In May 1967, during the 20th World Health Assembly, a group of delegates representing 32 national public health associations convened to discuss the concept of a non-governmental civil society voice for public health. The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) was established and incorporated that same month in Geneva (Switzerland), with 16 core Member associations.

The WFPHA is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization composed of over 115 associations member, mostly multidisciplinary national public health associations, and representing around 5 million public health professionals worldwide. It is the only worldwide professional society representing and serving the broad field of public health. WFPHA’s mission is to promote and protect global public health. It does this throughout the world by supporting the establishment and organizational development of public health associations and societies of public health, through facilitating and supporting the exchange of information, knowledge and the transfer of skills and resources, and through promoting and undertaking advocacy for public policies, programs and practices that will result in a healthy and productive world.

WFPHA is accredited as an NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). It collaborates with the WHO to advance the field of public health through the promotion of pro-health policies, strategies and best practices around the world. The Federation is also accredited to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), holds consultation status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and holds observer status with Codex Alimentarius of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

WFPHA strives to promote effective public health policies and practices throughout the world every day. If your organization would like to join or support our efforts please contact the International Office, to discuss making a contribution to WFPHA.

List of Past presidents of the WFPHA

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