Letter to the Pacific Island Forum: expressing support of the Nadi Bay Declaration

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The WFPHA has written a letter to the Pacific Island Forum to express support of the recent Nadi Bay Declaration by the Pacific Island Development Forum declaring a Climate Change Crisis in the Pacific. 

In this letter, the WFPHA:

  • Recognizes the vulnerability of Pacific Island Nations to climate change and urges the Forum to keep climate change at the forefront of discussion.
  • Supports the call to urge States to meet their emission goals as described in the Paris Agreement.
  • Supports the call to cease the opening of new coal mines and phase out existing coal production, especially in Australia.

 


 

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - Joint Health Statement

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The WFPHA is supporting the international humanitarian initiative led by IPPNW that produced the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). 

Adopted on 7 July 2017 by 122 United Nations Member States, the TPNW represents a major step forward in preventing the catastrophic health impacts of any use of nuclear weapons. 

Our current task is to ensure that the treaty enters into force and becomes international law as soon as possible. To date, the TPNW has been signed by 70 States and ratified by 23, and will enter into force after its 50th ratification. 

We hope for a world free of nuclear weapons and believe that our actions as representatives of the health profession can make a big difference in this crucial debate. 

Click here to read the joint statement co-signed by our partner organizations in this endeavor, the World Medical Association (WMA), the International Council of Nurses (ICN), and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).


 

Letter to the Mayor of Madrid: expressing concern regarding the decision to reverse the policy on air pollution

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The WFPHA has written a letter to the mayor of Madrid to support the position of the Spanish Society of Public Health and Health Administration (SESPAS). In this letter, the WFPHA expresses concern regarding the negative impacts of reversing the policy on air pollution on the health of people. The WFPHA supports the request from SESPAS asking to keep the measures that were already implemented. The WFPHA also asks for developing new policies to reduce air pollution and its risk for the public’s health. 


Letter to WHO - Vision and Immunisation Strategy 2021-2030

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WFPHA co-signs the letter on Immunization Strategy: WFPHA, as 15 other International NGOs and members of the civil society, believes in the importance of a “life course approach to Immunisation” and welcomes the WHO Department of Immunization, Vaccines, and Biologicals approach to engaging stakeholders in the co-creation and co-development of the next strategy. Consequently, the WFPHA decides to show its support to the letter, initiated by the International Federation on Ageing. 


Indigenous WG: Calls for Indigenous Status to be included in reporting against Sustainable Development Goals

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The Indigenous Health Working Group of WFPHA hosted an event on Thursday, May 23 to highlight the effects of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on Indigenous people around the world. This press release details the results of the event, including a range of topics such as the burden of disease, solutions, the impact of racism, and data collection. NCDs contribute to 70% of deaths globally. Indigenous people, however, often carry a higher burden of these diseases. This means that Indigenous peoples life expectancy is anywhere between 5 and 10 years less than non-indigenous people.


 A Pledge on Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labels

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Call to Action 

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In 2018, WFPHA held a webinar on International Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labels. The webinar was a huge success and expert speakers provided valuable lessons and further reflections in bringing awareness and understanding to the consumer. At the conclusion of this webinar, a Call to Action was proposed on behalf of the WFPHA members. Food labeling systems can aid people to adopt healthier diets by making easy and informed food choices. It can also have an impact on companies and lead to product reformulations to healthier versions. WFPHA encouraged government officials, health experts, food businesses, international organizations, and consumers to adopt this call to action. 

Based on the results of the webinar and the Call to Action, the Public Health Association of Australia and the French Society of Public Health have created a pledge on Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labels to continue these efforts. This pledge includes background on unhealthy diets, NCDs, and nutrition labels, as well as the main purpose, application methods, and a call to action on how to implement this pledge.


Environmental Working Group: "Transitioning at Safe Substitutes for Ethylene Oxide as a Medical Sterilant of Devices and Supplies in Healthcare"

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During the General Assembly in May 2019, Peter Orris, member of the Environmental Health Working Group, proposed the "Transitioning at Safe Substitutes for Ethylene Oxide as a Medical Sterilant of Devices and Supplies in Healthcare" policy. Ethylene oxide (EtO) is a chemical used to sterilize medical equipment in hospitals, healthcare facilities, and industrial settings. While over 99 percent of industrial use of EtO is for closed reaction to less volatile, explosive, and toxic derivatives such as ethylene glycol, less than 1% is used in sterilizing processes designed to kill bacteria and other living organisms. This policy recommends the biomonitoring of workers, communities, different exposure recommendations, and safer substitutes to be used in the healthcare setting and concludes with a number of Action Steps for WFPHA to take to regulate the sterilization of medical supplies.


Environmental Working Group: "Reducing Anesthetic Gasses Climate Foot Print"

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During the General Assembly in May 2019, Peter Orris, member of the Environmental Health Working Group, proposed the "Reducing Anesthetic Gasses Climate Foot Print" policy. While more study is necessary, a rough estimate published by the World Bank Group finds that the healthcare sector generated 2.6 billion out of the 52 billion metric tons of CO2 globally emitted in 2011—or 5% of global emissions. The policy calls that the World Federation of Public Health Associations join the professional organizations of anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists and take action steps that include: lowering greenhouse gas anesthetics, reducing gas escape from the operating theater utilizing practical modifications of practice, and providing national public health associations information concerning this issue to permit institution based professional members to aid in this effort. 


Statement from the World Heart Foundation

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The WFPHA officially supports the World Heart Foundation (WHF)’s statement delivered at the WHO Executive Board, in response to the Foundation for a Smoke-free World’s open letter.

In this statement, the WHF reminds the WHO of its commitment to protecting their policy-making process from tobacco industry interference, and the Sustainable Development Goal they initiated which strengthens the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries.

Moreover, the World Heart Foundation recommends that no government or organization should accept money from, endorse, or enter into partnerships with the Philip Morris International (PMI) funded “Foundation for a Smoke-Free World”. 


Indigenous Working Group Press release: International Year of Indigenous Languages and beyond

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2019 is the Year of Indigenous Languages!

The WFPHA’s Indigenous Working group presents their press release, celebrating the tribute to Indigenous language. Playing an important role in culture and cultural expression, language is precious to indigenous people. With culture playing a central role in their health and wellbeing, the Indigenous Working Group encourages the over 90 countries around the world, where the 3000 million Indigenous people have called home before colonization, to invest in Indigenous language maintenance and revival.


Planetary Health Alliance call

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WFPHA co-signed a call initiated by the Planetary Health Alliance, the Clinicians for Planetary Health working group and World Organization of Family Doctors - WONCA. The initiative urges healthcare practitioners to get engaged in planetary health. The WFPHA supports doctors, physicians, nurses, and other clinicians protecting our health thanks to their unique capacity to understand and communicate the shifting landscape of planetary health challenges and the strategies.

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