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Oct. 29,  2010

IANPHI International Meeting to Include 50 Global Public Health Institute Directors

News Article ImageIANPHI president and co-founder Jeffrey Koplan, MD, MPH, former head of the CDC and now Emory vice president for global health and director of the Emory Global Health Institute.

Top public health leaders from almost 50 countries will gather at the fifth annual meeting of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the Emory Conference Center. The meeting is jointly hosted in the United States for the first time by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IANPHI, which is based in the Emory Global Health Institute.

IANPHI links and strengthens the world’s national public health institutes –responsible for disease detection, outbreak investigation, health education and research – around the world.

Since its founding in 2006, IANPHI has grown to almost 70 members who are directors of CDC-like institutes in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe. President and co-founder is Jeffrey Koplan, MD, MPH, former head of the CDC and now Emory vice president for global health and director of the Emory Global Health Institute.

Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, IANPHI focuses on long-term projects in 10 developing countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania and Togo. U.S. CDC is a key partner in many of these.

Attending the meeting will be directors of National Public Health Institutes, along with representatives from WHO, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, and other partners.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Linking Science & Action.” Speakers include Jeffrey Koplan; Thomas R. Frieden, director of the CDC; Kevin M. DeCock, director of CDC’s Center for Global Health; Robert Tauxe, deputy director of CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Disease; and Anne Schuchat, director, National Center for Immunization & Respiratory Diseases. Numerous other leaders from CDC and other national public health institutes, such as China, Brazil, Thailand and Tanzania, will speak.

Sessions will include Disaster Preparedness and Response, Risk Factor Surveillance, Injuries, Immunization Policy and Laboratory Systems.

For more information about IANPHI and the meeting: http://www.ianphi.org

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