WIV-ISP, an expert in public health for more than 110 years!

For more than a century, WIV-ISP has been the reference in the field of public health. WIV-ISP emerged from the merger of the Pasteur Institute of Brabant and the Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology (IHE) and has achieved many successes over more than 110 years. Today, its expertise is generally recognised, both in Belgium and abroad.

In the coming years, WIV-ISP will continue to monitor, identify and analyse trends and risks to health while, at the same time, informing the authorities and the public in an impartial and transparent manner. The work of our teams has one common purpose, which is also the the WIV-ISP's credo: to enable a healthy life for all.

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Discover below some of the major events which marked our history or download the book dedicated to WIV-ISP's story (pdf).  

Brussels World's Fair

Creation of a health service for fear of a new cholera or typhoid epidemic.

1897
The 'Parc du Cinquantenaire' in 1897
The 'Parc du Cinquantenaire' in 1897 (Blog "c'était au temps où Bruxelles brassait", reproduction with permission of BruxellesFabriques, ASBL)
1900
Pasteur Institute of Brabant, rue du Remorqueur in Brussels
Pasteur Institute of Brabant, rue du Remorqueur in Brussels (circa 1905, © WIV-ISP archives)

PIB

Foundation of the Pasteur Institute of Brabant.

Rabies in Belgium

The Pasteur Institute conducted research into the rabies virus, which was unique for Belgium. The Institute offered free treatment to patients infected with this virus. Thanks to the over 100 years of efforts of researchers, rabies has been exterminated in Belgium since 2001.

1905
Immunisation against rabies
Immunisation against rabies (circa 1905, © WIV-ISP archives)
1919
Front page of 'Traité de l'immunité dans les maladies infectieuses' signed by Jules Bordet (left, 1954) and Nobel Prize certificate (right, 1919)
Front page of 'Traité de l'immunité dans les maladies infectieuses' signed by Jules Bordet (left, 1954) and Nobel Prize certificate (right, 1919) (© WIV-ISP archives)

Nobel Prize

Jules Bordet, director of the Pasteur Institute, was awarded the Noble Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his groundbreaking research on immunity.

IHE

Foundation of the Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology, where all the various health laboratories were brought under one roof.

1951
IHE info brochure for the World Exhibition of 1958
IHE info brochure for the World Exhibition of 1958 (© WIV-ISP archives)
1977
Mobile measuring device for sulfur dioxide and fumes
Mobile measuring device for sulfur dioxide and fumes (circa 1970, © WIV-ISP archives)

Environmental pollution

The Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology led one of the first studies on the influence of the environment on public health in our country.

AIDS

Following the discovery of the AIDS virus in breast milk, the AIDS laboratory of the Pasteur Institute of Brabant developed a test facilitating the detection of the virus and the diagnosis of the disease.

1988
Red ribbon, symbol of solidarity for people with hiv and aids
Red ribbon, symbol of solidarity for people with hiv and aids
1997
Invitation to participate in the health survey
Invitation to participate in the health survey

Health survey

The Institute conducts the first large-scale health survey in Belgium.

Creation of the WIV-ISP!

The IHE and the Pasteur Institute of Brabant were merged because of the complementarity of their respective activities. This led to the creation of the Scientific Institute of Public Health as we know it today.

2003
The first logo of the Scientific Institute of Public Health
The first logo of the Scientific Institute of Public Health
2008
Logo of the Cancer Centre
Logo of the Cancer Centre

Belgian Cancer Centre

Founded at the WIV-ISP in the wake of the launch of the Cancer Plan. The Centre is responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of cancer policy in Belgium.

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Discover in a glimpse the services we offer at people and businesses.

Working at WIV-ISP means contributing to a healthy life for all.

WIV-ISP is interested in partnering to further its public health mission.

WIV-ISP is the point of contact for public health issues. You can call, e-mail, write or visit us. 

4 directorates supported by administrative offices.

WIV-ISP uses 14 advisory panels and committees to obtain independent expert advice and recommendations.

For more than a century, WIV-ISP has been the reference in the field of public health.

WIV-ISP's employees recognise their responsibilities and share core values.

WIV-ISP must implement all necessary measures to ensure the reliability of its work.

WIV-ISP faces different types of emergencies that can impact public health.

Discover WIV-ISP's activities by illustrating figures.