2022 IANPHI Europe Meeting - Preparing for and Responding to Crises: What Role for National Public Health Institutes?

The 2022 IANPHI Europe Meeting took place on May 19-20, 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia, hosted by the Estonian National Institute for Health Development (Tervise Arengu Instituut). Open to IANPHI member institutes from the European region, it offered in-person and virtual programing.

This year's theme was "Preparing for and Responding to Crises: What Role for National Public Health Institutes?". The meeting offered sessions on the war in Ukraine and its impacts, what COVID-19 taught NPHIs, and preparing for future crises. 

Dr. Ihor Kuzin, Ukraine's deputy minister of Health, addressed his public health colleagues on the first day of the meeting. In a recorded speech, he described the devastating impact of the war on the health of Ukrainians and on the national health system, infrastructure and workforce.

Watch Dr. Kuzin's Address


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Day 1 – Thursday, May 19

Session 1 – Opening Session

  • Welcome from the host institute, Annika Veimer, Director, National Institute for Health Development, Estonia
  • Welcome from Tanel Kiik, Minister of Health and Labour, Estonia
  • Welcome from Prof. Duncan Selbie, President, IANPHI
  • IANPHI Europe Update
    Dr. Trygve Ottersen, Chair, IANPHI Europe Network, Executive Director at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health
  • Keynote Speech from Dr. Gerald Rockenschaub, Regional Emergency Director, WHO Regional Office for Europe
  • Address from Dr. Ihor Kuzin, Deputy Minister of Health, Ukraine, and Dr. Oleksandr Matskov, Deputy Director, Public Health Centre, Ukraine 
  • Public Health Implications of Collective Violence – Setting the Context for the Meeting, Prof. Mark Bellis, Director of Policy and International Health, Public Health Wales, United Kingdom
  • Questions from the Floor and Discussion 

Session 2, Part 1 – The War in Ukraine and its Impacts

  • What are the Urgent Tasks and Needs of an NPHI during War and Conflict?
    Dr. Jarno Habicht, WHO Head of Country Office in Ukraine
  • What is the Role of an NPHI When a Country Receives a Large Number of Refugees?
    Dr. Grzegorz Juszczyk, Director, National Institute of Public Health, Poland
  • Early Reflections on the IANPHI Mission to Poland
    Dr. Fu-Meng Khaw, National Director, Health Protection and Screening, Public Health Wales
  • How Can NPHIs Best Support Each Other and International Partners during Crises?
    Dr. Bjorn Iversen, Senior Medical Officer, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway
  • How Can NPHIs Be Best Prepared for Conflicts?
    George Leahy, Deputy Director for Europe & ECDC, United Kingdom Health Security Agency, United Kingdom
  • Facilitated Discussion

Session 2, part 1 was chaired by Annika Veimer, Director, National Institute for Health Development, Estonia. 

Session 2, Part 2 – Session on the changes in the Health Package in Europe

  • Dr. Stefan Schreck, Head of Unit, Health and Food Safety, European Commission, Belgium

Session 2, part 2 was moderated by Anne-Catherine Viso, Secretary General, IANPHI.

Day 2 – Friday, May 20

Session 3 – What Has COVID-19 Taught NPHIs?

  • Strengthening Information on Health Impacts
    Prof. Hans Brug, Director, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, The Netherlands
  • The Interface Between NPHIs and the Public: To What Extent Can NPHIs Communicate Independently from Governments?
    Prof. Lothar H. Wieler, President, Robert Koch Institute, Germany
  • The Interface Between NPHIs and Knowledge Production, the Link Between Research and Policy Advice, and the Link to Academia and Health Care Services
    Dr. Markku Tervahauta, Director, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
    Dr. John Middleton, President, Association of Schools of Public Health in the
    European Region, ASPHER, Belgium 
  • The Interface Between NPHIs and Politics, Can and Should the Two be Separated?
    Prof. Silvio Brusaferro, President, Istituto Superiore di Sanitá, Italy
  • Facilitated Discussion
  • Launch of the COVID-19 Lessons Learned Report of IANPHI
    Dr. Jean-Claude Desenclos, Strategic Adviser, IANPHI, and Dr. Quentin Sandifer, Strategic Adviser, IANPHI

Session 3 was chaired by Prof. Geneviève Chêne, Chief Executive, Santé publique France, France.

Session 4 - Preparing for future crises

  • The final session will continue the previous discussions and look ahead to consider the transformative ways in which NPHIs might need to change to be more effective responders to crises, and asks what roles they should and could perform. It will also look at the wider opportunities for NPHIs to engage in public policy as key public health agencies in preparing for and responding to future crises.
  • NPHIs in the Future
    Dr. Andrea Ammon, Director, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, ECDC
    Prof. Amanda Shriwise, Consultant, World Health Organization, currently based in the Venice Office for Investment for Health and Development
    Dr. Camilla Stoltenberg, Director, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway

Session 4 was chaired by Dr. Trygve Ottersen and Dr. Quentin Sandifer.

  • Facilitated Discussion
  • Closing Remarks
    Prof. Duncan Selbie, President, IANPHI
    Dr. Trygve Ottersen, Chair, IANPHI Europe Network

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