Alaa Abdessaheb al-Alwan

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Ala Abdessaheb al-Alwan (born 1949) was Minister of Education in the cabinet appointed by the Interim Iraq Governing Council in September 2003, and Minister of Health in the Iraqi Interim Government.

In September 2019, Alwan officially resigned as the Health Minister of Iraq, following alleged political pressure and defamatory attempts against him. It was the second resignation that Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi received from him after March.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Alwan graduated in Medicine from the University of Alexandria. He practiced medicine in Scotland and obtained his postgraduate training and qualifications in the United Kingdom. Following his return to Iraq, he held several positions in clinical and academic medicine and public health. He was Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Al-Mustansiriya University, Baghdad.[2]

Alwan left Iraq in 2005 back to the World Health Organization (WHO) as Assistant Director General based in Geneva, Switzerland. In October 2011, he was elected by Member States for the position of Regional Director of the World Health Organization Region of the Eastern Mediterranean (covering Arab countries, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan). His appointment was confirmed by the WHO Executive Board in January 2012.

After his retirement, Alwan was appointed by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to serve on the Independent High-level Commission on Non-Communicable Diseases from 2018 until 2019.[3]

Other activities[edit]

  • DCP3, Member of the Advisory Committee to the Editors[4]
  • Lancet-O'Neill Institute Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and Law, Member[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minister of Health Alaa Al-Alwan resigns". Iraq News. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Lancet-O'Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and Law". Lancet-O'Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and Law. Georgetown University. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  3. ^ WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs World Health Organization (WHO).
  4. ^ Advisory Committee Disease Control Priorities Project.
  5. ^ "Lancet-O'Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and Law". Lancet-O'Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and Law. Georgetown University. Retrieved 5 August 2016.

Further reading[edit]

Preceded by
Coalition Provisional Authority
Minister of Health
September 2003–June 2004
Succeeded by
Sami Mudahfar
Preceded by
Khodayyir Abbas
Minister of Health
June 2004–May 2005
Succeeded by
Abdel Muttalib Mohammed Ali
Preceded by
Adela Humood Alaboudi
Minister of Health and environment
October 2018–
Succeeded by
in office