Palestinian National Public Health Institute established with support from Norway
The Norwegian Government has funded a project to establish a Palestinian National Institute of Public Health. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2011 by Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, and Jonas Gahr Støre, the Norwegian Minister for Foreign Affairs at the time.
The Memorandum of Understanding was also signed by Tony Laurance, Head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) office in the West Bank and Gaza, and Geir Stene-Larsen, Director-General of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health at the time. WHO have managed the project which was financed by the Norwegian government. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has played a key role as a project partner and has contributed with technical support and scientific advice.
The purpose of the Palestinian National Institute of Public Health is to provide information and advice about public health issues to improve the health of the population. The Institute will strengthen health surveillance, develop the central registries and carry out research programmes to provide evidence-based knowledge to support the Palestinian authority.
Contributing with experience
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has contributed with significant experience and knowledge based on its work in public health surveillance and research in Norway and in other countries. Staff from the Norwegian institute were involved in helping to train the employees at the new institute.
“Establishing a national public health institute is an important measure that will provide the authorities with valuable knowledge for social development and health priorities” said Geir Stene-Larsen.