WFPHA Newsletter August 2019

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1. The WFPHA Speaks Up!

Letter to the Mayor of Madrid: Expressing Concern Regarding the Decision to Reverse the Policy on Air Pollution

Support to SESPAS Letter to the Mayor of MadridThe WFPHA has written a letter to the mayor of Madrid to support the position of the Spanish Society of Public Health and Health Administration (SESPAS). In this letter, the WFPHA expresses concern regarding the negative impacts of reversing the policy on air pollution on the health of people. The WFPHA supports the request from SESPAS asking to keep the measures that were already implemented. The WFPHA also asks for developing new policies to reduce air pollution and its risk for the public’s health. 

To read the letter, click here

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons resizeimageThe WFPHA supports the international humanitarian initiative led by IPPNW that produced the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). 

Adopted on 7 July 2017 by 122 United Nations Member States, the TPNW represents a major step forward in preventing the catastrophic health impacts of any use of nuclear weapons. 

Our current task is to ensure that the treaty enters into force and becomes international law as soon as possible. To date, the TPNW has been signed by 70 States and ratified by 23, and will enter into force after its 50th ratification. 

We hope for a world free of nuclear weapons and believe that our actions as representatives of health professions can make a big difference in this crucial debate. 

Click here to read the joint statement co-signed by the partner organizations in this endeavour, the World Medical Association (WMA), the International Council of Nurses (ICN), and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). 

Letter to the Pacific Island Forum: Expressing Support of the Nadi Bay Declaration

air pollution chemical dark 929385The WFPHA has written a letter to the Pacific Island Forum to express support of the recent Nadi Bay Declaration by the Pacific Island Development Forum declaring a Climate Change Crisis in the Pacific. 

In this letter, the WFPHA:

- Recognizes the vulnerability of Pacific Island Nations to climate change and urges the Forum to keep climate change at the forefront of discussion.

- Supports the call to urge States to meet their emission goals as described in the Paris Agreement.

- Supports the call to cease the opening of new coal mines and phase out existing coal production, especially in Australia.

To read the letter, click here

Letter to the Queensland Premier: Expressing Concern for the Opening of New Coal Mines in Australia

Coal MineThe WFPHA has written a letter to the Queensland Premier to support the position of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Doctors for the Environment of Australia (DEA). In this letter, the WFPHA expresses concern for the negative impacts of opening new coal mines on the health of employees, local population, Australia and the world. The WFPHA urges the Queensland Premier to reconsider her decision regarding the opening of new coal mines such as Adani’s Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin of Queensland.

To read the letter, click here.



2. WFPHA's Webinars on Oral Health

Daily Tooth-Brushing as Part of a School-Based Education Curricula Webinar

General Webinar 1 1October 17, 2019 at 12:30 CEST

Tooth decay is one of the most common reasons for non-emergency hospital admissions of children. As such, it is key to include in the school curriculum daily tooth brushing and, more generally good hygiene practices, to facilitate improved oral hygiene and prevent tooth decay.

The webinar will highlight successful approaches and initiatives ongoing, including the “Mexico City - Access to Oral Health for Children” project facilitated by WFPHA, as well as debate the challenges to make oral health for children a human right. The main focus will be on school-based implementation through effective education and comprehensive actions.


Confirmed speakers: 

- Webinar Chair: Professor Raman Bedi, Kings College London

Professor Jaime Edelson, Fundación ADM - Mexican Dental Association Foundation

Professor Sônia Groisman, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro-Brazil

Dr Alex McMahon, University of Glasgow Dental School

Professor Mahesh Verma, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi India

Dr Rosario Caruso, I.R.C.C.S. Policlinico San Donato, Italy


The registration link will open in early September. Stay tuned for more information and registration details!

The Importance of Integrating General & Oral Health Webinar

General Webinar 2November 15, 2019 at 12:30 CET

The webinar will discuss effective approaches to strengthen the integration between public and oral health in prevention as well as in primary and specialized care. A special focus will be addressed to NDCs prevention and inequity reduction.

The webinar will discuss how to integrate oral health into holistic health and vice-versa, in education and training as well as in health promotion activities in different settings. Additionally, the webinar will facilitate the development of advocacy at national and international levels to reach this integration.


Confirmed speakers:

- Webinar Chair: Professor Raman Bedi, Kings College London

Dr Mengistu Asnake, Pathfinder International 

Dr Bettina Borisch, University of Geneva

Dr Shu-Ti Chiou, International Union for Health Promotion and Education

Dr Bruce Donoff, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Professor Mahesh Verma, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi India


Stay tuned for more information and registration details!



3. 16th World Congress on Public Health


16th World Congress on Public Health

12 – 17 October 2020
La Nuvola, Rome, Italy  

Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy and Action

We will be meeting at a critical time for our planet. Global temperatures lie far beyond historical records and threats to food and water supply, poverty and inequalities are leading to mass migration and conflict. International agreements, on climate change, nuclear weapons, and much else, are being torn up. Some leading politicians are rejecting the Enlightenment view that policy should be shaped by evidence. At a time when global solidarity is required, populist politicians are exploiting divisions.

The theme of the Congress, Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy, and Action, reflects our firm commitment that we, in the global public health community, have an obligation to respond to these new circumstances. We must make visible the threats to health, some of which are already emerging. We must challenge and hold to account those with the power to make a difference. And we must act, making real our commitment to health in all policies. We, as the public health community, have much to contribute and much to learn. As always, we will have many opportunities to share ideas among ourselves, but this year we can enrich our experiences even further, bringing a global perspective to our thinking. We look forward to seeing you in Rome.

For more information, click here.

World Leadership Dialogues – SUBMISSION NOW OPEN!

World Leadership Dialogues (WLD) are high-level sessions on current topics in public health intended to complement the plenary sessions. The purpose is to provide in-depth perspectives on key issues in public health. WLDs can be organised by health organisations, NGOs, working groups but not by individuals.

For more information, click here.


You can benefit from low-cost registration fees until 1 December. We are expecting over 3,000 delegates. Don’t miss the largest global public health event in 2020 and register early to benefit from the reduced rates.

Low-cost fees EUR 499. Delegates from emerging countries pay EUR 349, students EUR 319 (all fees inclusive of VAT).

Conference VenueWCPH Organisation

The 16th World Congress on Public Health is organized by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in collaboration with the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI).

Conference Venue

The 16th World Congress on Public Health will be held in La Nuvola, Viale Asia, 00144 Rome, Italy.

Benvenuti a Roma! 



4. Antimicrobial Resistance – Moving Forward? 

Antimicrobial resistance Moving ForwardThe success of antimicrobial drugs has led to their widespread overuse and misuse in humans, animals and plants.

When microorganisms are exposed to antimicrobial drugs, they can develop adaptations to survive drug exposure and defeat the drugs designed to destroy them. The accumulation of these adaptations can lead to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Moreover, the complex international concerns over AMR may endanger the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, placing AMR as a global public health challenge.

For this reason, multi-faceted, multi-stakeholder approaches are needed. The Global Charter for the Public’s Health, developed by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in association with WHO, is introduced as a tool to tackle AMR. The Charter indicates capacity, governance, information and advocacy as the four enablers of public health functions (prevention, protection and promotion).

“The global public health voice should lead the current policy discussions in the field of AMR”.  Thus, the WFPHA Call, signed by around 70 national and international organizations demand that all sectors keep public health at the centre of policies and research. “The Global Charter for the Public’s Health can pave the path to coordinate the key initiatives that incorporate acting from the individual empowerment to good governance for effective global action.”

The findings and strategies to reduce AMR are reported in the journal BMC Public Health. This is part of the implementation of strategies that were discussed during the WFPHA's AMR workshop in May 2018.

To read the full article, click here.



5. UHC: Contestations and the Role of Public Health Associations


The WFPHA has published an article in the Journal of Public Health Policy regarding the progress on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the contestations in the UHC discourse, and the possible role of national public health associations.

The article concludes with suggestions on the role of the WFPHA in reaching UHC.

To read the full article, click here.



6. The New WFPHA Interns 

Daniel Kent

NU H100 040319 058 2Daniel Kent is in his last year at Northeastern University in Boston, USA where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and minors in Global Health and Biology. After graduation, he plans on applying to and attending medical school. Daniel’s major combines coursework covering important public health issues as well as biological sciences. Outside the classroom, he has spent over two years working on medical anaesthetic pharmacology research at Massachusetts General Hospital. This interdisciplinary curriculum and background in biological research have given Daniel a unique perspective when it comes to public health. His interests are in toxicology and pollution and their effects on human health and the environment. His project at the WFPHA will have him working alongside the Environmental Health Working Group and Dr. Liz Hanna in order to make policy resolutions on the reduction of coal and fossil fuel production for health and environmental concerns. Daniel hopes to gain a greater understanding of the translation from public health research into action and policy-making.

Narges Kalantari

IMG 8413Narges has completed a post-graduate program in Public Health with a focus on global health at Université de Montréal in Canada. Her program of study has given her a deeper understanding of public health policies and sociocultural factors affecting health.  Being an intern at WFPHA will allow her to expand her knowledge of global health beyond what she has already learned in the classroom and will give her the opportunity to network with and learn from the actors of global public health. Her main interests include learning more about environmental public health, particularly the burden of climate change on human health around the world, as well as mental health since she will be continuing her graduate studies in psychology. She is pleased to have the opportunity to put her knowledge into practice through this experience and is looking forward to becoming a better contributor to the field of public health.



7. News from Our Members

IPHA logoAs part of the 2-week campaign, the WFPHA is highlighting the Indian Public Health Association (IPHA). The IPHA is holding their 177th Central Council meeting 28th-29th of September 2019. The meeting will consist of agenda items such as confirming the newly elected members and staff of IPHA, discussing matters of the 64th Annual National Conference of IPHA 2020, and the budget for the organization. 

For more information, click here.



8. What's on

Positive Nutrition: Traditional Diets as a Model for a Healthy Life

Positive NutritionThe WFPHA attended Traditional Diets as a Model for a Healthy Life meeting at the Palais de Nations in June 2019. This WHO side meeting featured four panellists representing the United States, Italy, China, and Brazil.

The four speakers discussed the diet habits, patterns and history in their respective countries with the goal of emphasizing the importance of a user-friendly way to deliver nutrition guidelines. The focus was to shift from the "reductionism" approach which places an emphasis on nutrients and to instead lead nutrition guidelines with food and meal examples as "we eat food, not nutrients'', explained eloquently by the moderator, Mr. Dennis Bier. 


The One Week Medical School Training Program (OWMS)

One Week Medical SchoolHow do doctors make decisions? How do you tell someone they have cancer? 

The One Week Medical School program (OWMS), hosted by the Institute of Global Health and University Hospitals of Geneva, was a short but intensive medical training course, which addressed these questions. The WFPHA interns attended this innovative, one-week, full-time training during the last week of June 2019. OWMS was developed as an “introduction to clinical reasoning for non-medical professionals”, cultivated medical thinking and practice skills through lectures from a wide variety of medical specialists, immersion in a clinical department of the Geneva University Hospital and exposure to practical cases simulated by professional actors. The five modules included: in the mind of a doctor, clinical medicine and drugs, health sciences, the pathway of life, and tomorrow’s medicine. These highly interdisciplinary topics allowed for a better understanding of the main skills and challenges faced by doctors. 

Can Human Rights Education Curtail Ageism? 

Can Human Rights Education Curtail AgeismThe WFPHA attended a side event of the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in July. Speakers from different organizations discussed the importance of changing perspectives towards ageing to create life-long employability and social inclusion for the older population and emphasized the importance of developing more policies to fight against ageism at both micro and macro-level. The speakers continued with highlighting the importance of developing strategies involving all people, media and schools to provide human rights education and the necessity to recognize ageism as a human rights issue. Lastly, the negative impacts of ageism on health were pointed out and the efforts of WHO’s Global Campaign to Combat Ageism through gathering evidence, forming a global coalition, raising awareness and setting up an action platform for countries to connect and access the latest strategies against this issue was highlighted.

Nelson Mandela Human Rights Lecture


The WFPHA attended the Nelson Mandela Human Rights Lecture on July 18, which is celebrated as Mandela’s day annually. The lecture covered a deeply touching talk by Mr. Albie Sachs, Former Judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa on the challenges of developing a Bill of Rights that demanded equality between all people in South Africa, no matter their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and etcetera. Following this exceptional speech, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the former President, Health Minister and Defense Minister of Chile, described her remarkable efforts in promoting human rights and inclusivity for all people in her nation. 



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Ouverte aux professionnels disposants d'un diplôme universitaire ou d'une haute école en santé ou en sciences humaines, le MAS s'effectue durant trois ans en cours d'emploi, à hauteur de cinq semaines par année d'enseignement présentiel en français, complétées par des projets personnels (en français ou en anglais). Cette formation est reconnue par les sociétés médicales et professionnelles (FMH et la SSPH+).

A ce jour, plus de 180 diplômé-es de par le monde ont bénéficié de cette formation. Ils-elles occupent des postes à responsabilité dans la santé publique en Suisse et à l’étranger. Pour sa trentième année qui commencera en septembre, le MAS accueillera le Professeur Jean-François Etter en tant que nouveau directeur, ainsi qu'une équipe enseignante et administrative largement renouvelée, afin de répondre au mieux aux besoins des étudiant-es, tant en termes de méthodologie que de connaissances dans les différents champs de la santé publique.

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