Sana Naffa

A medical doctor and a master degree in public health, with more than 20 years of experience in health systems strengthening, health research, maternal and child health monitoring in low and middle income countries. Dr Sana held senior positions at WHO (World Health Organization), the Canadian Accreditation Council (CAC), UNAIDS, and USAID managing more than 26 million USD grants and cooperative agreements in international development and global health. She designed the State Of The Art: Family Health Care Model Centers, in Jordan in 1996, developing standards and guidelines, health information systems and structures to improve quality, access, integration and equity in primary health care settings, at local and national level. This integrated model in service delivery was replicated successfully later on in other countries.

A resource person at international level in areas including governance, health systems strengthening, maternal and child health monitoring frameworks including Civil Registry and Vital Statistics, health system research, measuring equity and the social determinants of health.

Recognized expert in setting strategies and frameworks, developing national research agenda, policy analysis and development, results-based management, gender mainstreaming and human rights based programming.

During her work for WHO and CAC, Dr Sana published a number of articles in international medical journals, global conferences, local and regional newsletters and played a catalyst role in global and regional advisory and scientific committees, health policy forums and public health networks such as JCI MENA Advisory Committee, MENA Health Policy Forum, Global Symposium for Health System Research, ISQua and the EMPHNET.

Dr Sana was awarded an advanced thesis certificate from the University of Geneva in International Health Regulations: Discrimination, Health and Human Rights. Fluent in English and in Arabic, also advanced in French, with high technical capacities in statistical software and advanced computer skills.