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Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern MediterraneanDr Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern MediterraneanDr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean

Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari was appointed as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean by WHO’s Executive Board at its 143rd session and assumed office on 1 June 2018.  

A native of Oman, Dr Al-Mandhari has made a substantial, positive contribution to the development and modernization of Oman’s health system, which has witnessed qualitative improvements in recent years, particularly in areas such as patient safety. 

A specialist in family and community medicine, Dr Al Mandhari was Head of Quality Management and Development at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital from 2005 to 2006, followed by Deputy Director-General for Clinical Affairs until 2010. In 2013, he was appointed Director-General of Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, later becoming Director-General of the Quality Assurance Centre at the Ministry of Health. Dr Al-Mandhari has also worked as a senior consultant in family medicine and public health in Oman since 2009.

In his acceptance speech to the Executive Board, Dr Al Mandhari noted that the Region was facing major challenges caused by natural and manmade crises and sociopolitical and economic instability. He identified the main public health priorities as health emergencies including disease outbreaks, communicable and noncommunicable diseases, health system strengthening, and maternal and child health. He said that WHO would become increasingly responsive to the needs of Member States through continuous dialogue with national health authorities to identify solutions to national and regional health problems and to regularly review and update health policies and strategies.

Dr Al Mandhari’s research papers have been widely published and he serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Middle East Journal of Family Medicine, in addition to also working as a reviewer for various medical journals. Throughout his career, he has served on various scientific and professional committees and lectured in the fields of quality management, patient safety, family medicine and public health.

Dr Al-Mandhari obtained a BSc in Health Sciences (1990), followed by an MD in Medicine and Surgery (1993) from Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. In 1996, he gained a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom and was awarded the Royal Fellowship for Family Doctors in 1998. In 2002, he obtained a PhD in Quality Management in Health Care from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Dr Al-Mandhari oversaw the Fellowship Programme in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (FAMCO) at Sultan Qaboos University from 2003 to 2006.