dismissed academicsdismissed academicsOn July 3, 2017, the World Federation of Public Health Associations decided to take action against the arbitrary dismissal of thirteen academics from the Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir, Turkey on June 28, 2017.

The Federation demands a withdrawal of the dismissals as a consequence of seven statutory decrees targeting academics that signed the peace declaration of the Academics for Peace group, which has been working since November 2012, to establish peace conditions in Turkey.

WFPHA President, Micheal Moore, addressed this issue by sending three statement letters respectively to Prof. Dr. Adnan Kasman, Medical Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Oguz Dicle of Dokuz Eyül university in Izmir, as well as the President of The Turkish Council of Higher Education (CoHE) Prof. Dr. Yekta Saraç.

Thousands of Turkish academics that signed the declaration have been dismissed since its publication on January 11, 2016, and hundreds have been jailed. Many of them are highly respected academics that only asserted their freedom of speech and their desire to put an end to State perpetuated violence.

Among them, acclaimed surgeon Prof. Dr. Cem Terzi recently expressed his own opinion regarding the dismissals in the following words, “We are here for the truth and the peace.  We, as academicians, might pay for it. We are ready to pay for the peace…Academics do not obey.

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On Tuesday, 27 June, WFPHA attended the event, "10 Years of Leadership on Global Health: Farewell to Margaret Chan." This event celebrated the many achievements of Dr. Chan during her 10 years as Director-General of the World Health Organization.

At the conclusion of the event, Professor Bettina Borisch of the WFPHA, took a moment to share the Global Charter with Dr. Chan. The Charter aims to bring together the best of all existing public health models, and provide a comprehensive, clear, and flexible framework that can be applied globally, and within individual countries, whether they are low, middle, or high-income.

For more information on the Global Charter, and the many goals that it aims to achieve, please click here.

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The President of WFPHA, Michael Moore, recently wrote a letter to the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, on Canada’s proposed legislation to legalize and regulate cannabis.

WFPHA sustains the Government of Canada’s decision to enact legislation to legalize the non-medical production, distribution, and use of cannabis.

President Moore also states that legalizing cannabis does not mean ignoring the significant health risks associated with this substance. The legislation must recognize and consider the real risks associated with cannabis consumption, to ensure that it includes disease/injury prevention, harm reduction approaches, and the means/tools to prevent consumption among children and adolescents.

What Canada does with respect to the legalization of cannabis could be point of reflection for the world.

To view the entire letter, please click here.



Dear All,
in occasion of the 50th Anniversary of WFPHA here 3 videos we made collecting many interviews amongst public health professionals and experts. 

Milestones of Public Health in the last 50 years:

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The Role of Public Health

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The Future of Public Health 

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Photo Competition Video

Thank you to everyone who participated in the photo contest for the 50th Anniversary of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.

The contest was a great success! We received over 145 excellent photographs from over 30 different countries, identifying various achievements and challenges in public health. A selection panel made up of WFPHA representatives and leaders in public health have now watched the video of all the entries and have selected the three best photographs.

We would like to congratulate the following individuals for beings selected as our winners:

1st winner

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Title: Kangaroos of Colombia: An innovative, effective and economical method that guarantees the survival of preterm infants.

Description: A young mother, a beneficiary of the kangaroo mother's program at the Instituto Materno Infantil in Bogotá - Colombia, protects and welcomes in her breast her little baby, who receives maternal affection while taking a recommended bath of sunlight.

Name: Hernando Nieto – Herminso Ruiz.

Organization: Colombian Pubic Health Association.

Country: Colombia

2nd winner

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Title: Giving girls a chance.

Description: Samata Project: the Samata intervention aims to reduce HIV risk among adolescent girls in Bijapur and Bagalkot Districts by increasing their rates of secondary school enrolment and completion.

Name: Guy Natanel.

Organization: Documental Films.

Country: India

3rd winner

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Title: Male Breast Cancer. Breast Cancer Campaign - Breast cancer awareness

Description: Create awareness about male breast Cancer which is an ignored issue.

Name: Felisters Bosibori Ondari.

Organization: Mol University.

Country: Kenya

The prize ceremony will be held on Thursday April the 6th at 10.30am in Plenary Room 1 at the World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne.

The prizes are as follows:

1st Prize: Fitbit Charge 2


2nd Prize: Kindle


3rd Prize: Amazon or iTunes gift card

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The three best photographs will be printed and displayed at the WFPHA booth at the WCPH in Melbourne. They will also be spread on our social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram) and website. You can view the video of the photo contest on youtube. This video is shared in our network of over 120 public health organizations around the world, on the WFPHA website and social media accounts and at the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne.

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WFPHA sincerely thanks you all for not only your contribution to our competition, but also for your contribution to the field of global public health and all that it advocates for.