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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 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

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 delegations from all WHO Member States. Its main functions are to determine the policies of the Organization, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the

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 has a growing obesity burden with 39% of women and 11% of men obese, and is among the top 10 global consumers of sugary

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 2016 at the Gallagher Centre, Johannesburg, and will attract more than 7,000 healthcare professionals and host 500 of the world’s leading healthcare suppliers, manufacturers and


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) (i) of the National Qualifications framework Act. In order to apply for a visa If required by law, proof of application for a certificate of

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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