WFPHA Newsletter November 2019

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1.- WFPHA’s Webinars on Oral Health

newsletter nov19Throughout the months of October and November, the WFPHA’s Oral Health Working Group successfully hosted a series of 3 webinars under the broad theme of Dental Public Health. The first, Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) – Transforming Community Dental Caries Programmes discussed the public health implications of using SDF in communities as a low-cost solution to managing dental caries. The second, Daily Tooth-Brushing as Part of an Education Curricula, focussed on the importance of educating children on good hygiene practices including daily tooth brushing, how this should be integrated into the school curriculum and the challenges of making oral health for children a human right. The third and final webinar, The Importance of Integrating General and Oral Health, discussed effective approaches to strengthening collaborations between public and oral health in prevention as well as in primary and specialized care, with a special focus on non-communicable disease prevention and inequity reduction.


Across all 3 webinars, a total of 52,128 participants were reached and 1,289 engagements were made through the Facebook livestream, with more engagement promoted through extensive social media outreach. This represents a remarkable success for the WFPHA as a global institute of knowledge translation.


All webinars are now available to watch in full on the WFPHA YouTube channel, along with supplementary videos featuring summaries of key themes and learnings from each webinar.


  • A full recording of the Silver Diamine Fluoride – Transforming Community Dental Caries Programmes webinar is available here.
  • A video summary of the Silver Diamine Fluoride – Transforming Community Dental Caries Programmes webinar is available here.


  • A full recording of the Daily Tooth-Brushing as Part of an Education Curricula webinar is available here.
  • A video summary of the Daily Tooth-Brushing as Part of an Education Curricula webinar is available here.


  • A full recording of the Importance of Integrating General & Oral Health webinar is available here.
  • A video summary of the Importance of Integrating General & Oral Health webinar is available here.


We will host more webinars in 2020 on oral health and related to global vaccination policy in alignment with the mandate of our new International Immunization Policy Taskforce. Follow our website and newsletters for further information.




2.- 16th World Congress on Public Health

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October 12-17, 2020

La Nuvola, Rome, Italy



Participate at the 16th World Congress on Public Health by sharing your work with colleagues. The congress offers excellent opportunities to learn from the latest research and practice, to network with experts and colleagues and to expand your professional horizons. Abstracts are invited for world leadership dialogues, workshops and single presentations in all areas of public health research, practice, policy and education.


Abstract submission is open from 1 December 2019 to 1 March 2020.



You can benefit from early bird registration fees until May 1, 2019. We are expecting over 3,000 delegates so be sure to register early and benefit from the reduced rate. Don’t miss the largest global public health event in 2020!

For more information, refer to the November edition of the 16th World Congress on Public Health E-news.





We received reports that a World Congress on Public Health is being advertised to be held 20 - 21 May 2020 in Berlin, Germany. This conference is reportedly organised by Conference Era. We would like to point out that we, as organizers of the 16th World Congress on Public Health, are in no way involved in this event.






3.- WFPHA Speaks Up!

The Lofoten Declaration

Lofoten DeclarationOn November 19, On November 19, 2019, the WFPHA joined a global network of organizations in signing the Lofoten Declaration, an international manifesto calling for the end to both hydrocarbon exploration and further expansion of fossil fuel reserves in the critical quest to mitigate climate change and facilitate a just and rapid transition to a low-carbon economy. This falls in line with The Charter and WFPHA's strong assertion that a world conducive to public health can only be secured with new and unprecedented levels of climate leadership.



4.- WFPHA @ Conferences

12th European Public Health Conference

The WFPHA participated in the 12th European Public Health (EPH) Conference held on 20-23 November 2019 in Marseille, France.


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At this event, the WFPHA organised a workshop entitled “NCDs Prevention through Integrated Approaches: Reducing Obesity from Individuals to Populations”. Prof Bettina Borisch started the workshop by providing a critical analysis of obesity problem and approaches adopted and subsequently Dr Marta Lomazzi focused on Sugar-weetened Beverage (SBB) example and the need to increase integration of oral and public health to rise the success of interventions. Prof Walter G. Ricciardi presented the country case of Italy with a critical analysis of the causes and approaches that are needed/on going to reverse the obesity increase trend in a country always associated to healthy food. Michael Moore AM discussed nanny state approach and arm wrestling with food industry, providing examples and facilitating the development of key advocacy skills to play this power game.


The process of knowledge transfer continued through the exchange of experiences, questions of specific cases and brainstorming to apply the Global Charter for the Public’s Health (The Charter) framework to the working context of delegates.


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The 16th World Congress on Public Health, which will be held on October 12-17, 2020, was presented at the EPH Conference as well. Visitors questions were answered by our representatives at the stand.


American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

The American Public Health Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For Science. For Action. For Health,” took place Nov. 2nd - 6th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over 12,000 public health professionals attended the conference which focused on the three core principles that guide APHA’s work – 1) science, to identify ways to prevent and treat disease, and to make the healthy choice the easy choice; 2) action, to use our minds, our hearts, our feet, our experience and diversity collectively to promote change and defeat health challenges; and 3) health, to ensure health equity and access to care for everyone, in every community.


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From the Americas region, Dr. Alcides Ochoa Alonso (President of the Alliance of Public Health Associations of the Americas) led a delegation representing Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. The Alliance hosted a scientific session with two panels discussing global health as an approach to international public health and critical valuations for universal health coverage.


The Federation and APHA co-hosted the Global Health Leaders’ Breakfast, an event traditionally held at the conference every year. From the WFPHA, Walter Ricciardi (Vice President/President-Elect), Carlo Signorelli (Co-Chair of the 16th World Congress on Public Health), Georges Benjamin (Chair of the WFPHA Advisory Board), and Mika Gissler (Chair of the Finance Committee) all represented the Federation. The breakfast convened WFPHA members along with APHA’s leaders, members and partners for a unique networking event. This year’s invited guest speaker was Dr. Edna Adan Ismail, the former First Lady of Somalia and Foreign Minister of Somaliland. Dr. Ismail shared her courageous story as a pioneer and activist for human rights and gender issues. She founded the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital to end preventable maternal and child deaths as well as end harmful practices such as female genital mutilation. As part of the hospital, Dr. Adan also established the Edna Adan University to address the need for trained professionals in the Horn of Africa region on program areas including public health, nursing, midwifery, medicine and surgery, and others.

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At APHA’s Public Health Expo, colleagues from The Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI) promoted the upcoming 16th World Congress on Public Health in Rome with a prominently displayed exhibit booth. Additionally, the WFPHA, SItI, the European Public Health Association and the Consulate General of Italy Philadelphia co-hosted a cocktail reception at The Union League of Philadelphia to launch and promote the announcement for the Congress.


WFPHA supports the Declaration of the Alliance of Public Health Associations of the Americas: Public Health does not have borders. We must work together to confront the challenges and policies that threaten health. Stand with us to build a better world!


Read the full Declaration here.

9th Global Forum on Health Promotion

9th global forum on health promotionThe WFPHA attended at the 9th Global Forum on Health Promotion, WHO Geneva. Work on the SDGs, specifically #3 Good Health and Wellbeing, is moving forward at multiple levels. Building the recent UN Member States’ political declaration to support every country in achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the Global Forum highlighted the role of governments, current examples, and WHO commitments to UHC. Delegates of the Global Forum listened to high-level speeches from influential organizations in which crucial actions necessary to realize these goals were discussed. Collaborative, cross-sectoral, and whole-of-society approaches are necessary to positively influence non-health sectors in creating health-promoting environments. Find out more about UHC here.



5.- Working Groups

newsletter nov 2019Environmental Health Working Group Mobilizes in support of climate action for public health

The WFPHA’s Environmental Health Working Group (EH WG), chaired by Dr. Liz Hanna, has been active in both research and advocacy regarding the issue of climate change and its dire consequences for human health.


Dr. Liz Hanna has formally acknowledged her support for the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) and their health partners at the Chilean College of Medicine who have been active in the streets of Santiago protesting against social and economic inequity and poor healthcare access and affordability. While the Chilean government has withdrawn from hosting COP25, the WFPHA supports the GCHA’s call for climate, health, and social equity action to continue unabated.

Finally, the EH WG has retained its commitment to leveraging academic research in support of climate policy development through its current conduction of a Global Survey on government barriers to climate change adaptation for public health as a follow-up to a 2015 analysis conducted on member progress in this area. The report with the findings of this research will be disseminated to all members once it becomes available.




6.- Publications

BDJ published paperA call to action: advocating for the integration of oral health promotion and public health via sugar sweetened beverage taxation.


The recent publication in both PubMed and the British Dental Journal of a new evidence-based advocacy brief titled “A call to action: advocating for the integration of oral health promotion and public health via sugar sweetened beverage taxation” represents another important achievement of the WFPHA’s Oral Health Working Group.


This advocacy brief calls on all dental health professionals to advocate for the integration of oral health promotion into public health, and argues that a campaign for revenue from sugar sweetened beverage taxation to be used for oral health promotion is a good place to start. See the full publication here.



7.- December 12: International Universal Health Coverage Day

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“Strong leadership and community engagement are essential in ensuring that all people get the healthcare they need. On this International Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to a world with health for all.” – Antonio Guterres


International Universal Health Coverage Day aims to raise awareness of the need for strong and resilient health systems and universal health coverage with multi-stakeholder partners. Each year on December 12, UHC advocates raise their voices to share the stories of the millions of people still waiting for health, champion what we have achieved so far, call on leaders to make bigger and smarter investments in health, and encourage diverse groups to make commitments to help move the world closer to UHC by 2030.


Under the “Global Charter for the Public’s Health”, which the WFPHA developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization, the WFPHA strongly endorses UHC as the next major step to achieving a healthier and more prosperous world. By providing practical implementation guidelines to public health associations for strengthening governance, information, protection, prevention, promotion, advocacy, and capacity in healthcare, the Charter complements UHC objectives by strengthening the components needed to make UHC a success. Through its endorsement of the Charter and numerous other initiatives aimed at strengthening public health infrastructures worldwide, the WFPHA remains an active player in the global quest to achieve UHC.



8.- New WFPHA Intern

WhatsApp Image 2019 12 17 at 10.34.38Razieh Azari is Ph.D. student at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Her interdisciplinary studies focus on lay-friendliness of health-related information, health communication, health literacy, crowdsourcing, and the European Union law. She has experience and interest in using crowdsourcing and open data combined with new technologies and social networks to improve comprehensibility of health-related information for general public. As an intern at WFPHA, she is keen to learn more about the use of information and communication technologies to improve health outcomes and achieve equity in health for all people worldwide.



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10.- Season’s Greetings

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Happy holidays from the WFPHA!


We commend the hard work of our diverse global membership. May this be a time for rest and rejuvenation before the new and busy year ahead.



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