THE SOCIETY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS OF NIGERIA

Aims and Objectives of the Organisation

Public health by its history and practice is a field that involves multidisciplinary approach. As such, its effective practice in any country calls for close collaboration among many professionals in this light that the world federation of public health association (WFPHA) is constituted by national multidisciplinary association concerned with public health generally as distinct from single or individual disciplines, subjects, professions, or occupations.
While Nigeria has a long history of public health practice and several disciplinary public health professionals, efforts in the country to establish a multidisciplinary public health association have had chequered trajectory and no positive result till date. As such, Nigeria with all her strides and her potentials in public health practice, does not have a full membership of the WFPHA. That unfortunate history is set to come to an end with the recenting historic meeting of various leaders of public health disciplinary groups which held in Ile-Ife on February 9 and 10, 2012. The meeting , which was co-hosted By the Institute of Public Health and the Population and Reproductive Health Programme (PRHP), with the funding from Bill and Melinda gates Institute of Population and Reproductive Health, was by all account a great success. Professor Obehi Okojie, Micheal Asuzu, and Adesegun Fatusi spearheaded the efforts to successfully convene the meeting, ably supported by Dr Oluwafunmilayo Ibikunle.
The meeting which was chaired, by the Professor Micheal C. Asuzu was declared open by the representative of the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr (Mrs.) Enitan Ademuson (Head, Port Health Services, Federal Ministry of Health). The disciplinary public health groups represented at this meeting were; Association of Medical officers of Health in Nigeria (AMOHN). Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN), Epidemiological Society of Nigeria (EPISON), Institute of Public Health (IPH), Nigeria Association of Health Educators (NAHE), Nigeria School Health Education Association (NSHEA), Professional Association of Public Health Nurses of Nigeria (PAPHNON), Reproductive Health Caucus/Forum of the Federal Ministry of Health (RHC/FMOH), Society for Adolescent and Young People’s Health in Nigeria (SAYPHIN) and the Society of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health (SOSEH),
The meeting, which was chaired, by the Professor Micheal C. Asuzu, was declared open by the representative of the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr (Mrs.) Enitan Ademuson (Head, Port Health Services, Federal Ministry of Health). The disciplinary public health groups represented at this meeting were; Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN), Association of Medical officers of Health in Nigeria, Epidemiological Society of Nigeria (EPISON), Society of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health, Parasitology and Public Health Society of Nigeria, Nigeria Association for Health Educators, Reproductive Health Caucus/Forum of the Federal Ministry of Health, Society for Adolescent and Young People’s Health in Nigeria (SAYPHIN), Professional Association of Public Health Nurses of Nigeria (PAPHNON) and the Institute of Public Health.
The meeting deliberated extensively on drafting the constitution and the bye laws of the association, the interim secretariat and the interim executive committee members. At the end of the deliberations, the Institute of Public Health, Obafemi Awolowo University was given the mandate to serve as the inaugural secretariat of the association, and a three-person executive was appointed to pilot the affairs of the group in interim capacities. They are:

  • Professor Micheal Asuzu, Chairman
  • Professor Adesegun Fatusi, Secretary
  • Dr. (Mrs) Igbodo Ujiro, Executive Member
The interim executive will officially represent the Nigeria public health community at the 13th World Congress of Public Health taking place in Ethiopia from 23rd to 27th April in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the theme; “Towards Global Equity: Opportunity and Threat”.



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