National public health associations, schools and programs of public health and the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) have a role to play in building and fostering leadership in and for public health. Civil society has a responsibility to advocate for and create transformative change and it has the leadership, resources and means to make it happen. Collectively, national public health associations such as the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) and the WFPHA create a strong and vibrant civil society to defend and promote the interests of the public’s health. Africa’s public health legacy is strong and vibrant, and will be sustained and substantial well beyond the end of the Millennium Development Goals cycle in 2015.
During the 61st Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, national African Public Health Associations held meetings and worked towards the formation and launch of the AFPHA.
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