Registries & Surveillance
Injury and violence are major public health issues, accounting for over 5 million deaths a year and many other non-fatal outcomes. The Injury data systems, at the country level, are a key foundation of the public health approach for preventing injuries. To Promote wider and more standardized data collection for injury surveillance, and to promote best practices and policy-level changes for system-wide improvements in care of the injured; PNIPH is leading an initiative to establish the National Injury Surveillance system with close cooperation with the Ministry of Health.
Countries need to know how many people are born and die each year – and the main causes of their deaths – in order to have well-functioning health systems. The only way to count everyone and to track all births and deaths is through civil registration. Civil registration provides the basis for individual legal identity but also allows countries to identify their most pressing health issues.
The harmonised Reproductive Health Registry (hRHR) is a global initiative to improve data quality and data collection techniques for maternal and child health. It aims at improving maternal and child health in the West Bank & Gaza Strip through improving utilization of monitoring and evaluation service data for decision making. The hRHR is led by the World Health Organization and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and is funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). The Ministry of Health in Palestine through the PNIPH has offered to be a pilot country for implementing the hRHR. The PNIPH carried out a needs assessment for the hRHR before finalising a detailed project plan with a step-wise rolling out of the hRHR. An application for funding of the infrastructure and the rolling out of the project in primary and secondary health services has been submitted to the Norwegian Representative Office and got approved. The project implementation will be conducted in different phases including the development phase. Development phase included mainly the recruitment of staff, comprehensive needs assessments, engagement of stakeholders, developing guidelines, identification and training of the national team, developing training plans, customization of data collection tools, procurement of infrastructure needs, ensuring internet availability at the clinics.
As in other middle-income countries, an understanding of the epidemiology of road traffic deaths, injuries and disabilities in Palestine is critical to inform sustainable research and policy initiatives aimed at reducing this burden. However, road traffic casualties and their attendant risks are still poorly quantified in the West Bank. Palestine has begun to address road safety by establishing links between several stand-alone road traffic surveillance systems conducted by different West Bank stakeholders. The Palestinian National Institute of Public Health (PNIPH) - a World Health Organization project - supports the establishment of a national integrated Road Traffic Casualties Information System (RTC-IS) to produce accurate data on road casualties nationally, namely fatalities, injuries and disabilities, and enable the implementation of preventive measures and the monitoring of results.
A cross-sectional household survey was carried out to determine the prevalence and distribution of malnutrition and intestinal infections among Jordan Valley children and their mothers. Form each randomly selected household; all children 1- 12 years were selected.
To evaluate national screening mammography, we tracked abnormal screening results in 2011 for health outcomes. Data were pooled from mammogram registries, and the performance of the screening program was examined using a two-year follow-up window from the time of the mammography. Findings show a shortage of films and physicians and inconsistency in the program in different terms.
Conferences and Events
PNIPH Participated in an international conference titled “Safety 2016 - From Research to Implementation” in Finland as a 4th Global Meeting with Health Ministry Focal Points for Injury and Violence Prevention. The Participants came from more than 100 countries. #Safety2016FIN
In cooperation with the Ministry of Health, the Palestinian National Institute of Public health has celebrated the World Cancer Day under the slogan: "We Can. I Can" on the 15th of February ,2016. His Excellency the Minister of Health Dr. Jawad Awwad attended the event as well as the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Palestine Dr. Gerald Rockenshaub.
Dr. Rand Salman, the Project Director of the PNIPH, participated in the 10th annual meeting of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) in Paris, 14-15 October, 2015. The meeting discussed critical public health issues such as strategies to overcome vaccine hesitan...