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Biography of H.E. Dr. Firozuddin Feroz Public Health Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Dr. Firozuddin Feroz was born in Panjshir Province, Afghanistan in 1968. In 1980, he graduated from high school and was admitted to the Medical Faculty of Kabul University. Following successful completion of his medical studies, Dr. Feroz started serving his people; first, as a medical doctor at the Nahrin District Health Center, Baghlan province in 1985, and then as the Public Health Director of Kapisa province in 1997.
In 2002, Dr. Feroz joined the Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) as the Deputy Minister of Policy and Planning and was one of the founders of Afghanistan’s current health system. Additionally, as the Deputy Minister, he initiated and developed the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) and Essential Package of Hospitals Services (BPHS); the two axial programs of the MoPH that have led to the improvement of the coverage of health services and reduced morbidity and mortality rates across the country.
From 2005 to 2014, Dr. Feroz was a consultant with the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), addressing health system reform in low and middle income countries, such as Afghanistan, India (Rajasthan State), and South Sudan.
In addition to his specialty degree in general surgery, Dr. Feroz obtained Diploma in Health Management from London University and has earned two Master’s degrees in health management; one from the University of LSHTM (UL) England, and the other one from the University of IIHMR-Jaipur, India. In 2012, Dr. Feroz commenced his doctoral studies (PhD) at the Walden University of America.
Dr. Feroz has published extensively about public health management and policy, including six books and many peer-reviewed articles, which are published in well-known international journals.
In early February 2015, HE Dr. Feroz was nominated as the Minister of Public Health to the National Assembly of Afghanistan by the leadership of the National Unity Government, and subsequently appointed to this position after receiving the highest votes of confidence from the Afghan Parliament.