The IUHPE at a glance

The International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) is over half a century old and draws its strength from being a unique worldwide, independent and professional association of individuals and organisations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the people through education, community action and the development of healthy public policy.

The IUHPE has proven to be relevant and resilient after periods of major change in the world's external environment and within the field of health promotion. Health promotion aims to empower people to control their own health by gaining control over the underlying factors that influence health. As long as these factors - peace, shelter, food, income, a stable eco-system, sustainable resources, social justice and equity - remain unchallenged, the IUHPE's existence and activities are vital to accomplish its mission to promote global health and wellbeing, and to contribute to the achievement of equity in health between and within countries of the world.

 

Inequalities in health status are increasing in accordance with increasing inequalities in socio-economic status. The IUHPE can make a significant contribution to advocacy and action to redress the growing imbalance in the distribution of the world's resources between high-income and low- and middle-income countries, as well as among different population groups. The burden of poor health continues to fall disproportionately on lower income countries and the most vulnerable populations. The resulting social and economic insecurity is rapidly translating into an increasing gap between rich and poor within all countries in access to and application of the resources necessary for health.

 

The vision of the IUHPE is a world where all people achieve optimum health and wellbeing.

 

The values critical to the achievement of this vision include:

  • Respect - for the innate dignity of all people; for cultural identity; for cultural diversity; and for natural resources and the environment;

  • Inclusion and involvement of people in making the decisions that shape their lives and impact upon their health and wellbeing;

  • Equity in health, social and economic outcomes for all people;

  • Accountability and transparency– within governments, organisations and communities;

  • Sustainability;

  • Social justice for all people; and

  • Compassion and empowerment.

 

The IUHPE’s mission is to promote global health and wellbeing and to contribute to the achievement of equity in health between and within countries of the world.

 

The IUHPE fulfills its mission by building and operating an independent, global, professional network of people and institutions to encourage the free exchange of ideas, knowledge, know-how, experiences, and the development of relevant collaborative projects, both at global and regional levels.

 

The IUHPE aims to achieve the following goals:

  • Greater equity in the health of populations between and within countries of the world;

  • Effective alliances and partnerships to produce optimal health promotion outcomes;

  • Broadly accessible evidence-based knowledge and practical experience in health promotion; 

  • Excellence in policy and practice for effective, quality health promotion; and

  • High levels of capacity in individuals, organisations and countries to undertake health promotion activities.

 

To achieve its goals the IUHPE will pursue the following objectives:

  • Increased investment in health promotion by governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and the private sector;

  • An increase in organisational, governmental and inter-governmental policies and practices that result in greater equity in health between and within countries;

  • Improvements in policy and practice of governments at all levels, organisations and sectors that influence the determinants of the health of populations;

  • Strong alliances and partnerships among all sectors based on agreed ethical principles, mutual understanding and respect;

  • Activities that contribute to the development, translation and exchange of knowledge and practice that advance the field of health promotion;

  • The wide dissemination of knowledge to health promotion practitioners as well as to policy-makers, government officials and other key individuals and organisations;

  • A strong and universally accessible knowledge base for effective, quality health promotion;

  • Improved mechanisms for the exchange of ideas, experience and knowledge that promote health and wellbeing;

  • A global forum for mutual support and professional advancement of members; and

  • Capacity-building opportunities for individuals and institutions to better carry out health promotion initiatives and advocacy efforts.

 

Please find below the last activity reports, presenting the works, projects and functioning of the IUHPE:

 

Please read the new IUHPE work plan for the period 2017-2019 here

A Spanish version is available here