Rajae El Aouad
National Institute of Hygiene, Morocco
Rajae El Aouad is a medical doctor and professor in Immunology. She was appointed as the director of the National Institute of Hygiene (NIH) in 2001. She received her master of science from the University of Science and Technologies in Languedoc Montpellier and her master of health policy and management from the Sciences Politiques, Paris. She has been a resident member of the Hassan II Academy of Sciences and Technology (HIIAST) since 2006 and a member of the Steering Committee of the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies (IRES). She is also a member of the WHO Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) for Global Influenza Programme and the Scientific Council of the “Fondation Infectiopole Sud.” In January 2011, she was appointed a member of the WHO Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination. Recently, the U.S. State Department has named Aouad to its 2012 Women in Science Hall of Fame.
Dr. El Aouad has dedicated a large part of her career improving public health laboratory services in Morocco by implementing a national quality assurance program, organizing training seminars and workshops for laboratory professionals, and creating the Bureau of Laboratories at the NIH. In 1997, she was nominated as WHO Expert of Public Health Laboratories as recognition of this achievement.
Since October 2008 she has led a twinning project supported by the European Union, which aims at strengthening institutional, organizational, and technical capacities of the National Institute of Hygiene. She also set up the Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) in Morocco in collaboration with the U.S CDC to train 150 staff over the next 7 years.
Dr. El Aouad led a transformative effort supported by IANPHI funds to bring together Morocco’s major public health agencies, including Institute Pasteur, the National Institute of Hygiene, and the National Poison Control Center, into a new National Institute of Public Health.