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The World Health Organization launches the Palestinian National Institute of Public Health Projects, December 2013

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PNPHI_launchDr Mahmoud Daher, WHO acting Head of Office in oPt, Dr Jawad Awad, the Minister of Health, Mr Hans Jacob Frydenlund, the Norwegian representative to the Palestinian Authority, Dr Camilla Stoltenberg, the Director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health 9 December 2013, Ramallah- The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Palestinian National Institute of Public Health (PNIPH) project in the Movenpick Hotel on Wednesday 4/12/2013, under the patronage of His Excellency the Prime Minister (PM) Dr. Rami Alhamdallah, in the presence of the Minister of Health Dr. Jawad Awad on the behalf of the Prime Minister. Other attendees included the Norwegian representative to the Palestinian Authority Mr. Hans Jacob Frydenlund, the WHO acting Head of Office to Palestine Dr. Mahmoud Daher, and the Director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health Dr. Camilla Stoltenberg.

In his speech, Dr. Daher welcomed the audience and expressed his gratitude to the PM for the patronage of the ceremony. He stressed the importance of collaboration between all related Partners institutes, universities and other stakeholders working in the health sector in order to make this national project successful. He also clarified that the PNIPH project is implemented based on the Palestinian Authority’s request. The project is intended to become a semiautonomous entity under the umbrella of the Palestinian Authority and in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and all concerned parties. Dr. Daher also thanked the Norwegian government for supporting this promising project.

Dr. Frydenlund congratulated the Palestinian people on their achievement and expressed his support to the Palestinian government, institutions, and people.

 His Excellency Dr. Awwad welcomed all the attendees of this ceremony. He especially welcomed the Norwegian guests, who visited Palestine specifically for the purpose of this occasion and also thanked the Norwegian government for funding the project. He mentioned that the project’s idea was welcomed and supported politically since in its embryonic stage, as evidenced by the previous Prime Minister visiting Norway especially to sign the memorandum of understanding of its establishment. He also mentioned that the vision behind establishing the institute is to improve the Palestinian health status through improving the surveillance of different epidemics and the data collection and analysis mechanisms, for its utilization in decision making.

Dr. Stoltenberg spoke about the Norwegian experience in establishing a c Public Health institute,  stressing her support of the aim  to establish the PNIPH,  driven by her belief  in the importance of public health in disease prevention and for a health society., She also spoke about the burden of disease worldwide and their negative impact beyond what has traditionally been viewed as the health burden, such as its economic ramifications and the importance of a healthy population for sustainable economic growth. . She also presented some of the international and Palestinian health indicators.

It is worth mentioning that an introductory film was presented during the ceremony, showing the PNIPH’s aims, future vision, and objectives.

The PNIPH manager, Dr. Rand Salman gave a presentation about the project, stressing the main aim behind it; to support decision makers with evidence-based information for action. She explained that the technical staff is distributed on three main functions: Surveillance and registry, Research and Assessment, and Health Information System Analysis. She also mentioned that PNIPH has made many achievements on the technical level. Finally, it’s a way ahead is still very challenging,  being a long term investment which requires commitment from different parties and stakeholders. 

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