World Health Organization (WHO), in close cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), has established the Palestinian National Institute of Public Health (PNIPH) in 2012.
The institute employs scientific evidence to inform health policy development and implementation, and therefore, improve wellbeing of all in Palestine. It supports 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 mother and child Health, human resources for health, non-communicable diseases, cancer, universal health coverage, and 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 building its capacity through appointing a board of trustees, developing a human resources plan and organogram, building a financial sustainability plan, and growing skill 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 fully-fledged governmental organization in 2022.