Previous Projects

  • Revitalizing Medical Education at Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain. April 2016. AGU Apeil 2016A two-day Medical education Colloquium was held in Arabian Gulf university College of Medicine and Medical Sciences (AGU-CMMS), Bahrain 11-12 April 2016. Participants in the special panel of invited three international experts on revitalising medical education at AGU-CMMS. From right Prof Raja Bandaranaike (Former University of Newcastle Faculty of Health and Medicine, Newcastle, NSW 2308,Australia, coordinating the panel input), Prof John Hamilton (Former Dean of ME at McMaster University Faculty of Health sciences; Former Dean of University of Newcastle Faculty of Health and Medicine, Australia and Former Dean Ilorin University, College of Health Sciences, Nigeria), Prof Claudio Violato (Former Director, Medical Education and Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada and currently Professor, General Internal Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA) and Prof Ghanim Al-Sheikh, Former Founding Dean, Tikrit University College of Medicine (TUCOM), Iraq, Former Founding Dean of Hadhramout University College of Medicine (HUCOM), Mukalla, Yemen, Former Coordinator, Health Human Resources Development at World Health Organization Director of HWD Ltd.)
  • Strengthening Medical and Health Sciences Education and Research Workshop in Iraq. Towards Excellence in Health Care: Sulaimaneya, Iraq. May, 2015.Sulaimania 2015

    Strengthening medical and health sciences tertiary education and research capacity in Iraq was the focus of the four days high level workshop in Sulaimaneya, Iraq during the period of 5-8 May, 2015. The workshop is coordinated and organized between the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the World Health Organization Office in Iraq. It was a high level event where deans and senior professors and medical education officials from public and private universities were involved and taking advantages of the international and regional network and achievements that some of them have attained to help improve existing capacity at a wider scale and build the roadmap for transforming the sector and positively impact on health care services and overall national health gains. International and national senior experts have been carefully selected to contribute to this workshop. The European Union Support to Health Services Project has financed the team of senior experts and selected them on the basis of (a) global experience of medical education and research; (b) familiarity of the Iraqi context and readiness to come to Sulaimaneya; (c) previous experience in Iraqi medical education and research development; (d) Arabic language proficiency is a plus. The following distinguished experts have been selected and effectively contributed to the workshop: (1) Professor Salman Rawaf, Professor of Public Health and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London UK; (2) Professor Ghanem AlSheikh, Director, HWD, Imperial College London, Former WHO HRH Coordinator and Former Founding Dean of Medicine (Tikrit and Hadhramout); (3) Professor Anthony Miller, Professor Emeritus, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada; (4) Professor Ala’Aldin Al Hussaini, Founding Dean Arabian Gulf University and Ex Dean of Baghdad Medical College.

  • Supporting the High Institute of Health Sciences, Ministry of Health, Sana’a, YemenHIHS 2013 on a Nuffic (Dutch Development Agency): November 2013.
  • Organizing workshop for Diyala College of Medicine to innovate educational programme, Iraq August 2013. This was done through a Video Conference.
  • Libyan 4th Conference of the Libyan Society of Pharmacy Education, Benghazi, November 2013 through proposing innovative educational strategies for Pharmacy Education in Libya.
  • March 2013, on the 25th anniversary of Tikrit University College of Medicine (TUCOM), HWD participated in the college’s 4th Scientific Conference and the 1st Conference of Health-related colleges in Tikrit University.
  • December 2012, planned and supervised organization of the Hadhramout University College of Medicine (HUCOM) 4th conference devoted to address medical education in Yemen towards upgrading the educational programmes. Deans and representatives from other 6 colleges actively participated. Among outcomes of the conference, the Yemen Association for Medical Education (YAME) was established with aim of improving medical education in Yemen.
  • October to December 2012, supported Hadhramout University College of Medicine (HUCOM) to prepare for accreditation and improve medical education.
  • HWD is working with WHO Iraq Office to provide technical support to Iraqi Accreditation Committee of the Ministry of Higher Education and to the Iraqi Medical Colleges towards updating their educational programme and prepare for accredititation. Work is ongoing. Organized a WHO sponsored workshop for Iraqi medical colleges September 2012 in Erbil, Iraq.
  • HWD supported Yemen, Hadhramout University College of Medicine (HUCOM) to update its educational programme and prepare for accreditation site visit. Dr Al-sheikh was hired by the Dutch governmenr Nuffic agancy as a Long-Term-Expert (LTE) who paid first visit 24 June to 23 July 2012.
  • HWD Ltd supported Ministry of Health, Republic of South Sudan in capacity building on HRH policy, planning and coordination (Expert Dr Al-sheikh visit to Juba 04-20 October 2011).
  • Revision of HRH policy and strategic plan and formulation of new policy and plan 2011-2015  for Republic of South Sudan (Expert Dr Al-sheikh visit to Juba 06-17 December 2011).
  • WHO Regional Consultation on Accreditation of Health Professions Education in Eastern Mediterranean Region, Tunisia November 2011. HWD Ltd provided Expert Dr Al-sheik to prepare background document, ste of regional standards, regional guide to countries and writing up the consultation report. In addition, he made presentions  and organized group works and workshops.

Regional consultation on the accreditation of health professions education in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean held a regional consultation
on the accreditation of health professions education in Manama, Bahrain on 20–22 December
2003. The objectives of the meeting were to enable countries of the Eastern Mediterranean
Region to exchange experience in establishing national systems of accreditation, identifying
strengths and constraints, and to formulate region- and country-specific plans of action for
establishing accreditation of health professions education. The meeting was attended by
national experts in health professions education from 11 countries of the Eastern
Mediterranean Region, along with WHO staff and temporary advisers from the Regional
Office. Read more……….. 

National Collaboration of Health Care (HC) and Medical Education (ME) Sectors in Iraq.

By Ghanim Y. Mustafa-Alsheikh

The Newsletter, The Network of Community-Oriented Educational Institutions for Health Sciences, Issue no. 27, June 1997, Page 13

With close inspiration of recommendations no. 9 of Edinburgh Declaration (1988) and no. 4 of the WHA48-8 (1995) urging for facilitation of cooperation between MOH and ME, the Ministerial Consultation on ME and Health Services was organized in Cairo (Egypt) December 1995, by the WHO/EMRO. It was attended by Ministers of Health and Higher Education from the region together with selected deans of medical colleges. The invited speakers included EMRO RD, president of WFME, Deputy DG/UNESCO and deans of the network’s member colleges of medicine of Suez Canal (Egypt), Tikrit (Iraq) and Gezira (Sudan). The consultation recommended member states to establish a National Health Council for effective collaboration between the HC and the ME sectors……..Read More:


Comment in: Scientific American Magazine »

On Primary Health for All: Ten resolutions could globally ensure a basic human right at almost unnoticeable cost

By Jeffrey D. Sachs  | December 16, 2007 | 7

Ghanim Alsheikh 09:33 AM 8/25/08

Its not a matter of funds only. In the past, many countries specially in Africa were unable to spend all available foreign aid on health. Funds are crucial provided that national health systems are capable of sustaining what is implemented. Among all important building blocks of any effective and efficient national health system, the process of developing and retaining national health workforce stands at top. The ineffective policies and interventions between 1978 and 2000 to orient and prepare appropriate health workers was one of the most direct causes of failing to achieve the HFA by the year 2000. During that period, almost all countries around the world made drastic organizational change and infrastructure. However, health professionals at large were and still far away from being oriented to the PHC; disease-oriented attitude is still prevalent among majority of health workers. One of the most important bottle-neck pathways that all health professionals should be targeted is the pre-service training. A trans-sectional look at medical and other related schools curricula around the world will show how health professionals-in-the-making are oriented to disease-based practice. Not funds, not governments but only, us, the health professionals are to blame for the Rise and Fall of HFAll by 2000.

Regional consultation on the accreditation of health professions education in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Manama, Bahrain. 20–22 December 2003

World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean.

The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean held a regional consultation on the accreditation of health professions education in Manama, Bahrain on 20–22 December 2003. The consultation was inaugurated by Dr Ghanim Alsheikh, Regional Adviser, Human Resources Development, WHO/EMRO, who delivered a message……….Read more

Power Point Presentation:

Health Workforce in PHC: Achievements and Shortcomings and the Way Forward. Qatar Primary health Care Conference, 01-04 November 2008

Ghanim Alsheikh, Coordinator, HRD, WHO/EMRO

•Human Resources (HR) & Health Outcomes, HR & Health Systems, What went short in HR Development? HR in Primary Health Care today, Main messages for future directions….. Read more

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3rd Iraqi Medical Conference in London: Another Successful Event

The 3rd annual medical conference of the Iraqi Medical Society International was held in London on Saturday 1/10/2011. The first lecture of the afternoon was given by Prof. Ghanim AlSheikh, past sub dean of the medical school in Mosul and the Dean of Tikrit medical school in 1987 in Iraq. He presented his valuable experience of medical education in Iraq to his colleagues at the conference….. Read more

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Analysis of Health Professionals Migration: A Two-Country Case Study for the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon. By El Jardali et al, AUB.

The objective of this paper is to analyze and discuss the context and the patterns of health professionals’ (physicians, nurses and midwives) production, migration, recruitment and retention in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and in Lebanon.

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