For 10 years now, the “Institut National de Prévention et d’Education pour la Santé” (the National Institute for Prevention and Health Education, INPES) has been the leading agency in terms of health prevention, promotion and education in France. An official public body created by the law of 4 March 2002 governing the rights of patients and the quality of the healthcare system, and under the supervision of the Ministry for Health in France, INPES pursues actions within the general framework of the main directions on public health established by the government. It promotes healthy behaviour, lifestyle habits, and environments which are favourable to health, taking into account developments within society and the relationship between the French public and their health.
For that purpose, INPES promotes the adoption of individual and collective behaviour which contributes to reducing the risk, or any worsening, of illness or accident. Its central missions are organised around 5 main themes:
Implementing public health programmes, on behalf of the State and its public institutions;
Providing expertise and advice on matters of health promotion and preventive measures;
Ensuring the development of health education;
Participating in the management of emergency and exceptional situations which have collective health consequences;
- Establishing training programmes for health education.
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