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Health workforce to provide EPHFs’

December 14, 2022 @ 2:30 pm 5:30 pm UTC+2

Facilitated by: Dr Gulin Gedik, Coordinator, Health Workforce, UHC/HS, WHO EMRO

Introductory remarks


  • Dr Rana Hajjeh, Director, Programme Management, WHO EMRO

An overview of Essential Public Health Functions in EMR


  • Dr Hala Abou Taleb, Regional Adviser, a.i. Health Systems Governance, UHC/HS, WHO EMRO

Essential Public Health Functions Competency Framework: Competent health workers to perform EPHFs


  • Dr Gulin Gedik, Coordinator, Health Workforce, UHC/HS, WHO EMRO

[Panel discussion] Health workforce for EPHFs in EMRO: Challenges, opportunities, and future actions 10 min for each panelist


  • Dr Neil Squires, Director of Global Health Operations, UK Health Security Agency (V)


  • Dr. Sabeen Afzal, Deputy Director Health Programs, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Pakistan
  • Dr Rowaida Al Maaitha, President, Board of Trustees at Yarmouk University, Consultant for HRH Princess Muna El–Hussein for Health and Social Development, Professor at Jordan University of Science and Technology (P)
  • Dr Richard Brennan, Director, WHE, WHO EMRO (P)
  • Dr. Hussein Farshidi, Deputy Minister for Public Health, Iran
  • Dr. Kawther Mahmoud, President of Nursing Syndicate Egypt and Egyptian Senate Member, the Under Secretary of Nursing at Egypt Ministry of Health and Population


Overview on public health professionals in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

  • Professor Iman Nuwayhid, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut (V)

[Panel discussion] How to strengthen public health professionals in EMR?


  • Dr Sameen Siddiqi, Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University (P)


  • Dr Haitham Bashier, Executive Director, International Academy of Public Health (IAPH Workforce Capacity Team Leader, Executive Director, Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET) (P)
  • Prof Salman Rawaf, President, Arab Public Health Association (P)
  • Dr Elsheikh Badr, Chairperson, Community Medicine Council, ABHS, Advisor, National Institute for Health Specialties UAE (P)
  • Dr Yvan Hutin, Director Communicable Diseases, WHO/EMRO

The way forward and closing of the session


  • Dr Awad Mataria, Director, UHC/HS, WHO EMRO

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