Minister’s Counselor for Research & Health Development – Ministry of Health and Population

 Dr Noha Asem is a staff member of Public Health and Community Medicine department, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University. She is currently appointed as the Minister`s Counselor for Research and Health Development and the chairperson for the National Research Ethics Committee, Ministry of Health and Population, Egypt. She is also a member of many national committees responsible for planning and implementation for preventions and control strategies for Covid-19, non communicable diseases and some communicable diseases at the national level

Dr. Asem is a Harvard University Associate Alumni; she is also a certified international trainer from University of Maryland, USA. She has 15 years of experience in the following fields: Research Methodology; Biostatistics; Research Ethics; Epidemiology;, Monitoring and evaluation of health programs and projects;; Health care management; and Health Communication.

Main responsibilities include enhancing the research enabling environment, data management and research quality and research output at the national level. As a chair person for the national REC. She is also responsible for all REC operational and regulatory aspects and strengthening Research Ethics awareness and compliance in Egypt. . Moreover, she has been serving as a member for many other RECs at the national level. She has been also serving as the coordinator of REC, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University since 2008.

Dr Asem is used to work as a member /leader of a team. She used to work closely with undergraduate and post graduate students as well as MOHP staff. She used to work as research, monitoring and evaluation consultant in many epidemiologic, clinical and health system research projects of Ministry of health and population, USAID , WHO , UNFPA , Save the Children, Egyptian Red Crescent and Johns Hopkins University. She performs educational/ training activities with Maryland University and Cairo University. She has experience in working with Ministry of Health at different levels starting from central level to the service delivery level.

Dr. Asem also performed evaluation of many health programs: Primary health care program including immunization programs, maternal health, child health, family planning, rural health program, School health and nutrition program. She used different data collection tools and sources for development of indicators; used health and health-related indicators to assess needs to improve health; Analyzed and interpreted data.

Over a period of 5 years, her MD thesis aimed at strengthening liver transplantation program of Cairo University Hospitals. Assessment of the existing Liver transplant program to provide a detailed framework for strengthening the program was done. This included the 6 building blocks of a health system. Planning and implementation of many quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques of monitoring and evaluation of a program was performed.

She used to teach undergraduate, Master’s and Doctorate degree students many course related to Public Health as Epidemiology, research methods and biostatistics, as well as healthcare management.. She teaches in regular system as well as integrated system of education. She shares in curriculum development and performs diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment of students and design exam blueprints. She is also a faculty in MERETI training program and helps in curriculum development of many courses. She used to train MOHP medical and paramedical personnel in NTI and other training centers. She also used to be a trainer in research and ethics in Faculty Leadership Development Program (FLDP).

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