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Source: USAID West Bank & Gaza
24 January 2005

USAID finances WHO advisor to support Ministry of Health's Nutrition Department

RAMALLAH, West Bank - The American people are sponsoring a nutrition expert from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen the capacity of the Palestinian Ministry of Health's Nutrition Department, U.S. officials said Monday.

Dr. Mohammad Shahjahan, a Bangladeshi with 18 years of experience in maternal and child health care and nutrition, will provide technical guidance to the Ministry of Health on long-term activities aimed at improving the nutritional status of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

Dr. Shahjahan's mission was made possible by a $296,800 grant to the WHO from the U.S. Agency for International Development USAID).

The Nutrition Department is developing its capacity and leadership function to take charge of policy planning, monitoring, evaluation and the coordination of nutrition related issues.

Dr. Shahjahan has served as a nutritionist in WHO's Emergency and Humanitarian Action Unit in Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia, Mozambique, and Malawi. He comes to the West Bank and Gaza from an assignment with UNICEF in Uganda.

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