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Nutri-Score documentary Report 'La guerra delle etichette'
Communique?, 22 May 2023 Academic scientists working in the field of nutrition and public health, wish to respond to the criticisms raised by the Italian government against Nutri-Score...
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ASPHER Statement: 5 + 5 + 5 Points for Improving Food Security in the Context of the Russia-Ukraine War. An Opportunity Arising From the Disaster?
Public Health Rev, 21 September 2022   ASPHER Statement: 5 + 5 + 5 Points for Improving Food Security in the Context of the Russia-Ukraine War. An Opportunity...
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Scholars at Risk (SAR) call for Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali

"Scholars At Risk" (SAR) reports that Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian-Swedish disaster medicine scholar imprisoned in Iran, is facing imminent execution:

ASPHER urges Iranian authorities to immediately release Dr. Djalali, and pending such action, to ensure his well-being and access to legal counsel, family, and medical treatment. ASPHER encourages members to support this plea by signing a call for his release via SAR:

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Andrija Štampar Medallist Professor Selma Šogorić Address to WCPH2020
Each year, ASPHER awards the prestigious Andrija Štampar Medal to a distinguished person for excellence in the field of Public Health. The 2020 Medal was awarded to Selma Šogorić on...
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ASPHER's Spring 2020 Newsletter now available!
  ASPHER's Spring 2020 Newsletter is now available for download here.  This Spring 2020 newsletter is largely focussed on COVID-19 activities that ASPHER and our members have been involved...
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Survey: Climate action at public health schools in the European region
Human-induced climate change is putting the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at risk. To achieve a climate-neutral Europe by 2050, uptake of climate actions is needed...
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Season Greetings and Happy New Year from ASPHER

Best wishes this holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year to all!

Your ASPHER Secretariat,
Robert Otok, Lore Leighton & Cedric Slock

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Public Health Reviews’ publication on Folic Acid affects policy change on mandatory flour fortification in the UK

In January of this year, a review by Wald, Morris & Blakemore published in Public Health Reviews set off a new call for mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid in the UK. On 14 October, the British newspaper, The Guardian reported that UK ministers have backed a plan that will require all flour to be fortified with folic acid within the next few weeks. Sir Nicholas J. Wald was quoted as saying “If this is officially confirmed, the UK is taking an important step in preventive medicine and helping to avoid disability or termination of pregnancy.”

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Anders Foldspang Retirement Address: From 60 to 120

On Friday 21 September, former ASPHER President 2006-2007, Anders Foldspang celebrated his retirement from Aarhus University. ASPHER's director, Robert Otok was honored to be invited to speak at the event. The text of his address is presented here.

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Public Health Planning for Brexit **updated 05 Nov 2018**

With no Brexit deal in sight, Public Health entities are making their own plans for continued collaboration as with the UK Faculty of Public Health's "Blueprint for a Post-Brexit Relationship with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control."

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President Elect, John Middleton's speech to the ASPHER 2018 Dean’s and Director's Retreat, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, June 20th, 2018

On June 20th, 2018, John Middleton (President of the UK Faculty of Public Health) addressed the ASPHER Dean's and Director's Retreat in the John Snow Lecture Hall at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His candidacy for ASPHER's President Elect (2019-2021) was met with unanimous approval. The content of his speech is presented here.

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