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Optimizing ministries of health and engaging the private sector for UHC and Health Security in EMR

December 13, 2022 @ 9:00 am 1:00 pm UTC+2

Project overall meeting roadmap and how the sessions of the day link to the overall theme

  • Dr Hassan Salah, Regional Advisor, Primary and Community Health Care, WHO EMRO

Where do we want to go?

[Vignette and Presentation]: Setting the scene: Governance of mixed health systems

  • Governments as stewards of the whole health system
  • Reflecting on governance challenges during COVID, how they affected the response and what it means for post COVID rebuilding
  • Required governance roles and capacities of the Ministries of Health


  • Ms Maryam Bigdeli, WHO Representative, Morocco
  • Dr Walid Ammar, Director of the Doctorate and Research in Public Health Program at the Higher Institute of Public Health, Université St Joseph Beyrouth

[TEDTalk and Presentation]: The effective engagement of the private sector in health

  • What do we mean by the effective engagement of the private sector in health?
  • Myths and Facts about private sector engagement
  • The need to strengthen the public sector for effective private sector engagement


  • Professor Venkat A. Raman, University of Delhi

Where are we?

[Vignette and Presentation] The contribution of the PHS to service provision and PSE status in COVID response in the EMR?

  • Highlights of the regional assessments


  • Dr Hassan Salah, Regional Advisor, Primary and Community Health Care, WHO/EMRO

[Vignette and Panel discussion] Country reflections: Public- Private Sector Engagement Challenges and Opportunities

  • What are the challenges facing PSE in the region?
  • How did the challenges reflect on COVID-19 response?
  • What does the private sector need from governments to be an effective partner?


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


  • Dr Inés Ayadi, Professor of Health Economy at Sfax University, Tunisia (P)
  • Dr Jafar Sadegh Tabrizi, Professor of health services management, Tabriz Medical Sciences, University of Iran (TBC)
  • Mr Temitayo Erogbogbo, Director, Multilateral Organization Engagement and Global Advocacy Lead, MSD for Mothers, Merck & Co (V)
  • ·  Mr Zhehat Adulwahed Yaseen, Quality pharmacist and administrative manager, Catheterization Laboratory (C.L.) Company, Iraq (V)
  • (P)
  • Dr Randa Hamadeh, Head of the Primary Healthcare and Social Health Department and the Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon (V)

Q. & A.

How to get there?


  • Introducing WHO EMRO Position Paper on Engaging with the Private Health Sector to Advance Universal Health Coverage and Health Security
  • Briefing on WHO strategy on Engaging the private health service delivery sector through governance in mixed health systems
  • Briefing on the Maturity Model


  • Aya Thabet, Technical Officer, WHO
  • David Clarke, Unit Head a.i., Health System’s Governance and Policy, WHO/HQ

Modes of partnering with the private sector in health


  • Catherine Goodman, Professor, health economics and policy, LSHTM

Briefing on the Country Connector on the Private Sector in Health and OpenWHO course

Q. & A.

[Panel discussion] How different EMR programmes are engaging with the PS in health? – 5 min each

  • Highlights of the regional assessment on the role of the PS in the provision of EHS + Country case studies


  • Dr Yvan Hutin, Director, DCD, WHO EMRO


  • Dr Hoda Youssef Atta, Coordinator, HIV, TB, Malaria and Tropical Diseases, EMRO
  • Dr Khalid Saeed, Regional Adviser, Mental Health and Neurological Disorders, EMRO
  • Dr Hala Sakr, Regional Adviser, WHO EMRO
  • Dr Ayoub Al-Jawaldeh, Regional Adviser Nutrition, EMRO

Q. & A.

[Focus time]: Needed support from EMRO’s different technical departments, HQ and GAP partners

What is required from your side? / Wrap up (key messages and way forward)


  • Aya Thabet, Technical Officer, WHO

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