Fekri Dureab, M.D, MSc.IH, Dr. Sc. hum

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter


Fekri Dureab, MD, post graduated diploma in Community Medicine, he awarded the Master of Science degree in International Health by Heidelberg University in 2011, and recently he got his doctorate degree in Public Health (Dr. Sc.hum) in 2020 for his thesis on the electronic Diseases Early Warning System with focus on epidemics during the humanitarian crises of Yemen. He Worked in Child Health Department of the Ministry of Public Health and Population in 2007 and then joined GIZ –Yemen as a Technical Officer of Community Based Reproductive Health Promotion. He enrolled within the internship program of WHO Geneva to work on the countdown report 2012 and the computerized training version of Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI).

Fekri joined WHO – Yemen as Professional National Officer to take the responsibility on the Nutrition and Noncommunicable Diseases Section CAT 2 till June 2016, in addition to his nutrition tasks he participated in the interventions of Emergency Humanitarian Action Department at WHO country office during the crises of Yemen. Fekri was the focal person for the emergency operations for the southern governorates and one of the key people who established the electronic Disease Early Warning System in 2013 in Yemen. In 2017, he joined WHO Somalia country office to strengthen the capacity building of the national staff in management of Severe Acute Malnutrition.

Fekri is a member of the Global Health Policies and Systems Group in Heidelberg Institute of Global Health. He coordinates a subgroup conducting Yemen case study as part of the Lancet Committee in Heidelberg on the synergies between universal health coverage, global health security and health promotion. Currently, Fekri is a research associate (Post-Doc) in IRIA-Akkon, responsible on a project to Strengthening Health System through implementing the quality improvement approaches in close collaboration with GIZ - Yemen.

Publication list
Publication (peer-reviewed)
  • Nassar, A. A. H., M. A. Al Amad, M. Qasim and Dureab F. (2021). "Risk factors for measles outbreak in Ataq and Habban districts, Shabwah governorate, Yemen, February to May 2018." BMC Infectious Diseases 21(1): 551. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12879-021-06207-3
  • Dureab F., Hussein, T., Sheikh, R., Al-Dheeb, N., Al-Awlaqi, S., Jahn, A. Forms of Health System Fragmentation during Conflict: The Case of Yemen. Front. Public Health 2021. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.659980
  • Badell, E., A. Alharazi, A. Criscuolo, K. A. A. Almoayed, N. Lefrancq, V. Bouchez, J. Guglielmini, M. Hennart, A. Carmi-Leroy, N. Zidane, M. Pascal-Perrigault, M. Lebreton, H. Martini, H. Salje, J. Toubiana, Dureab F., G. Dhabaan, S. Brisse, A. A. Rawah, M. A. Aldawla, E. M. Al-Awdi, N. M. Al-Moalmy, H. Z. Al-Shami and A. A. Al-Somainy "Ongoing diphtheria outbreak in Yemen: a cross-sectional and genomic epidemiology study." The Lancet Microbe (2021). https://doi.org/10.1016/S2666-5247(21)00094-X
  • Abu-Manga, M.; Al-Jawaldeh, A.; Qureshi, A.B.; Ali, A.M.E.; Pizzol, D.; Dureab, F. Nutrition Assessment of Under-Five Children in Sudan: Tracking the Achievement of the Global Nutrition Targets. Children 2021, 8, 363.
  • Noman, H., Dureab, F., Ahmed, I., Al Serouri, A., Hussein, T., and Jahn, A. Mind the gap: an analysis of core capacities of the international health regulations (2005) to respond to outbreaks in Yemen. BMC Health Serv Res 21, 477 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-021-06395-3
  • Hussein, T., Dureab, F., Al-Waziza, R., Noman, H., Hennig, L., Jahn, A. The impact of the fragile health system on the implementation of health policies in Yemen. PREPRINT, medRxiv 2020, 2020.09.25.20200741; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.09.25.20200741
  • Dureab, F., Ahmed K., Beiersmann C., Standley C., Al-Waleedy A., Jahn A. Assessment of electronic disease early warning system for improved disease surveillance and outbreak response in Yemen. BMC Public Health (2020) 20:1422. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-09460-4
  • Al Awlaqi S, Dureab F, Annuzailie D, Al-Dheeb N. COVID-19 and conflict: The devastating impact of withdrawing humanitarian support on universal health coverage in Yemen. Public Health in Practice. 2020; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhip.2020.100015
  • Dureab F, Al Awlaqi S, Jahn A. COVID-19 in Yemen: preparedness measures in a fragile state. Lancet Public Health. 2020; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2468-2667(20)30101-8
  • Dureab F, Müller O, Ismail O, Jahn A. Cholera Outbreak in Yemen: Timeliness of Reporting and Response in the National Electronic Disease Early Warning System. Acta Inform Med. 2019 JUN 27(2): 85-88; https://doi.org/10.5455/aim.2019.27.85-88
  • Dureab F, Ismail O, Alfalahi E, Al Marhali L, AlJawaldeh A, Nuri N, Safary E, and Jahn A. An overview on the acute malnutrition among children and food insecurity during the conflict in Yemen. Children 2019, 6(6), 77; https://doi.org/10.3390/children6060077
  • Dureab F, Al Sakkaf M, Ismail O, Kuunibe N, Krisam J, Müller O, Jahn A. Diphtheria outbreak in Yemen: the impact of conflict on a fragile health system. BMC Conflict and Health. 2019. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13031-019-0204-2
  • Dureab F, Jahn A, Krisam J, Dureab A, Zain O, Al-Awlaqi S, Müller O. Risk factors associated with the recent cholera outbreak in Yemen: A case-control study. Epidemiology and Health 2019; DOI: https://doi.org/10.4178/epih.e2019015
  • Nuri N, Sarker M, Ahmed H, Hossain M, Dureab F, Agbozo F, Jahn A. Overall Care-Seeking Pattern and Gender Disparity at a Specialized Mental Hospital in Bangladesh. Mater Sociomed. 2019 Mar; 31(1): 35-39. doi:10.5455/msm.2019.31.35-39
  • Dureab F, Shibib K, Al Yousufi R, Jahn A. Yemen: Cholera outbreak and the ongoing armed conflict. Journal Infect. Dev. Ctries. 2018; 12(5):397-403. https://doi.org/10.3855/jidc.10129
  • Dureab F, Müller O, Jahn A, Resurgence of diphtheria in Yemen due to population movement, Journal of Travel Medicine, 2018 , tay094, https://doi.org/10.1093/jtm/tay094
  • Dureab F, Shibib K, Yé Y, Jahn A, Müller O. cholera epidemic in Yemen. Lancet Glob Health. 2018; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30393-0
  • Nuri N, Sarker M, Ahmed H, Hossain M, Dureab F., Jahn A. Quality of the Mental Health Information System in a Specialized Mental Hospital in Bangladesh. ACTA INFORM MED. 2018 SEPT 26(3):168-172. doi:10.5455/aim.2018.26.168-172
  • Dureab F, Bawazeer A, Kulker R, The Effects of Community-based Reproductive Health Workers on the Utilization of Family Planning Services in Yemen, International Invention Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences Vol. 2(4) pp. 56-61, April, 2015 http://internationalinventjournals.org/journals/IIJMMS
  • Dureab F., Ulrich T., Jahn A. The Implication of eDEWS for Health Information System in Fragile Countries, 2020. The Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research-Dubai.
  • Dureab F., Beiersmann C, Mueller O, Jahn A. Assessment of Data Quality of the electronic Disease Early Warning System for infectious diseases in Yemen, 2019. (11th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health-Liverpool, UK)
  • Dureab F., Shibib K, Jahn A. The association of cholera outbreak with conflict-related factors in Yemen, European Journal for Tropical Medicine and International Health, Volume 22, Issue Supplement S1, 2017. p 53. (10th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health-Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Dureab F. The impact of conflict on the health situation in Yemen, October 2015, Journal of Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Acute Care 2016(2)
  • Ahmed*, Mohammad Dauod Altaf and Fekri Dureab. Electronic Infectious Disease Surveillance System during Humanitarian Crises in Yemen. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 2014. 6(1): e134
Editorial and review collaboration
  • Editorial and review collaboration
  • Frontiers in Tropical Diseases – Review Editor
  • Journal of Primary Health Care & General Practice– Editorial Board
  • BMC-Infectious Diseases of Poverty
  • PloS one
  • MDPI-Nutrients
  • The Lancet Infectious Diseases
  • The Lancet Planetary Health
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Global Journal of Public Health and Health Sciences (GJPHS) – Co-funder
Research project
  • Improvement of health service quality – Minimum Health Service Package in Yemen.
  • Analyzing the health system and policies in crisis and fragile countries.
  • Assessing the health and wider societal impact of COVID-19 and related control measures in Yemen.
  • COVID-19 Outbreak and Infodemic: The Impact on the Fragile Health System and the Community Behavioral Patterns in Yemen.
  • Impact of conflict on population health focusing on disease control and epidemics; cholera, diphtheria and COVID-19.
Thesis supervision
  • Association of Cholera and Malnutrition among Children under Five Years Old in Yemen, 2018, Hussain Ahmed, MSc International Health, Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg University (Co-supervisor).
  • Implementation of International Health Regulations during the Ongoing Cholera Outbreak in Yemen 2019, Hanan Noman, MSc International Health, Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg University (Co-supervisor).
  • The Impact of Health System Fragmentation on the Implementation of Health Policies in Yemen 2019, Taha Hussain, MSc International Health, Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg University (Co-supervisor).
  • Analyzing the Health System at a Governorate Level in Yemen in the middle of the Ongoing Conflict 2020- Raof Ali Al Waziza- MSc International Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, (supervisor).
  • The Humanitarian Health Response: The implementation of the Minimum Service Package within the fragile health system in Yemen 2021, Faten Asda, MSc International Health, Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg University (supervisor-on going).
  • Community knowledge and practices towards preventive measures of diarrheal diseases in the context of cholera outbreak in Al-Mahweet-Yemen: Analytic Study 2021- Hani Nasr- MSc International Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, (supervisor-on going).