As a part of the 50th anniversary of the World Federation of Public Health Association, you are invited to participate in a photo competition to be held during the World Congress on Public Health 2017 in Melbourne.
This competition is reserved only to public health professionals or associations.
The topic for your entry is either
a) A photo about an achievement in public health over the last 50 years (up to now) or
b) a photo (taken by you) describing a challenging situation that your country is facing where improvements in public health are needed.
For category (a), you may submit an historical photo taken by someone else.

Some guidance and examples are available at:

New photos can be taken with a camera or a smartphone (high resolution – minimum pixel requested: 2048x1536 px). Photos including historical photos with a lower resolution cannot be accepted.
Provide the name of your photo, and a one-sentence description of the topic, the country where the photo was taken, plus your name and organization.
Photos will be projected during the 15th World Congress on Public Health as well as on WFPHA media and social media.
The best three photos will receive an award during the Congress.
Photos must be sent to  
Closing date: December 31st 2016.


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We have an exciting social and ceremonial program planned for WCPH 2017. It’s not too late to register to attend any of the events. Tickets can be booked via the online registration form or by contacting the Congress Secretariat.

Social Program

Welcome Reception

Location: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Date: Sunday 2 April 2017

Time: 17.00 - 18.30

Tickets: Full Delegates and Students: Included in registration fee
Additional Tickets: AUD$77

What better way to start WCPH 2017 than meeting with old and new friends in a relaxed and informal environment at the Welcome Reception.

Opening Ceremony

Location: Plenary Hall

Date: Monday 3 April 2017

Time: 08.30 – 10.00 (doors will open at 08.00)

The 15th World Congress on Public Health will begin with an official opening ceremony and welcome combining formality with world-class entertainment to welcome delegates from around the world.

WCPH 2017 Congress Party

Location: South Wharf Promenade

Date: Tuesday 4 April 2017

Time: 09.00 – 23.00

Tickets: Full Delegates and Students: Included in registration fee
Additional Tickets: AUD$150

Walk your way through the Congress Party, featuring delicious food choices from some of the best restaurants in Melbourne. Located on the doorstep of the Convention Centre, South Wharf Promenade, is delighted to welcome a dining experience with a difference for the Congress Party. Buskers and street performers will welcome you as you make your way through the sights and smells of live cooking stations and tapas style food. A street party atmosphere will ensure a great time is had by all.

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On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, has congratulated WFPHA for its anniversary and contribution to Global Public Health.

Letter from WHO to congratulate WFPHA on its 50th Anniversary

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Read the full letter here.

Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director, congratulates WFPHA on its 50th Anniversary.

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5050Several activities have been lead in occasion of the 50th Anniversary of WFPHA. There were three videos collecting interviews amongst public health professionals and experts. The videos were about the main achievements and challenges in public health and the role that WFPHA played in the last 50th years.

A photo competition on the same topics have been held and the winners have been awarded during the 15th World Congress on Public Health.

Last but not least, WFPHA published an article in the Journal of Public Health Policy on 50 years of international leadership for a healthy global society. To read an overview of the 50th Anniversary activities view here


Milestones of Public Health

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Role of Public Health

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Future of Public Health

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World Federation of Public Health Associations: 50 years of international leadership for a healthy global society

Journal of Public Health Policy, 2017  DOI:10.1057/s41271-017-0065-0

This article, co-authored by James Chauvin, Margaret Hilson and Russell Morgan Jr, was published in February 2017 for the WFPHA's 50th Anniversary and provides an overview of the formulation, history and future of the Federation.

To read the full article, click here.

50th Anniversary Photo Competition

WFPHA has led a photo contest inviting public health professionals to submit photos describing public health achievements of the last 50 years and challenges in public health to be faced in the next future. 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 have selected the three best photographs.

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 three best photographs have been printed and displayed at the WFPHA booth at the WCPH in Melbourne. They are 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 115 public health organizations around the world.

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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.

Vignettes of WFPHA  past presidents and secretary general

Most of WFPHA past presidents and secretary general have been presented through dedicated vignettes that have been highlighted at the WFPHA booth at the 15th WCPH. To see the vignettes, click here.


3 august 2016 – The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is being negotiated in secret by 16 countries and a leaked copy of its investment chapter includes proposals to allow foreign investors to sue governments at an international tribunal.
These investor suits can be for unlimited cash damages and compound interest. If the proposals are accepted, this investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) would allow foreign investors to sue RCEP governments if they regulate in ways that disadvantages the foreign investor, eg by reducing its profits, including by introducing new laws/policies or changing their laws/policies, even if it is for public interest reasons.
Past ISDS cases have successfully challenged health, environmental, tax, financial regulation and many other laws and a losing government in one case had to pay an investor as much as US$40billion. This is difficult enough for any government to afford, but RCEP includes three least developed countries: Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar who would find it particularly burdensome to pay foreign investors this much.
There are 696 known ISDS cases against 107 countries and the number filed each year has been rapidly increasing (the most ever were filed in 2015). These cases which broadly interpret investors’ rights and restrict governments’ ability to regulate have caused many developed and developing country governments to rethink their support for these investment protection provisions (including ISDS) in bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and free trade agreement (FTA) investment chapters. For example in RCEP countries alone:
  • India and Indonesia are withdrawing from their BITs,
  • Singapore’s Attorney General and the Chief Justice of Australia’s highest court have expressed concerns about ISDS and
  • The New Zealand Chief Justice noted that human rights based determinations of domestic courts may give rise to ISDS claims.
In countries outside RCEP there is also opposition to ISDS including:
  • Other countries such as South Africa and Ecuador are withdrawing from their BITs,
  • Germany’s Economic Minister opposes ISDS in Europe’s FTA negotiations with the USA,
  • the Dutch, French and Austrian Parliaments oppose ISDS in their FTA negotiations with Canada and the USA and
  • All US state-level parliaments oppose ISDS in any treaty.
Various United Nations (UN) human rights bodies have also stated their serious concerns about ISDS including 10 UN Special Rapporteurs/Independent Experts on human rights who said that the ISDS cases demonstrate ‘that the regulatory function of many States and their ability to legislate in the public interest have been put at risk’ and governments have been chilled from regulating. They recommended that in negotiations of FTAs like RCEP, the negotiating texts are published and the negotiations are conducted transparently with the participation of stakeholders including civil society.
RCEP Trade Ministers will meet in Laos on 5 August 2016 to try and resolve some of the issues that are stuck in the negotiations.
Given this, the 95 RCEP civil society organisations strongly urge RCEP countries to reject ISDS in the agreement.