At the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS), the main center for research, control and technical-scientific advice on public health in Italy, 2300 people, including researchers, technicians and administrative staff, work daily with the aim of protecting the citizens' health.
The main activities of the ISS are distributed in 6 Departments, 16 National Centers, 2 Reference Centers, 5 Technical-scientific services and a Notified Body for the assessment of the suitability of medical devices.
Alongside the Ministry of Health, the Regions and the entire National Health Service (SSN), our structures guide health policies on the basis of scientific evidence. From prevention and health promotion to the fight against cancer and chronic and neurodegenerative diseases, from autism to rare diseases, from infectious diseases to pathological addictions, we deal with health at three hundred and sixty degrees.
The National Center for Global Health implements integrated research and actions based on a vision of health as a state of bio-psycho-social well-being. Health is also considered a fundamental human right, in which health and disease are considered results of processes that are not only biological but also economic, social, political, cultural, and environmental, transcending and exceeding the perspectives, interests and possibilities of individual nations.
In particular the Center is focussing on One Health approaches, by implementing operational studies and activities that can enhance integration of One Health in prevention and preparedness strategies.