Letter from the Secretary General

Distinguished IANPHI Members,

As you know, 2014 marked a year with the unexpected challenges of Ebola and the difficulties in achieving successful and sustained international collaboration to respond to this important global health problem. The Ebola combined with other emerging infectious diseases and the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases emphasizes the importance of having strong national public health institutes that can reply on crucial funding and a skilled public health workforce to continue effectively responding to the global health challenges. This clearly demonstrates that the NPHIs are on the frontline of response.  

As IANPHI approaches its 10th anniversary, 2015 should be a year of defining the steps to leave a solid print on global health. 

The Secretariat at its different office locations extends a warm welcome to our new members elected by the General Assembly in November 2014:

  1. Armenian National CDC
  2. Zelveian National Institute of Health in Armenia
  3. National Institute of Public Health of Burundi
  4. National Institute of Public Health of Cameroon
  5. Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA-CARICOM)
  6. Georgian National Center for Disease Control and Public Health
  7. Guatemalan National Science Center
  8. Moroccan Direction of Epidemiology and Control Diseases, Ministry of Health
  9. Palestinian National Institute of Public Health
  10. Rwanda Biomedical Center/Institute of HIV/AIDS, Disease Prevention and Control
  11. Somalia National Institute of Health
  12. Syrian Center for Strategic Health Studies

We look forward to communicating and collaborating with you during the months to come in 2015, and we look forward to seeing you at the IANPHI Annual Meeting next October in Paris, France.


Mauricio Hernandez-Avila

Secretary General-IANPHI

Director General- INSP Mexico