The APRLO is WFPHA regional office for Asia Pacific. It coordinates with countries throughout the region to improve and protect publics' health.

APRLO extends congratulations to Prof.Luis Eugenio de Souza, Prof.Emma Rawson and Prof.Tarun Weeramanthri !


WFPHA General Assembly was successfully held on May 19,2022.
Congratulations to Prof.Luis Eugenio de Souza who will serve as the President of WFPHA since the GA meeting!

Luís Eugênio de Souza has a degree in Medicine from the Federal University of Bahia-UFBA (1987), and a doctorate in Public Health from the University of Montreal - Canada (2001). Since 2004, he is a professor at UFBA and was the coordinator of its Graduate Program in Collective Health from 2015 to 2019. He served as municipal secretary of health of Salvador-Bahia, from 2005 to 2007, and as director of the Department of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Health from December 2008 to July 2009. He is a former president (2012-2015) of the Brazilian Association of Collective Health. Prof Souza is currently president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA). He has written extensively on health policy, planning and management in their relationships with the production and use of scientific knowledge. His articles discuss subjects such as health policy analysis, healthcare programmes performance, scientific knowledge use and innovation in the health sector, judicialization of health (courts' decisions that impact the healthcare system) and the impact of economic crisis and austerity measures in healthcare and population health.

Congratulations to Prof.Emma Rawson who was successfully elected as the Vice President of WFPHA after being voted by all the representatives.

Emma Rawson-Te Patu
MPhil Honors (1st Class)
Director, ManuKahu Associates, Auckland

Emma Rawson-Te Patu is of the Māori tribal groups of Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai te Rangi, Raukawa and Ngāti Haua of New Zealand. She has been involved in Public Health, Hauora Māori (Māori health), Research, Training, Facilitation and Education for over 18years. Emma is mother to Waimarie (20) and recently married to Adrian. They live in Maraetai, Auckland, New Zealand with their dog (TT). Emma has recently been on the Senior leadership of St John New Zealand, a lecturer in Hauora Māori and Māori Health Promotion at AUT University where a majority of her focus was educating health sciences students about what it means to authentically engage and work with Māori (Indigenous people) and in Māori communities. Emma holds a Master of Philosophy focused on Barriers and Success factors for Māori working in Public Health and beyond. Emma has worked with a number of organisations and researchers specialising in working with Māori, she is a consultant to the Human Rights Commission of New Zealand. Emma spends time working on advocacy for Indigenous communities internationally and at home. Emma is an experienced facilitator and educator and specialises in Indigenous frameworks for public health practice. She is Co-Vice Chair of the Indigenous Working Group of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, Director of ManuKahu Associates - Indigenous consulting, and is passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to understand and live their responsibilities to equity and equitable outcomes in health and all the richness that that brings.

Congratulations to Prof.Tarun Weeramanthri who was successfully elected as the new GC member of WFPHA after being voted by all the representatives.

Tarun Weeramanthri is President of the Public Health Association of Australia and an adjunct professor in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Western Australia.

He is a trained specialist in internal medicine and public health, and has a PhD in social medicine. He was Chief Health Officer in Western Australia (WA) from 2008 to 2018, and in the Northern Territory (NT) from 2004 to 2007. He has extensive experience in disaster and emergency preparedness and response, and has worked for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone (2015) and Iraq (2017).

In 2014, he was awarded the Sidney Sax Medal by the Public Health Association of Australia, for his contribution to public health in Australia.

From 2019-2020, he conducted an Inquiry into the Impacts of Climate Change on Health in WA, and has continued to advocate actively since then for the health sector to take a leadership role in both mitigation and adaptation.

Since 2020, he has worked with governments in WA, Victoria, New South Wales (NSW) and South Australia as an advisor on the COVID-19 response, and with the Commonwealth Government as a panel member on the National Contact Tracing Review. He also conducted an independent review of Hotel Quarantine Arrangements in WA in 2021, and led a COVID-19 outreach vaccination team in remote Aboriginal communities in NSW.