The International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) is the only international organization whose mission is to link and strengthen the world’s national public health institutes (NPHIs). With 110 members in 96 countries, IANPHI’s members work to protect and improve the health of 5 billion people through disease surveillance, detection, and monitoring; outbreak investigation and control; health information analysis for policy development; research; training; health promotion and health education; and laboratory science.
Through this cooperative agreement, US CDC and IANPHI will align with government ministries of health to leverage resources and investments to develop and strengthen NPHIs. By connecting people and programs and by fostering collaborations between NPHI member institutes, IANPHI will help establish new NPHIs, strengthen existing NPHIs, and build capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats and emergencies. Through these activities, we will strengthen the government agencies responsible for promoting and protecting public health; help the world community achieve global health security; and increase the public health impact of NPHIs resulting in improved physical, social, and economic well-being of the populations they serve.
To achieve these objectives, US CDC and IANPHI will pursue five primary strategies:
1. Leverage global network of National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) to facilitate peer-to peer-learning between countries and regions. This strategy will enhance communication and knowledge sharing between NPHIs, accelerate the adoption of best practices, and increase national capacities and expertise in public health.
2. Leverage the expertise and knowledge base of NPHI leaders and organizations to develop tools and guidelines for developing or strengthening NPHIs. This strategy will increase knowledge-sharing between NPHI directors, increase national capacities and expertise in public health, and improve the effectiveness of national public health programs and services.
3. Facilitate strategic planning through the Staged Development Tool (SDT) Conduct strategic planning to help NPHIs develop operational plans, work plans, budgets, and linkages to national plans by using the SDT in select countries. This strategy will support the identification of gaps, prioritization of gaps for action, and the development of plans to address the gaps.
4. Develop a platform for the exchange of information between NPHIs. This strategy will increase the documentation of best practices, guidelines, and resources, and it will strengthen public health functions and systems. This strategy will also will enhance communication and knowledge sharing between NPHIs as well as improve timely and effective responses to public health threats.
5. Support global health security. IANPHI will provide direct support and technical assistance to bolster NPHIs’ ability to meet Joint External Evaluation milestones, coordinate national action planning to address gaps, and develop and monitor the implementation of National Action Plans for Health Security.
Over the long term, this strategy will contribute to improved health systems equipped to prevent, detect and respond to public health threats and increased compliance to IHR. Through collective partnerships, NPHIs will increase public health capacity, achieve global health security, and strengthen the global public health system.