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Sohaila Ziaee Waheb

Safe Motherhood Initiative Director, Ministry of Public Health

Sohaila Ziaee Waheb has been working at the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) since December 2003. She is currently the Director of the Safe Motherhood Initiative (MOPH), where she is committed to continue delivering quality services to poor populations under the of the MOPH.


Her tasks include developing Policy and Strategy for the Safe Motherhood Directorate, development of national technical guidelines, treatment protocols,quality assurance standards , IEC material, conducting trainings for doctors and midwifes on Safe Motherhood, supervising health facilities regarding their reproductive health quality services, coordinating all Safe motherhood programs with related departments, NGOs, Donors , UN agencies and participating in national and international conferences on safe motherhood as a Ministry of Public Health focal point.

Previous to that she was  Safe Motherhood Initiative Officer from 2003 to 2005, when she was promoted as Reproductive Health Coordinator up to 2007. From 2007 to February 2014 she worked as Safe Motherhood Initiative Director and from February 2014 to February 2015 she was Reproductive Health Acting Director under immediate supervision of Deputy Minister of Health Care Service Provision.

Sohaila Ziaee Waheb graduated as medical doctor from Ummahatul Momenin University in Peshawar, Pakistan (1998). She holds a Postgraduate course in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2007) and in 2008 she graduated from  UNITAR (The United Nations Institute for Training and Research) leadership distance learning program.

She is highly motivated  to apply the skills gained in the workshop to her daily work aimed to improve the quality of reproductive, maternal and child health programs in Afghanistan and to decrease the level of preventable deaths in her country.