Month: June 2016

The integration of oral health into primary health care and public health systems

Oral diseases are a neglected epidemic affecting all ages in every country throughout the world. Oral health must be recognised as a major public health issue due to both the prevalence and the severity of impact of oral diseases. This is particularly so in child health with tooth decay affecting 60 – 90% of school-aged children

Statement by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) on the Zika virus and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games

There are outbreaks of Zika in more than 50 countries and territories, particularly in the Americas. Although the illness caused by the Zika virus is usually mild, the infection during pregnancy can cause the serious birth defect microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects and Guillain-Barré syndrome. For this reason the World Health

International Trade Agreements and Public Health

International trade agreements are arrangements agreed by two or more countries that govern the flow of goods, services and investment between them. These include bilateral trade agreements (between two countries), multilateral agreements such as those administered through the World TradebOrganization (WTO) and plurilateral agreements which are being increasingly negotiated outside the WTO. The traditional aim

Reducing Maternal Mortality as a Human Right

Every day around the world, approximately 830 women die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all of these deaths occur in low-resource settings and most can be prevented. Maternal death is defined as the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of the end of pregnancy. The maternal mortality ratio (also referred

Implementing the “A Global Charter for the Public’s Health”

The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) has engaged in a project to discuss how to adapt today’s public health to its global context. A literature review and widespread consultation formed part of this initiative. The project led to the development of the “A Global Charter

Preparing society to create the world we need through ‘One Health’ education!

Two leading international One Health groups, the One Health Commission and the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team are partnering to help create and promote a comprehensive global education revolution that supports curriculum innovation on the unifying interconnected health of humans, animals, and the environment that sustains all life on earth. A Concept paper

2016 PHILA Awards

The PHILA Award is an award from the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) that honours excellence and commitment to public health. PHILA is an acronym for Public Health Innovation and Lifetime Achievement and also plays on the isiZulu word “phila” meaning life. These awards are given to individuals in recognition of a specific


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