Proposed Objectives:


  • To exchange information about priorities, initiatives, resources and facilities
  • To conduct a strategic dialogue about avenues of institutional collaboration and joint activities, including possible support of HIPH to WHO’s areas of work
  • To explore possibilities of drafting a Memo of Understanding between the HIPH and WHO/EMRO




                Updated: 10 November 2023

Sunday, 12 November 2023

09:30 – 10:00

Welcome Reception & Acquaintance (HIPH Dean’s Office)

10:00 - 12:00

Plenary session for HIPH faculty, staff and postgraduate students

Venue: HIPH Main Auditorium (3rd floor)

10:00 – 10:15

The High Institute of Public Health: A Journey of Serving Public Heath Nationally and Regionally

−        Prof Heba-El-Kady, HIPH Dean: Welcome note (5 minutes)

−        A documentary (10 minutes)

10:15 – 10:30

Advancing Public Health: The Role and Impact of The High Institute of Public Health

Presentation by: Prof Engy El-Ghitany, HIPH Vice-Dean, Community Service & Environmental Affairs (15 minutes)

10:30 – 11:15









11:15 – 12:00

WHO’s work in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

-          Dr Rana Hajjeh, Director of Programme Management, WHO/EMRO (30 minutes), followed by comments by:

−        Dr Maha El-Adawy, Director, Healthier Populations, WHO/EMRO (5 minutes)                   

−        Dr Arash Rashidian, Director, Science, Information & Dissemination, WHO/EMRO (5 minutes)

−        Dr Gulin Gedik, Regional Adviser, Health Workforce Development, WHO/EMRO (5 minutes)



12:00 – 13:00

HIPH Tour (visiting some teaching, laboratory and research facilities)

3rd floor facilities:

-          Biostatistics lab (Prof. Laila Nofal)

-          Microbiology main lab (Dr. Nashwa Azzam)

-          National Cancer Network lab (Dr. Noha Awad)

-          Environmental Health lab (Dr. Mai Badr)

4th floor facilities:

-          Serology lab (Dr. Eman Omran)

-          Accredited Environmental Health lab (Dr. Samar Aburohayem)

Ground floor: Public Health Clinic (Dr. Mohamed Fakhry)

13:00 - 15:00


Closed Session: Strategic dialogue & exploring avenues for “institutional collaboration”

Venue: Dean’s Meeting Room

13:00 – 13:15

Presentation by: Prof Nisreen El-Nimr, HIPH Vice-Dean, Postgraduate Studies & Research (15 minutes)

13:15 – 15:00

Detailed discussion on:

General topics (15 minutes):

-          Supporting WHO’s work via HIPH facilities (e.g., scholarships, tailored courses and programmes; reference labs, etc.)

-          Linkage HIPH curricula with WHO initiatives (e.g., SDG 2030; PHC for UHC; antimicrobial resistance; national health insurance; family medicine, etc.)

-          Exchange of experience and reciprocal participation in scientific events

Specific topics (60 minutes):

-          Possible joint health professional programmes (of interdepartmental nature; in collaboration with healthcare delivery institutions, especially ministries of health):

o   Leadership Development Programme (Prof Rasha Musallam)

o   Emergency Preparedness and Response (Prof Iman Wahdan)

-          Possible designation of 1-2 HIPH departments as WHO Collaborating Center(s) e.g.,

o   One Health (Prof Sherif Omar)

o   Women’s Health (Prof Ibrahim Kharboush)

o   Refugee, migrant and travel health (Prof Sherif Omar)

o   Occupational health & safety (Prof Fahmy Charl)

Concluding Remarks & Way Forward (based on outcomes of discussion):

o   Dr Rana Hajjeh, Director of Programme Management, WHO/EMRO

o   Dr Heba ElKady, Dean, HIPH

15:00 – 17:00

Lunch & farewell (Alexandria University Club (Pharos)