Dr. Fariba A. Ahmed Al-Darazi, RN, B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD, MFPH (RCP, UK)

Nursing and Health Workforce Development Consultant Kingdom of Bahrain

Dr Fariba Al-Darazi is the former Coordinator of Health Workforce Development and Regional Adviser for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Personnel at the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, World Health Organization. She worked at WHO from May 2000 until October 2015.

Dr Al-Darazi was the first GCC national to obtain a Ph D in nursing from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1986. She was appointed as the Chairperson of the Nursing Division at the College of Health Sciences in 1987 and in 1990 the Division was designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Development and thus it became the First WHO CC for Nursing in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Towards the end of 1990, she was appointed as the Director of Training at the Ministry of Health, Bahrain. She had an important role in developing the policy and plan for human resources development for health in the country. She was the coordinator for the first meeting of the GCC Technical Committee on Nursing when it was established in March 1992

In, 2006, she was decorated by His Majesty King of Bahrain for Competence First Degree. In 2009, she received an award for excellence as a pioneering woman in health in Bahrain from the Her Highness President of the Supreme Council for Women, Dr Al-Darazi served as a member of the Supreme Council of Health in the kingdom of Bahrain from June 2016 until April 2019.