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IANPHI works with a network of dedicated partners, each bringing their special expertise and contributions to support and advocate for strong public health systems and National Public Health Institutes (NPHI). These global health organizations, government agencies, businesses, foundations, associations and individuals are vital to the development and operation of our programs, and we are grateful to each for their guidance and assistance. 

Foundation partners

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided a one-year planning grant to establish IANPHI and in 2006 awarded a $20 million, 5-year implementation grant to launch and conduct project activities. In late 2011, the foundation continued its support with a $6 million grant to further develop a model for strengthening national public health institutes globally.

The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation funded the initial meeting of directors of national public health institutes in 2002 that led to the establishment of IANPHI.

Historical partners

Dr. David Heymann

Dr. David Heymann, a world-renowned public health leader, supported the IANPHI Mentorship Program from 2009 to 2012. He very generously donated his entire $250,000 award from the Heinz Family Foundation, which he received for his efforts to help the world prepare for widespread infectious diseases. Dr. Heymann is a former World Health Organization Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment and representative of the Director-General for Polio eradication. He also worked for 13 years as a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is the author of an article published in the Journal of Public Health Policy describing why he believes in National Public Health Institutes (NPHI).

The IANPHI Mentorship Program advanced IANPHI’s goals by supporting and nurturing the current and future leaders of NPHIs in low-resource countries. The six mentor-mentee partnerships developed over the three years of the program yielded demonstrable gains in leadership, organizational development, institutional capacity building, and skills building that benefited not only the individual mentees but also the institutes themselves.   

Public Health Agency of Sweden

In 2014-2015, the Public Health Agency of Sweden supported the IANPHI Leadership Academy, a leadership development initiative tailored to current and emerging leaders in African IANPHI-member institutes. The goal of the IANPHI Leadership Academy was to provide personal leadership development tools and institutional leadership strategies for NPHI executive teams. The faculty were comprised of members of the IANPHI Secretariat, the Public Health Agency of Sweden, and the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research. The six-month course included two workshops: one held in November 2014 and hosted by the National Institute of Health in Maputo, Mozambique, and the other held in February 2015 and hosted by the National Institute of Medical Research in Dar es Salaam. The initiative also received the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation along with local support from the National Institute of Health of Mozambique and the National Institute of Medical Research of Tanzania. 

Global public health partners

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO), a founding partner of IANPHI, provides ongoing technical expertise and support to the organization. WHO has been engaged with IANPHI since 2005 to establish a set of collaborative partnership activities directed towards the mutual goal of strengthening public health capacity, both nationally and globally. To date, 18 IANPHI members also function as WHO collaborating centers, further reinforcing the relationship between WHO and IANPHI.


Since 2017, IANPHI has been an active member of WHO Europe’s (WHO EURO) Coalition of Partners (CoP) to strengthen essential public health services and capacities across the European Region. IANPHI's collaboration with WHO EURO's Division of Health Systems and Public Health in particular has flourished.

IANPHI and WHO EURO are organizing joint workshops every year, which usually take place immediately after the IANPHI Europe Regional Network meetings (Ukraine, 2017; Poland, 2018; Moldova, 2019). WHO EURO and the WHO Country Office in Ukraine also collaborated to a 2009 workshop on the Staged Development Tool.

International Agency for research on Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization. Its objective is to promote international collaboration in cancer research, to provide the scientific evidence-base for the adoption of effective public health strategies for cancer control. The Agency also provides training in cancer research through its courses and fellowships. IARC has a particular focus in conducting research in low resource countries through partnerships and collaborations with researchers in these regions.

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

In 2018, IANPHI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). ASPPH is the voice of academic public health, representing schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. ASPPH’s mission is to advance leadership, excellence, and collaboration in public health education, research, and practice. The MoU establishes a formal relationship with the interest of strengthening academic public health, workforce development, and sharing expertise. IANPHI and ASPPH are to work together on the promotion and organization of workshops, conferences and training seminars, the development of projects, and the dissemination of activities. 

Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

At the 2019 IANPHI Annual Meeting in Ethiopia, a Letter of Intent for a public health partnership between the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IANPHI was signed by Africa CDC Director John Nkengasong and IANPHI President André van der Zande. The agreement formalizes a long-term, fruitful relationship that started when Africa CDC was founded in 2017. Through this agreement, IANPHI and Africa CDC pledge to support one another’s mission and vision, to support one another in reducing the international disease burden and in improving population health in Africa, by helping build and strengthen African NPHIs. 

In recent years, IANPHI supported several Africa CDC projects including their website, first two annual reports, newsletters, and other marketing materials. Africa CDC contributed to the organization and hosting IANPHI’s annual meeting in December, and the Africa CDC Institute for Workforce Development, established in partnership with Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, also held a leadership and management training for African NPHI directors. 

IANPHI and Africa CDC also collaborated with NPHIs to produce two framework documents: Framework for Development of NPHIs in Africa and Providing a Legal Framework for an NPHI.

Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region

At the 2019 IANPHI Annual Meeting in Ethiopia, the IANPHI General Assembly approved a MoU between IANPHI and the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), an independent European organization dedicated to improving education and training of public health professionals in Europe. The MoU aims to build workforce capacity at all levels in order to strengthen public health systems, and includes supporting the quality assurance of public health education and training through the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA)

Recognizing the importance of the public health workforce to ensure that a NPHI is able to deliver the public health functions in its remit, IANPHI is supporting ASPHER efforts in developing workforce capacity in the Europe region. In the context of WHO EURO’s Coalition of Partners initiative, IANPHI has contributed from its network an expert review of the core competencies for public health workforce development (ECO-FPHW) and a Road Map for Professionalization.

Private-sector partners 


HDR, the world's largest science and technology design and architectural firm, provides technical expertise for IANPHI's NPHI creation projects through its philanthropic initiative, Design 4 Others (D4O)

D4O’s projects with IANPHI include a strategic planning workshop at the Uganda Virus Research Institute helping them improve their overall capabilities, a peer-review of the Myanmar Training Facility design, a new building for the National Institute of Health in Mozambique, and the development of a concept design for a facility to house the National Institute of Health of Guinea Bissau.


The architects at Perkins+Will, a global leader in sustainable architecture and design, have donated services such as helping plan an emergency operations center at the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute (EHNRI).

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