IAP for Health Secretariat
c/o TWAS, ICTP
Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy

1. Brief History

The InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP), jointly with the InterAcademy Council (IAC) and the Interacademy Panel (IAP), reorganized into an umbrella organization in early 2016: The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) — a global network of academies of science and medicine.

As an umbrella organization, the IAP can harness the expertise of the world’s scientific, medical and engineering leaders to advance sound policies, promote excellence in science education, and improve public and global health.

IAP’s some 130 national members and regional networks compile an extensive track record of delivering evidence-based advice and performing other services for national governments, international organizations and the global community. It enables the IAP to enlarge the scale and scope of these contributions. Through its global network, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) is able to harness the power and authority of these academies and access their combined scientific talent.

The IAP secretariat is hosted by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – for the advancement of science in developing countries, in Trieste, Italy.

Outstanding persons / Nobel Prize Laureates include:

IAP’s member academies are merit-based, thus the organization has the leading medical and health scientists from many nations within its network.

2. Key Facts

Established:
2000

Type:
International network of academies

Structure:

The IAP for Health is governed by an Executive Committee headed by two co-chairs:

  • Lai-Meng Looi, Malaysia
  • Detlev Ganten, Germany

Other Executive Committee members are:

    • Eduardo Krieger, Brazilian Academy of Sciences
    • Depei Liu, Chinese Academy of Engineering
    • Fola Esan, Nigerian Academy of Science
    • Carmencita Padilla, National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines
    • Jimmy Volmink, Academy of Science of S. Africa
    • Dominique Richard-Lenoble, Académie de Medecine, France
    • Thomas Zeltner, Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences
    • George Griffin, Academy of Medical Sciences, UK
    • Jo Ivey Boufford, Institute of Medicine, USA

    Members:

    Medical academies and medical sections of academies of science and engineering from the following regions:

    • Africa (11)
    • Asia and the Pacific (17)
    • Europe & Central Asia (33)
    • Latin America & the Caribbean (12)
    • Middle East & North Africa (3)
    • North America (2)

    Staff:
    Coordinator: Peter McGrath
    Project assistant: Muthoni Kareithi

    The IAP for Health secretariat is hosted by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – for the advancement of science in developing countries – in Trieste, Italy. TWAS is a programme unit of UNESCO.

    Endowment:

    IAP for Health receives core financial support from the Government of Italy through its support to TWAS and IAP for Science.

    3. Research

    Focus / Key Aspects:

    • Capacity building
    • Independent advice to governments
    • Non-communicable diseases
    • Young Physicians Leaders programme
    • Urban health
    • Social determinants of health inequities
    • ‘One Health’

    Mission

    To mobilize experience and expertise of individuals within academies in order to

    • facilitate the provision of evidence-based advice to governments and international organizations on critical global health issues
    • assist in the creation of academies where none exist and build the capacity of existing academies to provide this evidence-based advice
    • promote cooperation among academies of the world by exchanging information and sharing expertise
    • support projects of member academies to improve health and strengthen health-related research and higher education in their countries
    • issue consensus statements on matters of importance to global health
    • convene workshops and conferences to share experiences and discuss emerging issues in global health

    4. Partnerships and Programs

    Partner:

    IAP for Health works with a number of organizations, including regional networksof academies of medicine, around the globe:

    • IAP: A global network of academies of science and medicine
    • TWAS: The World Academy of Sciences – for the advancement of science in developing countries
    • FEAM: Federation of European Academies of Medicine
    • ALANAM: Association of National Academies of Medicine in Latin America
    • M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centres, Universities and National Academies
    • ICSU: International Council for Science

    Special Programs:

    • Young Physician Leaders programme in conjunction with the World Health Summit (Berlin, Germany)
    • Dissemination of Gates-funded report on Education of Health Professionals (2011- 2012)
    • Academy coordinated Needs Assessment studies on Perinatal and Maternal Mortality
    • Workshops on scientific writing for clinicians in developing countries
    • Workshops on Social Determinants of Health Inequities.
    • Advisory Committee to the Editors of the 3rd edition of “Disease Control Priorities Project” (DCP3)
    • One Health
    • Urban Health and Wellbeing (in partnership with ICSU and UNU)

    Affiliations:

    The IAP for Health is an Affiliated Thematic Network of IAP - the global network of science academies. Other IAP Affiliated Networks include:

    • Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA)
    • European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
    • InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS)
    • Network of African Science Academies (NASAC)
    • InterAcademy Council (IAC)

    5. Trivia

    Motto:

    To improve the health of all

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