Dr Rayana Bou Haka

WHO Representative for WHO country office in the State of Qatar 

Dr Rayana Bou Haka is currently the WHO Representative for WHO country office in the State of Qatar since June 2022. Prior to that she had occupied from August 2014, the position of the Manager, Country Cooperation and collaboration unit (CCU) in the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office/ World Health Organization in Cairo. Additionally, since May 2017 she served as the Desk officer for Qatar based in Cairo.

 Her responsibilities as Manager CCU focused on supporting WHO country offices including the strategic planning processes in countries. As the desk officer for Qatar, she was overseeing the WHO collaborative programs with Qatar, liaising with technical units in the regional office and in headquarters.

Having joined WHO in 2000, she had occupied several posts, at the three levels of the organization, starting in the headquarters in Geneva and alternating between country offices and Regional office in Cairo.   She was the WHO Country Representative in Djibouti from February 2011-August 2014;  Medical Officer in Emergency Humanitarian Action Unit(EHA) /EMRO  in Cairo from November 2008-February 2011 as well as from July 2004-December 2005;  Chief of Emergency Operations and Health cluster coordinator in WHO Pakistan -Islamabad from January 2006-November 2008;  and Medical Officer Health Action in Crises (HAC) in WHO HQ- Geneva from October 2000-June 2004.

Prior to joining WHO Dr Bou Haka worked as a Consultant to Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) Lebanon in the Primary Health Care Pilot Project part of the World Bank funded project for Health Sector Rehabilitation project (HSRP) – Beirut from June 1998-August 2000.

She also spent 6 years as the Emergency Unit Physician, American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) –Beirut from 1991-1997.  

Her clinical experience as a pediatrician her experience included 10 years in Private practice in Beirut from 1990-2000.

Dr Bou Haka has received her Bachelor’s in Sciences-Biology from American University of Beirut in 1983 and completed her Medical Doctor degree also from American University of Beirut in 1987.  She specialized in Pediatrics and received her specialty diploma in 1991 from the American University Medical center. In 1992 she obtained her Master’s in Public Health from the Faculty of Health Science in AUB.

 In addition, she completed several additional trainings and obtained different diplomas in Disaster Management, Humanitarian programming, Sphere standards training, leadership for emergency management and gender.

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