Over many years, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has cooperated with authorities and professionals in Palestine to strengthen public health efforts in the region. After three years of studies and preparation, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Palestinian Authority, the World Health Organization for the occupied Palestinian territory and the NIPH. The work has also received funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Since March 2012, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health has been represented in Palestine and has contributed to establishing the institute. The NIPH has also been part of the reference group for the project, with the NIPH’s Director-General – firstly Geir Stene-Larsen and later Camila Stoltenberg – leading the NIPH delegation. The work has followed two parallel tracks; conducting scientific and technical work in the field of public health, while establishing the legal framework for the PNIPH.
Now that the new law has been passed, a new transition phase can begin. From being a WHO-run project, the PNIPH is now on its way to becoming a scientifically independent institute under the leadership of the Palestinian Prime Minister’s office.
The technical and scientific cooperation between the NIPH and the PNIPH will continue while the institute is being established. Today, there is already a significant scientific collaboration into maternal and child health, health preparedness and health registries.