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Health System Adviser at the Department of Health System Governance and Financing at WHO

Maryam is a pharmacist with specialization in public health, health financing and health planning. She is currently a Health System Adviser at the Department of Health System Governance and Financing at WHO HQ in Geneva, where she works on health systems governance. Her work includes developing frameworks for assessing health systems governance and support to countries for strengthening the governance function in the health system. She also focuses on institutional strengthening and reforms. Between 2010 and 2015, she led the portfolio of work on access to medicines at the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research at WHO, advocating for a health system lens on medicines in LMICs and supporting activities ranging from priority setting, primary research projects, systematic reviews and production of landmark publications such as the Flagship Report on Medicines in Health Systems. Prior to joining the Alliance, Maryam has worked over 15 years in low income countries, including in WHO country offices in Cambodia and Lao PDR where she was a health financing adviser. Her field experience includes technical assistance to ministries on health financing systems and national health planning processes. She also has previous experience as a researcher in higher income settings, working with the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer and in the Health Economics Department of the School of Public Health at University of Brussels