1999-2000 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows

Munir Sadi Abu Dalal, RN, BSN, DHM

Health Policy & Management

Palestinian National Authority

For the past three years, Mr. Munir Sadi Abu Dalal has served as hospital nursing director for Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza. With the Humphrey Fellowship, he intends to further develop skills in management and leadership, especially in the areas of finance, human resources, staffing and scheduling, and planning and coordinating. Mr. Abu Dalal received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Bethlehem University and previously completed a Series in Management study program at Emory University. He recently earned a high diploma in health management at Hebron University.

Petr Kucera, MD

Czech Republic

Policy & Management for Disease Control

Since 1990, Dr. Kucera has served as deputy head of allergy and clinical immunology at the Faculty Hospital and 3rd Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague. Through the Humphrey Fellowship, he hopes to learn more about public health policy, organization, and management in order to develop more effective allergy prevention programs in the Czech Republic. He is also interested in developing training programs for undergraduate medical students and postgraduate training for physicians, nurses and health educators who specialize in allergy prevention. Dr. Kucera has an MD from Charles University as well as 10 years of postgraduate training ininternal medicine and allergic diseases.

Carol Ann Palmer, MPSM

Jamaica

Health Policy & Planning

Carol Palmer has served the physical therapy profession in Jamaica for nearly two decades, and currently is the country's resource person on quality for the World Confederation of Physical Therapy. Since 1995, she has been a planner for Jamaica's Ministry of Health. Her challenge, following the Humphrey Fellowship, is to develop programs that incorporate public-private sector involvement and determine the best system for expanding the regulatory role. She has a diploma in physical therapy from the University of West Indies School of Physical Therapy as well as a bachelor's degree in management studies and a master's in public sector management from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.

Samuel Orochi Orach, MB, CHB (MB,BS); MPHC

Uganda

Public Health Policy and Management

Twelve years ago, Dr. Orach came to the very rural, relatively inaccessible yet highly populated part of Nebbi, a district of Uganda bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is currently the assistant district director of health services for Nebbi as well as medical superintendent for the local Nyapea Hospital and is responsible for overall management of the county's health services. Through the Humphrey Fellowship, he wishes to improve his understanding of policy development and management, in order to help Uganda decentralize health services management. Dr. Orach received degrees of medicine and surgery from Makerere University in Kampala and a master's in primary health care management from the Istituto Superiore di Sanita in Rome.

Mouhammad Hazem Seirawan, DDS

Syria

Biostatistics/Data Management

For the past three years, Mouhammad Seirawan, DDS, has served in Syria's Ministry of Health-Oral Health Directorate as a public health dentist and oral health data analyst. Dr. Seirawan has also assisted in data analysis for the Regional World Health Organization Demonstration, Training and Research Center for Oral Health. With the Humphrey Fellowship, he intends to study biostatistics and data management in order to help guide Syria toward more effective health system planning. Dr. Seirawan has a doctor of dental surgery degree from Damascus University and a certificate in oral public health from the Public Health School in Damascus.

Lenna Nair, MA

India

Health Policy & Management

For the past 16 years, Ms. Nair has been a civil servant with the Indian Government and has worked in various positions to help improve the economy, public health and ecology of Tamil Nadu, a state in the southern part of India. She has served as managing director of India's first Medical Services Corporation for drug management, helping overhaul the drug procurement and delivery system. In her current position, as Special Secretary of Municipal Administration and Water Supply, she oversees urban areas in Tamil Nadu. With the Humphrey Fellowship, she would like to focus on improving health care delivery systems for women and children, with a special emphasis on medicare and insurance in developed and developing countries. Ms. Nair is a postgraduate of Punjab University, with degrees in history and political science.

Goh Pik Pin, MD, MS

Malaysia

Policy Planning, Management & Health Care Financing

As an ophthalmologist, Dr. Goh Pik Pin has focused her Humphrey Fellowship studies on public health ophthalmology, with emphasis on blindness prevention program planning, management, and health care financing. In her practice, she has seen significant knowledge deficits among primary practitioners and the public regarding blindness prevention. She intends to plan a national program in Malaysia for blindness prevention and training of ophthalmologists. She received a doctor of medicine degree from the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Kelantan and a master of surgery in ophthalmology from the Universisi Kebangsaan Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, and a fellowship from Royal College of Surgeons im Ophthalmology in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Naing

Burma

Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene; MB, BS

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care,

Reproductive Health Program

Since 1992, when he joined World Vision Foundation of Thailand (a nongovernmental organization), Dr. Naing has worked to address HIV/AIDS among the more than 100,000 Burmese migrants living along the Thai-Burma border. He currently is project coordinator for the Thai-Burma AIDS Program. As a Humphrey Fellow, he is focused on gaining greater knowledge in behavioral science and health promotion, epidemiology and biostatistics to effectively design, manage, implement and evaluate an integrated HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and community development program. Dr. Naing received a MB,BS degree in Medicine/Surgery from the Institute of Medicine in Burma and a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene from Mahidol University in Thailand.