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NIPH to build stronger public health institutions and systems globally

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has started a new Norad-funded programme (2021-2025) aiming to strengthen public health institutions and systems in Low- and Middle Income Countries (LMIC).

Good hand hygiene conditions have been created at the border between Zambia and Malawi.. Photo credit: Kari S. Hansen, FHI
Good hand hygiene conditions have been created at the border between Zambia and Malawi. Photo credit: Kari S. Hansen, FHI

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has started a new Norad-funded programme (2021-2025) aiming to strengthen public health institutions and systems in Low- and Middle Income Countries (LMIC).


The new program -"Building stronger public health institutions and systems " (BIS) - will include collaboration with six countries in addition to global and regional work to strengthen public health.

Ghana, Malawi, Palestine are the three main collaborating countries. NIPH has collaborated with these countries for many years and this program is a continuation of the work done through two previous programs: Global Health Preparedness Program (GHPP) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Ethiopia, Nepal, and Uganda are “exploring countries” where the collaboration is in an early stage. 

In addition, the program will contribute to public health through mulitinational organisations like WHO, Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and International Association for National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI).

The program is funded by Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, (Norad).

Program goal

The main goal of this program is to contribute to the building of competent and resilient health systems underpinned by strong public health institutions.

Acting department director Kari Schrøder Hansen in the Cluster for global health, who has led the start-up of the program, says; «Through this program we hope to establish a long-time relationship with partner institutions in low- and middle income countries. In addition we hope that both NIPH and Norad will gain more knowledge about institutional collaboration within public health in countries with different health system and contexts”.

Areas of work

BIS will work in different areas of public health. These include areas within health security, non-communicable diseases as well as maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. Together with partners the program will use Health Technology Assessment (HTA) to support decision making. The program will also focus on policy dialogue, interaction and shared learning with institutional networks and global level initiatives. 

Core values and principles

Context and equity

Contextual analysis and understanding are prerequisites for forming partnerships and working with institutions to improve systems and capacity. 

Partnership

Partnerships will be based on equity, national requests and be aligned with national plans and strategies and focused on mutually agreed deliverables and targets. 

Sustainability

To promote sustainability, collaboration will be based on long-term partnerships and local knowledge.

Gender equity and human rights

Gender equity in public health and access to services is critical to achieving Universal Health Coverage. BIS will promote gender sensitive planning of public health measures and organisation of services while developing and analysing public health data and indicators. BIS will also promote human rights especially the right to life and right to health and address human rights abuse.