History

First envisioned in 2001 by Jeffrey Koplan (former director of the US CDC and IANPHI past president) and Pekka Puska (director general of Finland’s National Institute of Public Health and Welfare – THL and IANPHI immediate past president), IANPHI was supported through initial grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The association was chartered in 2006 with a $20 million, five-year grant through Emory University from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

IANPHI was formally launched at its first annual meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with 39 founding members. With a current membership of 100 directors from 88 countries, IANPHI continues to expand the network and operationalize an ambitious agenda of collaboration, service, and advocacy. 

Jeffery Koplan and Pekka Puska

Jeffrey Koplan and Pekka Puska

Milestones

2006 

• Launch IANPHI - an unprecedented alliance to strengthen global public health

• Receive $20 million Gates Foundation grant through Emory University

2007

• Develop 17 projects to improve NPHI capacity in low-resource countries

• Publish Framework and Toolkit for creating NPHIs

2008

• Increase membership to more than 60 institutes

2010

• Grow membership to 76 national public health institutes and associate members

2011

• Fund and develop 10 long-term institute-strengthening projects

• Increase membership to 79 national public health institutes and associate members in 74 countries,benefitting 79% of the world's population

• Receive $6 million Gates Foundation grant through Emory to collaborate with US CDC in capacity building projects in four low-resource countries

2012

• Increase membership to 86 national public health institutes and associate members in 77 countries