar and the Call to Action, the Public Health Association of Australia and the French Society of Public Health have created a pledge on Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labels to continue these efforts. This pledge includes a background on unhealthy diets, NCDs, and nutrition labels, as well as the main purpose, application methods, and a call to action on how to implement this pledge. The full pledge can be read here