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Trainer Bob Jones debriefing his group about lab etiquette at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute in Addis Ababa during February 2016.

Trainer Bob Jones leads a session on lab etiquette at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute in Addis Ababa (February 2016).

Learn more about NPHI work and accomplishments through our stories.


Colombia’s National Institute of Health Celebrates 100 Years, Opens Public Health Emergency Operations Center
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (fourth from left) and INS Director Martha Ospina (fifth from left) celebrate the official opening of the PHEOC in INS.

In January 2017, Colombia’s Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS), or National Institute of Health, celebrated 100 years of providing critical public health services in the country. On January 26, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos…

NPHI Investments Helped Colombia Prepare for Zika
Rice field in Colombia’s Tolima Department (Source: Neil Palmer, CAIT)

Preparing a country’s public health system to respond to an emergency means getting the right structure and people in place to take action against imminent health threats. This is the ongoing work of Colombia’s national public health institute…

Ethiopia: Bringing Laboratory Safety Home
Students fix a light in the biosafety cabinet

As we learned from HIV, Ebola, and other scary microbes, testing a patient’s bodily fluids can be dangerous – even deadly. For laboratory workers who handle these fluids every day, the risk is real and immediate.

Colombia: Balancing Risk and Reality to Protect Health
Colombian communication experts develop a risk communication plan template for environmental exposures, targeting the issue of lead exposure in the home.

In the months between October 2014 and March 2015, Colombia went from no reported Zika cases to 25,000. Among these were nearly 3,000 pregnant women who had recovered from Zika, but who didn’t know whether their unborn children would be affected.

Snapshots: NPHI Country Updates

Noncommunicable Disease Control and Prevention in Rwanda: Using a ‘Train the Trainer’ Model to Build National and Local Capacity
Jami Husain from CDC’s Global NCD team delivers the NCD program manager course to the Rwanda IHDPC NCD Division

The NPHI Program continues to support the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Division in Rwanda’s Institute for HIV, Disease Prevention and Control (IHDPC) at the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC).

CDC and Bloomberg Philanthropies Help Ghana Improve Public Health Communication
CDC and Bloomberg Philanthropies staff work with Ghana Health Service staff on data initiative

As part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Data for Health initiative, CDC is working with Ghana to improve its health communication, as well as develop a long-term guide for program and policy decision-making using scientific data.

Cambodia: Stakeholders Support NIPH Strategic Plan
Representatives from public health organizations in Cambodia meet to provide input on the National Institute of Public Health Strategy in September 2016.

Cambodia’s National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) recently took an important step—asking stakeholders for their input on the organization’s strategy.

Namibia Envisions a Robust National Public Health Institute
Representatives from the Namibia Ministry of Health and Social Services and partner organizations develop their vision for a Namibia NPHI

CDC is supporting Namibia’s Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) to create a national public health institute (NPHI) able to combat the country’s high rate of HIV/AIDS, as well as noncommunicable diseases (NCD)…

Supporting Sierra Leone’s Public Health Agency
NPHI team members meeting with the Sierra Leone NPHA Development Workgroup.

When the Ebola outbreak devastated Sierra Leone from 2014 to 2015, the country saw that it needed to establish a public health institute—CDC has been helping this effort to better protect the public health of Sierra Leoneans.

Togo’s Institut National d’Hygiène Puts the Staged Development Tool to Use
Representatives from Togo's INH, CDC, and NASTAD complete a successful pilot of the NPHI Staged Development Tool.

In September 2016, CDC and the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) piloted an assessment tool to find and improve weaknesses in Togo’s Institut National d’Hygiène (INH).

Botswana Public Health Institute (BPHI): Setting Strategic Direction
BPHI strategic planning group at the Mma Ramotswe Tea Corner in Gaborone, Botswana

CDC met with the Botswana Public Health Institute (BPHI) during April 2016 to discuss strategic plans for the institute.

Strengthening Health Systems: Cambodia National Institute of Public Health (NIPH)
Representatives from IANPHI and CDC meet with members of the Cambodia NIPH

On a recent trip to Cambodia, CDC, the Ministry of Health and partners identified activities to support and build a strong Cambodian NIPH.

Strengthening National Health in Colombia
CDC and IANPHI representatives are greeted by Instituto Nacional de Salud Director Dr. Martha Lucía Ospina and colleagues

Colombia is enahncing their public health system to deal with health threats like Zika through their Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS).

Creating a National Surveillance System in Mozambique
Sentinel Surveillance Training Group at the Instituto Nacional de Saúde (INS)

CDC and IANPHI are working with Mozambique’s Instituto Nacional de Saúde (INS) to help improve data collection and analysis.

Laying the Foundation for the Myanmar CDC
Myanmar delegates tour the Georgia Public Health Laboratory with Director Dr. Elizabeth Franko

To promote global health, CDC is working closely with the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) to establish the Myanmar CDC.

Inaugural Visit to Namibia’s Ministry of Health and Social Services
CDC NPHI teammates Dennis Jarvis and Wendi Dick observe the University of Namibia’s cadaver model laboratory

CDC visited Namibia in April 2016 as the country works to build a strong National Public Health Institute (NPHI).

Action Planning in Rwanda
Colleagues from Rwanda's Institute of HIV/AIDS Disease Prevention and Control (IHDPC) and IANPHI.

CDC and IANPHI are working on an action plan with Rwanda’s Institute of HIV/AIDS Disease Prevention and Control.

Zambia: Learning from Cholera Outbreak to Build a Stronger Public Health Institute
Dr. Maximillian Bweupe, newly appointed Director of the Zambia National Public Health Institute, visits the Bauleni Health Clinic in Lusaka to share lessons learned from the recent cholera outbreak

The new Zambia National Public Health Institute’s response to a recent cholera outbreak gave ZNPHI the opportunity to identify strengths and set priorities.

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