Governance in support of Common Goods for Health ?

Over the last few years, global health systems experts have begun to make progress coalescing a shared understanding of the priority actions needed for effective health system governance. In many countries, both rich and poor, COVID-19 has shed light on governance arrangements and revealed some of their shortcomings.

In this webinar session, we will focus on the link between common goods for health, essential public health functions and the governance arrangements that are integral for their successful delivery.

After a conceptual introduction, we will discuss the approach developed and applied in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Looking forward to sharing this experience with you!

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Dr. Agnes Soucat is the Director, Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing at the WHO HQ in Geneva, Switzerland. Before joining WHO, she was the Global Lead: Health, Nutrition and Population for the World Bank and part of the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health. She has over 25 years of experience in health and poverty reduction, covering Africa, Asia and Europe.

Dr. Hala Abou Taleb is the Regional Advisor for Health Systems Governance with the WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean in Cairo, Egypt. She has worked earlier in her career with other United Nations’ affiliated entities and has a lifelong interest in public health issues, including health system governance, accountability, legislation, human rights and equity, as well as evidence-based policies and planning in different settings including fragile context.
Prof. Dr. Maha El Rabbat is the Executive Director of the Middle East and North Africa Policy Forum appointed by WHO Director General as one of six Special Envoys on COVID-19, to provide strategic advice and high-level political advocacy and engagement in different parts of the world. Dr El Rabbat is the former Minister of Health and Population for Egypt, has held several high-level academic and leadership positions, and worked as a health system and governance expert with national, regional, and international organizations.
Dr. Sameen Siddiqi is the Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University. Previously, he worked with WHO for 16 years where he served as Director of Health System Development in the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office as well as serving as the WHO’s Representative to Lebanon and Iran. Dr Siddiqi has also worked with the MOH in Pakistan and for the World Bank. He has worked for over two decades in health system development and has special interest in health system governance.
Dr. Walid Ammar is the former Director General of the Ministry of Public Health of Lebanon (1993-2020) and current Director of the Doctorate and Research in Public Health Program at St. Joseph University. Dr. Ammar has published over 100 per-reviewed papers as well as two books: “Health System and Reform in Lebanon” & “Health Beyond Politics”.
Dr. Maryam Bigdeli currently serves as the WHO Representative to Morocco. She has nearly 20 years’ experience with WHO working on heath financing, social health protection, health policy and research, universal health coverage, aid effectiveness as well health systems governance. Dr. Bigdeli is also a member of the Global and Eastern Mediterranean Regional Chapters of the Health System Governance Collaborative.

MENA HPF is holding it first virtual meeting to discuss COVID 19 Pandemic. The meeting is one of a series.

MENA HPF is pleased to invite you to a virtual meeting on COVID 19 pandemic  on Thursday , April 23,2020 from 1:2:30 pm Cairo time.
The aim of the meeting is to discuss different aspects of the current pandemic, to reach some strategic directions which can support the regional  efforts.
Virtual meeting: Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis
Date: April 23, 1:00 -2:30 pm, Cairo time
Meeting moderator: Dr. Maha El Rabbat
The meeting will start with short interventions as follows:
·         What is the status of the pandemic and its containment in the MENA region? Dr. Ahmed Elmandhari, EMRO RD
·         Are countries ready with plans to resume economic activities, and when should they give up the lock down? Dr. Richard Brennen, WHO/EMRO
·         Can the problem be resolved at the national level, or does it require global action, and how? Dr. Ahmed Galal, MENA HPF
Open discussion
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To help in ensuring good coverage  of discussion points, kindly send your questions beforehand by email to:”radwa mekky” <>
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The workshop on the electronic system of the monitoring and evaluation framework for SRH integration in PHC


The UNFPA ASRO together with the MENA HPF conducted a workshop on the the electronic system of the monitoring and evaluation framework for SRH integration in PHC. The workshop included representatives from 4 different Arab countries; Palestine, Jordan, Oman and Morocco. The main purpose of this workshop is to build capacities on the utilization of the newly developed  electronic tool that monitor and evaluate the provision of SRH integration in the PHC in each of the 4 selected countries. Dr.Maha El Rabbat, the executive director of the MENA HPF discussed the importance of SRH integration in achieving the universal health coverage. She highlighted the importance of this tool in acting as an advocacy tool for decision makers to identify the gaps and challenges for achievement of SRH integration in PHC. Dr.El Rabbat added that the MENA HPF together with the UNFPA ASRO will continue to provide all the technical support needed to the countries in the region.


The Social Research Center of the American University in Cairo announces a package of training modules to develop multidisciplinary social science research skills and illustrate their utilization’s in assessing development challenges; guiding evidence based policies, monitoring development goals, as well as evaluating policies and programs. The package is useful to a wide variety of stakeholders who seek to support development policies and actions.


RM Application 2019

Strengthening the Integration of SRH services in PHC UNITS in Egypt: Third High level Experts’ Meeting

MENA Health Policy Forum together with the UNFPA Egypt was honored to organize the third High level Experts’ Meeting of Strengthening the Integration of SRH services in PHC UNITS in Egypt. The meeting took place on the 3rd of April and Experts from different entities participated in this meeting; mainly the Ministry of Health and Population, academics, Consultants, UNFPA ASRO, UNAIDS.