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Najibullah Safi EMRC's focal point in Afghanistan

  • name: Najibullah Safi
  • country: Afghanistan
  • Organization: MoPH
  • post: CCM member
  • email: najibullah.safi @
  • information:
    • name: Najibullah Safi
    • country: Afghanistan
    • Organization: MoPH
    • post: Director General Preventive Medicines, MoPH Afghanistan
    • Chair of CCM Executive Committee
    • email:
    • information:


    • Doctorate in Management Studies, Indian School of Business Management and Administration, Sep 2013
    • Diploma in Malaria Program Planning and Management, Regional Training Centre of WHO Bandar Abbas-Iran, 2007
    • MSc. in Health Policy and Management, Aga Khan University, Karachi-Pakistan, 2006
    • Medical Doctor, Kabul Medical University, 1998


    • Director General Preventive Medicines, MoPH Afghanistan, May 2015 – Present
    • Nov 2010 – May 2015, Team Leader – Health System, WHO Country Office, Afghanistan
    • May 2010 – October 2014 National Program Officer - Health System, WHO Country Office, Afghanistan
    • August 2007 - April 2010 National Malaria and Leishmaniasis Control Program Manager, MoPH Afghanistan
    • 2006 National Program Officer, RBM Officer, WHO Afghanistan
    • 2004 Provincial Training Coordinator IbnSina
    • 1999 Medical officer, ENT department of the Academy of Medical Sciences


    1. Books
    • Najibullah Safi, Syed Israr, Junita Hatcher. “Contracting-out of Primary Health Care Services in Afghanistan”. 2010. (ISBN 978-3-639-22752-9)


    1. Articles
    • Najibullah Safi, Mohamad Nadir Sahak, Bashir Noormal. “Assessment of Human, Social and Institutional Resilience Affecting Female Medical Students Enrolment in Post Graduate Programs”, published by World Bank, August 2014,
    • Katayoun Maleki, M.D.; Randah Hamadeh; Jaleh Gholami; Ahmed Mandil; Saima Hamid; Zahid Ahmad Butt; Abdulaziz Bin Saeed; Dalia Yahia M El Kheir; Mohamed Selim; Sahar Maqsood; Najibullah Safi; Ban A Abdul-Majeed; Reza Majdzadeh “Knowledge Translation in Selected Eastern-Mediterranean Universities and Research Institutes”  PLoS ONE 9(9): e103732. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0103732
    • Najibullah Safi, Psychological burden of complex emergencies: the case of Afghanistan, Asian Disaster Management News - Volume 20/2013 p 19-20
    • Najibullah Safi, Gary D. Davis, Mohammed Nadir, Hamida Hamid, Leon Robert, Alan J. Case. “Evaluation of Thermotherapy for the Treatment of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Kabul, Afghanistan: A Randomized Controlled TrialMilitary Medicine, Vol 177, No3, pp. 345-351, March 2012
    • Amy FW Mikhail, Toby J Leslie, Mohammad I Mayan, Rohullah Zekria, Nader Mohammad, Mohammad A Hasanzai, Najibullah Safi, Christopher JM Whitty and Mark Rowland “Field trial of three different Plasmodium vivax detecting rapid diagnostic tests with and without evaporative cool box storage in AfghanistanMalaria Journal 2011, 10:169
    • Sedigheh Zakeria, Najibullah Safi, Mandana Afsharpad, Waqar Buttc, Faezeh Ghasemi,

    Akram Abouie Mehrizi, Hoda Atta, Ghasem Zamani, Navid Dinparast Djadid. “Genetic structure of Palsmodiumvivax from two malaria endemic areas in AfghanistanActaTropica 113 (2010) 12-19

    • Dr. Randa Youssef, Dr. Najibullah Safi, Dr. Hamida Hemeed, Dr. Walid Sediqi, Dr. Jamal Abdul Naser, Dr. Waqar Butt. “Malaria Indicator Survey, Afghanistan November 2008”, Afghanistan Annual Malaria Journal (2009) P 37-49
    • Najibullah Safi, Toby Leslie, Mark Rowland. “Progress and Challenges to Malaria Control in Afghanistan”, Afghanistan Annual Malaria Journal (2009) P 15-29
    • Najibullah Safi, Awab Ghullam Rahim, Kamal Mustafa, Waqar Butt, Adbu lWasi Jawad, Tajwar Naseri, Rahmatullah. “Therapeutic Efficacy of Anti-malarial drugs in the treatment of uncomplicated malaria in Afghanistan 2004-2007”, Afghanistan Annual Malaria Journal (2009) P 50-53
    • Sedigheh Zakeri, Mandana Afsharpad, Faezeh Ghasemi, Ahmad Raeisi, Najibullah Safi, Waqar Butt, Hoda Atta, Navid D Djadid. “Molecular surveillance of Plasmodium vivaxdhfr and dhps mutations in isolates from Afghanistan”  Malaria Journal 2010, 9:75
    • Babar Tasneem Shaikh, Fauziah Rabbani, Najibullah Safi, Zia Dawar. “Contracting of primary health care services in Pakistan:Is up-scaling a pragmatic thinking??”J Pak Med Assoc, Vol. 60, No. 5, May 2010, 387-389
    • Farida Adimi, Radina P Soebiyanto, Najibullah Safi, Richard Kiang “Toward Malaria Risk Prediction in Afghanistan Using Remote SensingMalaria Journal 2010, 9:125
    • Sedigheh Zakeri, Qutbuddin Kakar, Faezeh Ghasemi, Ahmad Raeisi, Waqar Butt, Najibullah Safi, Mandana Afsharpad, Muhammad Suleiman Memon, Saber Gholizadeh, Masoud Salehi, Hoda Atta, Ghasem Zamani, Navid Dinparast Djadid. “Detection of mixed plasmodium faciparum and P. vivax infections by nested-PCR in Pakistan,  Iran and AfghanistanIndian J Med Res 132, July 2010, pp 31-35