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"Adapting to Change: Distance Learning Overview Module on Population, Reproductive Health and Health Sector Reform"
14-23 May 2000, Cairo, Egypt

  Description of the Course:
The first module of the "Adapting to Change" Core Course was delivered in close cooperation with the Social Research Center (SRC) of the American University of Cairo (AUC) from 14 to 23 May 2000 in Cairo, Egypt. The module, adapted from a five-day face-to-face training, was delivered as an eight-day distance learning event integrated into the SRC three-month training program on Research Methods for Policy Formulation and Evaluation. The SRC program had a special focus on population and reproductive health concerns in the Arab countries and was offered for the first time in April-June 2000.

  Resource Persons for the "Adapting to Change Overview Module":

Carla AbouZahr

Maha El Adawy

C. Mark Blackden

David E. Bloom

John Bongaarts

Margaret Catley-Carlson

John Casterline

Jo Hindriks

Fatma Khafagy

Tom Merrick

Hoda Rashad

  The Objectives:
The Objectives of this Module was to assist population/reproductive health (P/RH) practitioners, as well as researchers and trainers, to adapt RH programs and services to the changing conditions and requirements of health systems which are undergoing reform. It equipped participants to better understand the new environment for delivering RH services, both globally and in the context of the MENA region.

The training featured the dissemination and discussion of the first part of the WBI Adapting to Change: Population, Reproductive Health and Health Sector Reform Core Course. This week encompassed the broader setting of P/RH issues in the context of development and health sector reform. It covered the following topics and readings:

The audience included practitioners from government and NGOs, researchers and trainers from sectors such as health, education, women's affairs, finance and planning. Participants were invited from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine (West Bank and Gaza), Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen.

Hind Bushra Ahmed

Salma Salah Ahmed

Ismail Aly

Hana Mohammed Hussein Bukhari

Wafaa Mohamed Medhat Elfiky

Nawal Abdel Monim Fouad

Yahya Hashem Al Haifi

Huda Husni Hakki

Qais Mahmoud Jamil Hasiba

Mohamed Hassan

Mahinaz El Helw

Kawther Ahmed Kenawy

Deema El Khalidi

Helal Ben Abdellah El Kharousi

Essmat Mohamed

Alia El Mohandes

Bushna Ahmed Moshra

Mamoun Khaled Najjar

Asmaa Abd-el-Rahman Rashid

Atef Abdel Razik Salama

Mohie Eldin Abdel Rehim Selim

Etemad Abd El Raheem Abd El Mageed El Sharif

Samia Ibrahim Taha

Abdulwahed Thabet


If you would like more information regarding this course please contact Jo Hindriks at or Hoda Rashad at

For more information about the American University in Cairo or the Social Research Institute please follow these links: