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Maria ProfiliDr Maria Cristina Profili (Italy), was reassigned from the post of WHO Representative to Turkey to the post of WHO Representative to Jordan effective from 1 September 2014. 

Dr Profili holds a Degree in Medicine and Surgery with a Specialization in Infectious Diseases and two Masters degree in Health Services Management and Health Economics. She’s also authors of several scientific publications.

Prior joining the World Health Organization, she worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Italian Public Health Institute based in Egypt (1993–1996), Bosnia and Herzegovina (1997–1999), coordinating and managing public health programmes and emergency response operations.

In 1999 she joined the World Health Organization, based in Kosovo/UN1244 resolution (1999), Serbia and Montenegro (2000–2001) and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (2002), coordinating and managing public health programmes and emergency response operations.

From 2002 to beginning of 2009, she moved to the WHO Regional Office for Europe based in Copenhagen, working as Desk Officer for the emergency preparedness and response programme, coordinating emergency operations in the European Region, including Balkans and North Caucasus. 

In 2005, she was seconded to other WHO Regions to support Tsunami-affected countries: Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia (Regional Office for South East Asia), Pakistan earthquake operation (Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean).

In 2006, she was acting Head of WHO country office based in Kiev.

In 2008, she was deployed to Georgia to support the emergency operation.

In 2007–2008, she had a special assignment from the WHO Regional Director for Europe to coordinate the Ministerial Conference on Health Systems, Health and Wealth which culminated in the Tallinn Charter endorsed by 53 Member States of the WHO European Region. 

From April 2009–August 2014 she was WHO Representative to Turkey, based in Ankara

Key health-related statistics

Total population in thousands 10 053
Total expenditure on health (% of general government expenditure) 13.7
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 58
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 6.9
Life expectancy 74.3

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

Comprehensive assessment of Jordan’s health information system 2016

See Jordan country profile

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