10 Years

Creating. Connecting. Transforming.

Achievements of the First Decade

 Since 2006, IANPHI's membership has increased from 39 NPHIs to 108. Our members are the reason for our success: they have provided technical expertise for the development of IANPHI's tools, including the Framework for the Development and Strengthening of NPHIs, a Peer-to-Peer Evaluation Initiative and others, are the international gold standard for NPHI assessment and capacity building. And they are the technical experts and partners behind over 61 investment projects, including assisting 18 countries to envision and create new NPHIs.



IANPHI Members Around the World.  

What IANPHI Does

The International Association of National Public Health Institutes links and strengthens National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) - the government agencies responsible for public health. IANPHI improves the world's health by leveraging the experience and expertise of its member institutes to build new NPHIs and strengthen existing ones. Our 108 members represent 93 countries and benefit 5 billion people on 4  continents.

How We Do It

We create, using an internationally-recognized framework to help countries to assess national capacity and to develop a long-term vision and implementation plan for their own NPHI, using our unique tools and drawing on the financial and technical resources of IANPHI members and partners. We connect, by "twinning" younger or emerging NPHIs with more experienced ones and by sharing best practices information and technical support through an unprecedented global network. By strengthening countries' public health infrastructure, especially in low-resource nations, we transform health and the ability to respond to health risks in countries, regions, and worldwide.


Why IANPHI Matters

IANPHI's unique focus on national public health institutes has led to measurable improvements in capacity including outbreak surveillance and response for Ebola, Zika, and other urgent threats that require swift, comprehensive public health cooperation across borders. IANPHI members also exchange best practices and technical capacity for major threats to public health such as tobacco use and injury, and risk factors for chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. The partnership between our members - and our holistic approach to developing comprehensive institutes rather than investing in vertical disease programs - makes us unique.

NPHI Members
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What Is a National Public Health Institute?

A NPHI is a science-based agency or network, operating as part of the government, which provides national leadership and expertise for public health. A country with a comprehensive NPHI can address traditional and growing public health problems, such as those related to unintended injuries and child and maternal health, and simultaneously respond quickly and effectively to public health emergencies and threats such Ebola and Zika.


We are dedicated to helping countries build or develop their own public health organizations, using a unique comprehensive conceptual framework and drawing on the financial and technical resources of IANPHI members and partners. We create, connect, and transform national public health institutes through a global and still-growing network of 100+ members in 88 countries on four continents. As we enter our second decade, other countries are queued up to join this unprecedented worldwide network.

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My Network, My Community

Since 2006, IANPHI has envisioned a robust, global network of NPHIs taking action to address the critical public health issues facing the world today. Elemental to IANPHI’s work is strong leadership and champions of its vision; individuals who believe in IANPHI’s potential for impact. Through the Executive Board, working groups peer-to-peer activities and elected positions, members lead this active robust international community. IANPHI leaders share the impact they have seen the organization make over the course of its first decade.



Mwele Malacela: Tanzania

"Initially I felt like there was such a variation in where the leaders came from, we probably didn't have the same issues and the same problems. And then I came to realize that most of the issues were exactly the same. There were just different levels, different diseases, different conditions that we were working on... All these were things that across the board needed to be addressed. It is very good to be part of this community of public health leaders where you share these different experiences, and also share solutions and best practices."


Mauricio Hernandez-Avilla

"IANPHI is a very powerful organization. Our network includes key NPHIs that have dealt with epidemics and helped shape public health response in the world - saving many lives. Jeff Koplan dealt with anthrax as director of US CDC; Wang Yu as head of China CDC led the response to H7N7 epidemic; Reinhard Burger's team at Germant's Robert Koch Institute responded to Germany's E. coli outbreak... IANPHI's strength is that it brings together these people and many others to share their expertise with the rest of IANPHI's membership so that we all can be better prepared for the next epidemic."

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David Butler-Jones: Canada

"I'm deeply committed to IANPHI. It brings together heads of key national organizations responsible for public health around the world so its members can build those relationships and share information. As a complementary organization to the work of WHO, there's no better forum than IANPHI to bring together the experience and technical expertise of NPHIs to meet the policy and practical challenges that we all face to varying degrees. IANPHI is one of those organizations in my view that, if it didn't exist, you'd want to create it. I think it's absolutely essential."

IANPHI Milestones

Click through the timeline below to view IANPHI's milestones over the last 10 years.

Global Preparedness: EBOLA

Partnering to Address Threats

The international scientific community established by IANPHI- unique in its focus on national public health institutes - links and empowers the NPHIs to share information and use their collective history, knowledge, and expertise to address shared public health issues. The community gives all members, no matter their level of development, the collective power to advocate for public health and to tackle public health concerns. The result has often been transformative, with an impact extending beyond borders.

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Tools for the Next Generation: IANPHI Leadership Academy

Launched in 2014 through the generous support from Sweden's National Institute of Public Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with local support from the National Institute of Mozambique and the National Institute of Medical Research of Tanzania, the IANPHI Leadership Academy aims to foster excellence and best practices in leadership through experimental learning.

Building on the success of the Heymann Mentorship Program, an IANPHI initiative supported by Dr. David Heymann from 2009-2012, the Leadership Academy affirms leadership development as a cornerstone activity of IANPHI's work. The inaugural Leadership Academy cohort, consisting of 36 young leaders from 11 member NPHIs in Africa, were nominated by their institutes to attend the Academy's 2- session workshop as well as participate in telephone coaching to augment their progress toward personal development goals. The two experimental workshop sessions focused on key leadership development areas including leadership styles, conflict resolution, time management, leading change, team effectiveness, and supervisory skills.

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International NPHI-to-NPHI Partnerships

Acting on a strong conviction that public health doesn't stop at national borders, countries across the globe have partnered to create and build NPHIs.

Kenya & Canada

National Public Health Institute Kenya

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Malawi & Norway

Partnering to Create NPHIs

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Uganda & England

Visibility fostered partnership

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Togo & France

Partnerships Strengthening Information Systems

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Peru & Bolivia

INLASA Partnership

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Mozambique & Brazil

Sharing of Expertise and Experience

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Building Institutes

IANPHI has assisted more than 40 countries to measurably improve capacity to recognize and respond decisively to public health threats.

Since its founding a decade ago, IANPHI has helped 14 countries create national public health institutes, providing start-up funding and technical assistance and helping countries to develop strategic roadmaps used to draw in significant funding from other donors. Many of these once-fledging NPHIs are already self-sufficient. Others are growing rapidly, strengthened by targeted IANPHI investments and by collaboration between them and more established institutes, made possible by the generosity of IANPHI members. Numerous new or expanding institutes are on the drawing board.

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NPHI Evaluation and Tools

Providing a Basis for Assessing NPHIs and a Roadmap for Development

The IANPHI Toolkit

  • Framework for the Creation and Development of NPHIs
  • Case studies
  • Evaluation Tool
  • Staged Development Tool
  • Strategic Plans
  • Organizational Charts
  • Legislation
  • Heymann Mentorship Program
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Upon request, IANPHI has the capacity to assemble a team of NPHI directors or senior experts to carry out the external evaluation using different tools developed from the IANPHI Framework, which set common grounds for definition of the Essential Public Health Functions and core attributes of NPHIs. The IANPHI evaluation team provides a formal evaluation report with recommendations to the NPHI Director.


Beyond providing NPHI evaluation services, IANPHI and the U.S. CDC created the Staged Development Tool, a unique resource that allows NPHIs to assess capacity and chart measurable improvement over time. In partnership with the U.S. CDC, development of the tool was guided by an IANPHI working grouping consisting of NPHI directors from 15 countries in 2015.

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Moving into the Next Decade

IANPHI  members share an organizational vision and culture based on service to others. IANPHI has the structure, experience, confidence, support, and momentum we need to help more countries address - sustainably and over the long term - the evolving public health challenges we see today as well as those awaiting us in the future. When it comes to public health, we are all connected, as every epidemic makes clear. To build the strong public health programs needed, country by country, and to improve national and thus global health, will take all of us, working together. Thanks to our members and the countries that have embraced its concepts, IANPHI is ready.