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Since 2015, Dr. Salwa Bitar has served as chief of party for IntraHealth’s Palestinian Health Capacity Project based in Ramallah/Palestine. The project focuses on improved referral systems between PMOH and non-PMOH hospitals, health professional development and education, and multiple informatics solutions for the health sector, including a health information system for all PMOH hospitals.
Dr. Bitar is a medical doctor with a master’s degree in public health. She worked in the USAID Jordan PHN office for 17 years before joining Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in 2007 to serve as the global alliance and scaling advisor on two global flagship projects for family planning, reproductive health, safe motherhood, and health system strengthening (FP/RH/HSS): the Extending Service Delivery (ESD) and Evidence to Action (E2A) projects. Dr. Bitar is an international public health expert in FP/RH/MNCH/safe motherhood and health systems strengthening, including advocacy, policy, capacity building and management, and quality improvement.
Dr. Bitar has worked closely with donors, stakeholders, and implementing partners at the highest levels across the globe. She is a known expert in developing clinical/medical and managerial standards and rolling them out in low-resource countries such as Indonesia, India, Nepal, Yemen, the Philippines, Uganda, and Liberia.