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Rationale and Background

Created in 1991 in the wake of the Ottawa Charter (published in 1986), Réfips currently brings together some 500 professionals working in over 30 French-speaking countries. These professionals share an interest for building favorable conditions for the health of their populations, creating supporting environments, strengthening community actions, developing better personal skills and reorienting health services.


Réfips conducts advocacy activities among health promotion institutions in the French-speaking world and ensures the translation of new resources on this subject into French. In the last few years, it has produced documents on the Bangkok Charter and the 25th anniversary of the Ottawa charter. The Réfips Americas section has created an online database on social inequalities in health (


The network has pursued different health promotion outreach and dissemination activities, produced reference and benchmark texts and conducted trainings for professionals. It actively participates in international conferences in the scope of its activities. Its publications concern program and intervention planning, but also theoretical reflections on health promotion and social inequalities in health.


Through the encouragement of its President and the Delegates’ Council, links between Réfips and the IUHPE have become extended and strengthened over the years. In preparation for the UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (September 2011 in New York), the IUHPE and Réfips co-signed “A call to action to prevent non-communicable diseases through health promotion approaches”.


The Réfips Board of Delegates is in favor of formalizing a close relationship with the IUHPE. The possibility to create networks bringing together members of the IUHPE on a professional, linguistic or geographic basis is an opportunity that Réfips would like to seize. Within the IUHPE, Réfips would like to create a linguistic network to bring together Francophone IUHPE members. Its objective would be to promote the Francophone approach to health promotion, while respecting the diversity of its practices; and conversely, to promote other approaches to health promotion for the French-speaking world.


It is free to join Réfips. The network brings together practitioners on the field, members of local NGO associations, who would not have the means to pay a membership fee. It is therefore important for Réfips to remain in close contact with these organizations while facilitating their membership in the IUHPE as much as possible, and even if they cannot join the IUHPE, making sure they benefit from the closer relationship between Réfips and the IUHPE.


The evaluation that Réfips carried out on its organization showed a very high rate of membership following the network’s actions, particularly among African members who have less access to the scientific literature and to tools in English. The Francophone focus is one of the pillars of Réfips actions, and this dynamic that conceives the agreement with the IUHPE. Réfips thus places all of its efforts in the defense of, advocacy for and reinforcement of health promotion in the French-speaking world.


For more information please visit the Réfips website