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. 

November 9, 2022

Webinar on NPHIs Exercising Scientific Independence

On November 9, 2022, the IANPHI Europe Regional Network hosted a webinar about NPHIs Exercising Scientific Independence during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many NPHIs have been center-stage in their nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and their roles and interactions with major stakeholders such as policymakers at the national and local levels, the media, healthcare services, and other public entities have been put to the test. Moderated by Prof. Fu Meng Khaw, the webinar explored two central themes: 1/ whether NPHIs can ensure robust independent knowledge production and dissemination without political influence, and 2/ how NPHIs can work with stakeholders to advocate effectively for the collective benefit of independent scientific advice. 

Webinar highlights

Presentation of Prof. Hans Brug (Netherlands)

Presentation of Prof. Herwig Ostermann (Austria)

September 14, 2022

Webinar on NPHIs' Influence and Advocacy Strategies Using Scientific Evidence

On September 14, 2022, IANPHI hosted a webinar on “Influencing and Advocating to Policymakers Using Scientific Evidence” featuring leaders from member NPHIs: Professor Lothar Wieler (Germany), Dr. Qiulan Chen (China), and Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana (Rwanda). Moderated by IANPHI President Prof. Duncan Selbie, the focus of this session was to address the challenges of NPHIs to communicate and influence policymakers and advance public health legislation. 

Webinar highlights

Presentation of Prof. Lothar Wieler (Germany)

Presentation of Dr. Qiulan Chen (China)

Presentation of Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana (Rwanda)

June 8, 2022

Webinar on the Challenges of Integrated Surveillance for National Public Health Institutes during the COVID-19 Pandemic

On June 8, 2022, IANPHI held a webinar on the challenges of integrated surveillance for national public health institutes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic highlighted gaps and weaknesses in national surveillance systems. NPHIs have had to adapt and strengthen their surveillance programs taking into account the new political, institutional and social context, and develop fresh approaches for the longer term. The session offered a panel discussion featuring surveillance experts from Pakistan's National Institute of Health, Mozambique's Instituto Nacional de Saúde, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, moderated by the World Health Organization's Health Emergencies Program.

Webinar highlights

Presentation of Dr. Oliver Morgan (WHO)

Lancet article on disease surveillance for the COVID-19 era

March 3, 2022

Webinar on Wastewater Surveillance for COVID-19 and Other Pathogens Led by African National Public Health Institutes

On March 3, 2022, the IANPHI Africa Regional Network held a webinar to share experiences of African national public health institutes that are conducting wastewater surveillance programs for COVID-19 and other pathogens. Monitoring wastewater for SARS-CoV-2 has proven to be a very useful tool during the pandemic to detect new variants and track trends. The webinar featured presentations by Ghana Health Service and South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases as well as a Q&A session moderated by Africa CDC.

Webinar highlights

Presentation of Dr. Kerrigan McCarthy (South Africa)

Presentation of Dr. Dennis Laryea (Ghana)

September 28, 2021

Webinar on COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation and How African NPHIs Can Address It and Increase Vaccine Uptake

On September 28, 2021, the IANPHI Africa Regional Network hosted a webinar to discuss how African NPHIs can address COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and rumors resulting in vaccine hesitancy, and improve vaccine uptake in African countries. 

Bob Omoda Amodan of the Uganda National Institute of Public Health and Dr. Raji Tajudeen, head of Africa CDC's Division of Public Health Institutes and Research, gave presentations sharing their experiences and offering possible strategies and solutions. Dr. Alex Riolexus Ario, director of the Uganda National Institute of Public Health and chair of the IANPHI Africa Regional Network, and Dr. Hervé Hien, his vice-chair and director of Burkina Faso's Institut National de Santé Publique, co-moderated the session.

Webinar highlights

Presentation of Bob Omoda Amodan (Uganda)

Presentation of Dr. Raji Tajudeen (Africa CDC)

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.

Webinar highlights

Presentation of Prof. Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)

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.

Webinar highlights

Presentation of Dr. Saha (U.S.)

Presentation of Dr. Hagens (The Netherlands)

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.

Webinar highlights

Presentation of Dr. Singer (Israel)

Presentation of Dr. Shirin (Bangladesh)

Presentation of Dr. Fox (U.S.)

October 22, 2020

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

On October 22, 2020, IANPHI hosted a webinar on balancing investment for well-being 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 well-being, equity, social and economic development, and highlighted the importance of urgent and sustainable investment in well-being 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.

Webinar highlights

Presentation of Dr. Dyakova (Wales/WHO)

Presentation of Dr. Azam (Wales/WHO)

Presentation of C. Brown (WHO/Europe)

Presentation of T. Buzeti (WHO/Europe)

Presentation of C. Costongs (EuroHealthNet)

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.

Webinar highlights

Presentation of RIVM's Corona Behavioral Unit

Presentation of the French Behavioral Insights Unit

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.

Webinar highlights

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).

Webinar highlights

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.

Webinar highlights (English)

Webinar highlights (French)

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).

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.

Presentation of Dr. Lee

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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