EMRO Webinar: WHO Guideline on Self-Care Interventions for SRHR

15 July, 2019

The message below is forwarded from Implementing Best Practices.

Dear IBP Colleagues,

Join us for a webinar for the Eastern Mediterranean Region on 22nd July 2019, from 11:00 to 12:00 Cairo/Geneva on

Adopting the WHO consolidated guideline on self-care interventions for health: sexual and reproductive health and rights

Download the guideline https://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/self-care-interventions/access-he... , and register for the webinar today. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7858977462364696845

We look forward to your participation!

WHO launched its first guideline on self-care interventions for health, with a focus in this first volume on sexual and reproductive health and rights. This webinar is being held to support the dissemination and implementation of this guideline into health policies, programmes and practice in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), and build upon outcomes and recommendations of the informal consultative meeting (Beirut, Lebanon 16-18 April 2019).

The speakers will provide an overview of the conceptual framework that has informed this guideline development, the growing benefits and opportunities that self-care interventions could bring to EMR, as well as how to integrate self-care interventions for SRHR into existing regional and national health policies, programmes and practices in EMR.

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Ramez Mahaini

Dr Mahaini is a medical doctor, who completed his postgraduate studies in Scotland and England, majoring community paediatrics and maternal and child health. Dr Mahaini started his career as a medical officer in MCH training centre, rural Damascus, Syria, headed reproductive and maternal health at the Syrian Ministry of Health, then joined WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean 23 years ago. He is now coordinator of reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health at WHO/EMRO.

Manjulaa Narasimhan

Dr Manjulaa Narasimhan is a Scientist in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at WHO. She coordinates the development of WHO's normative guidance on self-care interventions, including for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Manjulaa has led and promoted successful, innovative approaches in global policy and research to improving health and well-being of vulnerable populations.

Karima Gholbzouri

Dr Karima Gholbzouri was graduated from Medical University, Rabat, and got her residency in Gynaecology obstetrics from Oita IgaDaigaku university teaching hospital in japan. She accomplished her master in International health development in Prince Leopold institute and a Master degree in health systems management from Tulane university in USA. Dr Karima completed her PhD in Global health systems from Tulane university in 2014. Dr Karima Gholbzouri is a Medical Officer on reproductive and maternal health at the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office. She has an international expertise in sexual, reproductive and maternal health strategic planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation with generation of knowledge based on the scientific evidence. She also contributes with WHO/HQ team to the development of reproductive and maternal health guidelines and recommendations. She provides technical support to the national authorities to ensure the dissemination, adaptation and adoption of the WHO guidelines and recommendations.

Nadia Bezad

Dr Nadia Bezad is an expert in leadership, management and planning of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) activities. She is a leader in ensuring information education and communication activities to prevent and manage sexual transmitted diseases (STIs) and HIV/AIDS cases among vulnerable groups. Dr Bezad is very active in SRH service delivery along the continuum of care with particular emphasis on community-based interventions with linkages to primary healthcare services. She advocates strongly for SRH universal coverage among parliamentarians, policy makers and program managers. Dr Nadia is also active in health diplomacy to strengthen multi-sectorality for better SRH service delivery and for an integrated adolescent school health packages. She is an expert in training and supervision of adoption of the recommendations on screening and surveillance of SRH interventions. Dr Nadia Bezad is an initiator of the SRH self-care interventions at OPALS level in Morocco. Dr Nadia BEZAD was decorated with the legion of honour as knight of republic of France in 2015.

Tarek Turk

Tarek Turk, MD is a freshly-graduated doctor from Syria. He is a resident in Dermatology and Venereology and an active public/global health advocate. Tarek worked as a researcher at the University of Damascus with several publications, and currently is doing more research at the University of Alberta in Canada. He is an alumni of the International Federation for Medical Students’ Associations IFMSA, an author with Cochrane and a commissioner with the Lancet young leaders for Mental Health. Dr. Turk was also a member of the WHO guideline development group for self-care interventions to promote reproductive and sexual health.

Loubna Batlouni

Loubna Batlouni obtained her Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Community Health from the American University of Beirut in 2012. She joined WCO Lebanon as a Public Health Officer in 2014, and worked on reproductive and sexual health related projects in Lebanon for the past 5 years. She is interested in interventions related to youth health in general, and youth sexual health specifically. Loubna is a strong advocate of women’s ownership of their sexual and reproductive health, and hopes that self-care interventions in SRHR will be rolled out in countries of the EMRO region to further empower women and adolescent girls.

Nandita Thatte, DrPH

Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Initiative

Department of Reproductive Health and Research

World Health Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

Email: thatten@who.int



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