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Dr Jaouad Mahjour, acting Regional DirectorDr Jaouad Mahjour, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean a.i.

Dr Jaouad Mahjour, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean a.i. and and Director of Programme Management

Dr Jaouad Mahjour was assigned as acting WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean as of 19 October 2017. Dr Mahjour also holds the position of the Director of Programme Management.

Prior to assuming his position as Director of Programme Management in October 2014, Dr Mahjour was appointed as WHO Representative to Lebanon from January 2005 until 15 September 2007. Effective 15 September, he was reassigned to the position of Director, Communicable Disease Control.

Dr Mahjour is a public health specialist with over 30 years of experience in designing, implementing and evaluating diseases control programmes at national and international levels. Over the last 10 years, Dr Mahjour has been supervising implementation of International Health Regulations 2005 capacities in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. He has also been in charge of the health security and outbreak prevention and control programme in the Region.

Before joining WHO, Dr Mahjour was the Director of Epidemiology and Diseases Control in the Ministry of Health of Morocco from 1994, in charge of designing and implementing diseases control programmes and with his team developed national and regional systems to reinforce communicable diseases surveillance, alert and response. Prior to which he was the Head of the Division of Communicable Diseases in the Directorate of Epidemiology and Health Programmes (1992–1994).

From 1988 to 1992 he was the Chief of Parasitic Diseases Control Service at the same Directorate of Epidemiology and Health Programmes. From 1983 to 1988 he was Head of Primary Health Centre in the province of Beni Mellal.

Dr Mahjour holds a Doctorate in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Rabat, and a Master's Degree in Public Health.