WHO / Iraq
Daily Situation Report for Wednesday, 28th May, 2003
Appointments and Nominations
WHO was officially informed by MOH, that Ahmed Shehab Al-Qudsi has been
appointed as Director General (DG) of the Directorate of Environment Protection, and
Ahmed Haqi Tawfiq Al-Ajaj as Assistant DG.
MOH has nominated two physicians to attend the Inter-Country Meeting for EPI which
will be held in Damascus from 30 June to 3 July, 2003 and another three physicians to
participate in the Inter-Country Meeting on TB Control in Morocco in June. A letter has
been sent to EMRO requesting the issue of TAs for them.
Meetings and Visits
1. WHO attended CDC meeting. WHO welcomed the newly elected director and was
pleased of the smooth transition of authority and promised that it would facilitate this
process further. The main points of the meeting were:
• Strengthening of disease surveillance system; up to yesterday, all data from WHO
focal points were received and compiled by WHO. WHO wants CDC to take this
role and will give all necessary support. A doctor was assigned by CDC to liaise
with WHO to collect all data forwarded by WHO.
• The surveillance sentinel system which functions in 10 governorates should
extend to include the remaining governorates. ( a plan of action will be prepared)
• The contract to rehabilitate CDC has been signed and work will start tomorrow.
The CDC staff expressed their general concern that unless the security situation
improves, the directorate could be looted again after completion of the
rehabilitation. This concern will be discussed with ORHA.
• The need to conduct assessment on the state of readiness of all the CDC units, at
governorate and district level, to perform their regular activities (including. the
control of malaria, diarrhoea,
leishmania, hepatititis, HIV and other
communicable disease. One comprehensive proposal for the assessment of CDC
activities will be forwarded to WHO for support. .
• Dr. M. Al Jem, WHO HIS consultant, was asked to work with the director of
CDC and his