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Fekri Dureab

MD, Dr.Sc.hum
Post doc

Fekri Dureab, MD, post graduated diploma in Community Medicine, he awarded the Master of Science degree in International Health by Heidelberg University in 2011, and recently he got his doctorate degree in Public Health (Dr. Sc.hum) in 2020 for his thesis on the electronic Diseases Early Warning System with focus on epidemics during the humanitarian crises of Yemen. He Worked in Child Health Department of the Ministry of Public Health and Population in 2007 and then joined GIZ –Yemen as a Technical Officer of Community Based Reproductive Health Promotion. He enrolled within the internship program of WHO Geneva to work on the countdown report 2012 and the computerized training version of Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI).

Fekri joined WHO – Yemen as Professional National Officer to take the responsibility on the Nutrition and Noncommunicable Diseases Section CAT 2 till June 2016, in addition to his nutrition tasks he participated in the interventions of Emergency Humanitarian Action Department at WHO country office during the crises of Yemen. Fekri was the focal person for the emergency operations for the southern governorates and one of the key people who established the electronic Disease Early Warning System in 2013 in Yemen. In 2017, he joined WHO Somalia country office to strengthen the capacity building of the national staff in management of Severe Acute Malnutrition.

Fekri is a member of the Global Health Policies and Systems Group in Heidelberg Institute of Global Health. He worked on several research projects focused on disease early warning system in fragile states and the response to outbreaks such as cholera, and diphtheria in Yemen. He coordinated a research subgroup to conduct Yemen case study as part of the Lancet Committee in Heidelberg on the synergies between universal health coverage, global health security and health promotion. Currently, Fekri is a research associate (Post-Doc), working on a project to Strengthening Health System through implementing the quality improvement approaches in close collaboration with GIZ – Yemen and IRIA/Akkon-Hochschule, Berlin. Also working on a research projects addressing the preparedness and response, disease control, Infodemics and access mortality in the context of COVID-19 in fragile states.


2016 - 2020 Dr. SC. hum Public Health, Heidelberg University

2010-2011  Master of Science in International Health, Heidelberg University

Jan 2008    Part one in Community Medicine from Arabic Board for Medical Specialization

2006-007    Diploma of Community Medicine from Yemeni Board

1998-2004  Bachelor of General Medicine & Surgery (M.B.Ch.B.) from University of Aden, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences


Dureab, F., Hussein, T., Sheikh, R., Al-Dheeb, N., Al-Awlaqi, S., Jahn, A. Forms of Health System Fragmentation during Conflict: The Case of Yemen. Front. Public Health 2021. Doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.659980

Badell, E., A. Alharazi, A. Criscuolo, K. A. A. Almoayed, N. Lefrancq, V. Bouchez, J. Guglielmini, M. Hennart, A. Carmi-Leroy, N. Zidane, M. Pascal-Perrigault, M. Lebreton, H. Martini, H. Salje, J. Toubiana, Dureab, F., G. Dhabaan, S. Brisse, A. A. Rawah, M. A. Aldawla, E. M. Al-Awdi, N. M. Al-Moalmy, H. Z. Al-Shami and A. A. Al-Somainy "Ongoing diphtheria outbreak in Yemen: a cross-sectional and genomic epidemiology study." The Lancet Microbe (2021). Doi: 10.1016/S2666-5247(21)00094-X

Abu-Manga, M.; Al-Jawaldeh, A.; Qureshi, A.B.; Ali, A.M.E.; Pizzol, D.; Dureab, F. Nutrition Assessment of Under-Five Children in Sudan: Tracking the Achievement of the Global Nutrition Targets. Children 2021, 8, 363. doi.org/10.3390/children8050363

Noman, H., Dureab, F., Ahmed, I., Al Serouri, A., Hussein, T., and Jahn, A. Mind the gap: an analysis of core capacities of the international health regulations (2005) to respond to outbreaks in Yemen. BMC Health Serv Res 21, 477 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-021-06395-3

Hussein, T., Dureab, F., Al-Waziza, R., Noman, H., Hennig, L., Jahn, A. The impact of the fragile health system on the implementation of health policies in Yemen. PREPRINT, medRxiv 2020, 2020.09.25.20200741; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.09.25.20200741

Dureab, F., Ahmed K., Beiersmann C., Standley C., Al-Waleedy A., Jahn A. Assessment of electronic disease early warning system for improved disease surveillance and outbreak response in Yemen. BMC Public Health (2020) 20:1422. doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-09460-4

Al Awlaqi S, Dureab F, Annuzailie D, Al-Dheeb N. COVID-19 and conflict: The devastating impact of withdrawing humanitarian support on universal health coverage in Yemen. Public Health in Practice. 2020; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhip.2020.100015

Dureab F, Al Awlaqi S, Jahn A. COVID-19 in Yemen: preparedness measures in a fragile state. Lancet Public Health. 2020; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2468-2667(20)30101-8

Dureab, F., Beiersmann C., Jahn A. "Assessment of data quality of the electronic Disease Early Warning System for infectious diseases in Yemen: P282." Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 113 (2019). (Conference paper).

Dureab F, Müller O, Ismail O, Jahn A. Cholera Outbreak in Yemen: Timeliness of Reporting and Response in the National Electronic Disease Early Warning System. Acta Inform Med. 2019 JUN 27(2): 85-88; https://doi.org/10.5455/aim.2019.27.85-88

Dureab F, Ismail O, Alfalahi E, Al Marhali L, AlJawaldeh A, Nuri N, Safary E, and Jahn A. An overview on the acute malnutrition among children and food insecurity during the conflict in Yemen. Children 2019, 6(6), 77; https://doi.org/10.3390/children6060077

Dureab F, Al Sakkaf M, Ismail O, Kuunibe N, Krisam J, Müller O, Jahn A. Diphtheria outbreak in Yemen: the impact of conflict on a fragile health system. BMC Conflict and Health. 2019. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13031-019-0204-2

Dureab F, Jahn A, Krisam J, Dureab A, Zain O, Al-Awlaqi S, Müller O. Risk factors associated with the recent cholera outbreak in Yemen: A case-control study. Epidemiology and Health 2019; DOI: https://doi.org/10.4178/epih.e2019015

Nuri N, Sarker M, Ahmed H, Hossain M, Dureab F, Agbozo F, Jahn A. Overall Care-Seeking Pattern and Gender Disparity at a Specialized Mental Hospital in Bangladesh. Mater Sociomed. 2019 Mar; 31(1): 35-39. doi:10.5455/msm.2019.31.35-39

Dureab F, Shibib K, Yé Y, Jahn A, Müller O. cholera epidemic in Yemen. Lancet Glob Health. 2018; DOI: doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30393-0

Dureab F, Müller O, Jahn A, Resurgence of diphtheria in Yemen due to population movement, Journal of Travel Medicine, 2018 , tay094, https://doi.org/10.1093/jtm/tay094

Dureab F, Shibib K, Yé Y, Jahn A, Müller O. cholera epidemic in Yemen. Lancet Glob Health. 2018; DOI: doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30393-0

Nuri N, Sarker M, Ahmed H, Hossain M, Dureab F, Jahn A. Quality of the Mental Health Information System in a Specialized Mental Hospital in Bangladesh. ACTA INFORM MED. 2018 SEPT 26(3):168-172. doi: 10.5455/aim.2018.26.168-172.

Dureab F, Shibib K, Jahn A. The association of cholera outbreak with conflict-related factors in Yemen, European Journal for Tropical Medicine and International Health, Volume 22, Issue Supplement S1, 2017. p 53. (Conference paper)

Dureab F., Aljawaldeh A., Ali L., Building capacity in inpatient treatment of severe acute malnutrition in Yemen, Field Exchange 55, July 2017

Dureab F. The impact of conflict on the health situation in Yemen, October 2015, Journal of Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Acute Care 2016(2), DOI 10.5339/jemtac.2016.icepq.31. (Conference paper)

Dureab F, Bawazeer A, Kulker R, The Effects of Community-based Reproductive Health Workers on the Utilization of Family Planning Services in Yemen, International Invention Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences Vol. 2(4) pp. 56-61, April, 2015 Available online internationalinventjournals.org/journals/IIJMMS

Ahmed*, Mohammad Dauod Altaf and Fekri Dureab. Electronic Infectious Disease Surveillance System during Humanitarian Crises in Yemen. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 2014. 6(1): e134, ojphi.org, (Conference paper)

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