International Vaccination & Capacity Workshop 2019 




May 22, 2019 from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Campus Biotech, 9 chemin des mines 

1202 Geneva, Switzerland


Participation is FREE but Registration is mandatory

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After the success of its 2018 “International Global Health & Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop”, the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) is pleased to announce its 2019 “International Vaccination & Capacity Workshop”.

The workshop will discuss strategies and good practices to increase primary prevention through increased capacity (from human to infrastructures to sustainable investments and beyond) applied to the vaccination context.

Notwithstanding the scientific evidence of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, we continue to witness major outbreaks and deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases. The reasons are complex and vary between and within geographical regions and countries. These reasons include lack of health care access, resource constraints, population displacement due to war and violence, religious opposition, vaccine refusal, conspiracy theories, and philosophical reasons on the ethics and politics of mandatory vaccination.

Human Resources for Health (HRH) are at the core of “capacity”, which is an essential element of the Global Charter for the Public’s Health. Although there is increasing recognition that HRH are essential for the achievement of broader development goals, including Universal Health Coverage, we face a global crisis. This crisis is characterised by: sub-optimal leadership and governance; inequitable distribution; widespread shortages; poor performance; and lack of responsiveness to the needs of communities. The suboptimal resources for health are not limited to HRH only but embrace also infrastructures, institutional capacity, and strategic investment.

The WFPHA is taking the lead in enhancing the discourse on vaccination and capacity to enable its members, partners and stakeholders to increase their knowledge and advocacy efforts on these important global priorities. The workshop discussions will feed into the deliberations of civil society in the lead up to the United Nations Assembly in September 2019 on Universal Health Coverage.

Confirmed speakers

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Speakers' biographies

Samantha Vanderslott, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford

Dr. Samantha Vanderslott is a social sciences researcher at the University of Oxford working on health, society, and policy topics. She completed her PhD in the STS Department on the policy development for 'Neglected Tropical Diseases' at the University College London in 2017, after working as a senior policy advisor in the UK Civil Service. In 2016, Dr. Vanderslott joined the Oxford Vaccine Group as a Social Science Researcher as part of the Oxford Martin School Programme "The Human Factor: Infectious Disease and Collective Responsibility". She is also a Junior Researcher Fellow at Linacre College. With a background in global governance, international development, and scientific studies, Dr. Vanderslott draws on perspectives from sociology, history, global public health, and science and technology studies. In addition to her academic and research work, she has published in journals including "Social Science and Medicine", "Infectious Diseases of Poverty", and "Human Development and Capabilities". Her current projects focus on attitudes to vaccination, policies for neglected tropical diseases, past and present challenges of typhoid, and health research during outbreaks. 

Badr Elsheikh Elsiddig, President of the Sudanese Public Health Association (SPHA)

Elsheikh Badr is a transformational health leader with track record in revitalization and reform of key health system institutions in Sudan. He is a medical doctor by profession and qualified in community medicine, public health, and health system management from Sudan and the UK. He developed his specialism as health system and health workforce expert and consultant.  He has served as Secretary General for the Sudan Medical Specialization Board (SMSB), the prime postgraduate medical education and training body in the country. Dr Badr has major contribution to health system strengthening throughout his 22 years’ experience in professional, managerial and leadership roles including senior posts at Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan. He has wide regional and international involvement and contributions. He served as WHO and EU consultant several times and was selected to regional and international committees through WHO and other world leading entities. He currently sits on the International Conference Committee for organization of the 16th World Congress on Public Health in Rome 2020. 

Borisch Bettina, Professor of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Geneva

Dr Borisch is an MD and a Histopathologist, MPH and Fellow of the Royal College of Pathology (UK). Her scientific research work delves into neoplastic lesions of the immune system and breast cancer. Her interests also include community-based oncology, as well as health communication and global health. She is the Editor in Chief of “Pathobiology” and the Co-Editor of “Journal of Public Health Policy”. In addition to her academic work she is the Director of the World Federation of Public Health Associations Headquarter and helds positions at several Committees of Public Health oriented institutions. She was president of Europa Donna – The European Breast Cancer Forum – and Founding President of the Swiss Forum of Europa Donna. She teaches at the University of Geneva, the Swiss School of Public Health and she also teaches patient support groups. She is author of over 120 scientific papers and 2 books.

Krech Rüdiger, Director for Universal Health Coverage and Health Systems at the World Health Organization

Rüdiger Krech is the Director for Universal Health Coverage and Health Systems at the World Health Organization. The cluster of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) covers WHO’s work in the areas of integrated people-centered health services, health workforce, financing and health governance. As his function is positioned in the Assistant Director-General’s Office, he acts on behalf of, and represents her in meetings, committees and other events and facilitates coordination and coherence between the health systems work of the Organization and other areas of public health. He is the cluster’s focal point for the WHO transformation, in particular on issues relating to WHO leadership priorities, governance and management. Before that, Dr Krech was the Director of the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights at the World Health Organization from 2009 to 2012. In this capacity, he was also responsible for WHO’s work on Social Determinants of Health and Health in All Policies.

Moore Michael, Past CEO of Public Health Association of Australia

Michael Moore e is the chair of a number of health networks. He is a former Minister of Health and Community Care and was an Independent member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly for four terms from 1989 to 2001. He was Australia’s first independent Minister when he was appointed as Minister of Health and Community Care. Professor Moore is a former teacher, small business owner and consultant who holds a post-graduate diploma in education, a master’s degree in population health from the ANU, is a Visiting Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, and an adjunct professor with the University of Canberra where he is a PhD Scholar examining a framework for planning or evaluating health advocacy. He is widely published. He is also a political and social columnist who has served on a range of academic and community Boards. Michael Moore also is the Immediate pas President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. 

Ricciardi Walter, Professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome

Walter Ricciardi is Professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome. In August 2015 Walter Ricciardi was appointed President of the Italian National Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanità) where he was Commissioner from 2015 to 2018. In 2003 he was appointed President of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA), in 2010 he was elected President again and in 2011 he was re-elected for a second term up to 2014. Since 2014 he is Past President of EUPHA. In December 2015, he was appointed Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Policy, Governance and Leadership at the Institute of Public Health, Medical School, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart – Rome. In November 2017 he was appointed Member of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization.

Rispel Laetitia, Professor of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa

Laetitia Rispel has extensive and wide-ranging experience of research, teaching, and health leadership in different settings, and has published extensively on different aspects of health policy and the transformation of the South African health system. She has won several national and international awards, including the South African Shoprite/Checkers/SABC2 woman of the year award in the health category (2003); International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society (2013); Gauteng branch of the South African Medical Association award in the allied category (2013); University vice-chancellor’s academic citizenship award (2014); Academy of Science of South Africa membership award (2015). Since 2018, she is the President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, the first African woman in the 50 year history of the organisation to achieve this honour. 


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Campus Biotech

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Key contacts

  • Marta Lomazzi, PhD 
    Executive Manager 
    World Federation of Public Health Associations 
    Tel: +41 22 3790455 
  • Eleonora De Cata, PhD
    Office Manager
    World Federation of Public Health Associations
    Tel: +41 22 3790484


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