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Zelaikha Anwari

Reproductive Health Director, Ministry of Public Health

Dr. Anwari is serving as a Reproductive Health Director Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan since Feburary 2015; as the scope of this position leads and manages the Reproductive Maternal and Neonatal Health programs and projects at national and subnational levels in close coordination and cooperation with International Development Partners, national and international NGOs and communities.


As an Afghan physician with a medical degree from the Kabul Medical University and Masters of Public Health (MPH) from the Institute of Management Sciences of Pakistan, Dr. Anwari joined MSH/Tech-Serve as Technical Advisor to the MoPH for Policy, Planning and Human Resource Development in April of 2009 and then in 2012 she was assigned as a Program Manager for Provincial Health System Strengthening with focus on supporting the Provincial Public Health Offices to strengthen their stewardship roles.

Before joining MSH, she had served as the Director of IbnSina Institute of Public Health and Management Sciences (IPHMS) for more than 3 years. Her career record prior to 2006 includes working at several key positions within the International Medical Corps (IMC); National Health Program Manager, Health Director for central and southeastern region programs (IMC), Training coordinator & Master Trainer.