National Institutes of Health (NIH), Islamabad is a leading National Public Health Institute (NPHI), and is working in different areas of public health like disease surveillance, diagnosis of disease, production of vaccines, capacity enhancement of public health workforce, and food & drug quality control. NIH also aims at combating the challenges of epidemics, outbreaks of viral diseases and emerging infections in the population. The institute has played a pivotal role in control of COVID-19 pandemic through disease surveillance, diagnostic services and vaccination. NIH has conducted excellent training activities for health professionals, and equipped them with updated knowledge and skills.
Center for Diseases Control (CDC)
Center for Diseases Control (CDC) is working to respond disease alerts/outbreaks, epidemics, and national/international events of public health significance. Integrated disease surveillance and response system (IDSR) collect and analyzes disease surveillance data from reporting districts, and disseminate weekly report to the relevant stakeholders in order to Identify, notify and respond disease alerts and outbreaks. Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training program (FELTP) coordinates with federal, provincial and area health departments for capacity building of relevant public health professionals through 2-years training in Field Epidemiology and outbreak response. CDC is also working on implementation of International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005, and is active member of Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) secretariate. CDC has technical and working collaborations with different international public health organizations like WHO, US-CDC, UK-HSA, EMPHNET, TEPHINET etc.
Public Health Bulletin (PHB)
The Public Health Bulletin (PHB) is a communication tool which is produced by Field Epidemiology & Disease Surveillance Division (FE&DSD), National Institute of Health to disseminate authentic & timely information regarding priority diseases from provinces and regions of Pakistan. The PHB presents a snapshot of disease status at provincial and district levels to health authorities to implement appropriate public health measures. The various sources of data are IDSR reporting, evidence based surveillance and outbreak investigations. PHB also aids in building capacity of health professionals by giving them opportunity to enhance their skills by writing reports about disease alerts, outbreaks and key public health interventions.