IANPHI authors contribute to journals participating in CSE global theme issue

The October 2007 issues of the British Medical Journal and Emerging Infectious Diseases feature commentaries by IANPHI members, partners, and Secretariat staff. Each of these journals, as well as other science journals throughout the world, simultaneously published articles on October 22 devoted to the topic of global povery and human development. An additional article published in the November 2007 issue of the South African Medical Journal highlights the role of NPHIs in Africa and the contributions of IANPHI.

In the British Medical Journal , Dr. Jeffrey Koplan and colleagues make a compelling argument for providing donor funding directly to national governments to strengthen public health infrastructure. They not that the burgeoning aid community has created a chaotic situation in which low-resource countries are deluged with thousands of unconnected and uncoordinated vertical programs while “the national public health systems in these countries stagnate or dwindle.” As the focus of national public health responsibilities, NPHIs are a logical site for donor investment in public health infrastructure.

NPHIs will also have a critical role in achievement of new global health initiatives, which depend for their success on strong national public health infrastructure. In the October issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases , Dr. Guénaël Rodier and others note the importance of strong NPHIs in implementation of the International Health Regulations. “By targeting the core of public health systems… IANPHI will strengthen [global health security and] yield global public health benefits of disease control and prevention….”

With a particular focus on Africa, the article in the South African Medical Journal describes the challenges and opportunities that NPHIs face in performing and coordinating core public health functions. The authors make a strong case for the role of IANPHI is national public health capacity building.