The World Health Organization (WHO), in close cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), established the Palestinian National Institute of Public Health (PNIPH) in 2012.

The institute employs scientific evidence to inform health policy development and implementation in an effort to improve the wellbeing of all in Palestine. PNIPH supports the MoH and other stakeholders in strengthening public health functions through applied research, surveillance and development of health systems, health promotion, advocacy and communications, and capacity building.

PNIPH focus areas and priorities include maternal and child health, human resources for health, non-communicable diseases, cancer, and universal health coverage, among others. When planning its activities and initiatives, the institute always considers cross-cutting issues like gender equality, human rights, vulnerable areas, and social determinants of health.

As part of its efforts in supporting and promoting a culture of evidence-based decision making, the institute seeks collaboration with stakeholders at the multi-sectoral level including health partners and academia.

Through the current institutional-building phase (2017–2019), PNIPH is increasing its capacity by appointing a board of trustees, developing a human resources plan, organogram, and financial sustainability plan, and enhancing the skills and technical expertise of the institute’s staff.

PNIPH is an independent and credible source of information that is officially endorsed by Palestinian law to become a full-fledged governmental organization in 2022.