17th World Congress on Public Health: The future in a world of turmoil.

This congress takes place 2-6 May 2023 in Rome and is organised by World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) together with the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPHER) and the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI).

The congress underlines the commitment of working together across sectors to build a more sustainable future. Its theme of Intersectoral and Multilateral Collaborations and Health Systems Strengthening fits well with SHARP Joint Action deliverables.  

SHARP Joint Action brings a breadth and depth of expertise to focus on intersectoral and multilateral collaboration and all hazards, health systems strengthening. 

SHARP Joint Action workshop: How SHARP are your health security arrangements against cross-border health threats?

5 May 2023, 5pm – 6pm Sala Baalbeck – Volubilis, LEVEL 0

The new EU law on serious cross-border threats to health compels member states to monitoring, early warning, preparedness planning, and response measures.   This workshop provides a unique opportunity for the audience of global, public health professionals to learn of important approaches to combat serious, cross-border threats to health and better preparedness planning. 

Key insights on:

  • The outputs of the SHARP Joint Action and how priorities can be implemented in member countries going forward:  Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. Read more on work package 4
  • IHR core capacity strengthening and assessment: The Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Read more on work package 5
  • Strengthening the capacity for IHR implementation for serious cross-border health threats through cross-sectoral, basic and advanced training: Institute of Public Health of Serbia, “Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut”. Read more on work package 8
  • Identifying the sectors that should be involved in public health emergency preparedness, response and recovery:  National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Netherlands. Read more on work package 6
  • Case management and infection prevention and control preparedness: The National Institute for Infectious Diseases (INMI) “Lazzaro Spallanzani”. Read more on work package 10

Best practices employed in the management of the Joint Action:

How project progress monitoring using evaluation methodology and procedures can continuously improve the effectiveness and efficiency of collaborative joint action:  National Public Health Organization, Greece. Read more on work package 3

How to utilise communications tools, understanding of health policies and the challenges to dissemination to achieve effective visibility, awareness and impact for the work on multiple stakeholders: Public Health Wales, UK. Read more on work package 2

Elsewhere in the Congress, many of SHARP work package lead organisations have had poster and oral abstracts accepted and will be presenting over the 4 days. Notably:

  • Institute of Public Health of Serbia (IPHS), Milena Vasic – Global capacities for Implementation of International Health Regulations 3 May Oral Communications 09.00 –10.00 Public Health in Emergencies, Disasters, and Wars 1/Sala Efeso
  • IPHS, Biljana Kilibarda – Poster Session, Substance use among Serbian adolescents – prevalence, trends and comparison with European countries
  • IPHS, Milica Vučurović – Poster Session, Integratedness of qualitative research results into public health measures and policies in the Republic of Serbia
  • IPHS, Dragana Jovanovic – Poster Session, Situation analysis of drinking water quality and sanitary conditions in small scale water supply systems in rural areas in Serbia
  • The National Institute for Infectious Diseases (INMI), Arne Broch Brantsæter – Poster Session: High consequence infectious diseases in Europe – the need for an expert clinical support service.
  • Robert Koch Institute, Daniela Jacob – Poster Session: SHARP Work Package 7: EMERGE Laboratory Network
  • RIVM, Sandra Kamga – Which sectors should be involved in public health emergency preparedness, response and recovery? A RAND modified consensus procedure among European Union national experts.  Oral Communications 5 May 16.00 – 17.00 ROOM SALA Cesarea, Level -1 

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