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2 Jun 2020
Greetings to all our Members from the ASPHER Secretariat. Welcome to ASPHER's first monthly newsletter and what a busy month it has been! We seem to have filled as much space during the month of June as we’ve brought to you in the past in...
17 Feb 2020
ASPHER congratulates Jeffrey Levett a long standing professor and dean of the Athens School of Public Health, past president, ASPHER and Member of the United Nations family of the European Center for Peace and  Development, who has been designated...
22 Jan 2020

John Middleton: Brexiting health—the UK will miss out on prosperity, public health and planetary health

COVID-19 Task Force

ASPHER has convened a COVID-19 Taskforce to facilitate relevant networking necessary to respond to the current emergency. If you wish to participate in the ASPHER COVID-19 Taskforce, please contact Robert at:

The ASPHER COVID-19 Task Force is teaming up with the COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) to provide rapid reporting for Cross Country Analysis on policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis. HSRM is a joint undertaking of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission, and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

Taskforce Subgroup Initatives:

Masks: ASPHER Statement on the Strategic Use of Masks | Technical Report: Strategic use of masks as an element of a non-pharmaceutical measures set for a pandemic | Infographic: Protocol for Strategic Use of Masks | Press Release

ASPHER Statement on the Use of Masks by Children

Testing: ASPHER Statement on the COVID-19 Testing | Technical Report: COVID-19 testing: A reflection on test accuracy in the real world | COVID-19 Testing decision tree

Inequalities and Vulnerable populations: subgroup webplatform

First Statement of the ASPHER COVID-19 Task Group on Health Inequalities and Vulnerable Populations

ASPHER Comment on the Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHRI) Satement of the 7 Aprl 2020 | Statement of PHRI calling on Israel to take measures to save lives

De-escalation planning/regulations in aftermath: webplatform on the state of the emergence from lockdown and recovery

Epidemiology: How to Count Illness: Basic epidemiological concepts for understanding the COVID-19 epidemic

Children's Issues: ASPHER Statement on the Use of Masks by Children

Surveillance/Tracking Apps

School's Reopening

Young Professional Rapid Response

Call for Young Researcher collaborators on COVID-19

The ASPHER COVID-19 Taskforce is looking for motivated young researchers, students and alumni from our member schools who would be interested in contributing to time to specific topics related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Depending on their interest, this may be by working with the Young Professional sub-group to produce short 1000-word reports or more in depth collaboration with other sub-groups on longer ASPHER reports and position papers. Please disseminate this information to your best and brightest students and alumni and ask them to contact Naomi Nathan at

Task Force Members:

Chair: John MIDDLETON, ASPHER President


Henrique BARROS, University of Porto, PORTUGAL

Robert BUCKINGHAM, University of Michigan-Flint, USA 


Michaela COENEN, Pettenkofer SPH, Munich, GERMANY 

Kasia CZABANOWSKA, Maastricht University, THE NETHERLANDS

Nadav DAVIDOVITCH, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, ISRAEL

Jeannette DE BOER, NSPOH, Groningen, NETHERLANDS 

Alberto FERNÁNDEZ, EASP, Granada, SPAIN 

Manfred S. GREEN, University of Haifa, ISRAEL

Henrique LOPES, Catholic University, Lisbon, PORTUGAL 


Jose M MARTIN-MORENO, University of Valencia, SPAIN 

Amanda MASON-JONES, University of York, UK

Eva REHFUESS, Pettenkofer SPH, Munich, GERMANY 


Mohamud SHEEK-HUSSEIN, United Arab Emirates University, UAE 

Carlo SIGNORELLI, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, ITALY

Natia SKHVITARIDZE, School of Health Sciences, University of Georgia, GEORGIA