NPHI 10th Anniversary

NPHI (National Public Health Institute Program): Celebrating 10 Years of Developing a Home for Public Health
Public health workers in Liberia during COVID-19 response (June 2020). Photo: TEPHINET

Public health workers in Liberia during COVID-19 response (June 2020). Photo: TEPHINET

“CDC has been a successful role model for National Public Health Institutes, emphasizing science, service, prevention, and surveillance. Its efforts over the years, including its support of IANPHI’s programs, have strengthened public health globally and promoted best practices.”

Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH 
Former Director of CDC and co-founder of IANPHI

Since 2011, CDC has helped develop and strengthen National Public Health Institutes (NPHI) in more than 30 countries. In 2021, CDC is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its NPHI Program.

NPHIs are government-based agencies that serve as homes to organize and link a country’s public health activities under one “roof,” much like CDC is for the United States. NPHIs provide national leadership for public health. They coordinate and lead efforts to promote health and more effectively prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats.

CDC’s NPHI-specific support helps amplify other CDC and partner investments as NPHIs work to improve connections throughout the public health system.  Reflecting over the past decade and looking forward to the future, we highlight the program’s growth, achievements, and value to global health security and public health.

“Functional NPHIs create environments that lead to more effective public health emergency responses.”

– John Nkengasong, PhD, Director
Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

“Participants in the Staged Development Tool workshop told me that they had become a closer team and started to think not only about their departments and units, but also about the Ukraine Public Health Center (UPHC).”

Volodymyr Kurpita, MD, Public Health Center,
Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Former Director General

NPHI 10th Anniversary Timeline: 2011-2021
NPHI 10th Anniversary timeline infographic

Working tirelessly with ministries of health, IANPHI, and other partners amid ongoing public health challenges and shrinking resources, we have much to celebrate. I applaud our CDC NPHI Program team for maintaining laser focus and going the extra mile to ensure this mission-critical program’s success.

— RADM Nancy Knight, MD
Director, Division of Global Health Protection

Over the past ten years, U.S. CDC’s NPHI Program has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with partners in over thirty countries to develop and strengthen national NPHIs.  We are honored to be a part of this global effort.

— Rebecca Martin, PhD 
Director, Center for Global Health