The International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) works to strengthen National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs), and their position in the national system they operate in, through targeted investments and technical assistance. IANPHI has 115 members in 98 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.

Key focal points work within IANPHI on shared interests and needs through a peer-to-peer approach, collective intelligence and action. IANPHI's strength is its ability to mobilize the collective voice of its membership, reflecting experiences from different country settings, and driving impact through adaptive approaches that are realistic and implementable. In addition, IANPHI excels in data management and use, for example to identify and implement operational research to close gaps, assess medical counter-measures, and conduct benchmarking exercises on issues pertinent to decision makers.

IANPHI has provided its services to member institutes for over 15 years through exchanges of best practices, tools for NPHI development, peer-to-peer and cross-regional support, direct funding, technical assistance, shared advice, and evaluation. IANPHI also supports regional subnetworks to convene members geographically and has provided trainings to NPHIs on a wide variety of topics.

Key activities within climate change and health

IANPHI’s strategic plan focuses on four key themes, among which addressing the interplay between climate change and health through

  • Research and innovation related to the impact of policies
  • Focus on the interface between climate change and pandemics/epidemics, for example, by assessing the effects of deforestation
  • Public health action to minimize climate change impacts

The strategic plan focusses also on building a more diverse public health workforce with enhanced capabilities and on tackling the determinants of health related to inequities and inequalities. Both themes are indispensable for effective climate action.

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Published in Climate-ADAPT Apr 19, 2023   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Jun 10, 2024

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