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WHPA Intervention at WHA 2013 on the Social Determinants of Health
WHPA Intervention at WHA 2013 on the Global Vaccine Action Plan
WHPA press release on collaborative practice – World’s health professions call for new emphasis on working together
World Health Professions Alliance statement on interprofessional collaborative practice
WHPA announces World Health Professions Regulation Conference 2014
The third World Health Professions Regulation Conference will be held in Geneva 17th, 18th May 2014. Scheduled to run over 1.5 days immediately prior to the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly, the conference will provide participants with insights, perspectives and discussion on current challenges in health professional regulation.
WHPA calls for applications for Small Grants against counterfeits
WHPA has launched the “WHPA campaign on combating counterfeit medical products Small Grants 2013/2014”.
WHPA leadership forum on collaborative practice and health economy
The WHPA leadership forum brings together the national leaders of the WHPA member organizations. The biannual conference better equip association leaders to address issues of policy and health leadership. Read more
Health Professions call for new SSFFC Member State mechanism to be open to civil society
WHPA, speaking for 26 million health professionals, called for the proposed new Member State mechanism against Substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit medical products (SSFFC) to be open to civil society. WHPA also recognised WHO’s role in ensuring the availability of quality, safe, efficacious and affordable medical products.
See full text WHPA WHA intervention
WHPA comments on WHO discussion paper on the Global monitoring framework for the prevention and control of NCDs
We very much appreciate the shift from 10 individual NCD indicators and targets to a comprehensive monitoring framework approach.
In several letters and meetings over the last month, we raised our concern not to restrict the NCD strategy to a limited number of diseases, but to include other areas, notably mental health, musculoskeletal diseases and oral health. It is critical to adopt such a holistic approach based on common risk factors. This approach, incidentally, would be equally applicable to communicable diseases.
We are very pleased to see that the new document corresponds to this holistic approach by focusing on mortality as a main indicator and underlining the need of national registration systems to record death and the cause of death. This not only adds value to NCDs, it also allows monitoring and planning for all diseases.
However with only mortality as a main indicator, not enough emphasis is put on prevention. In NCDs, the development of disease is taking place in phases: an unhealthy lifestyle becomes manifest, health conditions deteriorate and end in death. NCD prevention either aims to avoid illness in the first place or to prevent or reduce further progression of the existing disease…
Read full WHPA intervention on NCDs
Health professions call for international law against falsified and counterfeit medical products
Presenting an intervention on Substandard/Spurious/Falsely-Labelled/Falsified/Counterfeit Medical Products (SSFFC) medicines at the WHO Executive Board meeting, the International Pharmaceutical Federation, representing WHPA, called for an expert group to report back to the next EB and WHA in 2013 on the feasibility of establishing a public health treaty on combating SSFFC medicines, based on the model of theFramework Convention on Tobacco Control. (See full text here)
Health professions present NCD intervention at WHO Executive Board meeting
WHPA, speaking for 26 million health professionals worldwide, urged WHO and Member States not to lose sight of person-centred care and people-centred public health, when considering noncommunicable disease targets, indicators and a global monitoring system.
Read full WHPA intervention on NCDs
WHPA calls on WHO to recognise health professionals’ contributions
In an intervention on WHO Reform given during the WHO 130th Executive Board meeting, WHPA strongly recommended that WHO and the Executive Board recognise the importance of NGOs representing current and future healthcare professionals. (see full text of intervention)
WHPA Open Letter on NCD monitoring and targets
Health professions issue Open Letter to Member States in regards to WHO suggested global monitoring and targets for NCDs, urging inclusion of social determinants of health, physical activity, oral health and education and training on NCDs.
See Open Letter
Health professionals unite in WHPA Prague Call to Action, urging governments to ramp up fight against falsified medicines
In a first for the Central European region, national health professions organisations have discussed and endorsed the WHPA Prague Call to Action, to reduce the harmful impact of falsified medical products on patients and the public.
WHPA Prague Call to Action
WHPA Prague workshop programme
Health professions call on Member States to act against NCDs and social determinants of health
Speaking at the UN high level meeting on NCDs in New York, Wonchat Subhachaturas, World Medical Association President, and WHPA representative, called on member states to address both noncommunicable and communicable diseases in conjunction with social determinants of health, to avoid a 'silo' approach to health care. See speech
UN high level meeting on NCDs webcast (Here)
See 01:21:00 for speech by Wonchat Subhachaturas, World Medical Association President, and WHPA representative
WHPA Health Improvement Card launched
The world's health professions have launched an easy-to-use, practical guide to help individuals and their health professionals reduce the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
See media release EN ES FR
See WHPA Health Improvement Card EN ES
Physical therapists at the heart of the global battle against cancer
8 Sept World Physical Therapy Day
This year on World Physical Therapy Day, the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) is particularly drawing attention to physical therapists’ role in reducing the risk of cancer, and helping people recover from its effects. See article by Marilyn Moffat, President of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy
WHPA responds on WHO Targets to Monitor Progress in Reducing the Burden of
In a letter to WHO, WHPA addresses concerns about the NCDs draft targets document, particularly its narrow focus on four disease groups, among the wide field of NCDs. With the focus only on cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease the Alliance fears
that governments may concentrate only on improving in these areas, detracting from other
major NCD threats, such as musculoskeletal diseases, accidents, mental disorders and oral diseases.
See WHPA Letter to WHO 02 August 2011
Open Letter to UN Missions for a strong UN high level meeting on NCDs Outcomes Document
WHPA has called on UN Missions in New York and Geneva for their support amid negotiations on the NCDs Outcomes Document. In particular, WHPA calls for a holistic approach based on common risk factors; not to restrict the scope of the outcomes document to a limited number of diseases, but to include mental disorders and oral health; to focus on equitable access to health care as a human right; to pay due attention to the link between noncommunicable diseases and the social determinants of health; and to strengthen health care systems through a comprehensive approach that places emphasis on primary health care and integrates prevention, specialised treatment and rehabilitation.
See Open Letter to UN Missions
Health professionals unite in WHPA Taipei Call to Action: First for the Asian region
Urging governments to ramp up the fight against falsified and counterfeit medicines, health professionals in Asia have joined together to endorse the WHPA Taipei Call to Action to reduce the harmful impact of falsified and
counterfeit medical products on patients and the public.
See Media Release Traditional Chinese
Health professionals meet to fight falsified and counterfeit medical products
In a first for the Asian region, national health professions organisations (dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and physical therapy) and key stakeholders will meet at a dedicated workshop on falsified and counterfeit medical products, to be held on 30 June and 1 July, in Taipei. More
Health professions issue warning on global NCD epidemic
The world’s health professions warned today that the global epidemic of non-communicable diseases(NCDs) had become a significant threat to human health and development and unless urgently addressed, the burden of NCDs would continue its dramatic increase. Full media release | versión
española | version française
WHPA STATEMENT ON NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND SOCIAL DETERMINANTS
COUNTERFEIT CAMPAIGN MEDIA RELEASES
Thirty national health professions organisations endorse 'Abuja Call to Action'
African joint initiative to fight the dangers of counterfeit medicines
In a first for the African continent, thirty national health professions organisations (dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and physical therapy) and four patient organisations have discussed and endorsed the WHPA Abuja Call to Action on Counterfeit Medical Products when they met at the first-ever multi-professional workshop on counterfeit medical products in Africa, held 22-23 November, in Abuja, Nigeria. More
COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE | WHPA ABUJA appel à l’action
WHPA intervenes at 63rd WHA on counterfeit medical products
The World Health Professions Alliance was present at the 63rd World Health Assembly, held in Geneva from 17-21 May 2010. On the subject of counterfeit medical products, FIP spoke on behalf of the five WHPA member organizations and stressed that all of us have a common goal to protect the well-being of patients in all parts of the world from poor quality, substandard and counterfeit medical products. Read more