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Establishment of a Palestinian National Institute of Public Health, March 2012

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For the past two years the Ministry of Health of the occupied Palestinian territory, WHO, universities in occupied Palestinian territory and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health have been discussing the establishment of a Palestinian National Institute of Public Health as a key new national institution.

Project preparation was led by the WHO office for the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health with financial support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This phase included a feasibility study conducted by Dr Salman Rawaf of the WHO Collaborating Centre at Imperial College, workshops held in Ramallah and a number of formal and informal discussions between representatives of the Ministry of Health, Palestinian universities, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the United Nations Works and Relief Agency, the Norwegian Representative’s Office to the Palestinian Authorities, WHO, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, USAID and other donors, international and local agencies, and other Palestinian key institutions. Discussions focused on how to improve the public health system in the occupied Palestinian territory. An Institute of Public Health is seen as a way to strengthen data collection and analysis and to support policy development and evidence-based decision-making.

A formal proposal for a two-year project to establish the Institute was subsequently developed by WHO and endorsed by the Palestinian Authority. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs agreed to fund it. A memorandum of understanding between the Prime Minister for the Palestinian Authority, WHO, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs was signed in Oslo on 24 November, 2011, in which the parties agreed to work together to establish the Institute. The two-year project period formally started 1 March, 2012.

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