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Executive Summary of "Sexual and Reproductive Health Laws and Policies in Selected Arab Countries 2016"

Here is the link : Final Execuative Summery


“Mapping Sexual and Reproductive Health Policies in the Arab World” Final results dessimination workshop 
The Middle East and North Africa Health Policy Forum (MENA HPF) organized a Workshop for dissemination of the final results for the regional study “Mapping Sexual took place on May 12th, 2016 at the headquarters of the Economic Research Forum (ERF), Cairo, Egypt.
The study was conducted in collaboration with UNFPA ASRO in 11 Arab States to study the (SRH) laws and policies within the health sector as well as other related sectors to understand the supporting environment for achieving the preferred outcomes related to sexual and reproductive health.The meeting convened participants from the MENA region, representing health sector multi stakeholders from state and non-state sectors including: decision makers, academia, economists, healthcare workers, international organizations, NGOs and investors working
in the health sector to ensure full representation.

“Introduction to the Economics of Health Care: Theory and Practice” Workshop

WHO/EMRO and Middle East North Africa Health Policy Forum organized the first workshop in basics health economics  titled “Introduction to the Economics of Health Care: Theory and Practice”.  

The workshop took place in Cairo during the period from 22-26 November ,2015 with the purpose of  introducing   participants to the fundamental  theory and practice of health economics.

The workshop  convenced 15 participants from the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region  who are  mid-level decision-makers, health officials and senior technical staff from with no or little prior knowledge of health economics or economics. The course was also beneficial to public health experts, health policy planers and analysts, health services managers, and clinicians. After the course the participants will have a broad, basic understanding of the theories and  policy applications of health economics., an online resource that provides trainings and publishes research-based reports and guides, of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control (IGTC) within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

With a mission to prevent death and disease from tobacco products by generating evidence to support effective tobacco control interventions, the IGTC has published country factsheets titled "Seconhand Smoke Exposure in Waterpipe Venues: Egypt, Russia, and Turkey".


For access to the Egypt factsheet, please click here.

 One of MENA HPF’s strategic objectives is to promote utilization of empirical evidence for policy formulation and program improvement through targeted and sustained sharing of research findings. The MENA HPF also strives to have active engagement with policy makers at an early stage of project development to integrate their concerns and priorities (though without compromising independence and integrity) and to gain access to relevant data.

The MENA HPF uses four main methods in its advancing its mission and pursuing development of better health policies in the MENA region:

  • Collaborations Networking.
  • Workshops/Conferences.
  • Mass Media.
  • Publications.
  • Events/workshops/Conference

MENA HPF uses workshops and conferences as forums for interacting with relevant stakeholders and creating an information exchange platform. Through our events, researchers, policy makers , program managers and other stakeholders share key findings and discuss possible improvements in policy and practice to address issues emerging from the evidence.

This website is regularly updated with information regarding our work to promote evidence-based health policy-making , current relevant research information and information derived from our work program, conferences and Members contributions.

Scholarship Opportunity: American University of Beirut's Faculty of Health Sciences

The American University of Beirut (AUB) has received an award, under the Tropical Diseases Research (TDR) Special Program, for eleven graduate scholarships in public health, with a focus on poverty diseases research, and particularly infectious diseases.

The scholarships are intended for students in the Master of Public Health or Master of Science in Epidemiology programs.

AUB's Faculty of Health Sciences was one of seven institutions selected by the World Health Organization's TDR Special Program, and invited to join this capacity-building program.

The scholarships cover travel, tuition, and living expenses for the duration of the program. Students who need English language training at AUB prior to enrolment will have that covered as well.

Deadline for application is July 15, 2015. Successful applicants are expected to start the program at AUB in late August 2015.

For more information, please click here.


 Call for Proposals

Economics of Healthcare in the ERF Region

Equity and efficiency of healthcare services are fundamental drivers of social justice and economic development. The MENA region has made remarkable progress in terms of expanding access to basic health services and improving the health status of its population. Yet, problems of inadequate and inequitable access to modest quality health care persist.

Against this backdrop, the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in collaboration with the MENA Health Policy Forum (MENA HPF) is announcing a call for proposals, supported by the Global Development Network (GDN) under the theme of “Economics of Healthcare in the ERF Region”. Researchers from the ERF region (the Arab countries, Iran and Turkey) are invited to submit proposals on the following subthemes according to the terms outlined below.


  • State provision, financing and regulation of healthcare services.
  • The role of the private and non-governmental sectors, including private clinics, pharmaceutical companies, and NGOs.
  • Health insurance schemes and household self-finance.
  • The efficiency and equity of the markets for healthcare services.
  • The link between healthcare, productivity and growth.

Authors are encouraged to use Public Expenditure Tracking Surveys (if available) and/or the micro data sets (whether labor force or household surveys) made available by ERF’s Open Access Micro Data Initiative (OAMDI). To do so, please visit

Guidelines for Proposals
Authors should submit a proposal of a maximum length of 20 pages. It should be structured to contain eight sections in the following format. ERF reserves the right to exclude proposals that are not consistent with these guidelines.

  1. Statement of the Research Problem: A clear and concise description of the nature and importance of the proposed research; its scope and boundaries, its general context, and objectives with explicit reference to feasibility and policy relevance.
  2. Literature Review: A selective and analytical review of the relevant literature, with a view to both demonstrate knowledge of past theoretical and empirical work, as well as identify the knowledge gap that the proposed research is intended to address.
  3. Conceptual Framework: A clear statement of the theoretical approach that will guide the research. This section should also justify the selection of the proposed approach as compared to alternative approaches. It should serve as the introduction to the section on methodology by elaborating on the set of specific, identifiable and concrete questions for which the proposed research is intended to provide answers.
  4. Research Methodology: An elaboration of the research methods to be employed and why they are best suited to answer the research questions. The section should also indicate the nature of the information required and the data collection techniques, whether primary or secondary or a combination of the two. Finally, it should explain how the information will be analyzed and interpreted using quantitative and/or qualitative methods.
  5. Publications and Dissemination Strategy: This section should describe the research products that will be delivered at various stages of the research process. It should also outline a strategy on how these products will be disseminated to different stakeholders (working papers, edited volumes, workshops …etc.)
  6. Time Frame: A clear plan of the timing of all stages of the research project as well as any dissemination activities (including workshops), taking into account that the time frame for each project must not exceed a range of 6 to 18 months. The timetable must specify due dates of draft and final papers as well as any planned events.
  7. Budget: Research costs should be sufficiently detailed to show research time (and associated costs) by various researchers, including the principal investigator. Other budget items may include travel –if necessary, research assistance, data collection, office supplies and photocopying. If events are planned, separate costing is required.
  8. References.


  • Researchers should have expertise in the topic being researched.
  • At least one of the main researchers should be from the ERF region (Arab countries, Iran and Turkey); whether residing inside or outside the region.
  • Researchers from disciplines other than economics may apply.

Selection Criteria

All proposals will be evaluated by a refereeing committee on the basis of the following criteria:

  • The value added from the project in terms of contributing to existing knowledge
  • The methodological soundness, be it econometric or in-depth case studies
  • The policy relevance of the findings

Important Dates

  • Submission of proposals deadline: 1 July 2015
  • Announcement of winning proposals: 15 August 2015
  • Budget revisions and contracting: 20 – 30 October 2015
  • Submission of draft papers: January 2016
  • Workshop for discussing draft papers: January 2016
  • Submission of final papers: April 2016

Please forward your submission together with: authors’ CVs, two published papers, and the proposal identification sheet, to:

  •          Ms. Aalaa Naguib ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and
  •          Ms. Ingy Hab El Roman ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


ERF 22nd Annual Conference: A Post Arab Awakening Development Agenda 

The Economic Research Forum’s (ERF) 22nd Annual Conference will be held in Cairo, Egypt, March, 2016. The organizing committee is pleased to invite the submission of proposals per the outline given below. Invitees should be engaged in research on the ERF region (the Arab countries, Iran and Turkey), regardless of their affiliation to ERF. Previously published papers or those accepted for publication may not be submitted. The deadline for submitting proposals is June 15, 2015. 

The authors of accepted papers (one author per paper) will be invited to present and take part in the deliberations of the conference at ERF’s expense. If the paper is accepted for publication in a refereed journal within two years of the conference, the author(s) will receive an honorarium of $1,000. In addition, the refereeing committees will select six papers—one per each of the six parallel session themes—for the Best Paper Award. Winning papers are evaluated on the basis of their contribution to knowledge, rigor and policy relevance. The Awards will be announced at the Closing Plenary of the conference and each winning paper will receive an extra $1,000. Finally, the editors of ERF’s Middle East Development Journal (MEDJ) will select worthy papers for possible inclusion in the journal, following the journal’s refereeing process.

The 22nd Annual Conference provides a unique opportunity for regional researchers to interact with international peers and with each another. It also provides a venue for the presentation of multiple research papers, both in the plenary and parallel sessions, with stimulating discussions and feedback. In addition, the conference features special events, the presentation of selected research projects and celebrates excellence in research.

The theme of the plenary sessions this year is A Post Arab Awakening Development Agenda. The themes of the parallel sessions are always varied enough to accommodate diverse research interests. Submissions for presentations in the parallel sessions may be made under the following areas:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Finance
  • International Economics
  • Labor and Human Development
  • Microeconomic and Sectoral studies
  • Institutional Economics/Governance

The deadline for submitting paper proposals is June 15, 2015, and selected applicants will be informed by August 17, 2015. Final papers are due by December 4, 2015. Below is a detailed timetable.


Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2015
Notification of selected proposals: August 17, 2015
Deadline for receiving written papers: December 4, 2015
Notification of acceptance of papers for presentation: January 14, 2016
Pre-conference activities: March, 2016
Conference begins: March, 2016
Conference ends: March, 2016 
Revision of papers for publication in the ERF working paper series completed: May, 2016

Exact dates to be later determined.

Paper proposals should not exceed two pages, or 700 words. They should consist of three sections: 

  1. Motivation and Outline: This section should provide a clear statement of the problem at hand, the knowledge gap the paper will address in light of existing literature and how the proposed research will contribute to advancing knowledge about the subject. It should also provide an outline of the final paper.
  2. Methodology and Analysis: This section should clearly identify the research question, the hypothesis to be tested, and the research methodology that will be employed. It should describe the data that will be used in the analysis, as well as its sources and the time span for each variable. It should describe the analytical technique (case studies and/or econometrics) and explain the rationale for using the selected methodology.
  3. Policy Implications: Researchers are encouraged to describe preliminary results and policy implications, if possible. If not, they should explain how the findings will contribute to the understanding of the topic under investigation.

ERF reserves the right to exclude proposals that are not consistent with the above guidelines. In addition, no single author may submit more than two proposals, whether independently or jointly with others. The selection of proposals is based on their evaluation by refereeing committees with marginal adjustment to take into account regional and gender balances. Another round of refereeing will take place to evaluate the completed papers, and authors will be notified of their acceptance for presentation accordingly. All proposals and papers will go through a plagiarism-checking process to ensure their originality and authenticity. 

All proposals must specify the theme under which they are submitted. In addition, submissions should include:

  • Author(s)’ last and first names, affiliation and position, address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address.
  • Author(s)’ CV(s) and the most recently published paper, if any.

PLEASE FORWARD YOUR SUBMISSION TO THE FOLLOWING EMAIL:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further inquiries, please contact Hoda Azmi, Conference & Logistics Manager, ERF, at 21 Al-Sad Al-Aaly Street, Dokki, Giza, Egypt. Fax (+202) 333 18 604; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

21-22 January 2015

The Middle East and North Africa Health Policy Forum (MENA HPF) held a regional workshop on “Governance in Universal Health Coverage”. The workshop was held on January 21st – 22nd, 2015 at the Economic Research Forum (ERF), Cairo, Egypt. The workshop convene around 45 participants of researchers, experts, policy makers, private and public sector actors, civil society organizations, health practitioners, from the region.

This meeting was organized with awareness that progress towards universal health coverage in the region faces many challenges and at the same time can benefit from emerging opportunities to make in country health systems institutions accountable to promote and deliver equitable and effective health services. The urgency and opportunities for proficient interventions for effective governance in the region has never been more evident than they are today. 

The workshop opened a dialogue on governance and governance assessments, discussed challenges and opportunities in strengthening governance of health systems in different countries in the region including the pharmaceutical sector. 

Workshop Objectives:

The workshop addressed two main pillars: governance in terms of situation update and assessment; and governance of pharmaceutical sector. The workshop created a space for experience and knowledge sharing, identifying best practices and forging strategic directions. During the workshop, panel discussions presented challenges and opportunities as well as suggested ways forward for strengthening of governance for UHC.

The Key Objectives of this workshop included

  • Discussing challenges and opportunities in strengthening governance of health systems in different countries in the region including the pharmaceutical sector;
  • Examining as a model one country health system governance report;
  • Discussing the need for health equity for accountability;
  • Suggesting the way forward for governance strengthening for achievement of universal health coverage.

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May 2014

A Middle East and North Africa Health Policy Forum Board Meeting took place in Amman, Jordan, on May 17 & 18, 2014.


November 23-2013 - Annual Regional Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey

On November 23, 2013, the MENA HPF convened its annual regional meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting provided an opportunity to reflect on and discuss the core functions and activities that HPF will prioritize throughout 2014-2018, within the challenges and opportunities of the current historical juncture in the region. The meeting had four main objectives:

  1. To understand the future of health system strengthening in the MENA region, and clarify MENA HFP’s role
  2. To develop new insights and understanding in health policy research within the current political economy context
  3. To discuss opportunities and challenges related to creating a research policy evidence hub in the region
  4. To identify priority areas of focus for MENA HPF’s core functions in research, analysis, and networking.


June 2012- Regional Multistakeholder Symposium in Tunis, Tunisia. 

Many factors affect the performance of the health systems in the region. Particularly significant is governance in health systems, which has never been as visibly important for the MENA region as it has been since the Arab Spring.  Recognizing this, the MENA Health Policy Forum (HPF) conceptualized its third regional symposium under the overarching theme of interventions for good governance and social accountability for improved health system performance.  

The symposium is part of a broader MENA HPF program with the overall aim to improve governance of health systems in the MENA region through:

  • Improving alignment of research and policy agendas;
  • Empowering key decision-makers across sectors to foster new and innovative ways of acting and collaborating to achieve transformational change
  • Supporting activities to increase transparency and accountability by regional or national cross-sectoral alliances.

The symposium event itself had a three-fold objective:

  • Provide a platform for dialogue amongst multi-discipline stakeholders;
  • Share lessons and experience about improving governance of health systems;
  • To develop new insights and understanding to support the improvement of governance of health systems.

Designed as a highly participatory, dynamic and interactive multistakeholder event, the symposium included facilitated multistakeholder dialogues, “enlightening talks” on national perspectives on the importance of governance in the health sector, information exchange and knowledge sharing, and networking.Sixty-five representatives from 12 countries in the MENA region participated in the two-day event.

Participants included government officials, policy makers, civil society representatives, academics, health sector practitioners, private sector, and international NGOs, from both the health and economic development sectors, and development partners. The event was organized and delivered by the MENA Health Polity Forum in collaboration with the World Bank and the World Bank Institute, and with support from IDRC/GHRI. 


October 2011

MENA HPF initiates a series of Literature Scoping Reviews in regional health policy priority thematic areas in Amman- Jordan

The MENA HPF commissions three literature scoping reviews the thematic areas of Primary & Preventative Health Care, Health Financial and Social Protection, Political Economics of Health Policies in the region. Through these scoping reviews the MENA HPF will further contribute to the use of synthesized evidence in health policy decision-making and practice in the region for ultimate goal of better health of citizens of the region. These scoping reviews will map the state of current knowledge in these three themes in the region, reveal to knowledge users where there is or is not strong evidence to inform their decisions, and serve as a guide researchers to new avenues for research in the next 3- 5 years.  

May 2011

MENA HPF holds Board of Trustees meeting and sets strategic direction and work plan

AMMAN-------- The Middle East and North Africa Health Policy Forum (MENA HPF) held its Board Meeting under the chairmanship of Dr. Salwa Najjab, in Amman – Jordan on 30 & 31 May 2011.

The meeting addressed a number of strategic issues for the future outlook and direction of the MENA HPF over the next two years. Members of the MENA HPF Advisory Committee were invited to sessions of the Board meeting and discussed matters pertaining to strengthening and expanding the MENA HPF membership base and reported to the Board on the outcomes of the MENA HPF Advisory Committee meeting that was held in Amman on 29 May 2011 one day ahead of the Board of Trustees meeting.

During the meeting the Board set the foundations for the MENA HPF research program and the activities for the next two years, where the Forum will explore and further develop the knowledge base in three highly pertinent themes to the MENA region; “Primary and Preventative Care”, “Health Financing & Social Protection” and “Political Economies of Health Policies” in the MENA region. The Board also set the date for the next MENA HPF regional conference for April 2012.

The Board approved the Terms of Reference of the MENA HPF Executive Committee and elected new members of Executive Committee serving for the next two years.

Dr. Najjab and the Board members paid tribute and thanks to the two outgoing Board members - Ms. Akiko Maeda of the World Bank and Professor Raeda Qotob of Jordan - for their role in supporting and developing the Forum and its mission and activities during their terms on the MENA HPF Board of Trustees. 

June 6-8, 2010- Middle East & North Africa Health Policy Forum Conference in Amman, Jodan on “Achieving Better Health Equity & Efficiency in the Middle East and North Africa”

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8-10 September 2007, The Middle East and North Africa Health Policy Forum Conference in Cairo, Egypt on 

“Better Policies for Better Health”

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