Our history

The CPHD history

The CPHD's experts have been involved into demographic and health research and policy advice to improve public health since 2005. The team of the Council of Public Health and the Problems of Demography (CPHD) actively helped to impose based alcohol control and tobacco control policies recommended by the World Health Organization by the World Health Organization. 

Our first active campaign to inform the Russian society about the alcohol supermortality problem started in 2005. That was the time when the organization expert core was formed. These experts participated in the development of the Russia's state policy on alcohol control, aimed to the decrease in alcohol-associated morbidity and mortality.  The article described by the alcohol control measures recommended by the world health organization. As a result, just in 2006, the regions were mandates to limit alcohol sales time. A number of publications by the team provided more arguments to introduce the WHO recommended alcohol control measures. As a  result of early advocacy publications, which were massively reprinted, the new amendment provided mandate to the regions to introduce regional bans of alcohol sale at night. 

The CPHD team members are conducted non-stop active media campaign to educate public on alcohol related morbidity and mortality and alcohol control measure recommended by the WHO. Here are some examples: 


On March 1-2, 2007 CPHD leaders launched international seminar "Developing Effective Alcohol Policy: International Experience and the Russian Reality" in Moscow. This international seminar allowed the scientists from Russia, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Australia, United Kingdom, and Germany to work out a comprehensive view on the prospects of applying the principles of Scandinavian-type anti-alcohol policy in Russia. The officials from the State Duma, and the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation took place in the seminar (see the report). 

In 2008 CPHD leaders co-organized Russian Coalition for Alcohol Control with other public figures. The coalition coordinates NGO actions to defend alcohol control measures. 

In 2006 our team joined tobacco control movement participating in the activities of the Russian Anti-Tobacco Coalition. They were taking part in the public discussions of tobacco control legislation at the national and global levels. 

The report of the Public Chamber (Expert NGO Council Advisory to the Government) "Alcohol Abuse in Russia: Social-Economic Consequences and Control Measures", coauthored by Khaltourina and Korotayev, as principal writes was taken as the basis for the "Concept of state policy implementation for alcohol abuse reduction and alcoholism prevention until 2020", adopted by the Government of the Russian Federation in 2009. The report contained all major WHO recommended alcohol control measures, and it was widely cited in media. 

In April, 2009 CPHD experts took part in the round table "Developing effective alcohol control measures", which promoted alcohol control measure recommended by the WHO. 

The experts of our organization took part in the public discussions of the draft federal law "On biomedical cell technologies" in 2010. 

In 2011 we decided to register a Moscow based NGO, and the CPHD was enlisted as a regional Russian nonprofit organization.

The CPHD experts took part in the public discussions on alcohol control policy in Russia in 2011. They participated in the events in the State Duma of Russian Federation, as well as in Expert and Public Councils of Russian Service for Alcohol Market Regulation. 

The CPHD participated in the work of the WHO European Bureau Working Group on the effect of social inequality on public health in 2011.

In 2011-2013, the CPHD took a leading role in the public discussions on the improvement of the Russian tobacco control regulation. They became members of the Coordination Council for Tobacco Control by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, as well as the Public Chamber working groups.

In 2011, the CPHD experts joined the Working Group on Social Policy. They have been taking part in the Working Group for Family and Childhood Issues of the Expert Council by the Government of the Russian Federation since 2012. 

The CPHD  leads the projects on alcohol abuse prevention and tobacco control in several regions of Russian Federation with the support of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives.

Since 2012, CPHD leads anti-tobacco and anti-alcohol project "Common Goal" in Tatarstan with support of the Government of Tatarstan, local medical community and Agency for Strategic Initiatives. 

From 2012, the CPHD has been actively promoting new biomedical technologies to cure degenerative aging processes  at the global level in cooperation with the International Longevity Alliance. 

In 2014, the CPHD experts took part in the work of the UN Open Working Group for the Goals of Sustainable Development with the proposal to include the biology of aging research in the priority list.

Currently, our organization together with other civil society organization leads the Working group to promote innovative methods of to increase healthy longevity with the goal to increase life expectancy in Russia and worldwide.

The CPHD's key activities:

- promotion of the technologies to control degenerative aging processes, long-term prevention of aging-related diseases 

- tobacco control

- struggling excessive mortality due to alcohol abuse

- social policy improvement.