The APHAA convened at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2019 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. on November 6, 2019, APHAA put forth a Declaration in support of collaborative work to confront challenges and policies that threaten health. Read the full Declaration HERE.

Cuba Salud is an international health convention organised by the Cuban health minister every year in Havanna. The exemplary Cuban health care system has an global reputation both for its services as well as for its education system. The important help that Cuba could contribute to the Ebola crisis is one example.In the context of this convention, the founding meeting of the Alliance of Associations of Public Health of the Americas was organised. This movement is part of the regionalisation process initiated by the WFPHA. The Cuban Society of Public Health (SOCUSAP) took up the leadership for this progress in the Americas. Mengistu Asnake, president of the WFPHA, gave an overview of the realisations already accomplished, such as the Asia Pacific liaison office, the African Federation of Public Health Associations, EUPHA, its European equivalent, the South East Asian Federation, recently initiated at the Kolkata meeting.

At the Cuban meeting, several countries of the Americas were represented: Brazil by ABRASCO, USA by APHA, Nicaragua by ANSAP, Bolivia by ABSO and Porto Rico by ASPPR, in addition to the hosting country . The public health associations attending decided to constitute the Alliance of Associations of Public Health of the Americas (APHAA – AASPA) under the motto: “Joining forces for the Health of our People” – “Uniendo esfuerzos por la salud de nuestros pueblos”. This realisation is based on a long collaboration among members such as Canadian Public Health Association, American Public Health Association, Cuban Society of Public Health, etc.

Dr Isabella Danel, Deputy Director of PAHO, honoured the meeting by her presence; she welcomed the initiative and offered help from PAHO.

SOCUSAP accepted to host the secretariat of APHAA.  The immediate next steps for the Alliance will be the presentation of a constitution and elections. This is scheduled to happen during the ABRASCO annual meeting in Goiania. 

Besides the founding members all other associations of the Americas are invited to join the newly created Alliance.
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The leadership of WFPHA is deeply saddened by the loss of life, injuries, and damage in Nepal that has occurred as a result of the earthquake in the past few days and conveys our condolences to the families of the people who were killed and pray for the injured and affected victims to recover immediately.

It is our earnest hope that, the people of Nepal will overcome the difficulties and return to normalcy as soon as possible and WFPHA with all its member associations will use every opportunity to advocate for rendering any possible support and cooperation in the efforts to overcome the immediate and long term impacts of the disaster. We hope that everyone affected will bravely endure the pain and suffering that this catastrophe has imposed on them.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nepalese people during these difficult times, especially the families of the victims and those affected by this tragedy.

WFPHA members from Nepal as well as some organizations such as Red Cross or UNICEF are helping to provide emergency humanitarian assistance by mobilizing disaster specialists and funds following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. If you want to donate, please refer to their website directly or contact them as reported below:

WFPHA Full Member - Nepal Public Health Association

Binod Regmi

House No 117, Jeet Jung Marg, Thapathali Height, Kathmandu, Nepal
Ph: 00977-1-4248513; P.O.Box-3780
Email: ;

For more information, read the call for action & support.

WFPHA Sustaining Member - Forum for Human Rights and Public Health-Nepal

Bishnu Prasad Bastola

Tel +977-1-6630034
Mobile No +9779851011100
GPO Box No- 6323, Kathmandu, Nepal



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MengistuAsnakeDr. Mengistu Asnake, Pathfinder International’s Country Representative in Ethiopia and WFPHA president, has received the Public Health Service Award at the opening ceremony of the 26th Ethiopian Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Conference on Feb. 25!. For more information, click here.