Joint WHO–IANPHI technical seminar: Establishing national public health institutes through mergers – what does it take?

24–25 April, Warsaw, Poland

Within the Coalition of Partners to Strengthen Public Health Services and Capacities in the European Region, WHO/Europe together with the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) will host a technical seminar on 24–25 April, in Warsaw, Poland.

The aim of the seminar is to draw upon national experiences in clarifying the practical steps, processes and strategies involved in successfully establishing national public health institutes through mergers of various existing health institutes.

The objectives of the seminar are:

  • to share and discuss the success factors and strategies involved in the process of establishing national public health institutes through mergers;
  • to discuss change management and personnel issues typically encountered during a merger process;
  • for participating countries to develop a draft plan of practical next steps in their institutional reforms;
  • to identify modes of engagement by the IANPHI and WHO/Europe to enable these institutional reforms at country level.

It is expected that representatives from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine will participate in the seminar. This joint WHO–IANPHI expert meeting aims to support key individuals tasked with leading the development of national public health institutional reforms by providing a platform to engage in a peer-to-peer format with countries who have had recent experience in similar merger processes, for example, Belgium, France and Sweden.