H.E. Dr. Sayed Mohammad Amin Fatimie
C.V. of H.E. Dr. Sayed Mohammed Amin FATIMIE
Date of Birth:
January 15, 1952
Place of Birth:
Kuz-Kunar, Ningarhar, Afghanistan
Pashtu, Dari, and English
Baccalaureate (12th class) in the first Division (with Distinction), (1969) from Habibia High School, Kabul.
(MD) from Ningarhar Medical Faculty, June 22, 1977.
Education Activities and Extra Qualifications:
Participated in the Education and Training Programme of the University of Bonn, Federal Republic of Germany, under the title of Emergency Medical Care, July 1985.
Certificate of Systematic Training Design, from the National Institute of Public Administration, Karachi, Pakistan, July 1988.
Certificate of Health Care in Developing Countries, from Boston University, August 20, 1989.
Certificate from Boston University; Setting Tomorrow’s
Agenda: New Direction for Health Policy in Developing Countries, Boston University, USA, October 1995.
Career (in Afghanistan):
General Medical Practitioner in Faizabad, Badakhshan Province, June 1977-March 1978.
Lecturer in the Institute of Public Health, Kabul and Deputy Director General of Department of Health Education in that institute, 1978 to the end of 1981.
Founder and Chief of Training Programme of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peshawar, April 1982-September 1987.
Founder and Director of Training and Education Department, Alliance Health Committee (AHC) of the Mujahideen Parties, September 1987-March, 1989, Peshawar.
Member of Advisory and Executive Board in the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) and Director General of the Institute of Public Health (IPH), Afghan Interim Government (AIG), March 1989- September 1991.
Deputy Minister of Public Health and Director General of Institute of Public Health, Islamic Government of Afghanistan, September 1991-April 1992.
First Deputy Minister of Public Health and Director General of Institute of Public Health after establishment of Islamic State of Afghanistan, Kabul, April 1992-May 1993, also held Acting Minister posts at various times.
Minister of Public Health May, 1993-1995, Kabul.
Minister of Public Health 2004- 2010, Kabul.
Temporary Advisor to WHO, Geneva from April 2-14, 1991, WHO Headquarters, Geneva.
Temporary Advisor to WHO, Geneva from August 9-21, 1991.
Temporary Advisor to WHO/EMRO, September 14 – October 7, 1995.
Permanent Regional Adviser for Health Management Support and External Coordination, WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO), Alexandria & Cairo, from June 16, 1996 –- January 1, 2001.
Technical Jobs and Activities:
From 1980- 2001
Participated in a number of International and National Seminars, Conferences, and Workshops of which the following are important to be mentioned:
Water-Decade Workshop (March, 1980, Kabul): Represented the Institute of Public Health (IPH), appointed as a secretary of the workshop.
National Academy of Peshawar (1982): Delivered lectures in Workshops, as well as arranged for the enhancement and standardization of professional skill, and knowledge of Health Workers/Doctors.
International Conference on Oral Rehydration Therapy (ICORT III) (December, 1988, Washington, D.C., USA): Represented the Health Committee of Islamic Unity of Afghan Mujahideen.
Held meetings with Mrs. Dawn Clabria, Chief of Congress Sub-Committee for Asia, Mr. Creke More, Director Asian Desk in State Department and Special Envoy of President Reagan for Afghanistan, and Mr. Gary Mansavage, USAID Chief, in connection with the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the health delivery system in Afghanistan (December 16 – 18, 1988, Washington, D.C., USA).
Based on the invitation of Dr. Ron O’Conner, the President of Management Sciences for Health (MSH), visited MSH Headquarters in Boston and meetings with Officials of (MSH) including Dr. Ron O’Conner, the President, and Dr. Jack Le Sar, Director of Afghanistan Projects, MSH regarding Health Services Development in rural Afghanistan (December 12-13, Boston, MA, USA).
National Council for International Health (NCIH), International Conference (June, 1988, Washington, D.C., USA).
SWABAC Seminar (April, 1989, Quetta, Pakistan): Represented the Minister of Public Health, Islamic Government of Afghanistan.
Riyadh Talks (February, 1990, Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia): Participated as member of health delegation from the Ministry of Public Health, Interim Government of Afghanistan, on the invitation of His Excellency Faisal, Minister of Health, Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A part of PHC system and all modern secondary and tertiary medical care facilities in Riyadh, Mecca, Taief, Al-shifa, and Madina were visited.
NCIH International Conference (June, 1990, Washington, D.C., USA): Participated as the representative of the Ministry of Public Health, Islamic Government of Afghanistan, in which a paper was submitted under the title of ‘’Planning for Sustainability and Health Impact’’, Observations from Rural Afghanistan.
Head of the commission for developing Five Year Health Plan for the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Health System in Afghanistan (September 1990-August 1991).
International Conference of Relief Agencies (February 1991, New York, USA): Participated under the aegis of (ARC) as the Representative of His Excellency Hazrat Sibghatullah Mojadidi, Former President of Afghanistan, followed by a visit to MSH Office in Boston.
Geneva Conference of the WHO (April 2-14, 1991): Participated as the Head of Health Delegation from the Ministry of Public Health Islamic Government of Afghanistan to defend the Five Year Master Plan for the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of health system in Afghanistan.
WHO Geneva Discussions (August 12-21, 1991, WHO, Geneva.): Participated in the preparation of the final draft for the Five Year Plan and its final approval and endorsement.
45th World Health Assembly in Geneva (May 2-15, 1992): Participated as the Head of the Health Delegation from the Islamic State of Afghanistan.
39th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean (October 3-7 1992): Participated as Head of Afghan Delegation. Was appointed unanimously as First Deputy Chairman.
Lead the Afghan Delegation to Iran in the capacity of Acting Health Minister based on the official invitation of H.E. Raza Malikzada, Health Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran for official talks and visiting the Primary Health Care System of Iran (November 1992).
International conference on Nutrition (ICN) (December 5 – 11, 1992, Rome, Italy): Participated as Head of the Afghan Delegation.
Head of Delegation of Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) in talks with H.E. Mr. Koshner, Minister of Health and Human Resources of France (December 12-14, 1992, Paris).
Head of Delegation (MOPH) in talks with European Union, Director General and Director General for International Foreign Relations regarding the continuation of support of the EU to Afghan National Health System (December I5, 1992, Brussels, Belgium).
Head of the Delegation to meet with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Techno-Economic Cooperation (GTZ) in the Federal Republic of Germany in which the GTZ promised tremendous support to the Ministry of Public Health of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (December 17, 1992, Bonn).
Head of Afghan Delegation to Berlin, n which the Afghan professionals requested to work in the Health Sector of Afghanistan on rotational basis (December 18-19, 1992).
Participated as a head of delegation in a Seminar conducted by UNOCHA in on the Preparation of a Consolidated Appeal for Emergency and Humanitarian Assistance for Afghanistan (October 1993-March 1994, Islamabad, Pakistan).
40th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean (Alexandria, Egypt, October 2-5, 1993): Attended as Head of the Afghan Delegation.
Inter-Regional Meeting of the Ministers of Health on Intensive Programmes to accelerate the Reduction of Child Mortality (October 18 – 22, 1993, Mexico City, Mexico): Lead the Afghan Delegation. Appointed as Chairman of the opening session of the conference.
41st Session of The WHO/EMRO Regional Committee (October 2-5, 1994, Manama): Attended as the Chief of Afghan Delegation.
48th World Health Assembly (May 1-12, 1995, Geneva): Represented Afghanistan.
Visited Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, England at the invitation of Prof. David Malyneux, Director of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool agreed to provide technical support to the Ministry of Public Health in the areas of Management of District Health System and control of communicable diseases in Afghanistan (May 10-11, 1995).
Stockholm Briefing of Donor’s on Afghanistan, Longer-Term Rehabilitation Assistance and its Relationships with Humanitarian Programmes (June 1-2, 1995, Stockholm, Sweden): Participated as a speaker.
“Health as Bridge to Peace” workshop on Afghanistan (March 12-21, 1996, Canada): Attended upon the invitation of McMaster University and presented a paper under the title of “Health as a corridor of tranquility and a Bridge to Peace” through community-based problem focused education and research. Visited the cities of Hamilton, Toronto, Winnipeg, Kingston, and Ottawa where several meetings took place with various Canadian government, and NGO representatives and disability-related partner groups including Queen’s University and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Intersectoral Action for Health Conference (April 20-23 1997, Halifax, Canada): Participated on behalf of WHO/EMRO.
Health for All Renewal and Building Sustainable Health Systems conference (November 17 – 19, Helsinki, Finland): Represented the WHO/EMRO.
Prepared, Organized, and Conducted Tens of Regional Workshops and Meetings in the various areas of health management for the member states of the Eastern Mediterranean Region, attended by representative of other WHO Regions (1997 to the end of 1999).
Cooperated with various National and International Institutions, in the promotion and development of health programmes and worked as member of the board of the following organizations:
Executive Board, World Health Organization (WHO) (1992-1994)
Board of Afghan Health and Development Services (AHDS)
Board of the Maternity Hospital for the Afghan Refugees (OB/GYN)
*Order of Good Time, Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada
Achievements as Acting Health Minister and Public Health Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (April 1992 – May 1995)
(achieved in close collaboration with WHO, MSH/USAID and other agencies working in the health sector for Afghanistan):
Transferring of all sophisticated office and medical equipment, (by air “six flights” and by road “60 trucks”) donated by donors particularly MSH/USAID belonging to the Ministry of Public Health of the Afghan Interim Government in exile, to Kabul and other various regions of the country (1992 – 1993).
Computerization of the Headquarters of the Ministry of Public Health, Kabul and a number of Regional Provincial Public Health Directorates (1992 – 1993).
Decentralization and Regionalization of the Health System of Afghanistan (1993).
Control of Cholera out-breaks (summer, 1993).
Physical and administrative Rehabilitation of the health facilities (Hospitals, Health Centers, etc.) in Kabul as well as in most parts of the country (1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995).
Activating effective and efficient inter-sectoral collaboration
Official Declaration of the Policy of Neutrality and Impartiality of the Ministry of Public Health (1993, adapted in 1994).
Mass Immunization Campaign in Kabul (November 1993).
Development of Project Framework for Primary Health Care (Regional PHC Development), which was implemented in 1994, as a result, the establishment of Regional, Provincial, and District Health Management Teams were completed.
Action Plan for Mass Immunization Campaign throughout the country was developed (May-November, 1994), and was implemented in November 1994-June 1995. As a result, the concept of Health for Peace or Health as a Bridge to Peace was put into practice in Afghanistan.
Development of National Essential Drugs List (1995).
Implementation of three-month Health training course at District level for Health workers (May 1995).
Prevention of further brain drain of qualified manpower by the reopening of Kabul Medical Institute (KMI) in 1993. Shifting of Kabul Medical Institute to Jalalabad (May, 1994).
Conducting of tens of workshops and seminars on case management of emerging and re-emerging diseases with support of WHO, UNICEF, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and MSH, etc.
Chairing of most of the workshops, seminars, and meetings regarding the Health, particularly PHC from 1989 to 1995, at the national level.
Achievements from 2004 to 2010
Formulated and developed the National Health Policy & Strategy, Health Field Policy, and Strategy.
Prepared the Public Health Law and secured its first-ever approval by the Council of Ministers, and Afghan Parliament, and endorsed by His Excellency President Hamid Karzai.
Developed and applied standards guidelines in various areas of Health field, legislations, regulations.
Secured a capital investment of 1.5 Billion in Health Sector in the first elected government.
Expansion of Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) coverage from 9% to 85% and EPHS Coverage from 0 to 55%.
Brought considerable improvement in community based health care.
Established 176 Diseases Early Warning System (DEWS).
Establishmed 11472 Health Posts which were not present in 2002. Each Health Post has present one male and one female health worker.
Expansion of Health Facilities from 634 in 2002 to 1814 in 2010.
38% reduction in infant and under- five mortalities, and 40% estimated reduction in mother mortalities are the significant achievements.
Achieved for the Cold Chain System of Ministry of Public Health of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan the second ranking at the Regional level, and third at international level for excellent management and keeping the vaccines properly according to International Standards. The capacity of cold chain system reached to 120 million vaccines doses.
Received for Afghanistan award at the International level by Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunization (GAVI) for excellent management among 75 countries.
Established 34 Midwifery Training Programmes for 34 provinces; in 2002 there were only two such programmes.
Finalized the Strategic Plan of Ministry of Public Health for next five years (2010- 2016) .
Initiated the Kabul Conference on “Health For All and Health By All – Diseases don’t recognize borders” (April 2006). The conference was officially inaugurated by H.E. President Hamid Karzai and attended by several Health Ministers and high ranking delegations from various countries and all donors. The Kabul Declaration, which was adopted on the 3rd day of the conference, was officially submitted to W.H.O. HQ in Geneva.
Participated in a large number of International Meetings and Conferences as a Head of Afghan Delegations (2004-2010), serving at a speaker at the most important ones listed hereafter:
White House Summit on International Development (October, 2008, Washington D.C., USA).
Congress of United States of America on Congressional Briefing on Women’s Health in Afghanistan (May, 2009, Washington D.C., USA).
The International Conference on Building Peace and Security in Contemporary Afghanistan (July 2009, Washington D.C., USA).
High level meeting on Maternal Mortality, Millennium Development Goals 5 (MDGs5) (October 26, 2009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia).
Paid Official Visits to Friendly Countries on their official invitations, such as USA, China, Turkey, UAE, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Netherland, Brazil, Indonesia, Iran, Ethiopia, and Vietnam, among other distinguished nations.
Health Care (1984)
Right and Wrong Use of Modern Medicine (1985)
First Aids (1983)
Terminology for Public Health and Health Management (2009)
Pamphlets and Booklets:
Policy and Strategic Issues “Future Health System of Afghanistan”
Charter (rules and regulations) for the duties of BHW (Basic Health Workers)
Breast-feeding is the best
Importance of Hygiene and Sanitation
Food and Nutrition
Family/Home is the First Nest for Training
How Tuberculosis is spreading
How dangerous micro organisms are spreading
The Code of duties for various organizations of the Ministry of Public Health
The Code of duties for various Departments of Institute of Public Health (IPH)
Leaflets in regard to health problems of the country (select titles below)
Control of Diarrheal Diseases (CDD).
How to control Malaria.
Management of Cholera and its control and prevention.
Management of Polio and its prevention.
Management of Tetanus and its prevention.
Management of Measles and its prevention.
Blood Transfusion and its importance.
Additional Career Notes:
Worked as Chief Editor of Roghtia (The Health) Magazine of the MOPH of Afghan Interim government (1989 – 1992) and the Public Health Bulletin (1988 to 1993).
Contributed towards, developing, reviewing, and updating of a number of curricula and training programmes for various categories of health workers, particularly in developing new types of health workers (Rural Health Officers “RHO” and MCHO “Female”) as a strategy for PHC management at the district level.
Based on tireless services in the health sector of Afghanistan from 1987-1994, a book, entitled “Health Care in Muslim Asia,” written by Dr. R. O’Connor and published by MSH/USAID, was dedicated to H.E. Dr. Fatimie and the team-leader of MSH for Afghanistan, Dr. W. Oldham. From 1987 to 1992 more than 300 Health Clinics were established in the liberated areas of Afghanistan, mostly in mountainous rock shelters.
Papers and documents prepared for the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1996 to 2000:
Hospital Care Policy & Management and its role in Support of Primary Health Care
Effective Referral System
Emergency Medical Services
Introduction to the District Team Problem Solving Process and Application and Development, and Assessment of this Approach in the Eastern Mediterranean Region countries
Terminology for Health Policy and Management
Eastern Mediterranean Region’s countries experience in Intersectoral Action for Health
Health Management Programme’s Evaluation in the Eastern Mediterranean Region Member States
Health System’s Decentralization
Overview of Health Systems Management in the Eastern Mediterranean Region Countries
Health as a Bridge to Peace - Days of Peace “Observations from Afghanistan” 1992-96.
Regional Overview of Secondary and Tertiary Health Care in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
WHO/EMRO initiatives and approaches that contribute to the Renewal of Health for All strategy and building sustainable health systems
Importance of technology assessment and technology transfer
Development and Expansion of the Basic Minimum Needs/Basic Development Needs and quality of life in the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Questionnaires for collection of information on various areas of health management (such as organizational structure of Ministries of Health; National Health Programmes’ implementation; Monitoring and Evaluation; Collaboration with professional associations and units to mobilize resources for the health sector; Capacity building in Health Management; Decentralization of the Health Systems; District Team Problem-Solving Approach; Referral Systems; Medical Emergency Service Systems; Continuous Quality Development; Technology Assessment; National Programmes for Maintenance and Repair of Bio-medical Equipment; and etc). The purpose of these questionnaires was to review the existing situation of Health Management in Member States of EMRO, aiming at further strengthening of Management of National Health Systems in the Region.
Developed the Master Plan for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of the Health System in Afghanistan (2002-2006).
Prepared a paper on Surviving Crisis – How systems and communities cope with instability, insecurity, and infection: Observations from Afghanistan (1979-2002), on the request of WHO-Geneva for Manila Workshop (3-7 April, 2002).
- World Bank, UNDP, and WHO-Geneva suggested that this paper should be used as a base for conduct of research. H.E. Dr. Fatimie was nominated as a co-principal investigator for this research project.
- Wrote editorials and provided advice to WHO, MSH, and a number of other health related organizations, as requested (2001-2004).
- Contributed to preparing a concept paper on development of a chain of quality secondary and tertiary health care facilities in Afghanistan in private sector (March 2004).
- Prepared a paper on “The Future of the Afghan National Health System” (Reforming The Afghan National Health System) (October 2004, Kabul).
- Prepared the Work Plan for 2010 to 2015 and submitted it to National Assembly of Afghanistan, and Afghan Government
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