Developing Strategies to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

November 20-24, 2016--IANPHI’s tools and its members’ successes were amongst the international best practices discussed by public health experts during a November 20-24 meeting in Bellagio, Italy.  The 20-member group, which included Pekka Puska (Founding Vice President, former President and current Executive Board member) and Courtenay Dusenbury (Director of the U.S. Office), developed strategies for public health practice strengthening as a way to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Participating institutions included World Health Organization leadership, the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research at WHO Headquarters, CDC, USAID, Johns Hopkins University, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FioCruz) of Brazil, and Makerere University of Uganda. Officials from ministries of health of Mozambique, India, Sri Lanka, and Qatar attended.

It is clear that national public health institutes, with their leadership role in public health, will be major contributors to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Courtenay Dusenbury, Director, IANPHI
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IANPHI case studies, tools and performance measurement approaches were shared as ways to develop nationally-owned capacity for public health, particularly in lower resource countries.  Meeting participants have already produced lectures and a curated library documenting practical experience, checklists, and measurement methods.  Later this year they will release a white paper on strengthening public health practice for use by public health agencies, ministries, development partners, and practitioners. The conference was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research of the WHO, and the Future Health Systems consortium, which is supported by DFID.  “We appreciated the opportunity to share our members’ experiences and best practices for assessing and developing their capacity,” said Courtenay Dusenbury.  “It is clear that national public health institutes, with their leadership role in public health, will be major contributors to the Sustainable Development Goals.”

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