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Prof. Ammal Metwally

Head of Department National Research CentreCommunity Medicine Research


Location: Cairo, Egypt Anniversary: January 1, 1970


Prof. Ammal has experience in working with international agencies in Egypt as preventive medicine and behavioral change advisor for behavioral change in health and hygiene since 1997. She has been hired as advisor since 1997; for UNICEF (six years), Swiss Development Fund (one year), World Bank (two year) and Royal Netherlands Embassy (one year) and PLAN International (short assignments). Her primary interests lie in promoting preventive measures and hygienic behavioral change for women, children and the whole family in rural communities through community based approaches aiming at their development and mobilization. Her interest was also for Maternal and Child health studies, Epidemiological studies for communicable (especially viral hepatitis) and non communicable diseases. Her experience was extended to cover almost all the governorates of Egypt namely; Cairo, Giza, Fayoum, Benisuief, El Menia, Assuit, Sohag, Qena, Aswan, Beheira, Kafr El Sheikh and Gharbeya, and Al Wady AL Gadeed Governorates. She has more than fifteen years experience in: designing and implementation of multiple indicator surveys related to assessment of community needs; monitoring and evaluation and in applying the principles of communication for behavioral change and social marketing in public health related fields both at the national and international level. She has international experience as advisor for health in both Yemen (supported by the World Bank) and Jordan (Supported by UNICEF). She has fifteen years experience in provision of technical advice for institutional capacity building, developing, and compiling training & workshops to the governmental bodies and nongovernmental organizations for enhancing their practices related to health awareness, education and behavioral change. She has also ten years experience in providing workshops for postgraduates on basics of scientific research methodology and on personal and professional development. She has developed nineteen modules related to community awareness raising & empowerment for improving the health and environmental conditions of rural communities. As chairman for the project formulation committee, she organized workshops regularly since 2007 for project proposal formulation and writing for the NRC Researches, Assistant Prof. and Professors. As a member of Research Ethics Council of The General Organization of Teaching Hospitals and Institutes, she evaluates projects, thesis and research protocols and manuscripts before their submission and as a member of the scientific promotion committee for basic science evaluated published papers for scientist’s promotion. Prof. Ammal has forty two published national and international papers in Family planning, Maternal and child health, nutrition, communicable and non communicable diseases, water, environment and sanitation related topics. She also actively participated in several international conferences as chairperson and as speaker. Prof. Ammal is now running a national project for eradication of hepatitis in Egypt “Towards a village free from Hepatitis”, she completed two national projects funded by STDF as PI and two national projects funded by STDF as Co-PI and one international project funded by FP7 as core- investigator.