Addressing the Changing Role of National Public Health Institutes

The Tanzanian National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) hosted IANPHI’s Eighth Annual Meeting from September 29 - October 2, 2013, in Arusha. Dr. Mwele Malecela, IANPHI Vice President and Director General of NIMR, welcomed the participants to three days of networking, sharing challenges and solutions with colleagues, and building stronger partnerships.


Click on links below for more details about:

Annual Meeting Agenda
General Assembly Minutes - IANPHI Secretariat: New Challenges and Opportunities
Photo Gallery 



The central theme of this year’s meeting was “Public Health in the Post-2015 Era: The Changing Role of National Public Health Institutes.” It included topics such as NPHI Creation: Learning by Doing, with presentations by: Dr. Austin Mnthambala (Malawi), Dr. Jean de Dieu Ngirabega (Rwanda), and Dr. Elvira Singh (South Africa). Dr. Tim Evans (World Bank) spoke on Strengthening of NPHIs in Developing Countries - Challenges and Opportunities. Other topics included: Global Overview of NCDs; NPHIs in Policy Development; Maternal and Child Health; Infectious Disease Surveillance Systems; Neglected Tropical Diseases and Public Health Legislations.

IANPHI voted on the following member additions and changes. The new institutional members are Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Republic of Korea) and Public Health Institute (Malawi).  The new associate members are National Public Health Institute (Kenya), National Institute of Public Health (Quebec, Canada)Health Laboratories National Institute (Bolivia) and National Preventive Health Agency (Australia)

The assembly also confirmed the following new Executive Board Members:

Dr. Igbal Abukarigr, Public Health Institute (Sudan)
Dr. Amha Kebede, Ethiopian Health & Nutrition Research Institute (Ethiopia)
Dr. Cesar Cabezas, National Institute of Health (Peru)
Dr. L.S. Chauhan, India, National Centre for Disease Control (India)
Dr. Maris Jesse, National Institute for Health Development (Estonia)
Dr. Mahmudur Rahman, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control & Research (Bangladesh) will continue a second term as executive Board member. 

The gathering also included several award presentations. IANPHI was presented the "External Stakeholder's Award" from the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Dr. Wang Yu was given the “IANPHI Exceptional Service Award” for his work in the IANPHI Executive Board, and Tim Evans received the ”Friend of IANPHI Award” for his support to IANPHI from the very beginning of the Association.

Next year’s annual IANPHI meeting will take place in Marrakesh, Morocco, IANPHI's first global meeting in the WHO/EMRO region. 


Public Health Beyond 2015 and IANPHI: The African Challenge - Speaker: Prof.David Mwakyusa, Former Minister of Health (Tanzania) Chair: Dr. Mwele Malecela

Effective Networking for Bio-surveillance for Health Security - work session moderated by Dr. Celia Alpuche, INSP faculty and former director of the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Referral, and Dr. Hugo López-Gatell, INSP director of National Health Surveys 

Global Overview of NCD, Cancers and Tobacco – Speakers: Dr. Kaushik Ramaiya (TDA), Dr. Isabelle Romieu (IARC), Dr. Haik Nikogosian (FCTC), Dr. Ruitai Shao (WHO) Chair: Prof. Pekka Puska

One Health - The collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. Prof. Mark Rweyemamu (Tanzania), Dr. Hugo López-Gatell (Mexico), Prof. Mohammed Hassar (Morocco), Prof. Mahmudur Rahman (Bangladesh) Chair: Prof.Dominic Kambarage Chair: Dr. Sarah Wamala

Strengthening African NPHIs – bilateral collaboration and the role of IANPHI in strengthening NPHIs and emerging technologies for health - Speakers: Dr. Innocent Ujah (Nigeria), Prof. Jorge Machado (Portugal), Dr. Egbal Abukaraig (Sudan), Marcel van Raaij (Netherlands) Chair: Dr. Ilesh Jani

Roles NPHIs in Policy Development: Science and Politics, and Positioning - Speakers: Dr. Maria Erielle Valladares Cardoza (El Salvador), Mark Salter (UK), Dr. Tom Kenyon (US) Chair: Mauricio Hernandez Avila (Mexico)

NPHI Creation: Learning by Doing - Speakers: Dr. Austin Mnthambala (Malawi), Dr. Jean de Dieu Ngirabega (Rwanda), Dr. Elvira Singh (South Africa) Chair: Prof. Mohammed Hassar

Defining IANPHI Strategies for the INSP/InVS Secretariat 2014 - Focus Group Discussion Facilitator: Dr. Hugo Lopez-Gatell (Mexico) Chair: Mauricio Hernández Ávila

Maternal and Child Health - Speakers: Dr. Koheleth Winani (Tanzania), Dr. Zacarias José da Silva (Guinea Bissau), Dr. Amha  Kabede Habtemichael (Ethiopia) Chair: Dr. Teija Kulmala

Infectious Disease Surveillance Systems - Speakers: Prof. Mahmudur Rahman (Bangladesh), Dr. Tsehaynesh Messele (Ethiopia), Dr. Saidi Egwaga (Tanzania) Chair: Dr. Reinhard Burger (Germany)

Neglected Tropical Diseases - Speakers: Prof. Henrique Silveria (Portugal), Dr. Upendo Mwingira (Tanzania), Dr. Banla Kere (Togo), Chair: Dr. Mwelecele Malecela

Public Health Legislations - Presenters: Prof. Pekka Puska (Finland), Prof. Paras Pokharel (Nepal), Fabian Magoma (Tanzania), Lutgard Kagaruki (Tanzania) Chair: Dr. Bashir Noormal

Global Public Health Leaders of Tomorrow-Promoting Strategic Leadership in Public Health Systems - Presenter: Dr. Sarah Wamala (Sweden) Chair: Courtenay Dusenbury

Strengthening of NPHIs in Developing Countries - Challenges and Opportunities - Presenter: Dr. Tim Evans (World Bank) Chair: Dr. Emanuel Oni Idigbe

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