Evaluating Capacity in Peru


December 3, 2016 | Peru 

The National Institute of Health of Peru’s (INS) 720 staff in seven departments is dedicated to monitoring and improving the health of Peruvians. After reading about IANPHI’s new “Peer-to-Peer Evaluation Tool” and its successful use at the Scientific Institute of Public Health in Belgium and the National Institute for Public Health & the Environment in the Netherlands, INS Director Dr. Ernesto Gozzer invited the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) to evaluate its capacity and make strategic recommendations on the future of the Institute. 

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The evaluation team consisted of National Public Health leaders from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain and the United States including Ezra Barzilay (U.S. CDC); Isabel Noger (Carlos III Health Institute, Spain); Felix Rosenberg and Sebastian Tobar (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz-  Fiocruz-Brazil), Mauricio Beltran Duran (National Institute of Health, Colombia);  Lissette Navas (National Institute for Research on Nutrition and Health - INCIENSA, Costa Rica); and, Courtenay Dusenbury (IANPHI U.S. Office). 

INS has extraordinary capacity and opportunity to improve the health of Peru's citizens and the Institutes' work in nutrition and other areas should be a model for the region.

Felix Rosenberg, Team Lead from Fundação Oswaldo Cruz- Fiocruz-Brazil
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“We thought that this was a great example of international collaboration,” said Courtenay Dusenbury. “The team used the IANPHI Peer-to-Peer Evaluation Tool to assess essential public health capacity and make recommendations for future strategies,” she noted. 

The team visited INS’ dedicated anti-venom production center, which develops antidotes for spider and snake bites.  peruThey were impressed by the INS’ National Center for Biological Products and National Center for Quality Control, both of which are international leaders in their respective areas of expertise. They also learned about the nutrition surveillance/reporting being done by INS to combat nutrition challenges in Peru, including malnutrition and obesity. A meeting with stakeholders showed the influence INS has in the country and the potential for future collaborations with universities and the private sector. 

Team leader Felix Rosenberg noted that INS, "… has extraordinary capacity and opportunity to improve the health of Peru's citizens and the Institutes' work in nutrition and other areas should be a model for the region. Increasing its scope in evidence to action work in public health is a key recommendation."