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Ranking health care policy and research priorities subject of February seminar

13 Feb 2009

The findings of a research project designed to identify and rank policy concerns and research priorities related to health care financing, human resources for health and the role of the non-state sector in nine Middle East and North African countries will be discussed at the CHEPA monthly seminar on Feb. 25.

Fadi El-Jardali, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut, will explain the lessons learned and next steps from the project that gathered and ranked the views of more than 250 participants from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen.

The research involved policymakers, researchers, academics and representatives of health professional groups, Non-Governmental Organizations, and civil society groups. Data was generated through individual and focus group interviews with key informants from each of the nine countries.

The data was analysed to determine major findings, which were then utilized at a regional validation and ranking workshop to identify regional research priorities for the three key themes that emerged.

The seminar takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in HSC-1J8. All are welcome to attend.

El-Jardali is a visiting scholar with the McMaster Health Forum and CHEPA from February to May this year. He has a PhD in public policy from Carleton University and spent several years in Canada, working for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Canada and the Health Council of Canada. He also held a part-time faculty position at the University of Ottawa before taking up his current position in Beirut in 2005.

His research publications, activities and interests include the analysis of policy-making, human resources for health, priority setting, quality of care and accreditation.

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