Turkey

Refik Saydam National Public Health Agency 

(Ataturk Universitesi)

Cemal Gürsel Cad. No: 18
Sihhiye, Turkey

Seçil ÖZKAN - Director

www.atauni.edu.tr

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Institute Profile

The Refik Saydam Hygiene Center was established in 1928 as an affiliated body of the Ministry of Health and Social Services.  In the beginning the Institution was made up of four departments: Bacteriology, Chemical Analysis, Pharmacology, and Immunology.  To address new health problems, the scope of the Institute's activities were broadened to include incorporation of various laboratories including a hematology lab, a pesticide lab, a mycology lab, and a modernized drug control lab with state-of-the-art devices. By 1982, the School of Public Health joined the Institute.

In 2011, the World Health Organization assisted the Refik Saydam Hygiene Center in successfully launching a microbiology national external quality assessment scheme. This action established a stronger national laboratory quality system for Turkey that benefited both public and private clinical and public health laboratories. 

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Turkey Facts

POPULATION:

74,816,000

SIZE:

783,562 sq km

GDP (USD):

$773.1 billion

AVERAGE INCOME:

$13,420

LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH:

- Coronary Heart Disease
- Stroke
- Cancers
- Lung Disease
- Influenza and Pneumonia

INFANT MORTALITY:

12 deaths/1,000 live births

AVERAGE LIFE SPAN:

Male: 72 
Female: 77

 


Source: WHO, World Bank, World Health Rankings