2012 News Archives

RFP: Announcement to Host IANPHI Secretariat

IANPHI members will soon receive a Request for Proposals for member institutes interested in hosting the Secretariat in 2014-2017. »

Request for Proposals to Host IANPHI Secretariat 2014-2017: Documents

The IANPHI Executive Board agreed at the Annual Meeting 2012 in Mexico that the possibility of the relocation of the Secretariat will be explored for execution during the year 2013. As each IANPHI member should be given the possibility to offer their services, please find attached "Request for Proposals (RFP) to Host the IANPHI Secretariat starting 2014", hereby submitted to all members. »

Hello and Goodbye: Secretariat Staff Changes

 IANPHI welcomes and says farewell to several staff members in Helsinki and Atlanta. »

Help Raise Funds for Annual Meeting

The IANPHI Secretariat at THL-Finland proposes that members help raise $80,000 to close the gap in funds needed to support the 2013 annual meeting. »

UK Call for Proposals: African Research Leader Award

Call MRC/DFID African Research Leader scheme 2013

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has now launched a further call to support ‘rising star’ African Research Leaders. »

UVRI Scientific and Mentorship Workshop Yields Results

The Uganda Virus Institute reports that two participants in IANPHI-sponsored scientific writing workshops will present their resulting research papers at the African Society of Laboratory Medicine scientific conference in South Africa in December 2012. In addition, the papers will be published in the African Journal of Laboratory Medicine»

EU Calls for Proposals for EuropAID Funding

IANPHI member institutes from African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries, together with European partners, are encouraged to apply to EuropeAID for funding through the ACP-EU Cooperation Program in Science and Technology. »

Ghana Passes Comprehensive Public Health Legislation

IANPHI’S north-south collaborative approach to strengthening NPHIs in low-resource countries helped inform the first comprehensive public health bill passed by Ghana since gaining independence 50 years ago. »

IANPHI Showcases Project Successes

Five countries, five approaches. The common thread that ran through the project presentations shared by NPHI directors from Nigeria, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Uganda, and Togo is the IANPHi support that has helped build capacity to address health challenges in their countries. »

Transforming Public Health: IANPHI Progress Report 2010-2012

IANPHI continues to improve the world's health by leveraging the experiences and expertise of our member institutes. IANPHI's progress report highlights projects in Bangladesh, China, Guinea-Bissau, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and four Southeast Asia countries. »

IANPHI's 81-Member Network Strengthens Public Health Everywhere, Says IANPHI's New President

National public health institutes (NPHIs) are important instruments for national governments. »

Institute of MedicineWebinar: Global Environmental Health and Sustainable Development Innovation Collaborative Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine

October 18, 2012 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Eastern Time »

Annual Meeting Addresses Obesity, Malnutrition, and Other Public Health Challenges

The Mexico National Institute of Public Health (INSP) hosted IANPHI’s Seventh Annual Meeting Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, 2012 in Mexico City. »


Partnerships, Preparation Critical for a Safer World

Efforts to join with all countries and their governments, research centers, scholars and populations in taking vital steps toward creating a safer world were commended by Dr. Romeo Rodríguez Suárez, head of Mexico’s National Institutes of Health and High Specialty Regional Hospitals Coordinating Commission, when he welcomed 78 of the world’s public health leaders to IANPHI’s seventh annual meeting in Mexico City. »

IANPHI Approves Two New Board Members

National public health institute directors from Mozambique and Mexico have joined IANPHI's policy-making board. »

IANPHI Elects New Leaders

Pekka Puska, director general of Finland's National Institute for Health and Welfare-THL was elected president of IANPHI in October. The new vice president is Mwele Malecela, director of Tanzania's National Institute for Medical Research. »

Libya, Wales Join IANPHI

At the 2012 Annual Meeting, IANPHI members approved membership applications from Wales and Libya, bringing INANPHI membership to 81 institutes from 74 countries. »

INVS, IANPHI Collaborate on New Evaluation Tool

This new tool will help countries recognize the value of NPHIs in countering public health threats, provide benchmarking, and facilitate peer-to-peer evaluation, similar to that recently completed for the China CDC. »

IANPHI/EUROPE Releases Report on Strengthening National Publich Health Institutes of Europe

The European report describes the nature and status of national public health institutes and their components. It identifies actions that would increase their effectiveness in preventing disease and promoting health and wellbeing in response to new challenges in Europe and worldwide.

Nigeria Readying for National Lab Accreditation Effort

Nigeria is taking steps to assure that its more than 5,000 laboratories have quality management systems and meet accepted quality standards. »

EB Proposes New Members, Officers for Policy-Making Board

The IANPHI Executive Board is proposing a slate of two new members, one re-election, and a new position of immediate past president for IANPHI's policy-making board. »

EbolaUVRI Plays Key Role in Confirming Ebola Outbreak in Uganda

Uganda was declared ebola free October 4 but Ugandans have been urged by the Ministry of Health to remain vigilant and uphold control measures. »

Jossey BassFree Electronic Textbooks from Jossey-Bass Public Health

Jossey-Bass Public Health recently posted free books including Basic Epidemiology, Introduction to Biostatistics, Climate Change, and many more. »


ToolkitInterested in creating or strengthening an NPHI? Check out the toolkit. »


BannerSouth American Union Defines Ideal Lab Networks, Supports Regional Cooperation

Strengthening national laboratory networks is essential to providing equal access to health, concluded participants in the Network of National Health Institutes from the South American Union (RINS/UNASUR) who met in April in Petropolis, Brazil, to discuss the development, mutual support, and consolidation of the national networks of health laboratories. »

Finland Secretariat Changing Phone Number

The phone number of IANPHI‘s Helsinki Secretariat at Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) will change on May 9, 2012 to +358 29 524 7034. »

Nominations Open for IANPHI Executive Board and Top Leaders

IANPHI members are invited to nominate candidates for the IANPHI Executive Board and the president and vice president of IANPHI. Nominations must be received by May 15, 2012. »

The Role of Public Health Institutions in Global Health System Strengthening Efforts: The US CDC's Perspective

US CDC's perspective on the role of public health institutions in global health system strengthening efforts. »

Executive Board Meeting in BerlinExecutive Board Meets in Berlin

Reinhard Burger, president of Germany's Robert Koch Institut, hosted the mid-year meeting of the IANPHI Executive Board. »

China CDC Celebrates A Decade of Progress

China CDC’s rapid development and numerous contributions to public health were recently chronicled by an IANPHI team, which at the request of CCDC Director Yu Wang, evaluated the organization’s accomplishments and made recommendations for areas of future development. »

Challenges for an NPI to monitor national public health priority indicators in a context of regionalization: the example of France

Beside its mandate on early warning, threat detection and alert, the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance is responsible for the provision and analysis of many health indicators to monitor France's public health law. »

IANPHI Offers New NPHI-to-NPHI Evaluation Service

Tapping its unparalleled global expertise, IANPHI has created a unique NPHI-to-NPHI evaluation service now available to member institutes, ministries of health, and other government entities interested in an outside assessment of their operations and individual programs or planning for new programs. »


An expert from the UK’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) visited the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) to assess communications needs and collaboratively identify opportunities and strategies for improving UVRI’s communications activities. »

Message from the President

The year 2013 will mark a new phase in IANPHI’s history. Our founding President, Jeff Koplan has recently stepped down after serving two full three year terms. I am sure that everybody in the IANPHI family joins me in thanking Jeff wholeheartedly for what he has done for IANPHI. »

Afghan Survey Shows Significant Improvement in Maternal and Child Health; Challenges Remain

Many more Afghan women are receiving skilled care today during pregnancy and delivery than a decade ago, and more women and children are surviving today than ever before as a result of greater access to health facilities and better care according to the Afghanistan Mortality Survey (AMS). »

Sande AwardDeadline Extended for Merle A. Sande Health Leadership Award

The Merle A. Sande Health Leadership Award is given annually to an outstanding emerging African leader in the field of Infectious diseases. »

IANPHI-Helsinki Seeking Funding Consultant

The International Association for National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) is an umbrella organization currently with 79 member institutes in 74 countries all over the world. The association's Helsinki office is located at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Finland. »

International MPH Program Offering Scholarships to Candidates from Low-Income Countries

Hebrew University in Jerusalem is looking for candidates with demonstrated strong academic ability, some work experience, and the desire to return home to apply and disseminate their acquired knowledge and schools. »

Member Updates

Organizational changes, conferences and meetings and member administration. »

ASCEND Research Network Recruiting Students for Next Training Cycle

The Asian Collaboration for Excellence in Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Control (ASCEND) Research Network is seeking students for its next training cycle. The program uses a combination of face-to-face teaching, online web-based learning, peer support and mentoring methods which allow traininees to participate from wherever they are in the world. »

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Preventing Drug Shortages With Cell Phones in Malawi
Eighty percent of the 13 million Malawians live in rural areas, making delivering health services challenging, especially in remote parts with no roads. Photo courtesy of JSI/cStock.
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Resources now available from The Global Vaccine Summit: More than 300 global leaders, health and development experts, vaccinators, celebrities, philanthropists, and business leaders gathered in Abu Dhabi in the first Global Vaccine Summit
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