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Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)

Meeting: Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A71/1) 

Agenda Item: 11.6 Health, environment and climate change

Statement: 

Thank you for the opportunity to speak for the Alliance for Health Promotion a global coalition of CSOs from diverse sectors active in Health Promotion. The A4HP strongly advocates for health promotion strategies aimed at empowering individuals and communities to take control over their own health and wellbeing.

Air pollution, global warming and climate change are all interrelated. Together they have a huge adverse psychosocial, economic and health impact on individuals and communities. Air pollution affects all age groups and the effects start from womb to tomb. Suspended particulate matter, tobacco smoke, chemicals from aerosols are major pollutants in addition to synthetic chemicals-neurotoxic and endocrine disruption. Similarly, we need to deal effectively with pharmaceutical waste and nano-materials.

The actions of humans contribute in a major way to this problem. Thus, deliberate, concerted and sustainable strategies must be put in place to stop further deterioration and start the journey to recovery.

Among these strategies should be:
-Quality education of the public, policy makers, technocrats and professionals on the disease and economic burden of environment
-Reduce air pollution and usage of fossil fuels by setting strict guidelines, regulating automobile emissions, promoting mass transportation and supporting use of alternative energy
-Increase greenery
-Encourage traditional food habits with more antioxidants
-Manage population growth and rapid urbanisation

Therefore, the A4HP urges member states, WHO, CSOs and private sector to take seriously this challenge. The draft WHO global strategy developed for this WHA together with strategies suggested in this statement should be an adequate starting point for taking measures aimed at reversing the health effects of climate change.

Thank you.

 

Meeting:
Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
12.8 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030)
Statement: 

Thank you Chair,

The Alliance for Health Promotion fully supports the objective of improving women’s, children’s and adolescent’s health at all levels. For us universal health coverage is imperative for optimizing the health of these populations.

We are therefore pleased to see that progress is being made towards this goal. Whereas we remain concerned by the multitude of health issues that affect women, children, and adolescents, we are encouraged by the progress made towards implementing an effective global health strategy for these populations.

The Alliance supports strategies that prioritize health education and literacy, interagency collaborations, and the expansion of access to health services to improve maternal and child health.

In addition to expanding access, the quality of care provided must also be optimised.
Expansion of access should not be limited to physical health, but should include mental health services.

WHO, member states and non state actors should partner and collaborate across sectors and organizations to expand coverage and improve quality of care for women and children, and to establish the policies that better serve women and children.

Governments should prioritize and allocate funding to health promotion and prevention efforts in order to improve the health of women, children and adolescents. All interventions should be patient-centered and address the social determinants that negatively affect women’s health.

Thank you for your attention.

Meeting:  Global Conference on Primary Health Care

Honourable Chairperson, Distinguished Delegates,

Thank you for the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Alliance for Health Promotion, an alliance of international NGOs involved in health promotion with an aim to empower communities and individuals to gain ownership over their own well-being and enjoyment of a healthy life.

We support the aim of the Global Conference on Primary Health Care to renew political commitment to place primary health care at the heart of achieving universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Agenda and the original principles of the 1978 Declaration.

Communities and individuals are contributing pillars to the success of Universal Health Coverage.  The Mission Statement of the Alliance is to empower and involve communities to work on measures to improve health through health promotions. Our start was after the Jakarta conference on Health Promotion in 1997 to help bring international declarations to the grassroots level.

We, the Alliance and our member societies accept the WHO’s invitation to the global health community to work with the WHO in order to optimize the efforts to meet these aims.  Health care resources can be a barrier to achieving Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development goals.  There is strong evidence that partnerships with nongovernmental organizations help to define cost-effective measures to promote healthy living and new care models.  As such, we are keen to work with you and to share our expertise to further increase the impact of the implementation of the WHO General Plan of Work 13 and especially the universal health coverage priority.

Universal Health Coverage has a very wide definition and can be interpreted differently depending on the needs of the community being served. Partnership with and engagement of community leaders, community organizations and grassroots groups will ensure that health is understood by those who need it most.  Empowerment of women, early childhood health and addressing mental health are all essential to universal health coverage.

We encourage the WHO and UNICEF to look at different models to deliver health care to those who need it most.  For example health co-operatives are very effective in many regions as they prioritize the needs of a community. 

We would like to highlight that financial efficiency and human resource education and support are both required for achievement of these aims. 

We support the need for healthy living starting before birth, supporting healthy pregnancies, nurturing early childhood development through to nurturing and supportive senior care through to dignity in death.  Further we support healthy living with healthy mental health and well being throughout one’s live.

Thank you.

Meeting: UN Third High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases

Thank you for the opportunity to speak for Alliance for Health Promotion, a global organization representing the views and expertise of health promotion civil society.

The Alliance for Health Promotion strongly advocates for health promotion strategies that increase the empowerment of individuals to take action by actively promoting health literacy, thus reducing common NCD risk factors such as tobacco use, physical inactivity and poor nutrition. By increasing health literacy through health promotion, individuals and communities are empowered with ownership of knowledge and means to be in better control of their health. This is an effective response to NCDs and underlying risk factors.

We encourage all countries to make health promotion a priority at a national level and community level to contribute to the promotion of healthy behaviours, thus contributing to reducing the burden of NCDs. Community wide public education and awareness campaigns are inexpensive but effective health behaviour changing activities and should be a priority for governments. We at the Alliance for Health Promotion have been celebrating Health Promotion Day in collaboration with the local communities since 2015. Such events bring local together with global to raise awareness of health promotion. This year the WHO spearheaded this initiative with the ‘Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge’ event.

This High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of NCDs presents the opportunity for countries to demonstrate their commitment to invest in NCDs programmes and planning. As well, it will strengthen the engagement of multiple stakeholders involved in NCDs-related health action, advocacy, literacy and health promotion. We would like to stress again that a health promotion approach can achieve a great impact in the fight against NCDs. 

Thank you for your attention.


The Alliance for Health Promotion’s response to the worldwide trend on physical activity report by WHO 

Geneva, Switzerland, September 4, 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published worldwide physical activity trends in the Lancet Global Health today showing a lack of progress made in physical activity levels since 2001. If such trends continue, the 2025 global physical activity target of 10% relative reduction in insufficient physical activity will not be achieved. More than 1.4 billion adults worldwide are at risk of developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as a result of physical inactivity.

The message is loud and clear; there needs to a substantial increase at the country-level to scale-up implementation of effective policies. Policies to increase population levels of physical activity need to be prioritised and scaled up urgently.

Community-based campaigns to enhance awareness and understanding of the physical activity benefits (social, economic, and environmental) is one of the 20 policies outlined in WHO’s Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018–2030[1]. The Alliance for Health Promotion (A4HP) considers social mobilization by way of community-based campaigns to be an effective strategy to encourage healthy behaviour by enhancing awareness of benefits of physical activity. Each year since 2015, A4HP uses the yearly Health Promotion Day to bring local together with global to raise awareness of health promotion. The Health Promotion Day was organised in collaboration with WHO this year, during the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA), to encourage participation in the Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge from WHA delegates, the UN family and the Geneva community.

Health literacy also has an impact of physical activity levels. Although low health literacy is often associated with a lower level of education, according to this study higher income countries have shown the least progress made in physical activity levels. Economic development and urbanization have no doubt impacted physical activity levels but with adequate health knowledge, skills and information, that is increased health literacy, everyone has the opportunity to improve their health.

In collaboration with its members, the Alliance for Health Promotion will continue its work of creating active communities and empowering individuals to improve their health knowledge and skills.

[1] WHO. Global action plan on physical activity 2018–2030. More active people for a healthier world. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2018.

Seventy-first World Health Assembly (A71/1)

Meeting: Seventy-first World Health Assembly (A71/1) 

Agenda Item: 11.1 Draft thirteenth general programme of work, 2019–2023

Statement: 

Honourable Chairperson, Distinguished Delegates,

Thank you for the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Alliance for Health Promotion, an alliance of international NGOs involved in health promotion with an aim to empower communities and individuals to gain ownership over their own well-being and enjoyment of a healthy life.
We support the Thirteenth General Program of Work as presented in draft document EB142/Rev3, underscoring Sustainable Development Goal 3, which calls for healthy lives and the promotion of well-being for all at all ages, and support the three strategic priorities as set out in the GPW13, namely: Universal health coverage; Address health emergencies and Promotion of healthier populations.
We, the Alliance and our member societies accept your invitation in paragraph14 to the global health community to work with the WHO in order to optimize the efforts to meet these priorities. The Mission Statement of the Alliance is to empower and involve communities to work on measures to improve health through health promotions.
As stated in items 34, 38, 41 and 42 of the GPW13, health care resources can be a barrier to achieving these goals and priorities. There is strong evidence that the involvement of nongovernmental organizations help to define cost-effective measures to promote healthy living and new care models. As such, we are keen to work with you and to share our expertise to further increase the impact of the implementation of GPW13.
We would like to highlight that financial efficiency and human resource education and support are both required for achievement of goals.
We support the need for healthy living starting before birth, supporting healthy pregnancies, nurturing early childhood development through to nurturing and supportive senior care through to dignity in death.

Meeting: Seventy-first World Health Assembly (A71/1)

Agenda Item: 11.7 Preparation for the third High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, to be held in 2018

Statement: 

Honourable chair, distinguished delegates,

Thank you for the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Alliance for Health Promotion, a global organization representing the views and expertise of civil society on health promotion.

Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) cause premature deaths and people of all age groups, regions and countries are or could be affected. NCDs are long-term conditions that require a long-term approach in response.

The Alliance for Health Promotion strongly advocates for on-going health promotion activities to reduce common risk factors contributing to NCDs. Clearly, empowering individuals and communities with ownership of knowledge and means to be in better control of their health would contribute to an effective response to NCDs and underlying risk factors.

Awareness is key. We applaud UN and WHO on organising the third High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of NCDs. It will present the opportunity for countries to demonstrate their commitment to invest in NCDs programmes and planning. As well, it will strengthen the engagement of multiple stakeholders involved in NCDs-related health action, advocacy, literacy and health promotion. We would like to stress again that a health promotion approach can achieve a great impact in the fight against NCDs.

Equally, we welcome the initiatives of WHO and other partners in promoting health and physical activity, such as the recent ‘Walk for Talk: The Health for All Challenge’ event. This event, together with the events organised through the Alliance contribute to the promotion of healthy behaviours, thus contributing to reducing the burden of NCDs.

Finally, we would like to reaffirm our commitment to contribute to WHO work.Thank you for your attention.

Meeting: Seventy-first World Health Assembly (A71/1)

Agenda Item: 12.2 Physical activity for health

Statement: 

Physical inactivity leads to a major increase in health risks. Thus, the Alliance supports the need for exercise and healthy diet to reduce the morbidity and mortality from early childhood respiratory allergies​​ ​and ​ lifestyle conditions like​ ​hypertension, type​ ​2 diabetes, obesity, depression and protect them from other risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases.​

We endorse the need for interplay of policy makers, educationists and health professionals to create an environment that encourages men, women, children and communities to make life-changing decisions in lifestyles and physical activity.

Schools and colleges should introduce at least one hour of physical activity every day as part of their curricula and policies should make it mandatory to have sufficient physical and outdoor activity space for schools and educational institutions. Physical education and yoga among school children have been shown to have a positive impact on their performance academically too. We support the introduction of outdoor games for toddlers and children to avoid early habituation to the use of mobile gadgets and computers to play games and chat.

The rural-urban shift in many developing countries also leads to changes in diet and physical activity. Together with a sedentary lifestyle from desk jobs, these have caused a rapid escalation in NCDs.

In an increasingly stressful environment, physical activity has positive effects on physical and psycho-social well-being. Physical activity is an antidote to stress. And it reduces the socio-economic burden of catering for a population that is chronically unwell. Physical activity can aid the growing population of the elderly to be more healthy and functional thereby improving their quality of life.

The Alliance urges research leading to the development of physical activity and wellness indices of nations.

Meeting: Seventy-first World Health Assembly (A71/1)

Agenda Item: 12.3 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030): sexual and reproductive health, interpersonal violence, and early childhood development

Statement: 

We applaud and support the implementation of this roadmap. Given that approximately half of the world’s population is under 25 years, this strategy has come at a better time to achieve the SDGs.

The UHC drive must put women and their partners at the centre, reaching them from preconception until their children reach adolescence. It is crucial for governments to remove all economic, legal and discriminatory health system barriers, especially for adolescents, to access services that effectively respond to their needs. Psychosocial and mental wellbeing enables women and adolescents to acquire competencies to assert and protect their sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR). Male engagement in SRHR helps reduce related violence against women and adolescents.

Eliminating major risk factors early from pre-conception and pregnancy to early childhood protects both mothers and children, particularly in low and middle income settings. Access to mental health services improves health outcomes for mothers, their children and adolescents. Nurturing, responsive care is especially crucial for HIV/ART exposed children’s cognitive and social development

We call on WHO and Member States to adopt a health promotion approach in implementing of this strategy and to seek governments’ financial investment and accountability; enact policies and allocate resources for integrating the nurturing care framework given its unquestionable social, health, economic and overall development benefits; strengthen inter-ministerial collaborations and partnerships with civil societies to implement UHC especially for women, children and adolescents; and invest in human capital (including adolescents as peer educators) for the services to reach all.

Meeting: Seventy-first World Health Assembly (A71/1)

Agenda Item: 20.3.4.2 L. Strengthening integrated, people-centred health services (resolution WHA69.24 (2016))

Statement: 

To accelerate and sustain progress on developing integrated, people-centered health services, the Alliance for Health Promotion urges action towards a Framework Convention on Global Health, which would be based in human rights and aimed at health equity. We call upon the WHO, through the initiative of the Director-General or Member States, to establish a working group on the Framework Convention.
The Convention would serve as a vital instrument to ensure people-centered health services. It would include powerful norms and standards on inclusive participatory processes at all stages of policymaking, from local to global levels, serving Resolution 69.24’s strategy of empowering people and communities and creating accountable health systems. It could catalyze comprehensive, multi-sector action plans on health equity. And it could establish principles on right to health impact assessments and extraterritorial health rights responsibilities, better integrating health concerns across sectors.
Further, by putting people at the center of health, the Framework Convention could help ensure that health coverage is truly universal, and give life to the Sustainable Development Goal promise that “no one will be left behind.” The Convention could help guide and empower everyone from ministers of health to members of the most marginalized communities towards securing the people-centered health services that are central to the right to health.
Accordingly, we encourage the Director-General to use his authority to establishing a WHO working group on the Framework Convention on Global Health, or for member states to mandate the same. The working group should include state, civil society, and community participation, and could examine the possibilities of this Convention, including potential benefits, principles, parameters, and ways forward. Now, forty years after Alma-Ata, this could at last secure health for all.

2018 Events

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08:45-09:00  Registration
Opening remarks
09:00-09:30  Mr Bernard Kadasia, President, Alliance for Health Promotion
Keynote speech
09.30-10.00  Dr Svetlana Akselrod, Assistant Director-General for  Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, WHO
High-level Panel: Translating global declarations into grass roots realities
Moderator: Mr Bernard Kadasia, President, Alliance for Health Promotion
10:00-11:00
  • Dr Rob Scott, President, Life University
  • Dr Boureima Hama Sambo, Director, Climate Change and Determinants of Health, WHO
  • Dr Glenn Laverack, Health Promotion Research, University of Southern Denmark.
  • Professor Elizabeth Cherian Paramesh , Lakeside Center for Health Promotion
Thematic session 1: Evidence based Health promotion strategies and actions to fight NCDs
Moderator: Dr Hussein Elsangak, Board Member, Alliance for Health Promotion
11:00-12:00
  • Dr Marc Creus, University of Basel
  • Dr. Manfred Zahorka, Senior Public Health Specialist, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
  • Dr Rob Scott, President, Life University
12:15-13:30  Lunch break
Thematic session 2: Empowering communities to carry out Health  Promotion programmes and achieve impact
Moderator: Kelly O’Donnell, CEO Member Care Associates, Inc., WFMH Representative to the UN
13:30-14:30
  • Dr Jean-Luc Eiselé, CEO, World Heart Federation
  • Dr Faten Ben Abdelaziz, Coordinator of the Health Promotion, WHO
  • Dr Rashmi Cherian Paramesh and Dr Roshan Cherian Paramesh Lakeside Center for Health Promotion
  • Ms Veronica Shiroya, Health Promotion Alliance Kitale
Thematic session 3: Organizing communities for effective Health  Promotion
Moderator: Mr Jean Pierre Girard, Board Member, Alliance for Health Promotion  and Health Nexus
14:30-15:30
  • Dr Eric Comte, Geneva Health Forum Program Coordinator
  • Professor Elizabeth Cherian Paramesh, Lakeside Centre for Health Promotion
  • Ms Joanna Koch, Vice President Alliance for Health Promotion, Associated Country Women of the World
  • NorWest Co-op Community Health – video presentation
Closing remarks
15:30-16:00  Dr. Faten Ben Abdelaziz, Coordinator of the Health Promotion,  WHO

The Alliance for Health Promotion’s response to the worldwide trend on physical activity report by WHO 

Geneva, Switzerland, September 4, 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published worldwide physical activity trends in the Lancet Global Health today showing a lack of progress made in physical activity levels since 2001. If such trends continue, the 2025 global physical activity target of 10% relative reduction in insufficient physical activity will not be achieved. More than 1.4 billion adults worldwide are at risk of developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as a result of physical inactivity.

The message is loud and clear; there needs to a substantial increase at the country-level to scale-up implementation of effective policies. Policies to increase population levels of physical activity need to be prioritised and scaled up urgently.

Community-based campaigns to enhance awareness and understanding of the physical activity benefits (social, economic, and environmental) is one of the 20 policies outlined in WHO’s Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018–2030[1]. The Alliance for Health Promotion (A4HP) considers social mobilization by way of community-based campaigns to be an effective strategy to encourage healthy behaviour by enhancing awareness of benefits of physical activity. Each year since 2015, A4HP uses the yearly Health Promotion Day to bring local together with global to raise awareness of health promotion. The Health Promotion Day was organised in collaboration with WHO this year, during the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA), to encourage participation in the Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge from WHA delegates, the UN family and the Geneva community.

Health literacy also has an impact of physical activity levels. Although low health literacy is often associated with a lower level of education, according to this study higher income countries have shown the least progress made in physical activity levels. Economic development and urbanization have no doubt impacted physical activity levels but with adequate health knowledge, skills and information, that is increased health literacy, everyone has the opportunity to improve their health.

In collaboration with its members, the Alliance for Health Promotion will continue its work of creating active communities and empowering individuals to improve their health knowledge and skills.

[1] WHO. Global action plan on physical activity 2018–2030. More active people for a healthier world. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2018.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2018: Health Promotion Workshop and MAGI inauguration, San Felice del Benaco, Italy

Sunday 20th May 2018 / Dimanche 20 Mai 2018

Come and visit the Health Promotion Village at Bains des Pâquis between 9.00-13:00

Come Walk your dog with us at 11:00 at the Dog Playground park Mon-Repos

Come and join us for a giant yoga session in the Place des Nations at 12.15 an event initiated and coordinated by Geneva Association for Community Development and the Alliance.

Furthermore Health, human rights champion Graça Machel  will talk at 12.00 at the Place des Nations

Walk the Talk-Health For All Challenge / Walk the Talk: le Challenge de la Santé pour Tous 

 Affiche du Challenge de la Santé pour Tous - Wal the talk - 20 mai 2018

Walk/Run in Geneva                                       Marche / Course à Genève

Place des Nations, Geneva                              20.05.2018

Bains des Paquis                                                09:45-13:00

Latest event :

Press Conference: Born for movement – a warning written in our genes. “The challenges and actions to promote physical activity” 

Villa Montfleury, 19 May 2018

Press Conference: Born for movement – a warning written in our genes. “The challenges and actions to promote physical activity”

Gepostet von Alliance for Health Promotion am Samstag, 19. Mai 2018

NGO Consultation on Early Childhood development

WHO 23 January 2018, Geneva

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