WFPHA Newsletter February 2020

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1.- 16th World Congress on Public Health

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October 12-17, 2020

La Nuvola, Rome, Italy

 

 

In October 2020, over 4,000 public health professionals, policy makers and students will meet in Rome, Italy, for the 16th World Congress on Public Health. It is organized by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in collaboration with the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI) and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA).

 

The 2020 World Congress on Public Health comes at a critical time for our planet. Several commentators, looking ahead over the next few decades, have warned that the very survival of humanity is at risk. This year, temperatures in the Arctic and Antarctic are far beyond what has been seen since records began, and there are real fears that we are reaching a tipping point. Threats to food and water supply, biodiversity, and in some parts of the world, the ability to survive in extreme temperatures, are leading to mass migration and conflict. Political structures, at national, regional, and global level, are struggling to respond. International agreements, on climate change, nuclear weapons, and much else, are being torn up.

 

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

Abstract submission is open until 1 March 2020.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 1, 2020.

 

WORLD LEADERSHIP DIALOGUE
The world leadership dialogue is taking place at the World Congress on Public Health. There have been 42 applications to participate in the world leadership dialogues on a range of topics that include: universal health coverage, hospital hygiene, health workforce, social rights, democracy and citizenship, non communicable diseases, public health advocacy, health systems research, health promotion, health determinants, indigenous, migrant, LGBT and minority health, environmental health, urban health and climate change, digital health, health information and communication, vaccine preventable diseases, women in global health, infectious diseases, ethics, governance and law, public health advocacy, policy and politics, vaccine preventable diseases, digital health, health information and communication, other public health issues, food safety, nutrition and diet, other public health issues.

 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

There are funding opportunities available and the application can be found here.

The organizers of the 16th World Congress on Public Health are pleased to offer different types of financial support to delegates. Please read carefully the details before sending your application as the submission details and conditions may differ. You may send only 1 application. When more applications are received only the first one will be considered.

 
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2.- Webinars on Oral Health

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WFPHA’s Oral Health Working Group successfully hosted a series of 3 webinars under the broad theme of Dental Public Health. The Webinars have been on: Silver Diamine Flouride (SDF) - Transforming Community Dental Caries Programmes (10th October), Daily Tooth-brushing as Part of an Education Curricula (17th October), and The Importance of Integrating General and Oral Health (15th November). The Webinars were broadcast live via Zoom, livestreamed to Facebook, then published on the WFPHA Youtube channel along with summary videos.

 

Silver Diamine Flouride (SDF) - Transforming Community Dental Caries Programmes

Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is now widely used among paediatric dentists and is transforming community programmes. In 1999, the WHO co-supported the book “Root cause – dentistry in developing countries” in which SDF was strongly advocated as a low-cost solution to managing dental caries.

  • 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.

Individual presentation of speakers participated in this webinar are available:

Dr Richard Niederman, New York University College of Dentistry, USA
Dr Prathip Phantumvanit, Thammasat University, Thailand
Dr Geoff Knight, Malborne, Australia
Prof. Chun Hung Chu, The University of Hong Kong
Q&A part of the webinar
Take-Home Messages part of the webinar

 

Daily Tooth-brushing as Part of an Education Curricula

Tooth decay is one of the most common reasons for non-emergency hospital admissions among children. As such, it is crucial to educate on good hygiene practices including daily tooth brushing in the school curriculum to improve oral hygiene and prevent tooth decay.

  • 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.

Individual presentation of speakers participated in this webinar are available:

Prof. Jaime Edelson, Fundación ADM - Mexican Dental Association Foundation
Prof. Sônia Groisman, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro-Brazil
Dr Alex McMahon, University of Glasgow Dental School
Prof. Mahesh Verma, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi India
Dr Rosario Caruso, I.R.C.C.S. Policlinico San Donato, Italy

Q&A part of the webinar

 

The Importance of Integrating General and Oral Health

This webinar discussed effective approaches to strengthen collaborations between public and oral health in prevention as well as in primary and specialized care. Special focus was given to the Taiwan Declaration on the integration of oral and general health to address non-communicable disease prevention, inequity reduction, and integration of oral and general health. This webinar highlighted methods to integrate oral and holistic health in education and training as well as in health promotion activities in different settings. Additionally, the webinar facilitated the development of national and international advocacy to ensure success.

  • 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.

Individual presentation of speakers participated in this webinar are available:

Dr Bruce Donoff, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Dr Shu-Ti Chiou, International Union for Health Promotion and Education
Prof. Mahesh Verma, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi India
Dr Mengistu Asnake, Pathfinder International
Prof. Bettina Borisch, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Q&A part of the webinar

 

These webinars were facilitated by kind help and supports of our sponsors.

 
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3.- Presidential Election @ WFPHA

5This year WFPHA will run the election for the Vice President/president elect position. We are pleased to inform that Professor Luís Eugênio Portela Fernandes de Souza has been proposed for this position by ABRASCO. He was a public health worker at the State Health Secretariat of Bahia (Brazil) in 1989-1995 and a professor at the Feira de Santana State University (Bahia-Brazil) in 1996 -2004.

Since 2004, he is a professor at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), where he coordinates the Health Economics, Technology and Innovation Program of the Institute of Collective Health. He has taught and written on health policy analysis, healthcare programmes performance, scientific knowledge use and innovation, judicialization of health (courts’ decisions that impact the healthcare system) and the impact of economic crisis and austerity measures in healthcare and population health.

At UFBA, he coordinated the Graduate Program of Collective Health between 2015 and 2019, having nearly 30 professors and 250 graduate students under his supervision. In addition to his academic activities, Luis Souza has assumed important political and managerial positions in the Brazilian Unified Health System. From 2005 to 2007, he was head of the Municipal Health Secretariat of Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) and, from 2008 to 2009, he was director general of the Science and Technology Department of the Ministry of Health. He has also been very active in advocating for health as universal right.

He has been a leading member of the Brazilian Association of Collective Health (Abrasco), having occupied the vice-presidency (2012-2015) and the presidency (2015-2018) of the entity as well as the coordination of Committees (Science and Technology and International Relations) and Congresses (Brazilian Congresses of Collective Health and Brazilian Congresses of Health Policy, Planning and Management). At the international scene, he has been a member of the Policy Committee of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) since 2014 and he has represented Abrasco in the WFPHA’s General Assemblies in Geneva. He has been active in the organization of the 14th World Congress of Public Health (Kolkata, 2015), raising funds and organizing sessions related to BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and also of the 15th WCPH (Melborne, 2017), where he was one of the key-note speakers. Currently, he is member of the 16th WCPH (Rome, 2020) International Congress Council.

 
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4.- WFPHA Speaks Up!

Letter to President of the Regional Government of Andalusia: Reconsidering the Proposed Plan to Close the Andalusian School of Public Health

On February 3, 2020, the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), sent a letter to the President of the Regional Government of Andalusia (Junta de Andalucía) Mr. Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla to request reconsidering the plan to close the Andalusian School of Public Health (Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública - EASP).

The Andalusian School of Public Health is an institution of enormous prestige in the public health community, having a particular impact at the international level, particularly in Latin America. Closing this school would be a serious loss, because the School was accredited as a collaborating centre of the World Health Organization- a rare recognition that expresses its value, and one that should not be lost.

To read the letter click here.


Immunisation for All Ages – Calls to Action

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The WFPHA signed The Immunisation for All Ages manifesto calling for improving the uptake rates of immunisation throughout life globally. This falls in line with The Charter and WFPHA core values. The full manifesto is available here.

 
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5.- WFPHA @ Meeting

IC2PerMed.3Bettina Borisch, Walter Ricciardi, and Marta Lomazzi participated at the Kick-off Meeting of IC2PerMed: Integrating China in the International Consortium for Personalised Medicine, Rome, Italy.

At this meeting, Bettina Borisch and Marta Lomazzi discussed the crucial roles of the WFPHA and the Global Charter for the Public’s Health in Personalised Medicines.

 

 

 

 
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6.- WFPHA Working Groups

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WFPHA Oral Health Working Group Annual Meeting


On 3-4 February, WFPHA Oral Health Working Group annual meeting took place at our headquarters in Geneva. 2 days of fruitful discussions with main focus on past achievements, on-going programs, and future plans. Kenneth Eaton, Raman Bedi, Myron Allukian, Bettina Borisch, and Marta Lomazzi planned the next steps of improving oral health outcomes worldwide.

Click here to learn more about our Oral Health Working Group.

 
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7.- Publications

Some Infant Formula Milks Contain More Sugar than Soda Drinks – New Research

 

Gemma Bridge who did her internship at the WFPHA Oral Health Working Group published an article in The Conversation. This article focused on the infant formula and follow-on milks. According to the article, some formula milks have double the sugar per serving than a glass of soda. Read full article here to know its recommendations for parents, caregivers, and policymakers.

 
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8.- New WFPHA Intern

6Manuel Lopez Restrepo has an initial background in Political Sciences. During his bachelor studies, he decided to focus on humanitarian issues and went to many developing countries. Then, in collaboration with a center, he decided to work with migrant people who just arrived in Geneva and as a volunteer for many NGOs/associations. Influenced by his travels and all the health issues he has been confronted with, he decided to start a master in Science of Global Health at the University of Geneva; with the perspective to work later in the humanitarian health sector. His researches at the WFPHA will be focused on the impact of psychological violence on migrant women’s health and how they are victims of different kinds of discriminations.

 


 

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Narayan Toolan is a legal futurist and earth-advocate based in Geneva. He has experience in human rights, finance, intellectual property and technology law; at International Bridges to Justice, DHP, Royal Courts of Justice and the Clifford Chance Legal Aid Centre. He founded a chapter of Legal Hackers in Geneva, completed research for IFPMA, and is a graduate of the LSE (Lecturer's Prize in Jurisprudence) and UCLA School of Law. He will be collaborating with the Environmental Working Group.

 
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