Press Release: 2022 IANPHI Annual Meeting

Leaders from National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) worldwide are in Stockholm this week to attend the annual meeting of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), hosted by the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

The meeting opened today in the presence of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. The Swedish minister for Social Affairs and Public Health, Jakob Forssmed, delivered a keynote speech in front of over 200 in-person and remote participants from 75 countries. 

Discussions this week will center on the multiple crises confronting humanity now; crises with global reach and global public health effects, which often exacerbate health inequalities. Annual meeting participants will focus on the way forward and how NPHIs can apply the lessons learned from COVID-19 to address other health threats and support countries to protect their populations’ health and improve health equity.

A statement summarizing the conclusions of the meeting is expected to be released after the closing session on Friday, December 2.

Prof. Duncan Selbie and Dr. Karin Tegmark Wisell will brief the press about the meeting and its expected conclusions on Friday, December 2 at 12.00 in central Stockholm. Please email Jon Pelling, press secretary at the Public Health Agency of Sweden ( to sign up to attend. 


The International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) collectively builds public health capacity and capabilities by connecting, developing and strengthening National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) worldwide. IANPHI is the only global organization that strengthens NPHIs using an evidence-based international framework for development, a peer-to-peer model and targeted investments.  

Created in 2006 with 39 founding members, IANPHI has 115 members from 98 countries after five new members joined today from Bostwana, Greece, Jordan, Montenegro and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The IANPHI Secretariat is hosted by Santé publique France, the national public health agency of France, and funded by IANPHI members. The IANPHI U.S. Office is hosted by Emory University’s Global Health Institute in Atlanta and funded through a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The current president of IANPHI is Professor Duncan Selbie, former chief executive of Public Health England. Earlier this year, IANPHI signed a memorandum of understanding with the World Health Organization to strengthen public health functions and health emergency preparedness.

Learn more about IANPHI or read our introductory brochure.

About National Public Health Institutes

National public health institutes (NPHIs) are science-based organizations that provide national leadership and coordination for public health, often under the ministry of health or closely attached to it. They vary in scope and size. Their core public health functions often include: 

  • Evaluation and analysis of health status 
  • Public health surveillance, problem investigation, and control of risks and threats to public health 
  • Reduction of the impact of emergencies and disasters on health 
  • Public health research 
  • Human resource development and training 
  • Public health laboratory services
About the Public Health Agency of Sweden

The Public Health Agency of Sweden works to improve public health and foster health equity on a national level and to protect the population against communicable diseases and other health threats. The Agency is actively engaged in international public health collaborations and has several ongoing projects to increase the capacity in public health agencies in different countries. Together with  

Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the agency is supporting Somalia in the establishment of a National Institute of Health for Somalia.

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PHAS: Jon Pelling, press secretary, 

IANPHI: Marie Deveaux, communications manager, 

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