Public Health Leaders from over 20 Zika Affected Countries Convene

April 13-14, 2016, Rio de Janerio Brazil 

When the Zika epidemic was declared a global emergency by WHO last February, Brazil's FIOCRUZ and its neighboring countries were already well aware and hard at work on original research, education and testing of the virus. 
A mere three months later and we have the directors and heads from over 20 Zika affected country NPHIs, as well as partnering organizations convened to discuss the social and economic impacts in the affected regions

This meeting, largely made possible by Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and co-supported by IANPHI is deomonstrative of the global health necessity for supportive networking among National Public Health Institutes, as diseases do not recognize national borders. 

For more information on IDB's support for Latin American and Caribbean countries' efforts to control and prevent infections with the Zika virus see, IDB announces support for the fight against Zika

2016 marks a milestone for IANPHI, as we celebrate a decade of creating, connecting and transforming our now 100+ strong NPHI membership all over the world to address public health needs, epidemics and outbreaks such as Zika (2016), Ebola (2014) and H1N1 (2009). 

Zika Virus: Epidemic Challenges and the Road Ahead meeting convened to collaborate on key questions:

  • What is the latest research?
  • What is the optimal surveillance approach beyond counting confirmed cases?
  • What are the lessons learned?
  • Are more guidelines for prevention in pregnant or potentially pregnant women needed?
  • What is needed to strengthen laboratory networking?
  • How can we harmonize the diagnosis techniques?
  • What are the outbreak research priorities and approaches?