EGYPT
Ahmed Hussein Ali, Legacy International participantAhmed Hussein Ali

  • City, Country: Cairo, Egypt
  • Languages: Arabic, English
  • Education: BSc in Pharmacy, Al Azhar University; Management Diploma (for NGOs), Cairo University (‘11)
  • Memberships and Volunteering: Founder/leader of sustainable health development team www.shd-team.com, a health initiative focusing on the youth sector in Egypt.
  • Current Title and Place of Work: Project Manager, Youth Association for Population & Development,(an Egyptian based NGO)
  • Current Responsibilities: project manager for counseling centers with “Step Towards Our Future” in partnership with UNICEF’s adolescence & HIV unit. Includes managerial and technical tasks for nine counseling centers covering nine governorates (“governates” = “states”). Activities include individual counseling, workshops and awareness campaigns on issues related to adolescence health. The number of people directly reporting to him: 27.
  • Motivation and Professional Interests: As a reproductive health trainer in the National Council of Childhood & Motherhood and a project manager of an awareness and capacity building program at a leading NGO, he works for not only raising awareness and delivering information but also changing attitudes in rural communities regarding reproductive health issues. He has also been involved with USAID health initiatives in Egypt. Of note, he coordinated a summer camp awareness program related to H1N1 and hepatitis with 6200 youths. He wants to create a project that focuses on female circumcision (FGM), beginning with intensive university based workshops to train others in FGM dangers, then reach out from this base.
  • Age: 25

Ahmed Helmy Said, Legacy International participantAhmed Helmy Said

  • City, Country: Aswan, Egypt
  • Languages: Arabic, English
  • Education: Physician; Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, Tanta University
  • Memberships and Volunteering:  team member in Aswan Governate implementing family medicine & Total Quality Management standards in Aswan’s primary health care facilities. (“governates” = “states”) In this role he helps new physicians implement these health ministry standards and follow clinical guidelines in their practice and facility management.
  • Current Title and Place of Work: Manager, El-Karor Family Health Unit, Aswan; Coordinator of Aswan District for Family Health Program Implementation  (see above under memberships)
  • Current Responsibilities:  manages a primary care clinic, serving about 11,500 people.  It especially serves those with chronic diseases and provides maternal / child services.  14 people report to him.
  • Motivation and Professional Interests:  His efforts have upgraded health centers to full family health centers. He is genuinely committed to people in Aswan, even though this is not near his family’s home.  His work focuses on prenatal care, health communication, and chronic disease. He cites a keen need for more professional development among medical personnel.
  • Learning goals while in the US include: observing how primary care is delivered, especially in rural areas; models to provide better health services & how to manage a facility.  A more specific goal aims to learn new methods to improve prenatal care.
  • Age: 32

Sarah Yousri, Legacy International NACHI participantSarah Yousri

  • City, Country:  Cairo, Egypt
  • Languages:  Arabic, English
  • Education:  Physician, Mansoursa Univ, ‘07
  • Memberships and Volunteering: volunteer experience through UK sponsored Global Exchange Program (in Egypt & UK)
  • Current Title and Place of Work:  physician, nephrology department, Sednawy Insurance Hospital
  • Current Responsibilities: clinical care, out-patient & in-patient, primarily in the dialysis unit Motivation and
  • Professional Interests: Recalls gaining significant personal and professional growth through the UK sponsored Global Exchange Program. Her current thinking regarding a follow-on project revolves around wanting to expand a breast cancer awareness campaign, which she originally piloted in Upper Egypt while volunteering with the Global Exchange Program. “I want the campaign to be more advanced with a good referral system to hospitals. Along with that by targeting women in such project we could have various women health awareness sessions on sexual health, child care, prenatal care, postpartum care etc. As a female doctor and someone who has lived in rural area I think I have the privilege of working in these areas specially that it has its own nature where it is sometimes hard for people to listen to outsiders. I am enthusiastic about this campaign because I have seen its rewarding results and sustainability being a part of the team when it was implemented in Assuit.”
  • Learning goals: Dr. Yousri hopes to learn different skills and methods by which she can provide health care providers with trainings on leadership skills, doctor-patient relationship, patient counseling etc. She is also interested in learning about the problems in the US health sector, and how they are being addressed.
  • Age: 26

Elia Boles, Legacy International NACHI participantElia Fares Anees Boles

  • City, Country: Assiut, Egypt
  • Languages: Arabic, English
  • Education: Physician, MS (Pediatrics, ‘09), University of Asyut; Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, University of Asyut, ‘04
  • Memberships and Volunteering: Egyptian Pediatrics Association.  Volunteers with Bishopic of Abotig, Sedfa & El-Ghnaeem (part of Coptic Orthodox Church), providing various social, educational and medical services to the poor.
  • Current Title and Place of Work: Pediatric Assistant Specialist at Women & Children’s Hospital in Manflut (operated by the Ministry of Health, in rural Upper Egypt). Also operates a small clinic in his home town of Abotig. Current Responsibilities: In-patient and out-patient care in a hospital. The pediatric unit has 20 beds. The outpatient clinic sees about 150-200 patients each week. They have about 15-20 admissions/month for care in the unit’s incubators.
  • Motivation and Professional Interests:  Dr Boles is very accomplished academically. When he served as a fellow in the Pediatrics Dept at Asyut University, he excelled in teaching medical residents & students.  One issue cited in his essay questions on the application:  people lack confidence in government projects and distrust NGOs and their intentions (due to foreign funding, political and religious affiliations). Strong volunteer ethnic in upbringing. He sees the role religion and media needs to play in enhancing health awareness in communities, and has clear insights into possible solutions to improving rural health care.
  • Age: 28

Mary Samir, Legacy International NACHI participantMary Samir

  • City, Country: Cairo, Egypt
  • Languages: Arabic, English
  • Education:  Middle East School of Sexual Abuse Related Pastoral Counseling, (Sep. ‘09 until now); Church Counseling Institute, July 2008, Graduate of El Roda Council (Accounting)
  • Memberships and Volunteering: volunteers with Church Counseling Institute, Friends of the Environment & Development Association, and the Better World Foundation Current Title and Place of Work:  Administrative & Development Assistant, Caritas (an international NGO)
  • Current Responsibilities: Leads trainings and organizes workshops in reproductive health in and outside of Cairo, in a program funded through the Ford Foundation. (Is also in the midst of getting trained as a pastoral counselor for sexual abuse victims.)
  • Motivation and Professional Interests: Ms. Adly seeks skills to overcome cultural issues in educating youth and women about sexual health, reproductive rights, violence against women, hygiene, etc. She has taught classes all over the country, primarily Cairo and Upper Egypt.  She commented on how her training approaches differ when her audience is in Cairo vs. the more rural parts of Upper Egypt, and how difficult it can be to find a way to educate people about these issues. Learning goals:  she hopes to gain more knowledge about women’s health issues and learn new models for helping women dealing with difficult health related issues/family circumstances. She wants to “develop my skills regarding breaking cultural barriers and learn various methods to urge people to accept change, new ideas and overcome fear and embarrassment.”
  • Age: 26

Sondus Hassounah, Legacy International NACHI participantSondus Hassounah

  • City, Country: New Cairo, Egypt
  • Languages: Arabic, English
  • Education: Physician; BSc, Faculty of Medicine, University of Cairo (2007)
  • Memberships and Volunteering:  synchronized swimming judge (former coach and national swim team member)
  • Current Title and Place of Work: Associate Technical Officer, Family Health International, a US based international public health NGO. (http://www.fhi.org/en/CountryProfiles/Egypt/index.htm) Current Responsibilities:  monitors and maintains FHI’s three Comprehensive Care Centers for HIV/AIDS harm reduction which targets the most at risk populations. The centers provide voluntary anonymous services:  risk reduction counseling and voluntary counseling & testing for HIV, basic clinical care for injecting drug users, clinical and nursing care for people living with HIV/AIDS, management of sexually transmitted inflections, peer education, one-on-one and group counseling amongst many more services. Motivation and Professional Interests:   She envisions working closely with Egyptian NGO’s, governmental health sector, and individuals, to build capacities to bridge the health deficiency gaps.  “I also plan to increase the young health professionals’ awareness on the critical integrity of incorporating the stream of health administration, awareness and harm reduction into their individual specialties as I believe it is integral for the overall comprehensive health service provided.” She gives priority to projects involving harm reduction, proper health policy planning and increase in health awareness. She also wants to address a broad base of health problems stretching from HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and TB to family planning, child health and healthy lifestyles. “I believe my experience in the U.S. will help me focus on public health and development in a practical approach which will help me advance on the technical level as well as on the administrative and management levels.” (previous US tourist travel; extended family in California.)
  • Age: 27

MOROCCO

Aicha El Ouazzani Tuhami, Legacy Internation NACHI participantAicha El Ouazzani Tuhami

  • City, Country: Fnideq, Morocco (northern Morocco; near Tangier)
  • Languages: English, Arabic, French
  • Education: Midwife degree (3 year, post secondary school program)
  • Memberships and Volunteering:  President & founder of Volontaires Internationaux pour l’Egalite’ (VIE) which provides supplies to hospitals, books/computers to high schools, and toys/clothes to orphanages, through collaboration with ASPIRE, a US student service org; Midwives Association of Tangier
  • Current Title and Place of Work: Nurse Midwife, Ministry of Health, Melloussa Birth Center (serves 19 localities & villages; 14,000 people)
  • Current Responsibilities: is one of three midwives at the birth center, providing prenatal, antenatal and postnatal care, family planning services and vaccinations for infants.
  • Motivation / Professional Interests / Other Notable Information:  Cites numerous obstacles to being able to provide adequate health care:  lack of infrastructure/logistics support (cars, water, electricity, supplies), few medical personnel, geographic inaccessibility, poverty, ignorance.  She wants to establish a program to train birth assistants, to help reduce maternal/infant mortality.  She also wants to develop her management skills and techniques, and learn how to implement / sustain such a project.  Like many other Moroccan medical professionals, she helps organize “medical caravans” to serve in remote areas. From interview:  she wants to see management & delivery systems. In Melloussa, she works with two other midwives plus one physician.  She states the physician is very open to her ideas.  “I showed the local people I was committed to them. I asked for a house close to the center so I could be available on nights and weekends.  This has increased the number of people using the center.”
  • Age: 26

Samira Tabine, Legacy International NACHI participantSamira Tabine

  • City, Country:    El Jadida, Morocco
  • Languages: Arabic, French, English
  • Education: Social Assistant Certificate in Health Training (equivalent to a Bachelors degree in social work)
  • Current Title and Place of Work: “Health Professional/Social Assistant”, with Ministry of Health in Chichaoua area, in two hospitals (Mohammed Sixth Hospital & Hassan II Hospital) outside of Marrakech
  • Current Responsibilities: She counsels “most vulnerable” in rural area, including women and children experiencing domestic violence; assists in free clinic, responsible for writing up annual reports to World Health Organization.  Primary focus is working with abandoned children.
  • Motivation / Professional Interests / Other Notable Information: Despite what she notes as great strides in the improvement of the Moroccan health care system, she states that access to health care is a major problem; people in rural areas do not know how to take advantage of what care is provided, and often do not seek help unless very ill.  One of her roles is to help people find the services they need, and help the hospital evaluate the best way it can serve marginalized people. Project idea involves training lay people in rural communities to serve as local health advisors – help families recognize sign and symptoms of illness, and when it is serious or not, plus provide community education training (hand washing, water filtration, etc.) Wants to take advantage of existing programs offered thru Peace Corp & WHO in developing / implementing this.
  • Age: 31

Fatima Ouasmani, Legacy International NACHI participantFatima Ouasmani

  • City, Country: Rabat, Morocco
  • Languages: Arabic, French, English
  • Education: Masters in Development, with specialization in International Health (Senghor University, Alexandria, Egypt, 2009); Midwife (three year degree, 2000); Bachelor in Economic Sciences, Mohammed V University, Rabat, 1995 Memberships and Volunteering:  Vice President, Moroccan Association of Midwives Current Title and Place of Work:  Midwife educator and administrator at Health Career Formation Institute (part of Ministry of Health) which trains paramedical personnel (2000 students are trained each year) and offers continuing education.
  • Current Responsibilities: She is responsible for the “communication unit”, collaborating with a computer technician, an MD, a biologist to:  report institute activities and events, organizes conferences & seminars, “advocacy tools for sponsorship request”, etc.
  • Motivation / Professional Interests / Other Notable Information: She feels the midwives’ role in the Moroccan health care system needs to be reviewed and regulated so midwives can be utilized to their fullest to help reduce the very high rate of maternal/infant mortality.  Previous to her work in Rabat, she worked in a very remote area of Beni Mella as a midwife, where she also conducted basic prevention programs (vaccination, prenatal care, etc.)  As a follow-on project idea, she wants to evaluate the basic training of midwives in Morocco, and to what extent it actually meets the needs of rural women.  From interview:  Mrs. Ouasmani has a broad vision for future of the midwifery profession. She would like to see professional midwives more valued.  Laws regulating their practice are out of date. She wants to develop a program to train nurses to operate in rural areas. Current training does not prepare them for what they face in these situations.
  • Age:  39

Ouafae El Ariss, Legacy International NACHI participantOuafae El Ariss

  • City, Country:   Temara, Morocco (just south of Rabat)
  • Languages: Arabic, French, English
  • Education: Physician; Doctorate in General Medicine; Masters in Public Health Management (Hospital Management)
  • Current Title and Place of Work: Health Management Specialist, at “Directory of Hospitals & Ambulatory Care”
  • Current Responsibilities:  Strategic planning and programming
  • Motivation / Professional Interests / Other Notable Information:  Feels that solutions to Morocco’s health care issues do not necessarily lie in more financial resources, but in improving education, and by improving efficiency and management practices.  Has previously worked in a rural health center.  From interview:  Dr El Ariss’s learning goals for her US training were more general at the time of the interview. She wants to see how a different system operates. Her current duties include  targeted projects for each year. This year, this includes a focus on nosocomial infections, accreditation standards, and examining how specialty services are organized, so people can share resources and knowledge better.
  • Age: 36

Hanane Belhaj, Legacy International, NACHI participantHanane Belhaj

  • City, Country: Essaouira, Morocco
  • Languages: Arabic, French, English (+ working knowledge of Tachelhit)
  • Education: Nurse
  • Current Title and Place of Work: Municipal Health Center run by the Ministry of Health, serves 5000
  • Current Responsibilities: vaccinations, participates in implementation of various health programs:  family planning, pre-natal care, childbirth education, TB prevention
  • Membership:  volunteers at an orphanage working with teens; Moroccan Association of Nursing and Health Technologies
  • Motivation / Professional Interests / Other Notable info:  Ms. Belhaj is a very dedicated, young professional, still in a formative phase of her career.  She faces many impediments to providing quality care in her day to day practice:  electrical outages, poor roads leading to health center, and much, much more.  She works alone in this center, and strives to provide the best care she can given the circumstances. She did not articulate any particular learning goals or a clear idea for a possible follow-up project, but she is craving more professional development, and hopes one day to purse an advanced degree. She will clearly benefit greatly from this experience.  (Of note:  she has learned some of the Berber dialect to be able to work more effectively w/ her patients.)
  • Age:  25