IANPHI COVID-19 Webinar Series


IANPHI is hosting a series of webinars to discuss how its member national public health institutes (NPHIs) are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resources from each webinar are available on this page.


June 30, 2021

Webinar on the Genomic Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 and How International and Regional Collaboration Can Support NPHIs

On June 30, 2021, IANPHI hosted a webinar to understand how NPHIs can further develop genomic sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 as part of their surveillance systems, and how regional and international collaboration can support the development of genomic sequencing. The webinar offered case studies presentations from INSP Burkina Faso (Prof. Abdoul Salam Ouedraogo, head of the national AMR Reference Lab), Argentina ANLIS (Dr. Claudia Perandones, director of the Executive Unit for Higher Education and Training), and Denmark SSI (Dr. Tyra Grove Krause, executive president ad interim) on their experience with genomic sequencing and surveillance, their best practices, the gaps they identified and the role of regional and international collaboration in the development of capacities in this field.

A panel discussion followed with experts from Africa CDC (Dr. Yenew Kebede Tebeje, head of division of Laboratory Systems), PAHO (Dr. Juliana Leite, laboratory specialist), CARPHA (Dr. Lisa Indar, director of Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control Division) and NIH Pakistan (Dr. Massab Umair, senior scientific officer) to exchange ideas about ways international or regional networks and cooperation can participate in reducing regional disparities in the ability to sequence genomes. The session was moderated by Dr. Jinal Bhiman of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases of South Africa and offered interpretation in French, Spanish and Portuguese thanks to funding support from U.S. CDC.

Read the webinar summary

View the presentation of Prof. Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)

View the presentation of Dr. Perandones (Argentina)



May 12, 2021

Webinar on the Impact of Heat Waves during the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Lessons Learned by NPHIs from Summer 2020 

On May 12, 2021, IANPHI hosted a webinar to understand how COVID-19 affected heatwaves risks in 2020, identified the key lessons learned by the NPHIs and other public health stakeholders from this experience and explored solutions and good practices. 

The webinar featured NPHI case studies by Dr. Shubhayu Saha of the Climate and Health Section at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Werner Hagens, responsible for the Dutch Heatwaves Plan at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands, and Owen Landeg of the Extreme Events and Health Protection Team at Public Health England. 

A panel discussion followed to discuss possible solutions and how to adapt public health practice to address the combined impact of heatwaves and COVID-19. Our panelists were Dr. Geneviève Chêne, chief executive of Santé publique France, Céline Campagna, responsible for the Adaptation Plan to Climate Change at the National Public Health Institute of Quebec, Juli Trtanj of the Global Heat Health Information Network, and Ramiz Khan of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center. The session was moderated by Prof. Duncan Selbie, president of IANPHI, and offered interpretation in French, Spanish and Portuguese thanks to funding support from U.S. CDC.

Read the webinar summary

View the presentation of Dr. Saha (U.S.)

View the presentation of Dr. Hagens (The Netherlands)

View the presentation of O. Landeg (UK)



April 14, 2021

Webinar on the Role and Challenges of NPHIs in COVID-19 Vaccination

On April 14, 2021, IANPHI hosted a webinar to facilitate a high-level discussion on NPHIs' role and challenges in COVID-19 vaccination. The objectives of the session were to 1) understand and compare the NPHIs role and activities regarding COVID-19 vaccination, showing the diversity and regional specificities among the IANPHI network, as well as 2) identify the common challenges encountered by the NPHIs regarding COVID-19 vaccination, and 3) show how they are facing them by sharing good practices and discussing with the IANPHI membership.

Speakers included Dr. Roee Singer, head of IHR National Focal Point and deputy director of the Division of Epidemiology at Israel's Ministry of Health, Prof. (Dr.) Tahmina Shirin, director of Bangladesh's Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research, and Dr. Kim Fox, tri-lead of the Vaccine Task Force for COVID-19 Response at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The webinar was moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, co-founder of IANPHI and vice president for Global Health at Emory University and offered interpretation in French, Spanish and Portuguese thanks to funding support from U.S. CDC.

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View the presentation of Dr. Singer (Israel)

View the presentation of Dr. Shirin (Bangladesh)

View the presentation of Dr. Fox (U.S.)



October 22, 2020

Webinar on Balancing Investment for Wellbeing and Health Equity in the Context of COVID-19

On October 22, 2020, IANPHI hosted a webinar on balancing investment for wellbeing and health equity in the context of COVID-19. The webinar was the second of three sessions of the virtual 2020 IANPHI European Meeting. Moderated by Prof. Mark A. Bellis, director, WHO Collaborating Centre on Investment for Health and Wellbeing at Public Health Wales, it outlined current and potential challenges and impacts of COVID-19 (and related response measures) on population wellbeing, equity, social and economic development, and highlighted the importance of urgent and sustainable investment in wellbeing and health equity. It explored theoretical approaches and solutions as well as examples of good practice and country experiences, developing and using different models and tools towards sustainable investment.

View the presentation of Dr. Dyakova (Wales/WHO)

View the presentation of Dr. Azam (Wales/WHO)

View the presentation of C. Brown (WHO/Europe)

View the presentation of T. Buzeti (WHO/Europe)

View the presentation of C. Costongs (EuroHealthNet)

View the presentation of A. Maassen (EuroHealthNet)



July 10, 2020

Webinar on the Mobilization of Behavioral Science in the Time of COVID-19

On July 10, 2020, IANPHI hosted a webinar on the mobilization of behavioral science in the time of COVID-19. Moderated by Neil Squires of the Global Health Department of Public Health England, the webinar featured public health leaders from the Netherlands and France. Behavioral science plays a vital role to play in efforts to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Research on behavior and health provides insights on how to help people understand and follow guidelines to keep themselves and their communities safe.

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View the presentation of RIVM's Corona Behavioral Unit

View the presentation of the French Behavioral Insights Unit

View the presentation of Santé publique France



June 3, 2020

Webinar on IHME's COVID-19 Pandemic Forecasts and their Utilization by NPHIs in the National Responses

In partnership with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), the webinar discussed COVID-19 pandemic forecasts with national public health institutes (NPHIs) and key stakeholders, and addressed the methodology and data source of the third generation of IHME's model as well as the implications of their COVID-19 resource for national authorities and NPHIs. Dr. Jean-Claude Desenclos, scientific director and deputy to the director general at Santé publique France, and secretary general of IANPHI, moderated a discussion with Dr. Christopher J. L. Murray, director of IHME and chair of department of Health Metrics Sciences.

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View the presentation of Dr. Murray (IHME)



May 15, 2020

Webinar on Lockdown De-escalation Strategies in Europe 

Facilitated by IANPHI Co-Founder Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, the webinar featured Dr. Johanna Hanefeld, scientific director and head of department at the Centre for International Health Protection (ZIG) of Germany's Robert Koch Institute, and Dr. Frode Forland, specialist director of infectious diseases and global health at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH).

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View the presentation of Dr. Forland (Norway)



April 29, 2020

Webinar on the Role of West African NPHIs

Facilitated by IANPHI Secretary General Dr. Jean-Claude Desenclos, this first webinar in French featured Dr. Hervé Hien, director general of the Institut National de Santé Publique of Burkina Faso, Prof. Dinard Kouassi, director general of the Institut National de Santé Publique of Côte d'Ivoire, and Dr. Abdoulaye Touré, director general of the Institut National de Santé Publique of Guinea.

Read the webinar summary (English)

Read the webinar summary (French)

View the presentation of Dr. Hien (French)



April 15, 2020

Webinar with the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Facilitated by Prof. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, the webinar featured Dr. George Fu Gao, director of the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC).

View the presentation of Dr. Gao



April 7, 2020

Webinar with the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Facilitated by IANPHI co-founder Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, the webinar featured Dr. Minwon Lee, director general at the Center for Public Health Emergency Response of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), and Dr. Seon Kui Erica Lee, director at KCDC's Division of Risk assessment and International cooperation.

View the presentation of Dr. Lee

Read Dr. Lee's letter to her peers



March 24, 2020

Webinar with Italy's Istituto Superiore di Sanità 

The first webinar of the IANPHI COVID-19 Series featured Prof. Silvio Brusaferro, president of Italy's Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS). Brusaferro discussed how Italy's COVID-19 response in the first month of the pandemic. He offered insight and data on how public health leaders in other countries could respond more effectively. The webinar included a presentation by Brusaferro, followed by a question and answer session.

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