Eastern Mediterranean Region

The IWG Eastern Mediterranean Region aims to strengthen the availability of data on health systems in the region and to promote collaborative research on health information systems (HIS). The EMR team also hopes to aid in efforts towards universal health coverage for all vulnerable populations. To achieve these goals, the EMR team is collaborating with the Health Systems Strengthening working group and working on collaboration between American University of Beirut and Johns Hopkins University. Beyond this, the group also hopes to continue collaborative research efforts with other regional groups, including a forthcoming focus on the history of health systems in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Hossam Mohamed is a steering committee representative of the Eastern Mediterranean currently residing in Egypt. He is a pharmacist, public health specialist with MPH degree focusing on Epidemiology and Biostatistics from American University of Beirut. His main interests in public health fields is to strengthen health systems through research and data driven decisions that guarantee equitable access to health services.

Nagham Faour is a steering committee memebr representing the Eastern Mediterranean nregion. She is a public health professional, upon her graduation as Medical Laboratory Technician, she joined the international NGO “Action Against Hunger” team in Lebanon from 2015 till 2018, starting as nutrition outreach officer, moving to be public health officer and then public health supervisor, serving Syrian refugees in different health and public health domains. Through that she volunteered to be the Gender Focal Point to guarantee gender equality in all the sectors. Nagham is a TDR WHO Global scholarship awardee, graduated from Amerian University of Beirut with a master’s degree of public health concentrating in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Nagham is now working with MSF as Health Promotion Supervisor.

Mabel Aoun is a regional leader for the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). She is a medical doctor/nephrologist working in Lebanon. She did her fellowship in Paris in 2003-2004. She completed her Master of Public Health/Health Management and Policy at the American University of Beirut in June 2020. In the last 8 years, she worked in several committees at the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health and is a co-founder of the National Committee for Kidney Health. She is an instructor at the school of medicine of the Saint-Joseph University of Beirut, she has 16 peer-reviewed publications and she is very interested in research. She believes that research and accurate data collection in the Eastern Mediterranean Region should be encouraged and strengthened. She is a strong advocate for women empowerment regionally and globally. She joined the IWG because she believes that collaborative leadership ensures efficiency in any public health project by sharing knowledge and experiences, and thus can improve research, health policies and health systems worldwide.

Fadi Martinos has a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Political Science, and is now pursuing his MPH in Health Management & Policy. Fadi has been working in humanitarian relief for the past five years both on the front-lines and through the coordination of humanitarian health projects. The humanitarian health sector in Lebanon, which is characterized with high levels of conflict and vulnerabilities, motivated Fadi to study health systems and be a regional lead member at the International Working Group for Health System Strengthening.

Ghiwa Nassereddine is a regional leader for the Eastern Mediterranean Region currently residing in Beirut, Lebanon. She graduated from the School of Pharmacy in 2019, and then went on to directly pursue her master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatisitcs at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Ghiwa has found deep passion to the field of public health research throughout her studies, where she has contributed to a vast number of public health resarch related to health equity and elderly social justice. She is currently doing an internship as a public health researcher at the United Nations Economic and Social Commissions for Western Asia (ESCWA). Ghiwa has also been trying her best into putting her public health passions into action as she has her own podcast and blog dedicated to spreading more knowledge and awareness about the field.

Jana Sakakini is a regional leader for the Eastern Mediterranean Region currently residing in Lebanon. She is a licensed dietitian and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health from the American University of Beirut, focusing on health management and policy. She is very interested in performance improvement of health systems in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, empowering women for leading health systems, as well as effective policy development for better health outcomes.

Lara Abou Ammar is a regional leaders in the EMR region. She has recently graduated with a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Lara has a BS in Business Management and a minor in Psychology. She has worked as a health officer with the Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon on the Expanded Program on Immunization where she was in charge of monitoring the vaccination activities in the PHCCs and training of MOPH staff on the cold chain management. She then joined the M&E department at International Medical Corpes as a Health Information System Officer. Lara joined the MPH program based on a friend’s advice who is an epidemiologist with WHO, and since then, she believes that it was the best decision she took in her life. Lara is now working as a Health Reporting and Assessment Consultant with the International Organization for Migration, Iraq mission.

Line Zaylaa is a regional leader for the Eastern Mediterranean Region. She graduated with a BSc degree. She is a speech and language pathologist (SLP), currently pursuing her master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) with concentration in Health Management and Policy at the American University of Beirut. In the last 4 years, Line have been working closely with NGOs/iNGOS in matters related to health promotion and community service. Currently, Line is a health promotion officer at Médecins Sans Frontières in Beirut working with refugees on sexual and reproductive health, child health and NCDs. Her main interest lies in maternal and child health. Line is also a strong advocate for justice, gender equality and women empowerment. Through working with different groups of the society, particularly with vulnerable communities, and through traveling, she acquired a sense of not belonging to any specific group but instead belonging to a global human community.