COSIMENA Health Cluster Conference
Health Cluster Conference 2017

Aim and Scope

In July 2017 the DAAD Cairo Office launched the Health Cluster with its first Health Cluster Conference. Throughout the entire year COSIMENA organised various events such as two Public Health Courses in Sudan and Egypt, two events raising awareness of noncommunicable diseases and an Expert Session on German-Egyptian Research Cooperation.

Our Activities

Expert Session on Virology

17th July 2018

Virology Expert Session 2018
Virology Expert Session 2018

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In a globalised world, viral diseases have the potential to spread within few hours between cities, regions or even continents and no country can tackle those serious health threats and challenges on its own. Therefore an intensified international scientific exchange on effective measurements and structures to prevent, monitor and contain such outbreaks is strongly needed.

In the framework of the COSIMENA Health Cluster, one of seven issue driven clusters hosted by COSIMENA (Clusters of Scientific Innovation in the Middle East and North Africa) is organizing the Health Cluster Expert Session on Virology in Cairo on 17 July at 06.00 pm. The Expert Session on Virology consists of keynotes followed by a panel discussion with public health experts and policy makers from Germany and Egypt. The speaker will cover various aspects of virology such as the diagnosis of viral infection and public health measurement to prevent and control viral diseases outbreaks.

The Expert Session on Virology is focusing on public health experts, researchers and policy makers and is intended to:

  • give an overview on the latest epidemiological situation of infectious diseases in the MENA region
  • discuss effective measurements to prevent, monitor and contain disease outbreaks
  • showcase models of successful scientific north-south cooperation in the field of virology
  • promote the networking among scientists, public health experts and policy makers

COSIMENA is a project by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Cairo Office that aims to tackle the global challenges presented to us today, by fostering scientific collaboration. It brings together scientists, researcher, entrepreneurs, practitioners and policy makers from Germany and countries of the Middle East and North Africa.

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Workshop on Medical Anthropology

25th-26th June 2018

Medical Anthropology Workshop 2018
Medical Anthropology Workshop for Medical Staff 2018
Medical Anthropology Workshop for Students 2018

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Between June 25th and 26th, the German Academic Exchange service’s (DAAD) ‘Clusters of Scientific Innovation in the Middle East and North Africa’ (COSIMENA) invited medical professionals as well as students in medical and social sciences to participate in a workshop on medical anthropology.

 “Recent disease outbreaks have demonstrated the need and the centrality of the role played by anthropologists in bridging the gap between biomedical and cultural practices,” said Dr. Roman Luckscheiter, Director of the DAAD Cairo Office, in his welcome address, referring to the crucial role played by medical anthropologists during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

A sub discipline of social and cultural anthropology that emerged in Western Europe and North America in the 1960s, medical anthropology concerns itself with how social and cultural contexts influence the experience of illness and treatment management. Medical anthropologists work alongside medical practitioners to improve doctors’ practice and the health outcomes of patients in ordinary circumstances or in emergency situations.

In Egypt, medical anthropology is a nascent field of study that has not yet found its way in the curricula of social sciences or medicine, at least in an official capacity. “The DAAD, through the COSIMENA Health Cluster, is happy to introduce this concept, highlight its importance for medical studies and promote interdisciplinary scientific collaboration,” Luckscheiter added.

For two days, medical anthropology experts from Germany, Austria and Egypt addressed two different groups to try and encourage the uptake of this field of study’s methods. On June 25, they presented medical anthropology concepts to doctors and professors of medicine, and the next day addressed students of both medical and social sciences.

“Cairo is a science hub for Germany, with a high density of scientific partners,” said Simon Brombeiss, the Head of Culture and Education and the Acting Head of Protocol and Science of the German Embassy added during his welcome speech.

For this edition of the health cluster, the Austrian embassy was included as a partner. In her opening remarks, Mag. Ulrike Nguyen, the Deputy Head of Mission at the Austrian Embassy in Cairo, explained that a year ago, when Dr. Mustafa Abdalla first approached her, she had no clear understanding of what medical anthropology entailed. “But after he explained the ins and outs of this multidisciplinary concept, we wanted to be involved in introducing it,” she said.

To strengthen the scientific cooperation between Egypt and Austria, an Austrian medical anthropologist from the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, Dr. Margret Jäger, was invited to give several presentations during the workshop.

Dr. Mustafa Abdalla, a social scientist at the Freie Universität Berlin, argues that there is more to health and disease that physical processes. In fact, a strictly epidemiological approach often ignores other aspects affecting health. “For a good intervention, it is crucial to understand the cultural context of disease,” Abdalla said.

He was the one who came up with the idea to present basic medical anthropology principles to health professionals and students in Cairo. The idea emerged in 2016, during a DAAD workshop called “Brain Circulation” – as a counter argument to Brain Drain – where Egyptian professors, scientists and intellectuals living abroad discussed ways to share some of their knowledge and expertise with their home country. “With this workshop on medical anthropology,” Abdalla explained, “I wanted to reach out to people working in remote universities and in difficult conditions, and people coming from all parts of Egypt.”

Nasima Selim, from the Freie Universität Berlin, is a medical doctor who branched out to medical anthropology later in her career. Because she has been ‘an inhabitant of both disciplines,’ she gave various insightful presentation on how to bridge the gap between medicine and anthropology. “One often forgets that illness is located inside the body but also in the society. Some diseases are stigmatized, and some aren’t,” she says. “How that shapes the actual experience of the person is often overlooked,” she said, adding that she is hopeful that Egypt would become a pioneer and introduce medical anthropology in its medical programme.

Since its inception, COSIMENA has developed seven issue-driven clusters on water, energy, economy, urbanism, cultural heritage, and health which act as knowledge hubs and platforms of cooperation between scientists and innovators from Germany and the MENA region.  Since 2017, the health cluster has been a focal point for medical experts on topics such as public health, health policy making and noncommunicable as well as infectious diseases.

(Report by Ms. Louise Sarant)

Decision-Making in Public Health: Evidence, Politics

10th-13th December 2017

Public Health Course Cairo 2017
Public Health Course Cairo 2017

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In collaboration with the Institute of Public Health of the Universität Heidelberg, the COSIMENA Health Cluster hosted the four-day training course “Decision-Making in Public Health: Evidence, Politics” at the premises of the DAAD Office Cairo from 10 to 13 December 2017. On the first day, Dr Roman Luckscheiter, Director of the DAAD Office Cairo, and Mr Simon Brombeiss, cultural attaché of the German Embassy in Egypt, welcomed Dr Olaf Horstick and Dr Pauline Grys from the Institute of Public Health as well as the 20 participants in the course. Dr Luckscheiter und Mr Brombeiss highlighted the enduring cooperation between the University of Heidelberg and the DAAD Office Cairo, which had organised this second public health course after the first had been held in Khartoum in July 2017.

The 20 participants were chosen out of 250 applicants and came from five different countries in the MENA Region: Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Paralleling the positive results in Khartoum, the high number of applicants once again showed the great interest and demand for such training courses in the field of public health in the MENA region.

The concept was based on team applications consisting of a junior and a mid-senior so that the group was very heterogeneous, with varying levels of experience. While some are enrolled in Masters programmes, others work for well-known international organisations such as Action Against Hunger and the Internatioal Committee of the Red Cross or for organisations, Universities and companies located in Egypt and in the region.

After the participants expressed their high expectations for the course, Dr Olaf Horstick introduced them to the group work based structure of the course instead of formal lectures, using participatory teaching techniques. Dr Horstick and Dr Grys talked about the three steps of making a rational decision – Assessing-Choosing-Changing – and highlighted the direct link between data and decision-making. In the following days, the trainers were able to foster a creative learning atmosphere by encouraging the participants to take an active role in the lectures and to present their group results. The participants learned a lot and came up with their own ideas of how to bridge the research gaps.

In the end, Dr Horstick and Dr Grys picked up the basic questions from the beginning: what is decision-making and what makes a decision accountable. Everyone was able to answer these questions now since the training course had made the participants more confident in the subject. Furthermore, they had learned how to make a better decision by finding their own decision-making strategy.

After the four-day course, Dr Olaf Horstick and Dr Pauline Grys drew a positive conclusion and were were delighted by the motivation and self-confidence of the participants that had made the interactive training course such a huge success.

Two days dedicated to noncommunicable diseases in the MENA region

18th-19th November 2017


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In collaboration with NCDFREE, the DAAD Cairo Office hosted two events raising awareness of noncommunicable diseases in the MENA region among junior and senior scientists and researcher. NCDFREE is a global social start up that makes the health burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) relevant, accessible and prominent in the minds of millennials worldwide.

On 18 November the Innovation Incubator showcased the wide variety of activities and concepts which NCDFREE has developed and championed since 2013, specifically focusing on the diverse communication and advocacy tools used to engage young professionals and students in the topics of NCDs and Global Health. The over 70 attendees gained innovative thinking, advocacy and leadership skills through interactive presentations, skill sharing and design-oriented exercises. In her keynote Ghada Mostafa Khalafallah from the Breast Cancer Foundation of Egypt introduced effective methods to use communication as a tool for organizing awareness campaigns. The event ultimately connected a diverse group of next generation thinkers and leaders with NCDs, NCDFREE and Global Health through stimulating and exciting activities.

On 19 November the Long Lunch attracted 35 young and established leaders within different health fields focusing on cancer. The programme framed the issue of cancer in the MENA Region, where the largest increase in cancer incidence in the next 15 years is likely to be in, taking into account the trends for all related risk factors. The event explored successful and innovative ways of decreasing the risk factors by tapping into health and non-health related topics such as smoking, nutrition, physical activity, environmental health and the built environment. Over a healthy three-course meal outstanding keynotes were delivered by Dr Asmus Hammerich Director for NCDs and mental health in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO), Prof Dr Dina Husseiny Salama, Chief Scientific investigator of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Prof Dr Malak Shaheen, Paediatrician and active advocate for NCDs in children (NCD Child) and Ms Enas Mohamed, corporate communications manager. During the event the participants gained a different perspective on the issue of cancer, as well as innovative thinking, advocacy and leadership skills.

Health Cluster Expert Session in Mansoura - Germany in the Nile Delta

29th October 2017

Health Conference in Mansoura 2017 (Germany in the Delta)
Health Conference in Mansoura 2017 (Germany in the Delta)

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In the scope of Germany in the Nile Delta under the auspices of the German Embassy in Cairo, the DAAD successfully organised the COSIMENA Health Cluster Expert Session on German-Egyptian Research Cooperation on Sunday, 29 October 2017.

The intention of the COSIMENA Health Cluster is to build upon existing collaborations and to develop strategies and formats for a concentrated collaboration and joint projects within the MENA region.

In welcoming the guests, his Excellency the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Egypt, Georg Luy, expressed his appreciation to the German Egyptian research cooperation in the field of health. In the following address, Dr Roman Luckscheiter emphasised how the COSIMENA Health Cluster provides an interdisciplinary setting to illuminate existing cooperation between research institutions in Germany and countries of the MENA region in the health sector.

The first presentation, given by Prof Domres of the German Institute for Disaster Medicine, Dr Gamal Abbas, President of the Egyptian Resuscitation Council, and Dr Amr Yassen, Secretary of the Egyptian Resuscitation Council, introduced the MoU between Mansoura University and the German Institute of Disaster Medicine and Emergency Medicine on the topic of emergency medicine.

The second presentation, given by Dr Mohamed Salama, Mansoura University, described the successful model for cooperation between Mansoura University and the Technical University of Munich within the GeneFINDER project. GeneFINDER aims to study the genetics of familial neurodegenerative diseases in Egyptian patients.

The Expert Session ended with a fruitful panel discussion moderated by Dr Yasmeen Taalab of Mansoura University about the importance of continuing research cooperation between Germany and Egypt within the new initiative COSIMENA.

Decision Making in Public Health – A course delivered in Khartoum by the Institute of Public Health, Heidelberg

13th-17th July 2017

Public Health Course Khartoum 2017
Public Health Course Khartoum 2017

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The COSIMENA Health Cluster, in collaboration with the Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg and the Public Health Institute of Sudan, organised a course focusing on “Decision Making in Public Health” from 13 to 17 July in Khartoum.

Dr Olaf Horstick and Dr Pauline Grys from Heidelberg’s Institute of Public Health held this weeklong course at the premises of the Public Health Institute of Sudan, bringing together 25 accomplished experts in public health with multiple scientific and professional backgrounds, including many leading experts from the Federal Ministry of Health. During the course, the participants were provided with the necessary tools to develop and successfully implement evidence-based concepts and decisions in public health.

The concept of decision-making in public health practice was introduced, leading to an exploration of the process of selection and implementation of appropriate public health interventions. Divided into small groups focusing on malaria, patient satisfaction and baby-friendly hospitals, the participants developed their own practical approaches throughout the week and presented their interesting and innovative results on the last day of the course. The high number of applicants and the consistently positive feedback from participants show the huge demand for such training courses in the field of public health in Sudan.

COSIMENA Health Cluster Conference in Cairo - Two days dedicated to health in the MENA region

9th-10th July 2017

Health Cluster Conference 2017
Health Cluster Conference 2017

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On the evening of Sunday, 9 July 2017, and on Monday, 10 July 2017, the DAAD Office Cairo hosted its first Health Cluster Conference within the framework of its project Clusters of Scientific Innovation in the Middle East and North Africa (COSIMENA).

Scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, practitioners and policy makers from Tunisia, Sudan, Egypt and Germany came together for these two days to discuss existing and possible future cooperation within the region and with Germany.

Dr Roman Luckscheiter, Director of the DAAD Office Cairo, and H. E. Sönke Siemon, Chargé d’affairs ad. Int. of the German Embassy in Egypt, opened Monday night’s event, which was attended by 60 guests representing both university and non-university partners. In their welcome addresses, they highlighted the importance of scientific collaboration with regards to the health sector, both within the MENA region and between that region and Germany, and called for more multidisciplinary approaches to health. Journalist Ashraf Amin of Al Ahram Newspaper moderated the panel debate that followed, during which Dr John Jabbour, World Health Organisation Country Representative to Egypt, Dr Olaf Horstick from the Institute of Public Health at the University of Heidelberg, Prof Haydar El Hadi Babikir, representing the University of Gezira, Dr Chajia Schloemann-Abid of Sfax University in Tunisia and Dr Karim Fawya from Cairo University, engaged in a constructive discussion on health challenges as well as successes and problems with the implementation of health-related policies.

After the previous evening’s dinner had provided an initial opportunity for extensive discussions between guests, 30 participants used the second conference day for an exchange of detailed stories relating the successes and challenges of cooperation. Various presentations and a hands-on workshop provided for fruitful and constructive discussions on the achievements of and need for building partnerships. Participants especially appreciated the workshop led by Dr Olaf Horstick, as it gave them the opportunity to share examples of successful and problematic partnerships and to analyse success factors.

The Health Cluster Conference succeeded in creating a space for its participants to engage in constructive and fruitful discussions on cooperation in the health sector. Following a bottom-up approach, the university and non-university representatives – the most integral parts of existing and potential partnerships – came together to share their ideas and to engage in networking activities. Those partners benefitting from the efforts of the DAAD described the institution’s role as that of a facilitator of exchange and communication within the MENA region and with Germany. Notably, participants remarked on the crucial role that COSIMENA plays in serving as a platform for bringing together key actors and partners in the field of health and providing a space to seek out potential opportunities for scientific collaboration.


Abdalrahim Ibrahim Ahmed Albasheer (Public Health Course Alumnus)

  Abdalrahim Ibrahim Ahmed Albasheer
Function Lecturer
Institution/Faculty and University Shendi University, Faculty of Public Health, Department of Food Hygiene and Safety, Sudan
Research Fields of Interests Public health and disasters, health care services, strategies and policies of disease control, food science (safety and nutrition), Environmental Sciences and major Environmental Health.
E-Mail Address atbara233[at]
Short Profile Abdalrahim Ibrahim got a master’s degree from Khartoum University, Faculty of Public Health and Environmental, Department of Food Hygiene and Safety.  B.Sc. of Public Health and Environmental with grade very good with honour degree, Khartoum University. He is working in malaria control at Karai locality, Sudan and is a teacher assistant in microbiological laboratory, Faculty of Public Health and Environmental, University of Khartoum. He is now working as a lecturer at Shendi University, Faculty Public Health, Department of Food Hygiene and Safety since 2016.

Prof. Abeer Abd Elmoneim

  Prof. Abeer Abd Elmoneim
Function Assistant Professor
Institution/Faculty and University Faculty of Medicine, Sohag University
Research Fields of Interests Pediatrics hematology/oncology
E-Mail Address abeeraaa6[at]
Short Profile Assistant Professor of Pediatrics hematology/oncology, previous Postdoctor at Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in Johns Hopkins University, USA, and former DAAD fellow at Essen Duisburg University in Germany.

Prof. Dr. Ashraf Abadi

  Prof. Dr. Ashraf Abadi
Function Professor of Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemistry
Institution/Faculty and University Faculty of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, German University in Cairo, Egypt
Research Fields of Interests Drug Discovery, Medicinal Chemistry, Computer Aided Drug Design, Mechanisms of Action of Pharmaceuticals, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
E-Mail Address ashraf.abadi[at]
Short Profile Prof. Ashraf Abadi received his master and bachelor degrees from Pharmacy, Cairo University and his doctoral degree from University of Florida, USA/Cairo University.  He spent fifteen years on research and academic stays in the USA, Saudi Arabia and Germany. He has a track record of more than eighty international journal publications, book chapters and three patents. He serves as a referee and editorial board member for many international organizations and top scientific journals. He supervised/ supervising eighty master and doctoral theses. Prof. Abadi research group currently comprises more than fifty Master and doctoral students and postdoctoral candidates. He also worked as consultant to several pharmaceutical companies in Egypt. His specific fields of interest are:  Discovery of phosphodiesterase inhibitors as potential agents for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, cancer and Alzheimer; Modulating the activity of personalized medicines by structural modifications; Discovery of antivirals, particularly anti-Hepatitis C Virus and anti-Ebola medicines.  He is an awardee of several international and national research grants from STDF-Egypt, DAAD, BMBF, and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biotechnology 2011-2016. From 2010-2015 he was the Ambassador Scientist of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany in Egypt.

Dr. Ebaa M. El-Hossary

  Dr. Ebaa M. El-Hossary
Function Lecturer of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Institution/Faculty and University National Centre for Radiation Research and Technology / Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority
Research Fields of Interests The development of novel drugs against infectious diseases (from scratch and nature)

Combining the scientific ideas and approaches of chemistry and biology to understand and control the biological processes of pathogenic microorganisms at the molecular level

E-Mail Address ebaa.elhossary[at]
Short Profile I studied pharmacy at Misr University for Science and Technology, and completed my graduate studies in 2003. In 2004, I was recruited for a position as researcher pharmacist at the National Centre for Radiation Research and Technology (NCRRT) - Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority, where I completed my Master thesis and then subsequently my PhD work. In April 2010, I received my PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry from Cairo University. Since 2011, I have been working at the NCRRT as a Lecturer of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. In 2012, I have been selected for an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship and started to implement my collaborative research project in two institutes in Würzburg University - Germany; the Institute of Pharmacy and Food Chemistry (Prof. Dr. Ulrike Holzgrabe’s lab) and the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology (PD Dr. Knut Ohlsen’s lab). My research interests are finding novel drugs against infectious diseases, and combining chemical and biological tools to understand and visualize the biological processes of pathogenic microorganisms at the molecular level.

Prof. Dr. Eman Eltahlawy

  Professor Dr. Eman Eltahlawy
Function Professor of Public Health
Institution/Faculty and University National Research Center
Research Fields of Interests Epidemiology, Public health and environmental carcinogens
E-Mail Address Eman.eltahlawy[at]
Short Profile Eman Eltahlawy received her MBCH in medicine and general surgery and Doctoral degree of public health and social and community medicine from the Medical School of Cairo University. Her current position in National Research Center is professor of Public Health and Community Medicine. She had designed many health surveys, implemented health research projects and analyzed data. Her research projects have included public health problems and their effect on health. She has been instrumental in the development of the Library of Alexandria Super course help desk. She has experience in many of the proposed areas of the WHO EMRO strategic plan, including maternal and child health, health systems, communicable, non-communicable diseases, conflict, and smoking and could help add the research dimension.

Dr. Eltahlawy has worked for UNCIEF Egypt for more than 4 years from year 2012 up to 2017 as health consultant for Syrian refugee program. She was a former consultant in WHO Egypt office from February 2011 to June 2011 (Emergency Public health officer).

Dr. Gamal Eldin Abbas Khalifa

  Dr. Gamal Eldin Abbas Khalifa
Function Senior Consultant in Emergency and Disaster Medicine
Institution/Faculty and University Egyptian Resuscitation Council


Research Fields of Interests Trauma, Resuscitation, Disaster Medicine
E-Mail Address gekhalifa[at]
Short Profile Qualifications:

1.       MB, ChB.  Alexandria University 1977

2.       MSc. Emergency Medicine Alexandria University 1983

3.       Diploma in Healthcare Management, National Institute of Healthcare management, Sadat's Academy 1996

4.       European Master in Disaster Medicine, University of Del Pedimonte Orientale, Novara, Italy. 2005 (EMDM)

5.       Fellowship of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, UK, 2008 (FRCEM)

6.       Fellowship of the European Resuscitation Council (FERC), 2010

7.       Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ)



1.       President and main founder of Egyptian Resuscitation Council

2.       Vice President of Egyptian Trauma Society

3.       Senior Consultant (Visiting) in Emergency and Disaster Medicine

4.       European Resuscitation Council's (ERC) General Assembly member

5.       International Research reviewer for the Resuscitation Journal

6.       EMDM Tutor and Faculty member

7.       ETC trauma Program Director for Egypt

8.       ERC Guidelines writing group member since 2005 to date

9.       Editor of the Advanced Life Support provider and Instructor manuals

10.   Co- author of International Disaster Nursing Manual (Cambridge)

11.   International Trauma Life Support Chapter Director for Egypt

12.   Course Director for ALL ERC Courses

13.   ERC National Secretariat for Egypt

14.   Quality Consultant at Alexandria International Hospital

15.   Worked as an Emergency Physicians for 35 years in many countries in the Middle East and North Africa

Dr. Gasser Gad El Kareem

Dr. Gasser Gad El Kareem
Function Technical Officer
Institution/Faculty and University World Health Organization
Research Fields of Interests Emergency and Disaster Risk Management, Health Systems strengthening
Short Profile Dr. Gasser Gad El Kareem is an Egyptian Doctor specialised in Public Health, graduated from Cairo University and he received a degree in family medicine from Suez Canal University then M.Sc. in Public Health in Developing Countries from London of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

His career path was developed around the notion of assisting the most vulnerable and less advantaged population groups in getting satisfactory health services this was the case when he started his career in Sinai Peninsula with the Sinai indigenous Bedouin population.

Dr. El-Kareem has worked with several organizations including International Population Council, UNICEF, Pathfinder International, USAID and IOM where he ran a program that facilitated the accessibility of health services for migrants and refugees living in Cairo, especially Iraqis, Sudanese, Eritreans and Somalis in getting primary health care services.

Currently he is working as Technical Officer at WHO Country Office Egypt and the Emergency Focal person and in charge of the Country office’s programming targeting the health cause for displaced Syrian refugees living in Egypt, this program is part of the Regional response targeting Syrian refugees within Syria neighbouring countries.

Ghada Tagorti (Summer School Alumna)

  Ghada Tagorti
Function Master student
Institution/Faculty and University National Agricultural Institute of Tunisia, University of Carthage
Research Fields of Interests Veterinary medicine, Virology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Aquaculture
Homepages tagortig[at]
E-Mail Address Ghada Tagorti is a veterinarian graduated from National Veterinary School of Tunisia. She held master degree at the University of Carthage and the University of Nantes. For the last year, Tagorti has been active in blue biotechnology by valuing marine resources. Since joining the National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology, she expanded her research area to include virology, immunology and molecular biology. Her research approaches new avenues for treatment and development of antiviral compounds as well as the development of immunostimulants required to control infectious marine diseases.

Dr. Hala Hamza

  Dr. Hala Hamza
Current Status: Director of Pediatric Cardiology Department
Institution/Faculty and University: Cairo University
Research fields of interests: Interventional cardiac catheterization for treatment of congenital heart diseases in infants and children, Rheumatic fever, Fetal echocardiography
E-Mail Address: hala_hamza[at]
Short profile - maximum 200 words: Dr. Hamza is a graduate of the German school in Egypt. She obtained her Master Degree of Pediatrics, and her Doctorate degree from Cairo University. She specialized in Pediatric cardiology since 1989 and trained in several sites in Germany and Japan.  Since 2002, she was appointed Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology at Cairo University. Currently she is the Chairman of the Pediatric Cardiology Department at Cairo University, which is a referral center from all over Egypt for children suffering from congenital and acquired heart disease. The Pediatric cardiology department has become as well a training center for physicians from all over Egypt, enhancing the proper diagnosis and management of heart diseases in infants and children. Dr. Hamza has as well multiple international cooperation activities, among them is the cooperation with Cologne University, which has allowed exchanging experience and has resulted recently in the development of the first officially approved specialized master degree in Pediatric cardiology in Egypt.

Dr. Mira Barsoum

  Dr. Mira Barsoum Nashid Barsoum Hanna
Function Assistant teacher of physiology
Institution/Faculty and University Cairo University, Faculty of Medicine (Kasr El-Aini), Egypt
Research Fields of Interests Stem cells
E-Mail Address mirabarsoumhanna[at], ursmortadella[at], mirabarsoumhanna[at]
Short Profile I am a Pediatrician teaching physiology in Cairo University Faculty of Medicine and doing my research work in stem cells field. I have a master degree in Pediatrics: “Prolonged no enteral nutrition in NICU (pathophysiology and recent management)” and Master degree in Physiology: “The effect of infusion of bone marrow versus adipose tissue derived stem cells on cardiovascular complications in diabetic rats”. I have Doctorate degree in Physiology: "Generation of transgene-free induced pluripotent stem cells from cardiac fibroblasts of goat embryos", in which I had been granted scholarship from DAAD, GERLS program, in Cologne University, physiology institute. Where I have acquired good experience in culture of different types of stem cells (ESCs and iPSCs) and primary cells. As well I have a long experience in neonatal and pediatric ICUs.

My Publications:

1-      Comparison of adipose tissue- and bone marrow- derived mesenchymal stem cells for alleviating doxorubicin-induced cardiac dysfunction in diabetic rats .Stem Cell Res Ther.; 6(1):148, 2015. (I am 3rd name)

2-      The Interaction between Adult Cardiac Fibroblasts and Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes Leads to Pro-arrhythmic Changes in In Vitro Co-cultures. Stem Cells International Volume 2016, Article ID 2936126. (I am 7th name)

Dr. Mohamed Mosaad Salama


Dr. Mohamed Mosaad Salama

Function Associate Professor
Institution/Faculty and University Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University
Research Fields of Interests Neuroscience
E-Mail Address msalama[at]
Short Profile Dr. Salama obtained his Medical Degree in 1999 from Mansoura University, Egypt. There he began his clinical training and shortly thereafter started his post as clinical toxicologist at Mansoura University Poison Control Center. He received his MSc in Toxicology in 2006, and through a DAAD scholarship his PhD degree in Neurotoxicology in 2011 through collaboration with Philipps University in Marburg, Germany. He established the first Translational Neuroscience Unit in Egypt, resulting in published findings in international journals and invited presentations. His research on strategies that protect nerve cells from dying in Parkinson’s disease received recognition, Dr. Salama was selected as an SOT Global Senior Scholar in 2013 and Translational/ bridging awardee on 2016. He was awarded by Parkinson’s and movement disorders foundation (PMDF) for his continuing research in the field of neurodegeneration. Recently he was selected as a member of Egyptian Young Academy of Science (EYAS).

Currently, Dr. Salama is the director of the Medical Experimental Research Center (MERC) of Mansoura University. Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at Global Brain Health (GBHI), University of California, San Francisco | Trinity College, Dublin and IBRO-MENA Executive Committee Member.

Prof. Nadia Badrawi

  Prof. Nadia Badrawi


Function Vice President ANQAHE

Board Member NAQAAE

Institution/Faculty and University  

Prof. of Pediatrics, Cairo University

E-Mail Address nadia[at]
Short Profile Prof. Nadia Badrawi, Member of the planning committee and Chair of the reform of undergraduate medical program committee (RUMP) of the medical sector of the Supreme Council of Universities in Egypt.

Dr. Badrawi is an expert in Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education.

Dr. Badrawi is the main founder and the past president of the Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ANQAHE), a Board Member of the National Authority for Quality Assurance in Education in Egypt (NAQAAE), the Advisory Council of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG), the Global Pediatrics Education Consortium (GPEC). She served as a consultant to the World Bank, UNESCO, USAID, the European Union, the British Council and the Organization of German culture.

Dr. Badrawi was the chairperson of the National Quality Assurance and Accreditation Committee in Egypt. She disseminated the culture of Quality Assurance in Higher Education at Regional and National levels. She was the chairperson of the Pediatrics Department Cairo University.

Dr. Badrawi is also the main author of four quality assurance and accreditation books, Pediatrics and neonatal books. Furthermore, she has also published many papers in national and international journals in the field of medicine and education.

Ms. Nasima Selim

  Ms. Nasima Selim
Function Research Associate
Institution/Faculty and University Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology/Freie Universität Berlin
Research Fields of Interests Medical and Psychological Anthropology, Anthropology of Religion, Mental Health, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Methods
E-Mail Address nasimaselim[at]
Short Profile Nasima Selim studied medicine, public health, and anthropology. She has conducted ethnographic and qualitative research projects on diverse topics. She has taught anthropology to health professionals and social science students.

Dr. Neveen Abdel Maksoud Mansour

  Dr. Neveen Abdel Maksoud Mansour
Function Professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine
Institution/Faculty and University Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University
Research Fields of Interests Food safety, cosmetics hazards, reproductive toxicity, cupping
E-Mail Address Dr_neveen[at]


Short Profile The specialty of Environmental and occupational Medicine includes many

hazardous exposures. These exposures could be chemical (solvents, metals, gases, pesticide….), physical (radiation, noise, heat….), biological (viruses, bacteria….), musculoskeletal and psychological disorders. Indeed, the sectors of Training, Research including possible methods of intervention as detoxification and cupping and Continuing Education in relation to Environmental toxicology are of great concern.

My special interest is on food health in relation to various toxins and the hazards of cosmetics products (I had the honor to win the prize of supervision of the best thesis, at the level of Faculty of Medicine, which was related to the carcinogenicity of formaldehyde used in cosmetic preparations). As well as reproductive health in relation to environmental and occupational exposure, is of my particular concern. Many researches were performed in this area regarding blood lead level and infertility, arsenic exposures, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons effects and the impact of various occupations on reproductive health.

Further, more researches related to the effectiveness of cupping as a method of detoxification is highly supported. It’s well known that in‐depth experience at the academic and practical level is a must. Accordingly, many researches, supervision of master and MD thesis, participation in many events, conferences, modules and unilead program accessible by DAAD were conducted.

Dr. Noha Mohammed Hassan Elghazally (Public Health Course Alumna)

  Dr. Noha Mohammed Hassan Elghazally
Function Lecturer of Public Health and Community Medicine
Institution/Faculty and University Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University
Research Fields of Interests Epidemiology, medical statistics, public health administration, therapeutic nutrition
E-Mail Address ghnoha81283[at]


Short Profile I am interested in the prevention, early detection, and long-term effects of chronical diseases and its treatment on one's quality of life including the physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being.    I have also an interest in the effect of nutrition regarding prevention and control of chronic diseases. My second focus is on organisations in which health care is delivered and the effectiveness of new programmes that are implemented.

Norhan Bader (Public Health Course Alumna)

  Norhan Bader
Function Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Institution/Faculty and University Population Council – Egypt office
Research Fields of Interests Sexual and Reproductive Health
E-Mail Address Nsb23[at]
Short Profile Norhan is a physician with experience working in field of sexual and reproductive health and rights for more than seven years. She is currently working as monitoring and evaluation officer at Population Council, Egypt office. Additionally, Norhan work as Director of Project at International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYFPA). As a researcher, she is interested in studying such topics as Female Genital Cutting (FGC), Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), puberty and sexuality, and unmet need for family planning. She has experience in providing training to medical students, people living with HIV, Syrian refugees, and youth and adolescents. She completed her Master’s degree in Public Health, with a concentration in health promotion and community health, at the American University of Beirut, after being awarded a scholarship by the World Health Organization’s Special Program for Research and Training on Tropical Diseases. Norhan has been selected as Young Leader in Women Deliver Young Leaders program in 2015 and a winner of 120 under 40 organized by The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for her efforts in the reproductive health field.

Dr. Omaima Ibrahim Abo-Elkheir (Public Health Course Alumna)

  Dr. Omaima Ibrahim Abo-Elkheir
Function Assistant professor of Community Medicine and Public Health
Institution/Faculty and University Department of Community and Occupational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt
Research Fields of Interests Community health related problems, public health, adolescent health, epidemiology, women and child health, mental health and geriatric health
E-Mail Address Omaima_ib2002[at]
Short Profile I am an assistant professor of Public Health and Community Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine (Girls) Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt. I have practical public health experience. Also, I have experience to find, use and interpret epidemiological data and to interpret effectively community data for interventions. I have experience in statistical analysis using SPSS programme.

Rozane El Masri (Public Health Course Alumna)

  Rozane El Masri
Function Information Management Officer at Action Against Hunger, master in Public Health at the University of Balamand, Young Leader at Women Deliver Class of 2018
Institution/Faculty and University University of Balamand, Lebanon

Faculty of Health Sciences

Research Fields of Interests Sexual and Reproductive Health, Gender Equality, Mental Health of Refugees in Lebanon
E-Mail Address Rozane.m.elmasri[at]
Short Profile After finishing my bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, I went on to pursue my master’s degree in Public Health, concentrating in Community Health and Health Promotion at the University of Balamand Lebanon. After, that I was selected for Erasmus+ International Scholarship to study Health Communication at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. I’m currently  Information Management Officer at Action Against Hunger Lebanon where I work under Advocacy department, my work aims to advance public health and well-being of Syrian refugees in Lebanon in addition to the vulnerable Lebanese community through information management in the mission.

Sali Hafez (Public Health Course Alumna)

  Sali Hafez
Function Regional Response Coordinator
Institution/Faculty and University University of Tampere
Research Fields of Interests Public Health in Emergencies, Health policy, Health Innovation, Health inequalities, Population health, Reproductive and maternal health
E-Mail Address: Sali.mohsen[at]
Short Profile Ms Hafez is a global health expert, specialised in public health in humanitarian crisis, protection and humanitarian action. She holds a bachelor degree of dentistry and oral surgery from Alexandria University (Egypt) and a master degree of Health Science from The University of Tampere (Finland). She worked for the last 7 years in international development and humanitarian action with multiple United Nations agencies and International organizations. Her research interest includes humanitarian health, public health and health inequalities.

Dr. Sally Emad-Eldin

  Dr. Sally Emad-Eldin
Function Associate Professor of Radiology
Institution/Faculty and University Cairo University
Research Fields of Interests Pediatric Radiology, Neuroradiology, Oncology Imaging
E-Mail Address sallyemad[at]
Short Profile Dr. Sally Emad-Eldin is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine Cairo University. She has specialized in Radiology since 2000. She obtained both M.Sc. and Doctorate degrees from the same University. Since her early years as a resident in Cairo University Hospitals she has shown great interest in the field of Pediatric Radiology, and Oncology Imaging. This passion was refined by three clinical observerships in Goethe University Hospital, Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Great Ormond Street Hospital of Children, London, UK as well as Children Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Dr. Emad-Eldin is a member of the Radiological Society of North America, and European Society of Radiology. She is a reviewer in Egyptian Journal of Radiology, Diagnostic and Intervention Radiology Journal. She has several publications in medical Journals. Also, she is actively participating in several national and international Radiology conferences.

Currently, she is appointed as an Associate Professor at Department of Radiology. She passes her knowledge and teaches her skills to students who are eager to learn more in this specialty.

Samah Al-Quran (Public Health Course Alumna)

  Samah Al-Quran
Function Public Health Associate
Institution/Faculty and University United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Research Fields of Interests Health policy, pharmacoepidemiology
E-Mail Address Samah.quraan[at]
Short Profile With a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and master’s in public and through the past six years I have been working in the public health response component of the Syrian war and conflict. Jordan hosts more than one million Syrian refugees in both urban and camp settings. I have been working for different health projects in Zaatari camp which is the world’s second largest refugee’s camp with a population that peaked more than 110,000 refugees in 2014. I have managed to work with local non-profit organizations and recently I have joined the united nations higher commissioner for refugees UNHCR as a public health associate being responsible for health information system reports of Syrian refugees’ camps in Jordan and pharmacy services management and monitoring.

Recently, I have been exposed to refugees' health data management systems and reports where I found it fundamental and integrated within all public health decisions and policies related to refugees’ health. I am interested in researches that evaluate the role, impact, and challenges of integrating public health surveillance and epidemiological indicators on health systems/ services provided for refugees.

Sanaa Abdo (Public Health Course Alumna)

  Sanaa Abd El-fatah Mostafa Abdo
Function Assistant lecturer of Public Health and Community Medicine
Institution/Faculty and University Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Egypt
Research Fields of Interests Epidemiology, Medical Statistics, Public health administration
E-Mail Address Sanaaabdo15[at]
Short Profile Dedicated, knowledgeable with research, data collection design, presentation and teaching experience. Interested in epidemiology, medical statistics, mental health and Public health administration.  Bachelor of medicine (2008) and MSc of Public Health and Community Medicine, (2014). Membership of Egyptian Patient Safety Association.

Dr. Sherin Ibrahem (Public Health Course Alumna)

  Dr. Sherin Mohamed Mostafa Ibrahem
Function Pharmacist
Institution/Faculty and University Egyptian Ambulance Organization

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Cairo University

Research Fields of Interests Disaster management, health informatics
E-Mail Address Sherinhanem[at]



Short Profile I work as a pharmacist in the chairman’s technical office in the Egyptian Ambulance Organization in Egypt. I have 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical field (community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy).
I work as a pharmacist in relief department in the Egyptian Red Crescent and am responsible for preparing and receiving medical donations.I have a bachelor degree in pharmaceutical science and two diplomas from the international federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (humanitarian shelter coordination- disaster management) and one diploma in management of non-governmental organisations from the Faculty of Political and Economic Science, Cairo University.Bilingual trainer with 10 years of experience within the Egyptian Red Crescent and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in conducting trainings in various humanitarian programmes (first aid, disaster management, humanitarian logistics, school children training programme) with a significant training experience in mainstreaming Sphere into practice, both at the Egyptian Red Crescent and abroad (general Sphere trainings and improving Sphere/ WHO health criteria). Keen to learn, build knowledge and skills plus utilising my professional and life skills to contribute to a safer and healthier world (especially for those affected by humanitarian challenges). I have a talent in creating and development of the curriculum and training tools in training courses on a theoretical and practical level.

Dr. Shereen Aboul Naga

  Dr. Shereen Hassan M. Aboul Naga
Function Consultant Ophthalmologist
Institution/Faculty and University Kasr Al Aini, Cairo University Hospitals
Research Fields of Interests Uveitis, Medical retina
E-Mail Address aboulnaga.s[at]
Short Profile Dr. Shereen Hassan Aboul Naga is a Consultant Ophthalmologist specializing in uveitis and inflammatory eye disease as well as anterior segment surgery. She attained her MBBCh, MSc and MD degrees in Ophthalmology at Kasr Al Aini Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, where she continues to practice. She has completed multiple certified training programs by the Ludwig Maximillian University (Germany) and the German Society of Ophthalmology (DOG) in addition to several internship modules at various university clinics in Germany.

2011 she was awarded a 2 years DAAD scholarship at the Ophthalmology Clinics of Kiel University (Germany) where she was strongly involved in ophthalmic research. Dr. Aboul Naga has since published in eminent journals, been awarded first prize and high acclaim for her work at the VNDA annual meeting, the DOG Congress and the EURETINA Congress in London (2014). Her ties to Kiel University are ongoing and she is licensed to practice in Germany since 2014.

Dr. Aboul Naga is a member of the Egyptian Ophthalmological Society and the DOG. She is further involved in the fellowship selection process of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) as a member of the ICO Fellowship Board and as Regional Expert for the MENA region.