Health and wellbeing

The role of Diaspora and other partners in improving health and wellbeing from grassroots and sustainability perspectives


To discuss how best the Diaspora and partners can work with developing countries in a co-production and sustainable ways  to improve the health and wellbeing of its population.


Sustainability depends on coproducing solutions with local people and local governments utilising local resources and ensuring efficiencies and cost effectives are embedded in a systematic and long lasting ways. The panel will discuss the role of Diaspora  and  governmental and nongovernmental organisations in building sustainable health and wellbeing systems across the WHO six health systems building blocks:

  1. Leadership and governance.
  2. Well functioning health systems that is focused on prevention and high impact interventions at population levels.
  3. Well performing  workforce.
  4. Well functioning information systems.
  5. Efficient financing systems.
  6. Equitable access to prevention and treatment.

The debate  will result in developing  a set of recommendations to  be presented to the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and other partners to take forward. 

Panel Members

Dr. Mayada Abu Affan (Moderator)
Consultant in Public Health Medicine
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, West Midlands
Honorary Lecturer, University of Birmingham
Birmingham – United Kingdom

Prof. Moiz Bakhiet
Professor and Chairman, Department of Molecular Medicine, CMMS, Arabian Gulf University
Consultant Neurologist,  King Abdulla Medical City
Director, Princess Al-Jawhara Center for  Molecular Medicine, Genetics and Inherited Disorders
Manama – Kingdom of Bahrain

Dr. Anna Jones
Freelance Public Health Consultant
Honorary Senior Lecturer Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS)
Brighton – UK

Dr. Muna Abdel Aziz
Public Health
Warrington – United Kingdom