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Dr. Salwa Massad

Dr Salwa Massad is a senior development and public health expert with a focus on policy development. With over 13 years of overall professional experience working on health, public health, and human resources development of leading academic, research, and community-based institutions in addition to working with public, private and civil society sectors. With a solid grounding in epidemiology, research skills, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, Dr Massad is strongly committed to improve health through research and monitoring and evaluation and evidence based policy recommendations. As a health expert, she wrote 2018 Palestine’s Human Development Report Health Outcomes section. She worked as a national, regional and international consultant in addition to her work as an assistant professor at Birzeit University. She worked with different ministries, including Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, Non-Governmental Organizations both local and international (RAND, World Health Organization, World B

Doctorate, University of Wisconsin- Madison
Current or most recent Employer

Research manager

World Health Organization
Time in Post - 10

Organisation Type: Intergovernmental organisation

Regional Expertise

Jordan, State of Palestine,

Disciplinary or professional background

Education, Evaluation research, Health/Medicine, Policy/political advocacy (including human rights)

Contact Info


St Andrew Housing Hay Al Razy Ramallah
Social Media (Other)

Public Profiles

Current Areas of Policy Interest

Poverty or deprivation reduction ( 8 years )

Poverty or deprivation measurement ( 8 years )

Family policy ( 1 years )

Health policy ( 8 years )

Humanitarianism & emergency relief ( 1 years )

Conflict & Security ( 1 years )

Work relates to groups

Children ( 15 years )

Youth ( 4 years )

Women ( 4 years )

Refugees ( 4 years )

Areas of Policy Interest over the last ten years

Areas of Policy Interest researched, programmes designed and/or delivered in the last ten years

Public Policy

Health policy (Including health insurance)

Humanitarianism & emergency relief

Conflict & Security


Academic publications
S. Massad, M.Tucktuck, R. Dar Khawaja, H. Dalloul, K. Abu Saman, R. Salman, R. Kafri, H. Khammash. Improving newborn health in countries exposed to political violence: An assessment of the availability, accessibility, and distribution of neonatal health services at Palestinian hospitals. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare (2020) 13: 1551-1562. S. Massad, M.Gebre-Medhin, O Dary; M. Abdalla; S. Holleran; W. Kamally; P Bo.rdelois; U. Khammash; R. J. Deckelbaum. Micronutrient Status of Palestinian School Children Following Salt and Flour Fortification: A cross-sectional Study. BMC Nutrition (2020) 6:38

Academic conferences
K. Abu Saman, S. Massad, A. Abu Ibaid, H. Anan, M. Daher, R. Salman. Factors Associated with Depression among Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Gaza: a cross sectional study, Poster for “Lancet Palestine Health Alliance Conference on the Health of Palestinians Inside and Outside the Occupied Palestinian Territory”, March 13, 2017, Ramallah, Palestine S. Massad, H Dalloul. Malnutrition and parasitic infections among children and mothers in Jordan valley. Oral presentation for “ MediPiet Annual Scientific conference”. Dec 6-8, 2016, Morocco.

Policy Briefs

Consultancy Reports
Health expert 2018 Palestine’s Human Development Report Health Outcomes United Nations Development Program