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Official Congress Organizer
As the organizing committee, founded in
1993, the Turkish Public Health Association (TPHA) is a volunteer,
non-profit and an international nongovernmental organization
bringing health workers throughout Turkey together for professional
exchange, collaboration and action. We are delighted and honoured to
invite you to attend the World Federation of Public Health
Association 2009 Congress in Istanbul/Turkey.
In global health policies the
importance Civil Society Organizations is increasing with an
incredible pace and influence and are having profound impacts on
health. People, as part of the civil society, form the core of
health systems. They use health services, contribute finances, are
care givers and have a role in developing health policies and in
shaping health systems. One of the most significant developments in
the recent past has been the 1978 Alma Ata declaration, which is
considered a landmark for recognising peoples participation in
health systems as central to Primary Health Care and for recognising
the role that organised social action plays in securing health
The manner in which the state responds
to these changes, and the extent to which civil society actors are
recognized and included in health policies and programmes, are some
of the critical factors determining the course of public health
Along with governments, the United
Nations (UN) system, which believes that development must rest on
peoples needs, has not been immune to this unleashing of people
power. The UN as an institution has a history of opening its doors
to organizations and institutions that represent the diverse
interests of people. In recent years, the UN family has made a
special effort to broaden its collaboration and consultation with
In September 2000 at the United Nations
Millennium Summit in New York, World leaders agreed on a set of
global development goals. Three of the eight Millennium Development
Goals, eight of the 18 targets, and 18 of the 48 indicators cover
areas that directly concern the work of WHO. These include reducing
child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS,
malaria and other diseases, and providing access to affordable
essential drugs in developing countries. Others, such as eradicating
extreme poverty and hunger, and promoting gender equality and
empowering women, have a health dimension. The achievement of these
requires a concerted, global strategy aimed at increasing the access
of the worlds poor to essential health services.
Within this new strategic approach and
challenges in Public Health, it is obvious that WFPHA and its
members has a significant role and mission not only to create and
sustain a platform for discussion but also implementing and the
monitoring this process. On the other hand, looking from the local
level we believe WFPHA 2009 World Congress is going to support
Turkeys efforts to offer better public health services, with
accordance to WHO s goals of Health For All 21st Century, to all
of its citizens. While sharing Turkeys example from the local
level, we also aim to follow up the international developments to
illustrate and to share Turkeys efforts with members of WFPHA.
To reach these goals and maintain a
strong discussion platform, TPHA we have been in touch with its main
stakeholder groups such the Government, International Organizations,
Universities and NGOs in Turkey.
Meetings with the Government Agencies
as Prime Ministry, Ministry of Health etc. United Nations Agencies
such as WHO, FAO, UNFPA and UNICEF were briefed about the role and
importance of the WFPHA Congress. Besides public health schools like
Hacettepe and Ankara Universities and NGOs such as Medical
Association of Turkey, Turkish Pharmacists Association, Society of
Public Health Specialists, Turkish Nurses Association and Turkish
Diabetic Association will be active in sharing their opinions and
ready to contribute for implementation of policies. All the above
organizations shared their support by official letters as well.
Lastly, I am pleased to share that ZED Tourism, a professional
congress organizer, will be providing the necessary logistics and
organization to organize the 2009 WFPHA Congress, to host you in the
beautiful city Istanbul where the continents and cultures meet.
Finally, we believe 2009 WFPHA World Congress will be a successful
platform for both members of WFPHA and Turkey. On behalf of
Organising Committee, we would like to remind that, you will not
only participate to another WFPHA Congress but also you will see,
experience and feel the history, beauty and life of Istanbul.
Welcome to Istanbul/Turkey.
This week an article in the Wall Street Journal compared free banking to the free in-flight meal on an airplane. In other words, a thing of the past. And just as airlines are not only charging for the meal and snacks, they charge for about everything else in between. Banks are following the same trend, especially since recent legislation has limited the amount they can charge consumers for some services. They are merely finding other ways to charge fees for products and services that used to come at no cost.
Of the 10 largest national banks, “free” checking accounts have a median of 49 fees, according to a study conducted by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The study also revealed several other alarming findings including:
Banks do not clearly state their policies or fees in an easy-to-understand format
Banks can re-order transactions in order to maximize overdraft fees
Account holders are not provided the costs and benefits to purchasing overdraft protection when considering overdraft coverage
Also alarming is that if overdraft fees were treated as payday loans in Florida, with a re-payment period of seven days, the annual percentage rate for an average incident would be over 5000%. It is no surprise that Americans are estimated to spend 52 billion in overdraft fees for 2017.
So, how to avoid all these fees with fast 30 day loans? Here are three savvy tips:
To avoid a monthly fee for your checking account, use direct deposit. Most banks will waive the monthly fee if your paycheck, disability, Social Security, veterans or pension benefits are deposited directly on a regular basis.
Use your debit card for cash back at stores instead of paying costly ATM fees.
Sign up for email or text messaging to be alerted when your account is about to drop below its balance and then transfer funds into the account to avoid an overdraft charge.
The bottom line is that banks are charging more and more fees for simple checking accounts and consumers need to look out for hidden fees and charges. Many consumers are seeking alternatives to the top national banks – looking to credit unions, pre-paid debit and credit cards, and alternative online payday loan service provider in Florida.
Prof. Dr. Hikmet PEKCAN
President of Turkish Public Health