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Founded by Jeffrey P. Koplan and international colleagues in 2001, the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) connects and strengthens the government agencies responsible for public health. IANPHI improves the world's health by leveraging the experience and expertise of its member institutes to build robust public health systems. Its Emory University Office, in partnership with its membership Secretariat in Helsinki, Finland, leads capacity building projects in over 35 countries around the world. It is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors, its 84 members, and private-sector partners. Learn more about IANPHI’s work with the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

Environmental Health

Thomas Gillespie, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, is conducting a study entitled Effects of Anthropogenic Disturbance on Vector Composition and Viral Distribution and Diversity in Mexico and Uganda. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of habitat disturbance and natural habitat variability on vector composition and patterns of viral infections along disturbance gradients in the tropics. In addition to better understanding the role of human-induced habitat changes on the distribution of viruses and their vectors, this research provides the opportunity for early detection of novel pathogens that may pose a threat to global health and/or wildlife conservation.

Infectious Diseases

Assessment of Rodent-borne Zoonotic Disease Risk in Rural Uganda, 2009 Student Field Scholar Project.

Reproductive Health

Rob Stephenson, Assistant Professor of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, received a 2007 EGHI Seed Grant to conduct his project entitled Community Influences on Adolescent Sexual Health. The project examined community influences on sexual behavior and HIV in Ghana, Malawi, Uganda, and Pakistan.


Saad Omer, Associate Professor of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct system biological analyses of innate and adaptive responses to seasonal influenza vaccination in healthy versus HIV-positive adults in Kampala, Uganda.