Who's who in PHM's new global secretariat

PHM web editor

13 May 2006
PHM's global secretariat will be hosted by Association for Health and Environmental Development (AHED), Egypt on behalf of the Middle East and supported by Global Secretariat support group that will include (1) Arab Resource Collective, Beirut, Lebanon (Ghassan Issa); and (2) Palestinian Medical Relief Services, Palestine (Jihad Mashal); and Chairperson of AHED (Alla Shukrallah). Who are they and what do they do?

Association for Health and Environmental Development (AHED)
A non-governmental, non-for-profit, membership organization established formally in November 1987 and it is based in Cairo, Egypt.
AHED strives to assist in the evolvement and implementation of alternative policies and systems in the area of community development in general and in the areas of health, environment and disability in particular. Policies, which are capable of responding to the needs of the Egyptian society as a whole, and the most disadvantaged and marginalized groups in particular - their needs should be identified through their active participation.
Hence, AHED does not see itself only as a service provider, but rather an actor of change, along with other activists and interest groups.
AHED is governed by an elected board and functioning through three programs, namely; Health Policies & Systems Program, Disability Program, and Environment & Development Program whose work strategies include: assisting the development of evidence-based policy alternatives, building the capacities civil society organizations, raising the public awareness and advocating for the health and environmental rights.
Geographically, AHED scope of work is extended to all Egyptian governorates as well as it is a member of many regional and global networks.
Address: 17 Beirut St., Apt. #501, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt - Tel: +20 2 2565613 - Fax: +20 2 2565612 - Website: www.ahedegypt.org - E-mail: [email protected]
The Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), formerly UPMRC
A non-for profit, community-based health organization, founded in 1979 by a group of Palestinian doctors and health professionals seeking to supplement the decayed and inadequate health infrastructure caused by years of Israeli military occupation.
PMRS’s national health programs emphasize prevention, education, community participation, and the empowerment of people.
PMRS is the founder of the Palestinian NGO network and member of the steering committee ,member of the steering committee of the Arab NGO Network For Development (ANND) ,founding member of the IPHC and host of It’s second International conference in Jerusalem, member of the steering committee of PHM and the regional coordinator of MENA region .
Being one of the largest health NGOs in Palestine, PMRS seeks to improve the overall physical, mental, and social well being of all Palestinians, regardless of racial, political, social, economic or religious status. Our comprehensive health programs focus on the needs of the most vulnerable members of Palestinian society: women, children, and the poor in rural villages, refugee camps, and urban centers. We pursue our mission of Quality Health for All in over 400 communities throughout Palestine. At these locations 26 permanent community health centers and hundreds of mobile clinics, conduct comprehensive Primary Health Care programs, including women's health, child health, community-based rehabilitation, school health, and specialty services.
Address: El Ersal Street, Al Bireh, , PMRS Building, PO Box 572, Ramallah, Palestine - Tel: +972-2-296-9970 - Fax: +972-2-296-9999 - E-Mail: [email protected] - Web: www.upmrc.org
Arab Resource Collective (ARC)
A regional Arab independent non-profit organization founded in 1988 and works with partners in 9 Arab countries ( Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan and Morocco).
ARC’s objective is to works with its partners to develop knowledge, build capacities and develop the resources culture in the Arab countries. It contributes to better childhood, Health, education, communication and community development by producing books (publisher of “Where There is no Doctor” in Arabic), training manuals, community health care and development guidelines, newsletters, and other educational materials through networking and convenes workshops with a view to developing human resources.
ARC builds on the capacities of each person in order to develop knowledge and translate rights into reality. It adopts a Holistic integrated, participatory and collective approach in its work through consultation, networking and partnerships, in order to capitalize on people’s experience.
ARC’s programs cover the fields of: 1) Early childhood care and development; 2) Children’s rights in Arab societies; 3) The child-to-child program; 4) Health for all: a. primary health care, b. women’s health, c. Rational use of drugs & d. Mental health for a new generation in the Arab countries; 5) Youth and healthy living; 6) Disability, special needs and inclusion; 7) Training, learning and communications; 8) Digital solidarity program in refugees camps and other deprived areas; and 9) Information and communication technologies for development.
In Cyprus: POBox 27380. Nicosia 1645. Cyprus - Tel: + (357 2) 2 766 741 - Fax: + (357 2) 2 766 790. EMail: [email protected]
In Lebanon: POBox 13-5916Tel:+(9611)742075, Fax:+(9611) 742077. Email: [email protected] & website: www.mawared.org.
Jihad Mashal, Director General, Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS).
A public health specialist, with 25 yrs of experience in an extensive range of health and development related activities. He has an extensive experience in:
Training; curricula design and manual development; and provision of technical assistance in areas include PHC management, child health, women’s health, chronic diseases and disability, with local regional and international organizations.
Clinical practice in area of child health.
Lobbying and advocacy at national, regional and international levels on a variety of health and development issues
His work experience covers: direct clinical work; project planning, implementation, management and evaluation; training; and research.
His academic achievements include: EMBA. Northwestern and Tel Aviv Universities. Tel Aviv, Israel (2001-2003), M.Sc Mother and Child Health, The Institute of Child Health, London University, London, UK (1989-1991). M.D. Craiova Medical School, Craiova, Romania (1975-1982).
Ghassan Issa, ARC Co-founder, member of Senior Management Team and Senior Health coordinator responsible for Health for all programs which include : a. primary health care, b. women’s health, c. Rational use of drugs d. Mental health for a new generation in the Arab countries, e. Youth and healthy living, f.Disability, special needs and inclusion .
A pediatrician and lecturer in Community Pediatrics, Pediatrics Department, Faculty of Medicine, Lebanese University since 1990.
An Activist in Civil Society organizations in Lebanon since the beginning of the civil war in 1975. Executive director of a prominent Lebanese emergency relief and development NGO between 1980 and 1990. A member of Health Action International lobbing team for Ethical Criteria for Promotion of Medicinal Drugs?, 42nd World Health Assembly, Geneva, 1992. Member of Continuing Medical Education Committee of the Lebanese Syndicate of Physicians 1998-2000.
General Secretary of the Lebanese National Certification committee of Poliomyelitis eradication since 1999. Co-author of the book “Drug Issues in Arab Countries :challenges and initiatives”, published in Arabic 1994. Coordinator of adaptation, arabization, translation, medical and pharmacological revision, and field testing in 5 Arab countries, of the book: "Where Women Have no Doctor" published by Hesperian Foundation- New York-USA and Arab Resources Collective : 2001.General Secretary of Lebanese Pediatrics Society : 1994 – 2000. General Secretary of 25th congress of "Union of Middle-East and Mediterranean Pediatric Societies" – Beirut 2000. PHM-Arab countries (MENA Region) coordination committee and PHM country coordinator, Lebanon. PHM activist since PHA 2000.
Alaa Shukrallah, Chairperson of AHED - Co-Director and Head of Research and Training unit, Development Support Centre (DSC).
An experienced public health and community based rehabilitation specialist. Started as a clinician in the Egyptian country side. Participated later in founding many people’s health related initiatives, among them are:
An activist group in the syndicate of doctors, (the group of young doctors) which promoted a social model of health care and advocated for a comprehensive Primary health care system which caters for the needs of the Egyptian people particularly the poor and marginalized
The Waily Primary Health Care centre, which is located in a very poor cairene area.
The Association for Health and Environmental Development (AHED)
The Development Support Centre, an organization which promotes the development of a strong, vibrant Civil Society in Egypt and the Arab World, as a precursor for democracy and social change.
He Worked as a Unicef consultant for the past 15 years and now is the regional facilitator of Eastern Mediterranean civil society network of the WHO’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health.
Among his professional achievements were:
The coordination and development of a Egyptian national strategy for the prevention, rehabilitation and equitation of opportunities for disabled people in Egypt.
A situation analysis of disabled people in Egypt.
A situation analysis and a strategy for child Protection in Egypt.
Several studies and surveys in the area of childhood disability, prevalence, services and rights.
A book on the development of the health care system and Medical Education in Egypt.
Hani Serag
Director, Health Policy and Systems Program (HPSP) and vice executive director, AHED
An Egyptian physician in mid thirties of age, graduated from the medical school and studied epidemiology – worked in AHED since 1994 and for a while as a clinician – has a sound experience in implementing public health-related research, training, evaluation and advocacy – has experience in coordinating networks and networking on local and regional levels. Among his professional achievements are: the coordination of health surveillance system in rural and urban settings in Egypt - coordinating several surveys and researches related to disability prevalence, beneficiaries satisfaction of health services, etc. – coordinating the development of a periodic report on health status and health services in Egypt as an “Egyptian Health Watch” – coordinating regional training program on Health Systems Research.

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