Heller alum Ahmad Jawad Osmani named Minister of Public Health in Afghanistan

June 17, 2020

Dr. Ahmad Jawad Osmani, MS'11
Dr. Ahmad Jawad Osmani, MS'11

Dr. Ahmad Jawad Osmani, MS’11, was appointed to be Afghanistan’s Minister of Public Health on May 31, 2020 by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. Osmani began his career as a medical doctor and medical school professor, but later began to focus more on public health—a shift that led him to pursue a graduate degree at the Heller School.

Osmani obtained his Master of Science in Global Health Policy and Management from the Heller School in 2010, as a Fulbright Scholar. During this time, he received the Weston Award acknowledging high-caliber Fulbright scholars from Central Asia, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Of his alma mater, Osmani says, “My education at [the] Heller School has shaped my understanding of global health challenges. It has prepared me to think about the local health problems and designing the context-based solutions.” 

Since returning to his home country of Afghanistan, Osmani has served various high-level roles within the Ministry of Public Health and Ministry of the Economy, most recently holding the position of Deputy Minister of Administration and Finance.

Upon accepting his appointment as Afghanistan’s new Minister of Public Health, Osmani noted that he is committed to streamlining and mobilizing all available resources to effectively fight against COVID-19 throughout Afghanistan. Currently his priorities are to bring comprehensive changes in the delivery of primary care and hospital services.

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