E-Health, including telemedicine, mobile Health (mHealth), and internet-based health services, has generated considerable global interest as a transformative factor in health, and attracted substantial interest as an innovative and impactful approach to attain desirable and equitable health outcomes at a global level. E-Health overcomes the geographic barriers to access of healthcare among underserved and marginalized populations. It also enhances the reach at relatively low cost, as well as scalability and time efficiency, while enabling the delivery of tailored, customized, and contextualized interventions.


Through its goal sets, ESP aims to develop a systematic approach to the employment of e-health in the MENA region. It aims to address the growing health burdens of disease, the gender gap in equitable access to quality health services, the lack in availability of skilled health workers, and the barriers imposed by displacement and migration.




Shadi Saleh, PhD, MPH

Founding Director, Global Health Institute
Professor of Health Systems and Financing
Ext: 4832


Nour El Arnaout, MPH

Manager, ASSIST / NGOi
Coordinator, E-Sahha Program
Ext: 4946


Nadine Sabra, PharmD, RPh

Research Associate, E-Sahha Program


Mohamad El Bohsaly, BSc

Mobile App Developer, E-Sahha Program


The Gamification, Artificial Intelligence and mHealth Network for Maternal Health Improvement (GAIN MHI) project aims to improve maternal health and enhance the uptake of antenatal care services among disadvantaged and refugee pregnant women through the employment of an innovative contextualized multi-component digital health intervention including mHealth, gamification for development of health professionals, and artificial intelligence.

Sijilli is a mobile electronic personal health record created for Syrian Refugees by the Global Health Institute and EPIC


Sijilli: A Story of How Technology Can Give Promise of Better Health for Refugees

This video was produced for the Global Health Institute by BBC StoryWorks, the commercial content division of BBC Global News.


The Global Health and Artificial Intelligence Network in the Middle East and North Africa region (GHAIN MENA) is a 3-year project led by the E-Sahha Program at the Global Health Institute. Supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), GHAIN MENA aims to empower researchers from different institutions of the MENA region to design and implement responsible AI-based digital health interventions through partnerships and tailored capacity building.


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