Archived events (1997 – 2016)
6th Global Forum Health Promotion
At the Very Heart of Sustainability
16-17 October 2016, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
It is the first time that the Global Forum on Health Promotion was organised outside of Geneva, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, PEI.
The big Civil Society gathering celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Ottawa Charter and looked into the future of health promotion in the light of the Social Development Goals. Highlights of the event included a keynote speech by Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, a video message from Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute in Geneva, a Roundtable session on Governance for Health and a session on Future leadership of Health Promotion. The activities were organised in Plenary sessions and concurrent workshops. The outcome document, the PEI Declaration was transmitted to the WHO 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion held in Shanghai, 21-24 November.
5th Global Forum on Health Promotion
Here is the Programme
The 5GFHP was organised by the Alliance for Health Promotion in collaboration with the ITU, WHO and the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute, Geneva
Farmer Communication Programme for Eastern Africa – Dissemination of knowledge through various channels: presentation by Mirjam Moser, Programme Officer, Biovision
- Addressing the health equity through innovative technology – mobile health services: presentation by Dr. Kawselyah Juval, MBBS, MPH (FH)
- WATA Device – Technology & Health: presentation by Fanny Boulloud, Antenna
- Advancing Health Equity for Women and Children with e-Health: presentation by Nancy B. Finn, M.Ed.Author, Journalist
- Technovations and youth for health promotion – the Bangalore experience: presentation by Prof Elizabeth Cherian Paramesh, Director, Lakeside Medical Center for Health Promotion, Lakeside education trust, Bangalore, India
- Reaching Audiences Through Technology for Health Promotion and Education: presentation by Hani Eskandar, ICT Applications Coordinator, ITU
- “Supporting the elderly’s ecosystems: How can innovative experiments be relevant in all contexts?”: presentation by Dr. Pierre Rossel, EPFL – CDM
See a selection of photos from the Global Forum here.
Closing the Gap in Health Equity through Technology
16 November 2015 | 09:00 – 17:00 Maison de la Paix, the Graduate Institute, Geneva
The Global Forum on Health Promotion will explore in its 2015 edition how current and emerging technologies can impact on promoting health and well-being of people from all parts of the world, in particular the marginalized and vulnerable. Electronic communication and information technology not only covers technical development but also reflects a state of mind, a way of thinking, and an attitude which closely connects health promotion to behavioral change. Mobile health offers a way to empower citizens to better control their own health while reducing health care costs. Currently more people have access to mobile devices than to clean water, electricity or toothbrushes.Innovative technologies have enormous potential to improve human well-being and to address health equity. This is particularly relevant in the area of environmental health where major technological advancements are contributing to decreased exposure to environmental risks. Successful examples of technological implementation illustrate the core values of equity. Technological progress, however, does not always guarantee equitable health outcomes.
Field Trip for the Global Forum participants to Meinier, Geneva
17 November 2015, 9:00-12:00
Visiting the Intergenerational Community Project.
Informal Consultation with the Global Forum Participants
17 November 2015, 14:30-16:30,WHO, Geneva
Annual General Meeting of the Alliance for Health Promotion
16 November 2015, 18:00-19:00 Geneva, Maison de la Paix
4th Regional Health Promotion workshop
30 October 2015,Kitale, Kenya,
preceded by AEMRN Mobile Clinics 28-29 October 2015
July 2015, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has granted special consultative status to the Alliance for Health Promotion (A4HP).
18th Briefing of the Alliance
World Health Assembly
18-27 May 2015 Geneva, UN Palais,
Walk for Health & Happiness
Music is good for Health-Concert
17 May 2015 at 18:00
48 Grand-Montfleury, 1290 Versoix
World Health Day: Food Safety
7 April 2015
Official Relations with WHO
The WHO Executive Board, at its 136th session in January 2015, decided to admit the Alliance for Health Promotion into official relations with the World Health Organization. Click here to read the relevant resolution.
Annual Consultation during the WHO EB
28 January 2015, 14:30-16:00
WHO Library Meeting Room, Geneva
“Topical Issues in Health Promotion”
Mr Arinze AWILIGWE, International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation, IPSF member
“Improving access to safe drinking water in Delta State, Nigeria” a project of R20
Dr Manoj KURIAN, Associate Professor, Kent State University
“Health Promotion and Ethics”
Innovation and New Approaches for Health Promotion
4th Global Forum on Health Promotion
12 November 2014, from 8:00‐17:00, Geneva, Switzerland
Organised by the Alliance for Health Promotion in collaboration with WHO Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health and Institute of Global Health of the Geneva University
2nd International Summit of Co-operatives – read more
Québec City, Canada, 6-9 October 2014
Launching of an international survey of co-ops and mutuals at work in the health and social care sector: “Better Health & Social Care” How are Co-ops & Mutuals Boosting Innovation & Access Worldwide?
Crossing Cultures –
Geneva, CAGI – Geneva Welcome Center, 6 September 2014
The Alliance participated with a stand shared with R20 (Regions of Climate Action) and REPSSI (Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative)
Regional Health Promotion workshop
Kitale, Kenya, 22 August 2014
Annual Briefing of the Alliance jointly organised with the Regions of Climate Action, R20
Empowerment for Sustainable Development: Making Health Promotion Tangible in the Post-MDGs Agenda – Invitation
Geneva, Restaurant Vieux-Bois, 21 May 2014, 17:30
World Health Assembly – read more
19-25 May 2014
Healthy lifestyle and wellness followed by a concert
Speaker: Dr Hussein Elsangak, Life University, USA – Invitation
Geneva, Villa Grand-Montfleury, Versoix, 18 May 2014, 17:00
Geneva Health Forum –
Geneva, CICG, 15-17 April 2014
WHO Executive Board meeting – read more
20-26 January 2014
NGO Consultation meeting on HiAP
Geneva, WHO Room X7, 21 January 2014, 12.30-14.00
3rd International Health Promotion Forum
29 November 2013, WHO, Geneva
Board Meeting of the Alliance
28 November 2013, 12.30-13.30, Geneva
A4HP Regional Workshops in conjunction with the AEMRN Mobile Clinics
9 August 2013, Kenya
Annual Briefing of the Alliance during the 66th World Health Assembly
21 May 2013, 17:30-19:00, Geneva
« From Global Declarations to Local Actions: Health Promotion beyond 2015 »
organised by the Alliance for Health Promotion-A4HP, Geneva
jointly with the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative – REPSSI, South Africa
Dr Rüdiger Krech, WHO Director, Department of Ethics and Social Determinants of Health – Social Determinants of Health and Health Promotion – achieving more together
Dr Stefan Germann, Board Director, REPSSI – Psychosocial Support implementation at regional and country level – lessons for broader health promotion
Roopa Dhatt, International Federation of Medical Students Associations, IFMSA President – Medical Education and Health Promotion beyond 2015
80 people attended the Briefing, among them a great number of young health professionals and students, WHO high level officials, the Ambassador and Health Minister from Sierra Leone and many NGOs and members of the Alliance.
66th World Health Assembly – read more
20-28 May 2013, Geneva
Symposium on Evaluating Community Participation and Health Outcomes: Theory and Practice organised by ISPM of Geneva University in collaboration with the Alliance for Health Promotion
25 March 2013, CICG Geneva,
People and Health – Juan Gérvas (version française)
Légion d’honneur for Jacqueline Heinen, our Board Member representing ICSW
NGO Consultation meeting during the WHO EB
22 January 2013 – 12:30-14:30, WHO, Geneva
Annual General Meeting
19 November 2012 – 15:00-18:00, CICG Geneva
A4HP Board Meeting
19 November 2012 – 13:00-14:30, CICG Geneva
Annual Briefing during the WHA
«15 Years of Health Promotion Partnership»
23 May 2012, 17:30-19:00 Right to Good Life – Health Promotion from a community perspective
WHA Briefing: Special Briefing during the 65th World Health Assembly
23 May 2012, 17:30-19:00
Health Promotion Forum
Geneva, International Conference Centre
18 November 2011
- Health Promotion Revisited, 25 years after the Ottawa Charter, Mihaly Kökény, M.D., former Minister for Health Hungary
- Governance for Health in the 21st Century society, Ilona Kickbusch, Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute, Geneva
- The UN High Level Meeting on NCDs: Action Steps for the Political Declaration, Johanna Ralston, CEO, World Heart Federation and Steering Group, NCD Alliance
- The Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health, Dr Rüdiger Krech, Director, Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights
- Health co-benefits of Green Policies in the Built Environment, Dr Jo Puri Green Economy Advisory Services United Nation Environment Programme
- Health in all policies 2013, Dr Eero Lahtinen, Permanent Mission of Finland, Geneva
- How to address local health needs? A new community – campus collaboration, Sandrine Motamed, M.D., MPH, Université de Genève, Faculté de médecine
Related literature: Experiences of community participation and health policy by Sandrine Motamed, Susan Rifkin
- “Use of M&E Tools for Cholera Prevention at the Community Level”, Thomas AAPORE, Health coordinator, Ghana Red Cross Society
- “GHP/AEMRN walking the talk by taking HP to the Hard to Reach Communities in Africa“, Dr Chrisostim BARASA, Medical Coordinator, Kenya and Dr Charles SENESSIE, President, Afro-European Medical & Research Network International, Bern
- “The Bangalore Declaration on Health and Human Rights”, Dr A.G. HARIKIRAN, Executive Secretary, CAMHADD/CTPHCF Trisector Preventive Health Care Foundation, India
- “Polyclinic of Health”, Mary V. BALIKUNGERI, Director and Founder, Rwanda Women’s Network
NGO Briefing during the 64th World Health Assembly, Geneva
“Health Promotion Strategies of Civil Society meeting the NCD challenge”
17 May 2011
Geneva stakeholder’s planning meeting
6 May 2011
Workshop during the WHO EB
“Health System Strengthening through Community Health Promotion”
17:00-19:00, Tuesday, 18 January 2011, WHO, Geneva
Working Together to Advance the Health Promotion Agenda in 2011
Strategic Planning Meeting & WebConference
11.30 – 14.00, 12 November 2010, WHO, Geneva
- Dr Gauden GALEA, Coordinator, WHO Health Promotion
- Dr Ruediger KRECH, WHO Director, Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights
- Dr Nick BANATVALA, WHO Senior Adviser, Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health
- Dr Meena NATHAN CHERIAN, WHO Health System and Services, Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (EESC)
- Peter CARSON, Alliance Project: a knowledge base on community assets
The NGO Alliance for Health Promotion – A4HP – urges the implementation of the Nairobi Call to Action in order to make health promotion tangible
Making health promotion “tangible” was the title of the Workshop (flyer) of the NGO Alliance for Health Promotion at the 20th IUHPE Conference, 15 July 2010, Geneva. Summary of discussions, photos. Joint intervention at WHA63 on MDGs, addressing the growing health equity gap through mainstreaming health promotion with special attention to community assets and cultural dynamics. 19 organisations signed up to support the intervention.
As a follow-up action to the Nairobi Conference the A4HP made an intervention in support for a global strategy on non-communicable diseases to the WHO Executive Board, 18-23 January 2010. 16 organisations signed up to support the Statement.
«Civil Society and NGOs Closing the Implementation Gap» At the WHO 7th Global Conference on Health Promotion, 7GCHP held in Nairobi, 26-30 October 2009 the NGO Alliance for Health Promotion had a unique opportunity to organise one of the 12 sub-plenary sessions entitled: Programme, presentations and draft report of the Sub-plenary session on Civil Societies.
Annual General Meeting
10.00 – 11.00, 12 November 2010, WHO, Geneva
At the 20th IUHPE Conference the Alliance held a Workshop (flyer) with the title Making health promotion “tangible”, Geneva, 15 July 2010
During the 63nd WHA the Alliance organised a Workshop – on 18 May 2010 in the UN Palais on “Mainstreaming Health Promotion: Developing an effective toolkit to cover the gaps” – See Summary, Project Sheet and presentations.
WHA briefing: During the 63nd WHA the Alliance organised a Workshop
18 May 2010 in the UN Palais
7th Global Conference on Health Promotion
Civil Society Sub-Plenary Session at the 7GCHP
Nairobi, October 2009
Ron Kirk: Focusing on Community Assets for Health Promotion: The role of NGOs and Civil Society in Local Empowerment
Berhane Ras-work: Positive Local Knowledge and Traditional Practices
Grace Lo: Civil Society – a vital link in bridging the implementation gap
Eliya Zulu: Role of evidence in closing the implementation and scale-up gap
Report on the Civil Society Sub-Plenary
Call2Action – final document of the 7GCHP
During the 62nd WHA the Alliance organised a Workshop on 19 May 2009 in the UN Palais on “How can NGOs in alliance maximise the opportunity?”
19 May 2009 in the UN Palais, Geneva
During the 62nd WHA the Alliance organised a Workshop entitled: “How can NGOs in alliance maximise the opportunity?”
NGO Advisory Group Planning Meeting
21 May 2008
Follow-up to the First Brainstorming Session on Health Promotion, 25 February 2008
WHA Briefing: During the 61st WHA the NGO Advisory Group on Health Promotion held a Planning Meeting in the UN Palais on 21 May 2008. The main theme discussed was: Local Wisdom – a missing link in primary health care.
NGO Advisory Group, First Brainstorming session, 3 December 2007
The NGO Health Promotion Advisory Group meeting 9th of March 2007 built on past consultations to develop a framework for NGO and civil society action in health promotion.
This Follow-up meeting built on the work and discussions at the WHO/NGO Workshop in February 2006. At the Workshop many participants expressed interest in starting a wider network on health promotion. The Advisory Group on Health Promotion is proposing some Terms of Reference for discussion at the meeting.
At this meeting the new Coordinator for Health Promotion in WHO, Dr. Gauden Galea gave an update on recent health promotion projects and how he would like to see NGOs taking an active role. Have a look at the final agenda and report of the meeting.
Action Plan :
The 2007 Health Promotion Advisory Group meeting held on the 9th of March 2007 built on past consultations to develop a framework for NGO and civil society action in health promotion. Participants expressed interest to form a wider Health Promotion Platform which could serve to strengthen the collective contribution of NGOs and civil society in health and development at all levels by facilitating open partnerships, amplified advocacy and collective solidarity in health promotion. Following the discussions and agreement of participants, this action plan has been drafted to describe the activities of the Platform, input from Partners, and expected outcomes over 2007 – 2009. Action Plan
Strategic first steps
As an outcome of the WHO-NGO Workshop “From vision to action: NGOs Promoting Health in a Globalized World” (WHO, Geneva, February 2006) the following strategic first steps were identified:
• Develop a formalized platform for networking and collaborative action in health promotion.
• Develop a technical working group jointly with WHO to review best practices, literature and case studies.
• Identify their own commitment and entry points for action in implementing the charter.
• Follow-up and report on the outcome of this workshop and the WHO-NGO Action plan on health promotion at the 7th Global Conference on Health Promotion in Africa, in 2009.
• Monitor and evaluate progress on the implementation of the Bangkok Charter, at all levels, before the 2009 Conference.
NGOs’ Action Framework for the Implementation of the Bangkok Charter on Health Promotion
This action framework was developed in the light of the deliberations of the break-out sessions held during the WHO / NGO workshop: From vision to action: NGOs Promoting Health in a Globalized World (WHO, Geneva, 23rd February 2006). The purpose is to provide NGOs with a broad framework for health promotion to which collectively, or individually they may wish to contribute.
WHA Briefing: The 60th World Health Assembly marked the 10th Anniversary of the NGO Advisory Group on Health Promotion. The 10th Briefing held on 16th May 2007 seeded a timely debate to explore the role of NGOs in primary health care and engaged participants to re-examine opportunities for multi-sectoral sustainable action to strengthen health systems. Read the Agenda, Report and Presentations.
10th Annual Briefing, Geneva, 16 May 2007
“Integrated Primary Health Care – From Vision to Action”
– A Global Agenda for Health Promotion: Developing an operational definition of health promotion – Dr. Gauden GALEA, WHO
– Life is a right: What we are left with is terminal disease – by Dr. Harry JEENE, AMREF
– Integrated Health Care – The value of NGOs in Health Promotion : Gaps between education and practice – Xuanhao CHAN, FIP
From Vision to Action: NGOs Promoting Health in a Globalized World, Workshop
23 February 2006
The NGO Advisory Group on Health Promotion and the WHO Department of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion organised a consultative workshop on health promotion. It focused on promoting the implementation of the Bangkok Charter for Health Promotion in a Globalized World (BCHP) and developing an action framework for NGOs to contribute to the four commitments of the BCHP, particularly by making the promotion of health a key focus of communities and civil society. Read a brief Report of the Workshop. As a follow-up a publication was printed “From Vision to Action: NGOs Promoting Health in a Globalized World”.PublicationWHO_final
9th Annual Briefing
24 May 2006, Geneva
“NGOs promoting health in a globalized world”
The predecessor of the Alliance was the NGO Advisory Group which had as its only major event the Annual Briefing during the World Health Assembly.