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Athlone Statement 2019

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

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

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),

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

Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly

The Sixty-ninth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) takes place in Geneva 23-28 May 2016. The Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by

Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax

A sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) tax for South Africa was announced by the Minister of Finance in his February 2016 budget speech with implementation to occur in April 2017. South

Africa Health Exhibition

Africa Health is the continent’s largest healthcare exhibition and is a leading platform for the industry to meet, learn and do business. The exhibition takes place from 8 -10 June


One of the requirements in South Africa to apply for or renew or a critical skills visa is registration with a professional body recognised by SAQA in terms of Section 13 (1)

Protecting critical posts at times of austerity

It is becoming increasingly clear that the biggest threat to ensuring equitable access to human resources for health in rural communities is finding the financial resources to appoint those ready to serve. Increasingly austerity measures are being implemented in a way that undermines access to health care. Our contention is that this is unlawful and guidance must be sought from legislation such as the Public Administrative Justice Act as to how critical posts can be protected.


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