Web Forum

Global Health Series #3
Public Health in Afghanistan: Building a New Foundation
Monday, April 4, 2011 | 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Pacific

      · Public Health Infrastructure
      · Engaging Males in Family Planning

As the home of famous ancient Persian poets, philosophers, and scientists, Afghanistan is a culturally rich and complex country. Although a turbulent history has followed Afghanistan into the 21st century, it remains a country where daily life is ordered and ordinary for the majority of its citizens. The same can be said for institutions like the Ministry of Public Health. Afghanistan's public health professionals have continued to build community capacity for its residents to live a healthy life.

Please join us for a discussion of how Afghanistan's public health programs are improving health, with a special focus on involving males in family planning. The Web Forum is an opportunity to learn how a developing nation can make significant strides in population health and the importance of cultural values and community norms in the design and delivery of health programs.

The Web Forum will feature two dedicated public health practitioners with extensive experience in Afghanistan. Dr. Abdul Tawab Saljuqi is a Fulbright Scholar, an MPH candidate at University of Arizona, and currently a resident with Dialogue4Health, and Ms. Taraneh Salke, Founder and Executive Director of Family Health Alliance.






    Taraneh Salke, MPH
    Founder and Executive Director
    Family Health Alliance
    West Hills, CA

    Taraneh Salke, MPHTaraneh Salke is the Founder and Executive Director of Family Health Alliance (FHA). FHA is a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of women’s reproductive health and rights in resource poor environments. Taraneh holds a MPH degree from UCLA and specializes in family planning and reproductive health and role of gender in health and development of women, in particular in the Middle East and Muslim societies. Taraneh is also a trained cultural anthropologist and has used her knowledge in designing and implementing culturally appropriate international health programs. Taraneh has worked in women’s health and development in Afghanistan for the past nine years. Her deep understanding of the local culture and her fluency in the local language combined with her ability to work with people at the grassroots level as well as the government level has led to successful implementation of public health programs in Afghanistan. She lectures regularly on women’s global health issues at universities, national and international organizations, and professional conferences. (www.familyhealthalliance.org)

    Abdul Tawab Kawa Saljuqi, MD
    Fulbright Scholar and MPH Candidate, 2011
    Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
    University of Arizona
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Abdul Tawab Kawa Saljuqi, MDAbdul Tawab Kawa Saljuqi is a physician and Fulbright Scholar from Afghanistan. Dr. Saljuqi is a graduate student at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) at the University of Arizona-Tucson. Although his graduate study concentration is health promotion and health behavior, he is also interested in public health policy, management, and health diplomacy. Dr. Saljuqi received his medical degree from the University of Afghanistan in 2003. In 2004 he became the chief editor of the Afghan health magazine Salamati. From 2005 to 2009, he served as Director of the Health Promotion in the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health. Dr. Saljuqi recently founded the Afghanistan Public Health Network, an online information sharing forum. It is an open network which can be accessed by anyone, ranging from experts to students, in order to discuss current public health issues. Upon completion of his graduate studies, Dr. Saljuqi returns to the Ministry of Public Health, and plans to teach public health in academic institutions. Currently Dr. Saljuqi is working as an intern with Dialogue4health project at Public Health Institute. (www.cies.org | www.publichealth.arizona.edu | www.phi.org and www.Dialogue4Health.org)


    Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH
    Vice President for External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH currently serves as the Vice President of External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor at the Public Health Institute (PHI), one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profit public health organizations in the nation
    Dr. Nevarez has over 32 years of experience as a physician and 29 years as a public health practitioner, having served as the Director of Department of Health and Human Services and Health Officer, City of Berkeley, California, as well as in various clinical settings including serving as Medical Director at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland.  She is Immediate Past President of the American Public Health Association (APHA).  She is past Board Chair of Latino Coalition for a Healthy California and a member of the Partnership for Prevention Advisory Board. In addition, she has served state government as a member of advisory committees on Primary Care Clinics, Binational and Border Health and Multicultural Health.  Her areas of expertise include Women's reproductive health, community based strategies for chronic disease prevention, and social media for public health. (www.phi.org and www.Dialogue4Health.org


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

Public Health in Afghanistan: Building a New Foundation Salke/Family Health Alliance Saljuqi/Dialogue4Health

Salke/Family Health Alliance



The following documents provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.


The following websites provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.

Ministry of Public Health | Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
World Health Organization | Afghanistan
Population Reference Bureau
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Afghanistan


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