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Minister of health in Egypt Hatem Mostafa El-Gabaly

Dr. Hatem Mustafa El-Gabaly has been Egypt's Minister of Health and Population since December 31, 2005. Since then, he has been actively spearheading an ambitious reform program in the Egyptian Health Sector aiming, inter alia, to secure universal medical coverage for all Egyptians, expand primary health care services throughout Egypt, modernize and upgrade the quality of Egyptian medical institutions.

Dr. Hatem's appointment represents a break with his predecessors in the post. Perhaps the greatest challenge he faces will be to use his expertise to offer improved healthcare to the average Egyptian patient, something that will require a radical overhaul of healthcare infrastructure

Before joining the Ministry, Dr. El-Gabaly has a thriving career as a pioneer businessman in the field of medical management. He established, in association with the U.S.- based Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Dar AL Fouad Hospital widely considered the leading specialized hospital in the Middle East in Cardiothoracic surgeries, Neurosurgeries and Organ Transplants. He also established Cairo Medical Tower to become the largest polyclinic in the Middle East. Dr. El-Gabaly prior to his appointment sat on the Boards of several Banks, Industrial Institutions and charity organizations

Dr. El-Gabaly is a member of several Egyptian and International Medical Societies

Dr. El-Gabaly has been a Professor of Diagnostic Radiology at Cairo University Medical School since 2001. He has published several scientific papers and supervised many MSc and M.D. Thesis. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University where he successfully obtained his M.D. in Diagnostic Radiology in 1983. He was trained in the Hopital Fondation Rothschild, Paris in 1979 -1980 and UK-based Middlesex Hospital, London in 1980 -1981. Dr. El-Gabaly was born in 1951, is married and has three children.

Visit of Hatem Mostafa El-Gabaly, Egyptian Minister for Health and Population, to the EC
Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, and Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, received Hatem Mostafa El-Gabaly, Egyptian Minister for Health and Population, to announce the financial package granted by the EC to Egypt for education, transport and public services and civil society programmes. 12.02.2009

Hatem Mostafa El-Gabaly minister of health in Egypt
Minister of Health Launches NHA Work in Egypt

Apr 23 2009

His Excellency (H.E.), the Minister of Health, Prof. Dr. Hatem El Gabaly, defined NHA as a key tool in improving the effectiveness of health systems to achieve Egypts health reform objectives in opening a two-day NHA workshop in Cairo March 31-April 1.

When His Excellency (H.E.), the Minister of Health, Prof. Dr. Hatem El Gabaly, joined the MOH in 2006 and asked about the cash flow in the organization, no one was able to give him an answer. He wondered how he could be expected to make decisions without access to such basic information. H.E. made these and other comments highlighting the importance of National Health Accounts (NHA) in opening a two-day NHA workshop in Cairo March 31-April 1. Having pioneered the application of the NHA framework in the Middle East region in the early 1990s, Egypt is the only country to have carried out three NHA exercises.

H.E. defined NHA as a key tool in improving the effectiveness of health systems to achieve Egypts health reform objectives. Given the current economic situation in Egypt, H.E. stressed that it is more important than ever to build capacity within the MOH to make better informed decisions about limited resources.

More than thirty participants attended the workshop held by Health Systems 20/20 in collaboration with the Egyptian Department of Planning (DOP), the Ministry of Health (MOH), and the World Health Organization. Attending were representatives from the MOH, DOP, Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, Ministry of Petroleum, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Finance, Medical Syndicate, Curative Care Organization, Health Insurance Organization, Engineer Syndicate, and public and private firms.

Ms. Holly Dempsey, USAID Chief of the Health and Population Division in Egypt, stated that USAIDs role is to provide technical leadership through Health Systems 20/20 for NHA data collection and analysis.

Dr. Mervat Taha, Director General, DOP, highlighted the importance of NHA in providing data that allows policymakers to use health care resources more efficiently and as a tool to measure the performance of the health care system. She stressed the importance of multi-sectoral collaboration and the need to strengthen the existing economic unit in the DOP to institutionalize NHA in Egypt.

Dr. Zine-Eddine El Idrissi, health economist, WHO/EMRO, demonstrated how the NHA tables are used to diagnose the financial status of a health system. Dr. El Idrissi gave an overview of NHA and illustrated how the information has been designed to provide health expenditure information to policymakers in ways that can be clearly and directly linked to a nations health financing policies, concerns, and issues.

The second day of the workshop focused on reaching consensus with all stakeholders on the different NHA classification appropriate to Egypt. Workshop organizers explained next steps and the timeline to carry out the next NHA in Egypt.

map of Egypt regions

Egypt is divided into 29 governorates. The governorates are further divided into regions. The regions are then subdivided into towns and villages.Governorate and its Capital

  1. Alexandria Alexandria
  2. Aswan Aswan
  3. Asyut Asyut
  4. Beheira Damanhur
  5. Beni Suef Beni Suef
  6. Cairo Cairo
  7. Dakahlia Mansura
  8. Damietta Damietta
  9. Faiyum Faiyum
  10. Gharbia Tanta
  11. Giza Giza
  12. Helwan Helwan
  13. Ismailia Ismailia
  14. Kafr el-Sheikh Kafr el-Sheikh
  15. Luxor Luxor
  16. Matruh Mersa Matruh
  17. Minya Minya
  18. Monufia Shibin el-Kom
  19. New Valley Kharga
  20. North Sinai Arish
  21. Port Said Port Said
  22. Qalyubia Banha
  23. Qena Qena
  24. Red Sea Hurghada
  25. Sharqia Zagazig
  26. Sohag Sohag
  27. South Sinai el-Tor Sinai
  28. Suez Suez
  29. 6th of October 6th of October M
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