Commonwealth Health Professions and Partners Alliance

In 2009, the health professional associations accredited to the Commonwealth formed the Commonwealth Health Professions Alliance (CHPA). In 2020, the CHPA changed its name to the Commonwealth Health Professions and Partners Alliance.

The CHPA consider that by working together they can more efficiently and effectively represent and support health professionals in Commonwealth countries and promote high standards of care and equity in access to care for Commonwealth peoples.

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Commonwealth Health Professions Alliance

CHPA changes its name

At its 12th Annual General Meeting in June 2020, members of the CHPA passed a resolution to change its name to more accurately reflect its membership and to be more inclusive. The new name is the Commonwealth Health Professions and Partners Alliance although the acronym CHPA remains. This is an exciting development for the CHPA to reinforce its dedication and determination to support health professionals and other health practitioners to improve the health of all citizens of the Commonwealth, particularly in these difficult times.

2022 Commonwealth Civil Society Policy Forum

Commercial determinants of health: evidence, tools, dialogue, advocacy

The 2022 Commonwealth Civil Society Policy Forum (CCSPF) was held as a virtual meeting Wednesday 27 April 2022. A video of the meeting can be viewed below, in addition to the program. Individual speaker videos, presentations and recommendations can be found on the Publications page of the website. The CCSPF was hosted by the Commonwealth Association of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (CAPGAN) on behalf of the Commonwealth Health Professions and Partners Alliance.

>> CCSPF 2022 Program Final
>> View the full video of the CCSPF

The Commonwealth Civil Society Policy Forum (CCSPF) aimed to raise awareness of the 'commercial determinants of health'; highlight the four goals of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) program of action on Economic and Commercial Determinants of Health. Recommendations were formulated to be presented to Commonwealth Health Ministers on innovative strategies to address the WHO goals across the Commonwealth.

The WHO define commercial determinants of health as "private sector activities that affect people’s health positively or negatively”. The WHO has initiated a new program of action with four goals:
1. to strengthen the evidence base;
2. to develop tools and capacity to address the
commercial determinants;
3. convene partnerships and dialogue;
4. raise awareness and advocacy.

The 2022 CCSPF, hosted by the Commonwealth Association for Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (CAPGAN), discussed aspects of how addressing commercial determinants of health can improve the health and well being of the people of the Commonwealth. In the context of continued progress toward Universal Health Coverage in the Commonwealth, and with experiences gained from COVID-19, the 2022 CCSPF discussrf both the challenges faced and innovative approaches to enhance positive aspects and reduce negative impacts of private sector activities on health.

CHPA Executive 2023-2024

Professor Vajira H. W. Dissanayake
Professor Vajira Dissanayake
Commonwealth Medical Association

Deputy Chairperson
Mr Raymond Anderson
Commonwealth Pharmacists Association

Dr KS Ramesh
Commonwealth Organisation for Social Work

Acting Treasurer

Jill Iliffe

Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation