Building Capacity for National Public Health Institutes

Project Overview

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MSH is implementing the Building Capacity for National Public Health Institutes program in collaboration with global research and development nonprofit Battelle. 

Although specific mandates vary from country to country, national public health institutes (NPHIs) are integral to robust public health systems. NPHIs provide surveillance for emergency preparedness and outbreak response and are the focal point for national and international partnerships, sharing critical information about emerging diseases and providing evidence-based leadership during a crisis.

The program will initially support seven countries to achieve two core objectives:

  • Strengthen the NPHIs in three countries: Malawi, Uganda, and Rwanda
  • Building on knowledge gained from previous CDC trainings, strengthen the leadership and management capacities of CDC alumni in five countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Ukraine

NPHIs play a key role in coordinating disease-specific control programs by overseeing and coordinating laboratories, performing and sharing health research, and supporting the development of a skilled health workforce. By building NPHIs’ human, financial, technological, and physical resources to provide science-based leadership and coordination, MSH will reinforce their management capabilities to operate effectively and efficiently in the countries where we work.

Simultaneously, MSH will develop an online, multi-country learning program to strengthen the leadership and management capacity of CDC alumni and local leaders. This learning program will equip them to effectively manage an epidemic response and enable better stewardship of scarce resources, more transparent decision-making, prioritization of urgent activities, and collaborative learning and adaptation.


Project Team