2011 News Archives

In the inaugural distinguished guest lecture at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Research Director Oni Idigbe said the world is at the verge of losing the battle against TB as current global control efforts have been significantly retarded by HIV/AIDS and the emergence of XDR-TB. He traced efforts to curb TB in Nigeria. »
The fundraising consultant position is being sought by IANPHI's Helsinki Secretariat. »

Japan Still Feeling Effects of Triple Disaster

A study on health conditions—both chronic and communicable diseases as well as mental health—revealed a high incidence of insomnia and other sleeping disorders, especially among the elderly. »

Turkey NPHI Responds to Earthquakes

The Refik Saydam National Public Health Agency sent a mobile laboratory and a team the Van province in eastern Turkey after it was hit by two earthquakes this fall. »

Emory and U.S. CDC Partner to Continue Building Global Public Health Network with $6 Million Grant

Emory University’s Global Health Institute has received a three-year, $6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. »

Service AwardPathom Sawanpanyalert and Paulo Buss Win Exceptional Service Awards

IANPHI awarded exceptional service awards at the 2011 Annual Meeting to Pathom Sawanpanyalert, director of the Thai NIH. and to Paulo Buss, former president of Brazil’s FIOCRUZ. »

Ilesh JaniPoint-of-care CD4 Testing May Reduce Pretreatment Loss to Follow-up, Says Mozambique Study in Lancet

Point-of-care CD4 cell count testing helps identify patients eligible for antiretroviral treatment, according to a Mozambique study recently published in the Lancet. The lead author is Ilesh Jani, director of Mozambique's National Institute of Health. »

Thailand FloodsThailand NIH Responds during Record Floods

Thai National Institute of Health worked to ensure a surveillance system (including detection and response) for possible communicable diseases in shelters or locations where people congregate. »


IANPHI Meeting2011 IANPHI Annual Meeting Attracts World's Public Health Leaders

(Helsinki, Finland) Public health leaders from around the world gathered in late fall 2011 to explore topics that ranged from concerns about the growing prevalence of noncommunicable diseases to HPV vaccines and NPHI response to disasters--in particular the recent experiences of Japan and Germany. »

Dues Increase Will Help Sustain IANPHI's Future

By a large majority, IANPHI members endorse the organization's efforts to become more self-sufficient in 2012. »

IANPHI Approves New Board Members

Five new members from Canada, Germany, Morocco, Tanzania and the United Kingdom have joined IANPHI's policy-making board. »

IANPHI Welcomes Four New Institutes

The addition of three new institutional members and one associate member raises total IANPHI membership to 80 institutes from 74 countries. »

participantsBangladesh Scientists Sharpen Writing and Mentorship Skills

Scientists at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control & Research produced scientific abstracts and learned about how to mentor other scientists during workshop sponsored by IANPHI's Mentorship Program. »

Global Health Delivery Project case studies examine principles of health care delivery in resource-poor settings

The multidisciplinary body of work spans 13 countries and addresses the complexity of delivering life-saving health care technologies and care. »

EB Proposes Five New Members for Policy-Making Board

Five new members for IANPHI's policy-making board will be voted on September 25, 2011, by IANPHI's full membership during the General Assembly at the 2011 Annual meeting in Helsinki. »

2011 IANPHI Executive Board Midyear Meeting

Bangkok, Thailand, May 1-2, 2011. »

IANPHI Executive Board Holds Midyear Meeting

The IANPHI Executive Board met in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 1-2, 2011 to plan for the Sixth Annual Meeting, discuss IANPHI's new dues structure, and consider the future of the organization. »

Nominations Open for IANPHI Executive Board

IANPHI members are invited to nominate candidates for the IANPHI Executive Board. Nominations are due by July 1, 2011. »

Comprehensive NPHI Moves Forward in Morocco with help of IANPHI grant

A $200,000 IANPHI grant will support a transformative effort, coordinated by Dr. Rajae El Aouad, to bring together Morocco’s major public health agencies, including Institute Pasteur, the National Institute of Hygiene, and the National Poison Control Center, into a new National Institute of Public Health. »

China CDCIANPHI to Help China CDC Plan for Future

China CDC Director Wang Yu has enlisted IANPHI’s help in a comprehensive review of his institute’s progress, challenges, and strategic direction for the future. »

Guidelines for Biosafety Laboratory Competency Issued by US CDC and the Association of Public Health Laboratories

U.S. CDC and the Association of Public Health Laboratories have issued guidelines for biosafety laboratory competency at the three highest biosafety levels (BSLs 2, 3, and 4). »

The Gates Foundation is requesting Letters of Intent by May 6, 2011, on the Impact of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative on strengthening routine Immunization and primary health care.

Over the past two decades, tremendous progress has been made toward the eradication of polio. In 1988, when the World Health Assembly established the goal of eradicating the disease and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched, wild poliovirus was endemic in 125 countries and about 350,000 people, primarily young children, were paralyzed by polio annually. »

Morocco Rabies Awareness PosterNPHIs need to develop diagnostic capacities for rabies using tools for molecular biology

See presentation to the AfroReb Network »


Guinnea-Bisseau INASAOfficial INASA Opening Promises Healthier Future in Guinea-Bissau

With a plan in hand and against all odds, war-torn Guinea Bissau – which has not traditionally been the focus of donors – has been able to attract resources and virtually transform its capacity within a few short years. »

Adelosa MusaReducing Chronic Diseases in Nigerian Slums

An IANPHI-funded study is studying lifestyles and prevalence of chronic diseases in poverty-stricken areas such as the Makoko slum in Lagos, Nigeria. IANPHI fellowship recipient Adelosa Musa learned how to design better studies and Influence policies that promote healthy lifestyles. »


Desen/AbibaIANPHI Names New Mentor-Mentee Pair from France and Togo

Public health leaders from France and Togo have teamed up as the newest participants in IANPHI’s Mentorship Program. Dr. Jean-Claude Desenclos, scientific director of France’s Institut de Veille Sanitaire (InVS), will help Abiba Banla, director of Togo’s National Institute of Hygiene (INH), as she leads her nation’s efforts to create a new NPHI. » 

Japan EarthquakeResponse to Triple-Threat Public Health Crisis in Japan

Countries, international organizations, and other partners from around the world are rushing to Japan's aid after a 9.0 earthquake, a devastating tsunami, and potential nuclear crisis. These websites can provide timely updates. »

New IANPHI Grants Will Lead to More Informed Health Policies

IANPHI has awarded eight new grants to seven member countries, funding projects that range from improving perinatal care in Nigeria and controlling arboviruses in Uganda to strengthening Serbia’s ability to respond to public health emergencies. »

New Grand Challenges Explorations topics announced. Gates Foundation seeks proposals for innovative global health solutions.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 7 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health solutions. »

CDCs for the WorldCDCs for the World: Without a strong public health system, how can any country respond to its biggest health challenges?

IANPHI is helping low-resource countries build the infrastructure they need. Read more in Emory Health Magazine. »


CDC Links Science and Action at 2010 IANPHI Annual Meeting

Public health leaders from nearly 50 countries gathered in Atlanta with a common goal: establishing partnerships to significantly reduce death and disease globally. »

Rift Valley Fever Confirmed in South Africa

Three farmers and farm workers had direct contact in late January with slaughtered livestock. A widespread outbreak of RVF affected eight of South Africa's nine provinces in 2010 and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has revised its Health Care Workers Handbook on RVF in an effort to further contain the disease. »

New African Journal of Laboratory MedicineNew African Journal of Laboratory Medicine Announced

Published by the African Society for Laboratory Medicine, the new journal will take a broad perspective on the role of laboratory and laboratorians in clinical care and public health efforts. »