Coronavirus (845) Health policy and systems research

21 July, 2020

Dear colleagues,

I hope you are keeping well and safe.

I am thrilled to disseminate this policy analysis just appeared in the Think Global Health platform which addresses the Health Policy and Systems Research HPSR field to be utilized in the national public health plans against COVID-19. The article demonstrates two examples from the Middle East region, Lebanon and Palestine on HPSR releases and outlets to assist policymakers to respond to pandemic based on evidence. The authors established an emphasis on the key conclusion that the field of HPSR could be the best choice to apply this modernistic approach and adopt this new thinking towards not only making a transformational renaissance in public health systems in the age of COVID-19 but also in reforming other sectors, disciplines, and societies, especially in fragile and low-resourced developing countries.

Thoughts and feedback from colleagues are welcomed to initiate constructive discussions.

Best wishes and kind regards,


Mohammed AlKhaldi, MPH, PhD

Scientific Collaborator & Postdoc. Fellow

Council on Health Research for Development, COHRED, Geneve

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland

Department of Public Health, unit of Health Systems and Policies

An-Najah National University, Palestine

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

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HIFA profile: Mohammed AlKhaldi trained in Public Health Policy. Over the last 13 years, he engaged in three different sectors, serving at the government as a health policy researcher, performing teaching activities and conducting research, and leading NGO health projects and programs. In 2018, he obtained a Ph.D. from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in Switzerland where he succeeded to pursue a critical system analysis of the Palestinian national Health Research System. He worked with many international institutions, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), Health Systems Global (HSG), McGill University, and Swiss TPH, as a health consultant and scientific collaborator. His areas of interest are health systems, health policy and systems research, evidence-informed policymaking, health research systems, knowledge transfer and translation, and health and development programs management. He has tremendous participation at eminent congresses and various publications published at prestigious journals in different public health fields. Shortly, he will join the McGill University team to lead a two-year research project in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in five settings, Canada, Switzerland, Lebanon, Palestine, and Tanzania. Currently, he is a member of the Research Fairness Initiative (RFI)-COHRED team who leads activities of instructing, dissemination, and implementation of the RFI in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.