COST Action CA18218

16th World Congress on Public Health

The 16th World Congress on Public Health, joinlty organized by The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI) and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA), will take place from 12 to 16 October 2020. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, the congress will exceptionally be organized as an online event. Complete information about the congress is available via

During the congress, our COST Action will organize four live workshops on burden of disease assessment. There will also be a series of abstract and poster presentations on burden of disease. Below you will find an overview of the different burden of disease sessions planned during the 16th World Congress on Public Health.

We are keen to make the presentations available, with or without audio/video, on the Burden-EU website following the removal of the content from the conference website. If you are presenting at the conference, and consent to this being hosted, please send a copy of your slides/poster and relevant audio/video files to .

Burden of disease workshops

National burden of disease studies: inspirational experiences from across the globe
Tue 13/10, 14h45-15h45
The French national Global Burden of Disease (GBD) evaluation project
— Anne Gallay, Santé Publique France, France
The experience of the Italian Global Burden of Disease Initiative
— Lorenzo Monasta, Institute for Maternal and Child Health - IRCCS Burlo Garofolo, Italy
The power of administrative data in national studies: experiences from the Scottish Burden of Disease study
— Ian Grant, Public Health Scotland, UK
Conducting a national burden of disease study in South Korea: from past to present
— Seok-Jun Yoon, Korea University, South Korea
Key developments and results from the Australian Burden of Disease Study
— Michelle Gourley, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australia
Burden of foodborne disease: methods and relevance of national studies
Thu 15/10, 9h45-10h45
Burden of Foodborne Disease in the Netherlands: from science to policy
— Lapo Mughini Gras, Nationtal Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands
Estimating burden of foodborne diseases where public health impact is higher and data scarcer: a study in four African countries
— Binyam Desta, University of Waterloo, Canada
Using novel methodologies to support burden of disease estimates
— Tine Hald, National Food Institute, Denmark
Capacity building and support from international organizations
— Peter Hoejskov, WHO European Regional Office, Denmark
European burden of disease network: strengthening the collaboration
Fri 16/10, 15h45-16h45
Unscattering the burden of disease landscape: supporting interaction between existing burden of disease efforts
— Juanita Haagsma, Erasmus MC, Netherlands
Fostering methodological advances and technical capacity building
— Ian Grant, Public Health Scotland, UK
Knowledge translation and health policy for burden of disease
— Elena Pallari, Cube Integrated Engineering, Cyprus
Deconstructing the DALY: step by step guide to calculating YLL and YLD
Fri 16/10, 19h45-20h45
Data inputs and assumptions in calculating the fatal burden in burden of disease studies
— Elena von der Lippe, Robert Koch Institute, Germany
Data inputs and assumptions in calculating the non-fatal burden in burden of disease studies
— Juanita Haagsma, Erasmus MC, Netherlands

Burden of disease abstract presentations

Tuesday 13th October 2020
7h00–8h00 1.K. - Oral presentations: Mortality data, life expectancy and DALYs Forecasting the extent of future public health challenges using the Scottish Burden of Disease study
Eilidh Fletcher, Public Health Scotland, UK
12h15–13h15 4.L. - Oral presentations: Mental health, quality of life and stress Burden of breast cancer in Serbia 2007-2017
Jovana Todorovic, Serbia
Wednesday 14th October 2020
7h00–8h00 9.E. - Oral presentations: Dental public health Disease burden of edentulism – Dental Clinic of Vojvodina, Serbia, 2008-2019
Tijana Lainovic, Serbia
Thursday 15th October 2020
7h00–8h00 17.E. - Workshop: Returning disease prevention and health promotion back to the table: from the 1980ies to the 2050ies Burden of non-communicable diseases and behavioral risk factors in Albania
Genc Burazeri - Albania
12h15-13h15 20.I. - Oral presentations: What influences public health What is the health-related burden of EU-Candidate Countries? A snapshot of public health indicators
Milena Šantrić Milićević - Serbia
12h15-13h15 20.L. - Oral presentations: Cancer The burden of cancer in Belgium, 2004-2017
Vanessa Gorasso, Sciensano & Ghent University, Belgium
15h45–16h45 22.M. - Oral presentations: Injury prevention, accidents and violence Burden of occupational injuries occurred in Italy, 1900 - 2017
Filippo Ariani - Italy
Friday 16th October 2020
7h00–8h00 25.H. - Workshop: Challenges in Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: Economic and Policy Responses The health and economic burden of antimicrobial resistance
Alessandro Cassini - United Kingdom

Burden of disease poster displays

DF - Health Impact Assessment (HIA) DF.5 - Regional differences in the attributable burden for Germany: Exploring YLL for selected risk factors
Michael Porst, Robert Koch Institute, Germany
DG - Health Promotion DG.91 - Impact of overweight on the burden of non-communicable diseases in Belgium: the WaIST project
Vanessa Gorasso, Sciensano & Ghent University, Belgium
DH - Health systems research DH.8 - The burden of low back pain in Malta at a population level
Sarah Cuschieri, University of Malta, Malta
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Burden of disease special sessions

Thu 15/10, 7h00–8h00 23.WLD021 - Diving into the world of data: Developments in global health inequalities research Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research (CHAIN); EuroHealthNet; IHME/University of Washington; WHO Department of Social Determinants of Health, UNICEF
Fri 16/10, 18h00–19h00 PL8 - Making the difference Chair persons: Josep Figueras (Observatory) and Luis Eugenico de Souza (Brazil)
Speakers/panellists: Richard Horton (UK), Christopher Murray (USA), Naomi Nathan (WHO)

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