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WHO Bulletin

The article "Update on the Global Charter for the Public’s Health" by B. Borisch, M. Lomazzi, M. Moore and R. Krech has been published in WHO bulletin. This publication is key in increasing awareness on our Global Charter and the Federation at global level. Read the full article here.

European Public Health Alliance

“The Global Charter for the Public’s Health: how can we use it to tackle AMR?”

The WFPHA has released a joint paper in collaboration with the European Public Health Alliance: “The Global Charter for the Public’s Health: how can we use it to tackle AMR?” 
AMR is a multisectoral problem, which must be dealt with on a regional, national, and supranational level. To systematically tackle AMR, there is a need for a framework that takes these preconditions into account. The Global Charter for the Public’s Health is one promising useful framework developed by the WFPHA.
This report represents one of the outcomes of our last year workshop on this topic. The Global Charter’s implementation is maintaining it’s progress! Read the full report here.

Commonwealth Implementation Tool

While in Geneva for the World Health Assembly ministers and their delegates of the Commonwealth of Nations gathered in conference to discuss issues of mutual interest. Amongst others they were addressed  by WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan and by the incoming President of the WFPHA, Michael Moore.

Michael Moore took the opportunity to explain 'A Global Charter for the Public's Health' (Charter) and the importance of Commonwealth and other nations being cognizant of the importance of a horizontal approach to public health rather that the vertical, disease specific focus that had been the hallmark of the previous decades. He acknowledged the work already under way in the Commonwealth Secretariat on developing a toolkit that was based on the work of the Charter. The opportunity was provided for an interesting question and answer suggestion prior to the WFPHA and the Commonwealth agreeing to continue working together to implement the Charter.
To download the Implementation Tool power point presentation click here.

European Public Health Association

The European Public Health Association has adopted the Vienna Declaration, which reiterates its commitment to the Ottowa Charter, and takes into account new and emerging threats to public health, building on the SDGs and the Charter

Essential Public Health Functions

The Global Charter for the Public’s Health has been adopted as one of the frameworks used in the WHO’s report on Essential Public Health Functions (EPHF). This is a report based on a systematic review of all peer-reviewed and grey literature describing EPHF frameworks and experiences over the past 25 years. The content of the various EPHF frameworks was analyzed to identify common and different themes across regions and countries.
This is a milestone for the WFPHA to have the Global Charter be part of this report, and an important initiative that will have a significant impact worldwide. Read the full report here:


Public Health Associations Implementation


Public Health Association of Australia

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA)

The Board of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) determined in the latter stages of the development of the Global Charter for the Public’s Health (Charter) that it would use the Charter to provide guidance on how public health could be improved in Australia. In order to achieve this a goal was set to influence:
• Our own organisation (the PHAA)
• Our Branches and Special Interest Groups
• Our own members
• Other public health organisations and professionals
• University Schools of Public Health
• State and Territory governments
• The Australian Federal Government
A series of actions were taken to implement this vision.
Strategic Plan
Initially, the Board of the PHAA determined to adopt a new Strategic Plan for the PHAA based on the Charter. The vision was accepted, the staff of the PHAA proposed some options and a series of meetings of the Board, followed by Branch Presidents and the Special Interest Group Convenors resulted in a draft Strategic Plan that was accepted at an Annual General Meeting held in Alice Springs in 2016. The Strategic Plan is now on the PHAA website at
The process of developing the Strategic Plan was a key part of ensuring understanding of the content and importance of the Charter amongst around two thousand of the members of the PHAA. The next steps have been in ensuring the National Office of the PHAA along with the Branches and Special Interest Groups incorporate the principles of the Charter into their own action plans.
The next challenge for the PHAA is to develop toolkits to assist members in making the Charter a centre-piece of the work of health professionals.
The PHAA has a close relationship with the Council of Public Health Institutions of Australia (CAPHIA). Through this organisation, that represents all of the public health teaching schools in Australia, the PHAA has been able to explain the role of the Charter and the relationship with WHO and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Other public health organisations
Within this process and while the coordination for the World Congress on Public Health was underway the WFPHA and the PHAA had the opportunity to incorporate the Charter into the planning and development process. Increased awareness amongst the partner organisations grew rapidly. The partner organisations were the Australasian Epidemiologists Association, the Australian Health Promotion Association, the Public Health Association of New Zealand, the Australian Women’s Health Network, the Health Promotion Association of Australia and the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.
The Government of the Australian Capital Territory
When the government of the Australian Capital Territory went to election the PHAA approached government, opposition and cross-bench members to explain the goals of the Charter and the potential outcomes. The very first meeting of the newly appointed ACT Health Minister, Meegan Fitzharris, was with the PHAA to discuss the Charter. As a parallel exercise, the PHAA was discussing the Charter with the Chief Health Officer. Within a short while the Health Minister organised a broad based community meeting based around the Charter in an attempt to understand the best actions to be taken by her to influence health outcomes of the people of the Australian Capital Territory. She determined to hold this meeting following the World Congress on Public Health and, therefore, was able to have WHO leader Dr Ruediger Krech to attend the full day meeting.
The PHAA is also utilising the core elements of the Charter (Prevention, Promotion and Protection) as central themes to the numerous national and international conferences hosted by the organisation.
Implementing the Charter does not take “rocket science”. It requires a methodical approach to build appropriate relationships, to use existing systems and to seek opportunities to raise awareness across public health professionals, officials, elected officers and the community more broadly. The Charter will only provide a way forward if public health professionals seek the opportunities to explain, to learn from others and to circulate the concept as broadly as possible.

Brazilian Public Health Association

The Brazilian Public Health Association has requested WFPHA make a position statement on the Brazilian Government's decision to cut health funding.  

Norwegian Public Health Association

The Norwegian Public Health Association has published the Charter on its website and has distributed it to the Norwegian Network of for Research and Education in Health Promotion Research and to several individuals in the Ministry of Health and Care, including Anders Lamark-Tysse and Hilde Sundrehagen, responsible for international health affairs. In addition, in conjunction with NOPHA’s 2017 national election, they will distribute the Charter to all political parties and will detail what political parties need to put in their program in order to improve health, taking into consideration the Charter and the sustainable development goals.

Panamanian Public Health Society

The Panamanian Public Health Society has launched an initiative “Generation Healthy Panama 2030”, in line with WFPHA’s Charter for the Public’s Health, AASPA’s Declaration of Panama, and the SDGs. The purpose of this initiative is to promote and systematically measure universal access to a set of specific social determinants of health throughout the life cycle, using the “Marmot Six” concept as a guide for establishing and monitoring indicators during each life cycle component.

Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute

The Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute is working on the enabler functions of the Charter, with a particular focus on global health governance, the determinants of health, and cross-sectoral policies. 

Mongolian Public Health Professionals' Association

The Mongolian Public Health Professionals' Association, in conjunction with Transparency International Mongolia, developed the Health Charter through broad discussion with other national NGOs and professional associations, based on the Global Charter for the Public’s Health. 

Cameroon Public Health Association

The Cameroonian Public Health Association has shared the Charter with the Ministry of Health unit in charge of designing and following up on the health sectoral strategy, civil society, and other professional associations. 

The Cameroon Public Held Association organized the "International Public Health Forum on the Global Charter for the Public's Health" from March 14 to 16, 2018 at the Hotel Azur in Yaoundé.

The forum brought together participants from twelve African countries, and was aimed at contributing to the improvement of the health of the African populations through a better utilizing of key services and essential functions of public health in the development, implementation and evaluation of National Health Policies based on equity, social justice and the participation of all.

As a result of the forum the participants made the commitment to work individually, collective and at an institutional level to promote the application of the World Charter for the Health of populations in institutions and organizations as well as in their countries.

The development of several recommendations, their eventual implementation, as well as the satisfaction of the Participants' expectations will undoubtedly contribute significantly to the adoption and application of the Global Charter in Africa.

Please read the entire report of the forum in French, or to read a summary in English.

For more information, please contact the WFPHA International Office.

Making Advocacy Through the Charter

Italian Case on Vaccination

On May 22 2019, WFPHA organized the “International Vaccination and Capacity Workshop”. WFPHA President-Elect, Professor Walter Ricciardi spoke on the Italian Case. He emphasized the improvements and advancements made under his management to increase primary prevention. His lecture represents vaccination as a good practice, in line with the components of the Global Charter for the Public’s Health (prevention as one of the core services). His lecture can be found at:

Panama Declaration

In July 2016, the Panamanian Society of Public Health (SPSP) organized the "First International Conference on Public Health of Panama", whose theme was "Social Determinants and Intersectoral Coordination in Health" and hosted the Second Meeting of the Alliance of Public Health Associations of the Americas. The "Declaration of Panama" represents the main outputs of this conference and of the joint work of the Alliance of Public Health Associations of the Americas.

attach xxl The Alliance of Public Health Associations in the Americas Region adopts The Panama Declaration

Vienna Declaration

EUPHA and ÖGPH have set up the Vienna Declaration to reiterate their commitment to the principles of the Ottawa Charter on Health Promotion, taking into account new and emerging threats to public health that have arisen in the three decades since the adoption of the Ottawa Charter. The Vienna Declaration calls on all parts of the public health community, in Europe and beyond, working at all levels, local, national, regional and global, to recognise the multi-tiered determinants of health and opportunities for action. 

attach xxlThe European Public Health Association and the Austrian Public Health Association adopt the Vienna Declaration

The Charter @ Conferences

The WFPHA is working on several awareness raising activities around the Charter. Delegates from the WFPHA have attended various conferences around the world in order to present the Charter and its key message. Topics such as implementing the Charter into the curriculum of public health schools in the European region and domestically were discussed.

Some highlights:


The Charter in Publications

The Global Charter for the Public's Health

M. Lomazzi
The European Journal of Public Health 2016 Apr;26(2):210-2.
DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckw011
Michael Moore; Martin McKee; Bettina Borisch; Walter Ricciardi
The European Journal of Public Health 2016 Apr;26(2):207
DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckw013

Charter Implementation

Universal health coverage: contestations and the role of public health associations

Borisch B, Lomazzi M

J Public Health Pol, 2019 Jul



Antimicrobial resistance – moving forward?

Lomazzi M, Moore M, Johnson A, Balasegaram M, Borisch B

BMC Public Health, 2019 Jul

DOI: 10.1186/s12889-019-7173-7


Political determinants of health and vaccination

Ricciardi W, Siliquini R

J Public Health Pol, 2019 Apr

DOI: 10.1057/s41271-019-00167-4


A Call to Ban the Mining, Transformation, Export, and Use of Asbestos and Asbestos-Containing Materials

Linares Gil C, Chauvin J, Hernández Aguado I

J Public Health Pol, 2018 Dec, 40: 142

DOI: 10.1057/s41271-018-0157-5


Integrating Oral Health with Public Health Systems under the Framework of Global Charter for the Public’s Health

Lee A, Lomazzi M, Lee H, Bedi R 2018 Oct

International Dental Journal



The Future of Public Health: Engaging Students and Young Professionals

Borisch B, Lomazzi M 2018

Federation’s Pages Editors

DOI: 10.1057/s41271-018-0143-y


Essential public health functions, health systems and health security: developing conceptual clarity and a WHO roadmap for action

WHO 2018 Jun


Update on the Global Charter for the Public’s Health

Borisch B, Lomazzi M, Moore M and Krech R

Bulletin World Health Organization. 2018 Jun 6; 96:439–440

DOI: 10.2471/BLT.17.19882


Global oral health in the framework of the Global Charter for the Public’s Health

Lee H, Lomazzi M, Lee A, Bedi R

Journal of Public Health Policy. 2018 May;39(2):245-253

DOI: 10.1056/s41271-018-0121-4


The Melbourne Demand For Action: it’s time to make a difference

Lomazzi M, Boutefah M, and Moore M

Journal of Public Health Policy. 2018 Feb 39:125..

DOI: 10.1057/s41271-017-0092-x


Strengthening the public health case against HIV-related travel restrictions

Keralis M J, Klein Walker D

Journal of Public Health Policy. 2018 Jan 39:260.

DOI: 10.1057/s41271-017-0113-9


The digital technology revolution and its impact on the public's health.

Chauvin J, Lomazzi M

The European Journal of Public Health. 2017 Dec 1;27(6):947.

DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckx134


Call for Global Public Health Leaders: Provision of Safe Dentistry for All

Lee H, Lomazzi M and Bedi R

Journal of Public Health Policy. 2017 Jul 38: 515



50 years of international leadership for a healthy global society

Chauvin J, Hilson M, Morgan E R Jr.

Journal of Public Health Policy. 2017 Feb 38: 296

DOI: 10.1057/s41271-017-0065-0


The Public Health Impact of Modern Trade Agreements

Moore M, Dalla D. 

Journal of Public Health Policy. 2017 Feb 37: 547

DOI: 10.1057/s41271-016-0036-x


The sugar tax - An opportunity to advance oral health.

Wordley V, Lee H, Lomazzi M, Bedi R.

Br Dent J. 2017 Jul 7;223(1):11-12. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2017.572.




The Charter in Curricula

The Global Charter for the Public's Health is has been incorporated into the curricula of several universities around the world:

Maastricht University

The University of Geneva

Universidad Miguel Hernández of Spain

The Graduate Institute of Geneva

The University of New Hampshire



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