2011 IANPHI Annual Meeting: Towards Strong and Connected Public Health Institutes


Public health leaders from around the world gathered in Helsinki, Finland, in late fall 2011 to explore topics ranging from the growing prevalence of noncommunicable diseases and associated tobacco risk factors to maternal health, HPV vaccines, and NPHI response to disasters.


Attending were national public health institute directors from 50 countries plus representatives from the World Health Organization and other IANPHI partners who participated in technical sessions, networking, and sharing experiences to strengthen capacity and prevent and respond to health threats.

During the business meeting, the General Assembly of members welcomed four new institutes. Three institutes were approved for full membership: 

Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency will be an associate member of IANPHI. 

With the addition of four new institutes to its growing roster, IANPHI’s membership now numbers 79 institutes from 74 countries. Since its founding in 2006, IANPHI has more than doubled its membership. IANPHI members represent Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas and almost 5.5 billion people or 79% of the world’s population.

During the meeting, IANPHI also approved five new members of the Executive Board. The 11-member policy-making board provides policy oversight from respected leaders of national public health institutes from around the world. The new members are:

  • David Butler Jones, Canada (chief public health officer, Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • Reinhard Burger, Germany (president, Robert Koch Institute)
  • Rajae El Aouad, Morocco (director, National Institute of Hygiene)
  • Mwele Ntuli Malecela, Tanzania (director-general, National Institute for Medical Research)
  • Justin McCracken, UK (chief executive, Health Protection Agency)

IANPHI is grateful to these retiring members of the Executive Board and thanks them for their tireless energy and dedication to strengthening and linking the world's public health institutes: 

  • Mohammed Hassar, Morocco (former director, Pasteur Institute)
  • Tsehaynesh Messele, Ethiopia (former director, Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Institute)
  • Pathom Sawanpanyalert, Thailand (director, National Institute of Health)
  • Geir Stene-Larsen, Norway (director, Norweigian Institute of Public Health)
  • Jane Wilde, Ireland (former director, Institute of Public Health)

See the 2011 Annual Meeting Agenda

See the 2011 General Assembly Agenda

See the Participant List

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Presentations

International Public Health Instrument for NCDs and National Public Health Institutes – the Experience of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco

Haik Nikogosian, WHO - Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Tanja Knezevic, Serbia - Implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Republic of Serbia

Arash Rashidian, Iran - Evidence and Policies for Reducing Smoking in Iran

Mario Henry Rodriguez, Mexico - Participation of the NIPH in the implementation of FCTC in Mexico

Innocent Ujah, Nigeria - WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control - Efforts Made by Nigeria

Maternal Health

Heli Bathija - Achieving MDG5: reducing maternal mortality and achieving universal access to reproductive health 

Mika Gissler, Research Professor, THL, Finland - Maternal Health in Finland

Chhea Chhorvann, Cambodia - Maternal Health In Cambodia 

Elias Sory, Ghana

Global challenge of NCD monitoring and surveillance

Sergei Boytsov, Russia - Global challenge of NCD monitoring and surveillance

Pekka Puska, Finland - NCD Monitoring and NPHIs

Miroslaw J. Wysocki, Poland - Iceberg Phenomenon in Epidemiology

Janchiv Oyunbileg, Mongolia - Mongolia: NCD Monitoring and Surveiilance

Mwele Ntuli Malecela, Tanzania - NCDS in Tanzania

HPV vaccines and screening in prevention of cervical cancer

Pekka Nieminen, Chief Physician, Helsinki University Hospital, Finland - Prevention and management of the HPV, the Finnish perspective

Andre N. Van der Zande, Netherlands

José Pereira-Miguel, Portugal - Prevention of cervical cancer in Portugal

Lital Keinan Boker, Israel - Cervical Cancer and HPV in Israel

Monitoring and Surveillance of Infectious Diseases

Mahmudur Rahman, Bangladesh - Surveillance in Bangladesh

Ilesh V. Jani, Mozambique - Opportunities to Learn and Build from Disease Specific Activities

Brazil - Epidemiological transition in Brasil between 1930 and 2009

Bashir Noormal, Afghanistan - Diseases Surveillance & Early warning System in Afghanistan

IANPHI Partnerships for Strengthened Public Health Infrastructures

Heidi Hautala, Minister for International Development, Finland

Prof. C. Anderson Johnson, Claremont University, LA, USA 

Matt Hanson, Program Officer, Vaccine Delivery, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

Ramesh Shademani, Technical Officer, WHO, Switzerland

Marc Sprenger, Director, ECDC, Netherlands

Keizo Takemi, Fellow, Sasakaw Memorial Health Foundation, Japan

Plenary: Social Determinants of Health

Sarah Wamala, Sweden - Social Determinants of Health

Mohammed Hassar, Morocco - Social Determinants of Health

Marija Seljak, Slovenia - Health Inequities in Slovenia

Plenary: Role of NPHIs in Public Health Crisis

Mario Henry Rodriguez, Mexico - Role of NPHIs in Public Health Crisis

Reinhard Burger, Germany

Kenji Hayashi, Japan -  Japan, NPHI Response to the Tsunami

Peter Bloland, USA

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