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Collaboration with WHO

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The Norwegian Institute of Public Health collaborates with WHO in several areas, including health surveillance, infectious disease control, vaccine counselling and pharmaceutical products.


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The WHO reference laboratory for meningococci, the WHO National Influenza Centre for Norway, the WHO national laboratories for measles, rubella and poliovirus, and two WHO Collaborating Centres are located at the institute.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is the national focal point for WHO’s International Health Regulations (IHR 2005). The regulations require countries to report certain disease outbreaks and public health events to WHO in order to help prevent and respond to acute public health risks that have the potential to cross national borders and threaten people worldwide. Upon request from WHO, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health will contribute with expertise and personnel in emergency and crisis situations, and  Norway will be offered reciprocal assistance from the WHO if necessary.

Once a year, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health submits national data to the WHO European Health for All Database, including figures on issues ranging from the number of deaths in traffic accidents to the number of abortions. The institute currently collaborates with WHO in developing an internationally harmonized framework for the development, management and use of reproductive health registries (the hRHR Initiative; harmonized Reproductive Health Registries). There is also an ongoing collaboration between the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and WHO in Palestine. WHO has established a project funded by Norway to support the Palestinian Ministry of Health in establishing a Palestinian institute of public health.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health submits comments, responses and advice to Norwegian authorities on health issues discussed by WHO, including the World Health Assembly, Executive Board meetings and annual meeting of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe. The scientific departments of the institute submit input related to their respective fields, while the Department of International Public Health is responsible for co-ordinating the work and submissions. In addition, the institute’s scientific staff are represented in a number of different WHO networks, committees and meetings as observers and experts.

About WHO

  • Established 7 April 1948
  • The UN’s specialized agency for health
  • Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 194 member countries distributed in 6 regions of the world
  • WHO Europe has 53 member countries
  • The WHO Regional office for Europe is located in Copenhagen
  • The World Health Assembly (supreme decision-making body of WHO) meets in Geneva once a year
  • Norway is a member of the WHO Executive Board during 2010-2013
  • 7th April is World Health Day

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