A memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a Palestinian National Institute of Public Health was signed by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, and Jonas Gahr Store, Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Oslo November 23, 2011. The MOU was also signed by the Head of the WHO country office in the West Bank and Gaza, Tony Laurance, and the Director General of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Geir Stene-Larsen. The Government of Norway will provide financial support to WHO to manage the project and the Norwegian Institute will act as a key partner, providing additional technical support and advice.
The purpose of the Palestinian National Institute of Public health is to provide information and advice about public health issues to improve public health. The Institute will aim to strengthen health surveillance, develop the central registries, and carry out research programmes to provide evidence-based knowledge to support the Palestinian authorities. It will also provide training and development for local staff working for, and with, the Institute.
The role of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health will be to contribute knowledge and expereince based on its work in public health surveillance and research in Norway and abroad, and to assist in training staff at the Palestinian Institute.