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Global Health Inquity is a fact. The present crisis renders visible these inequities. The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) has signed an open letter to the United Nations proposing that the UN Secretary General provide the necessary support to the World Health Organization (WHO), by creating a multi-sector "Global Health Equity Task Force" to confront the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in its full health, socio-demographic and economic dimensions.

As the unique international non-governmental body representing the interests of the global public health community through national and regional public health associations and associated organizations, WFPHA is concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among already vulnerable and marginalized populations worldwide. Disadvantaged and marginalized populations are more at risk to become infected. When infected, marginalized people are more likely to evolve to severe cases as they suffer disproportionately higher rates of chronic diseases, obesity and malnutrition.

The "Global Health Equity Task Force", housed within WHO, would be charged with taking the necessary steps to exert needed global leadership for a comprehensive, equity-focused response to the pandemic, guided by the ethical principles of justice, beneficence and nonmaleficence and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It would encourage international cooperation towards fair allocation of resources to all countries according to need.

Full Letter with List of Institutions is Available Here.

List of Individual Signing the Letter is Available Here.


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The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) is pleased to endorse the InterAction Council of former heads of state and government’s Global Responsibilities and an Emergency Framework for Countries and Communities.

The InterAction Council’s framework aligns well with the WFPHA’s guiding principles of solidarity, social justice, human rights, equity, evidenced-informed policy and practice, and the need to address the underlying socio-economic, commercial, human rights-related and political determinants of health. The WFPHA’s Global Charter for the Public’s Health aligns well with and supports the Framework’s elements. Besides calling for strengthening the primary elements of public health (disease and injury prevention, health promotion and health protection) and health system operations and measures, the Framework recommends an all-of-society approach across all sectors for future pandemic and emergency responses.

Please read full documant here.

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COVID-19 and The Role of Silver Diamine Fluoride in Emergency Dental Care

Global Child Dental Fund, in collaboration with the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) has produced 3 webinars on the role of Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) in emergency dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic. These webinars are available to view by clicking on the links below.



Part 1:


Prof Raman Bedi, WFPHA's Oral Health Working Group, Chairman of Global Child Dental Fund.

Dr Ali B. Attaie, President and Chairman of NYC Management Service Organization (NYC MSO).

Dr Parthit Phantumvanit, President of the Centre for Assessment and Accreditation for Dental Practitioners, Thailand.

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Part 2:


Prof Raman Bedi, WFPHA's Oral Health Working Group, Chairman of Global Child Dental Fund.

Dr Richard Niederman, Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, New York University

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Part 3:


Prof Raman Bedi, WFPHA's Oral Health Working Group, Chairman of Global Child Dental Fund.

Dr Linda Greenwall, Prosthodontist and Cosmetic, Restorative Dentist.

Andrew Osafo, Ambassador for the Mouth Cancer Foundation and Specialist Advisor for the CQC at Care Quality Commission.

Nicola P T Innes, Professor of Paediatric Dentistry, University of Dundee.

Paul Ashley, Professor of Paediatric Dentistry, Eastman Dental Hospital, University College London.

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Summary – Parts 1 and 2 by Professor Raman Bedi

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 Photo Contest

COVID-19 and Its Challenges in Your Country


In the time of COVID-19 crisis, the World Federation of Public Health Association is hosting a photo contest to capture pictures related to COVID-19 and the challenges of the pandemic in the different countries.

The aim of the contest is to highlight the role of public health during the crisis and to facilitate appropriate communication and effective advocacy during and after the pandemic.


We inviting WFPHA's members and public health professionals to submit:

  • A photo showcasing your current experience related to COVID-19 AND/OR
  • A photo describing the main challenges your country is facing during this pandemic


The photo can be made with a camera or a smartphone (high resolution – minimum pixel requested: 2048x1536 px) and should be accompanied by a sentence describing the challenges, the country and the name of the "photographer"/organization. A photo with a lower resolution cannot be accepted.


Photos will be projected during the 16th World Congress on Public Health 2020 as well as on WFPHA media and social media. The best three photos will be awarded!


By submitting the photo, you confirm that:

  • The photo(s) is/are your original work,
  • You have the permission of all persons depicted in the photo(s) to submit it/them and to grant us the rights described,
  • No content owned by any other person or entity appears in the photo(s) (such as an identifiable product) and
  • The photo does not infringe upon any third party's proprietary or other rights.


To participate, please send the photos to by 30th June 2020.

By submitting your photos, you give WFPHA full right to use the images on the media, social media and any other tools or materials as deemed appropriate by WFPHA.