In 2015, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) launched the Global Health Preparedness Program (GHPP).
The overall goal for the GHPP is to contribute to improved capacity to prevent, detect and respond to public health events of national and international concern.
Through this initiative, Norway has partnered with four countries, Malawi, Moldova, Palestine and Ghana, in peer-to-peer collaborations to support the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005).
Collaboration to improve capacity to prevent, detect and respond to public health events in Malawi, started in 2015 between the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the Norwegian Church Aid and the Ministry of Health of Malawi.
Norwegian Church Aid has worked in Malawi since 2001 with programmes primarily focused on the right to health, gender justice, climate justice and emergency response.
In order to strengthen the support offered to Malawi in implementing the International Health Regulations, a partnership was established in May 2017 between the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian Church Aid Malawi for technical and administrative collaboration for the Global Health Preparedness Programme activities in Malawi.
The new platform in 2017
The new memorandum of understanding that was signed in June 2017 between the Ministry of Health of Malawi through the Public Health Institute of Malawi, the Norwegian Church Aid and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health,
The collaboration includes efforts to improve the national capacity to prevent, detect and respond to public health events of national and international concern in Malawi. As of June 2017, recruitment is underway through Norwegian Church Aid to employ several local staff on the programme activities in Malawi.
Long history of collaboration
Since 2008, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health has collaborated with the Malawian Ministry of Health (MoH) and other partners, including the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) to support the establishment of the Public Health Institute of Malawi (PHIM).
As of 2017, PHIM is an entity within the ministry, but efforts are being made to establish the institute as a semi-autonomous statutory body through a legislative bill.