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IANPHI spearheads improvements in national public health systems through peer-to-peer evaluation and peer-to-peer assistance, grant support and efforts focused on advocacy for national public health institutes (NPHI), collaboration, and sustainability. 

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IANPHI provides direct funding to governments in low-income countries to build and strengthen national public health capacity through development of NPHIs. IANPHI's grant portfolio includes three types of projects: 

  • NPHI-to-NPHI evaluation of an institute's operations and individual programs or planning for new programs,
  • Long-term engagements to establish new NPHIs or transform existing institutes into more comprehensive NPHIs,
  • Targeted assistance to boost capacity of NPHIs.


IANPHI helps all of the world’s NPHIs by advocating for strong and well-supported NPHIS. IANPHI facilitates alliances among NPHIs and with strategic partners to catalyze support and investments for national public health systems.

IANPHI researches, assesses, and writes about the important role of national public health institutes in improving health outcomes. We focus on national public health systems strengthening and are a major contributor to the literature in this field. In addition to our theoretical work, IANPHI also develops benchmarks and tools that countries, NPHIs, and peer-assistance teams use to assess, develop, and improve NPHIs and optimize delivery of core public health functions. The IANPHI Framework for the Creation and Development of National Public Health Institutes, developed through a task force of IANPHI members and approved by its General Assembly in 2006, provides a road map for those interested in creating or strengthening NPHIs.

IANPHI has also developed a series of tools for NPHIs:

  • Case studies to illustrate the varied historical and political beginnings of key NPHIs. These case studies provide new perspectives on the various ways in which public health has developed in nations around the world. These perspectives and the personal insights of the institute directors who were interviewed for the studies are helpful when considering expanding or improving NPHIs and are a unique source of benchmarking information.
  • Best Practices to provide suggestions for NPHIs on a range of topics related to internal-facing issues, such as those related to leadership and management.
  • The Staged Development Tool to help NPHIs assess their current capacity and develop a roadmap for achieving a higher level of functioning.


IANPHI is a professional association for NPHI directors, fostering a community of public health leadership dedicated to knowledge sharing, collaboration, and cooperation. By linking the assets and leadership of NPHIs around the world, IANPHI provides a platform for collective action and shared solutions in addressing public health challenges and opportunities. The common history, knowledge, and expertise of our member institutes are a powerful force for transforming public health around the world.