Fadi El-Jardali awarded an IDRC grant to strengthen National Health Information Systems and Promoting Data-informed Decision-Making in the MENA Region

​Fadi El-Jardali has been awarded the sum of $CAD 650,000 by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to lead an innovative project on “strengthening national health information systems to promote data-informed decision-making and achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. 

The project will adopt a multi-faceted approach to promote well-functioning, responsive and equity-oriented health information systems that can provide relevant, reliable and timely data and information to effectively inform decision-making, support health systems strengthening, and improve health outcomes in the Middle East and North African region. 

Dr. El-Jardali is a Professor of Health Policy and Systems and the Chairman of the Health Policy and Management Department (HMPD) at the Faculty of Health Sciences. He is also the Founder and the Director of the Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center; Co-Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice; Co-Director of the Center for Systematic Reviews in Health Policy and Systems Research (SPARK); and Co-Director of the Nodal institute at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint set  to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The SDGs  are 17 goals with 196 targets that all 191 UN Member States have agreed to try to achieve by the year 2030. Health has a central place in SDG3: Ensure healthy live and promoting wellbeing​ for all at all ages. ​