The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) and the International Academy of Public Health (IAPH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the 16th of January, 2023.
This International MOU establishes a framework for cooperation between the two Parties on promoting population health and strengthening public health capacity to address global challenges and realise the promise of public health as advancing the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and protecting and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of all in society.
The MOU involves collaboration strategies and joint work on training and capacity building for the public health workforce, promoting professional standards and leadership, and strengthening public health practice and research.
Prof Kevin Fenton, President of the FPH, and Dr. Mohannad Al Nsour, Chairperson of the IAPH Board of Directors, signed the MOU on behalf of both parties, respectively.
Professor Kevin Fenton, President of the Faculty of Public Health said ‘I am pleased that the Faculty of Public Health and the International Academy of Public Health have formalised a shared agenda and framework for collaborative working as we join together to protect and improve health for populations across the globe.
This International Memorandum of Understanding represents a commitment between our two organisations to work together to advance the science, knowledge, and standards of public health practice, strengthen international public health systems, reduce global health inequalities, and advocate for prioritisation of public health policy at national and global level.
I look forward to collaborating with Dr. Mohannad Al Nsour and colleagues in the coming years to support better health for populations across the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean regions and beyond.’
Dr. Mohannad Al Nsour, Chairperson of the IAPH Board of Directors said ‘I am optimistic about the collaboration between the two partners and the expected positive impact on the public health education and practice in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.’
The MOU comes at an opportune time when the lessons of the global pandemic and considerations for global health security further emphasise the importance of public health.
Based on the long and outstanding experience of the FPH and its international influence, and considering the unique positioning and potential of IAPH as a regional institution, the implementation of this MOU is expected to support public health capacity in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean Region where health systems and public health challenges are unprecedented.
The MOU contains a detailed framework for cooperation in line with the stipulated areas for collaboration, with both parties outlining the necessary structures and mechanisms to ensure effective implementation.