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The Ministry of Public Health

        Organization Chart
Major Responsibilities of the MOPH Administrative Unit
   A-General Directorate

It has three departments directly associated with it in addition to the general administration service and the services of public health in the Mohafazat:

   a- IT department:
  • Dissemination of Ministry’s information
  • Information networking with other institutions

   b- Department of projects and programs:
  • Preparing the Ministry’s Plan of Action and related policy plans
  • Providing proposals for laws and decrees to meet the role of the MOH

   c- Department of Control on Public Hospitals:
  • Newly established, follows up on the performance indicators for public hospitals. 

General Administration Service
  • Ministry’s Post Office
  • Information Desk
  • Assigning Standards for the Bids
  • Issuing buyer’s certificates for drugs and equipment
  • Preparing the Budget
  • Expense Allocation
  • Employee’s transactions
  • Legal consultations for health related matters
  • Communication with international organizations
  • Issuing and renewing employees’ contracts and other certificates, including HRH of the Ministry of health various departments and peripheral   units.

Services of Public Health at the Provinces
  • Responsible of the administrative health services of the districts under their supervision 

   B- Directorate of Preventive Medicine:

Includes 4 services in addition to the department of statistics:

Department of Statistics
  • Gathering health information from various stakeholders
  • Information sharing inside and outside of the ministry
  • Gathering statistical data and preparing statistical reports

Service of Sanitary Engineering
  • Setting up food and nutrition strategies for food hygiene and food born diseases and malnutrition
  • Conducting studies on children’s nutritional status based on the Health file information
  • Initiating health inspection activities and water safety studies
  • Insects control
  • Food safety 
  • Classification of the production industry
  • Setting water safety standards

Service of preventive medicine:
  • Gathering information on mandatory reported diseases
  • Epidemiological surveillance and control
  • Setting communicable disease programs
  • Performing health inspection on passengers (In and out of Lebanon)
  • Vaccinating Lebanese people travelling to high risk areas
  • food inspection and sanitation on airplanes
  • Initiating Epidemiologic Surveillance and assuring Primary Health care
  • Training medical doctors on the principles of preventive medicine

Service of Social Health
  • Setting and implementing health education programs 
  • Initiating school health programs in collaboration with the Ministry of Education
  • Training health workers in public and private sectors
  • Preparing health education and promotion materials
  • Responsible for Safe motherhood and child health programs
  • Responsible for conducting studies and follow-ups in schools
  • Responsible for performance of midwives undergoing training
  • Training of Human Resources for Health in general
  • Issuing and distributing the health file for children and reviewing its content
Primary Health Care Service:
  • About 200 Primary health care centers are spread all over the Lebanese territory.
  • Primary Health care centers provide a basic affordable package of health services including: General Medicine - Pediatric Including Immunization services - Gynecology – Cardiology- Dental services In addition to the screening for non communicable diseases, in collaboration with WHO, and for acute malnutrition, in collaboration with UNICE, Reproductive Health in collaboration with UNFPA . .
  • The Primary Health care centers undergo accreditation process by Accreditation Canada to ensure the quality of their health services.
  • The Primary Health care centers use a specialized health information system (HIS ) .
  • The Ministry of Public Health, and through the Emergency Primary Healthcare Restoration Program (EPHRP) covers  150,000  vulnerable Lebanese with  free Preventive Health Services in 6 packages, (through 75 PHC centers):
    •  children and Adolescents (0-18 years)
    •  females (19 years and above)
    •  males (19 years old and above)
    • Non-communicable disease – Diabetes mellitus
    • Non-communicable disease - Hypertension
    • Reproductive Health
National Expanded program of Immunization: 
Through the National Immunization Program, the primary health care department works to raise the level of routine immunization in order to maintain a polio-free Lebanon, especially in light of the continuing displacement crisis. It also aims to eradicate measles and rubella by the end of 2020.
  • Activities and Achievements: Nearly half a million (0.5 Million) children under five are vaccinated on the Lebanese territory during each national immunization campaign to contribute to the eradication of polio and measles with the support from the WHO and UNICEF.
  • A postage stamp marking the 30th anniversary of the polio program was launched in 2016.
  • Lebanon is the fifth country in the world to receive accreditation for the Vaccine Cold Chain. An exemplary Cold Chain system is maintained by equipping the vaccine distribution and health centers with solar, gas and electrical refrigerators, the equipment provided with the support of the European Union and UNICEF.
  • Each year about 77,000 children are vaccinated in health centers, against:  Measles, Rubella, Mumps, Pertussis, Whooping cough, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Hemophilus influenza B and Pneumococcal conjugate.
  •  Five vaccination centers at the Lebanese borders, and four vaccination centers within UNHCR registration sites were established to provide vaccination and malnutrition screening services.
The Department of Health of the Disabled is under the service of social health but is not an active department

Service of Occupational Health 
  • Deals with diseases and risks of the job and job-related activities

   C- Directorate of Medical Care: 

Includes two services: 

Service of hospitals, dispensaries, and medical professions
  • Handling records of patients treated at the expense of MOH
  • Setting and controlling contracts of the MOH with Health service providers
  • Performing medical audits on hospital bills
  • Issuing certificates of practice for medical professions
  • Issuing certificates for health facilities
  • Quality control on medical facilities

Service of Pharmacy
  • Issuing certificates related to pharmacies and pharmacists’ practice
  • Drug pricing
  • Drug industry management and control
  • Narcotic drugs’ imports, distribution, and statistics
  • Medicinal imports/exports
  • Drug registration and control
  • Registration of non-medicinal health-related items 
  • Pharmacies’ and drugstores’ inspection
  • Controlling fraud in the pharmaceutical industry
It is worth noting that some of the previously mentioned departments are almost dormant, and very few, if any, activities are performed, either due to the lack of personnel or motivation, or to the lack of funding. In addition, in 1996, a decree was issued to stop employment in the public sector, which resulted in overloaded personnel, with high average age structure and many neglected essential activities. 
A new organizational structure of the MOPH is proposed, and is currently waiting for legislative measures to take effect.

In addition to these departments, there are various committees that were established according to their specialized roles:
  • Medical audit committee
  • Prosthetic committee
  • Committee of control of communicable diseases
  • Open heart committee
  • Tobacco control committee
  • Drug committees
  • Permanent Medical Committee
  • Official Medical committees (1 for each Mohafazat)

The Joint Programs between the MOPH, WHO and YMCA

Currently, there are 5 programs running, namely the National AIDS Program (NAP), the Tuberculosis Program (TB), Non-Communicable Disease Program (NCPD), Injuries and Accidents Program, Drugs registration and control program.

In addition to these programs, there is the YMCA contract with the MOPH to deliver drugs for chronic diseases all over Lebanon.
Ministers of Health
  The Ministers of Health since the time of the Prime Minister Riad Solh in 1944 until today.
NB From To Minister of Health Prime Minister
74 10/9/2021   Dr. Firass Abiad Najib Mikati
73 21/1/2020 10/9/2021 Dr. Hamad Hasan Hassan Diab
72 31/1/2019 21/1/2020 Dr. Jamil Jabak Cheikh Saad Hariri
71 18/12/2016 31/1/2019 Ghassan Hasbani Cheikh Saad Hariri
70 15/02/2014 18/12/2016 Waël Abou Faour Tammam Salam
69 13/06/2011 15/02/2014 Ali Hassan Khalil Najib Mikati
68 9/11/2009  13/01/2011 Dr. Mhammad Jawad khalifeh Cheikh Saad Hariri
67 19/07/2005  9/11/2009 Dr. Mhammad Jawad Khalifeh Fouad Al Sanyoura
66 19/04/2005 19/07/2005 Dr. Mhammad Jawad Khalifeh Najib Mikati
65 26/10/2004 19/04/2005 Dr. Mhammad Jawad Khalifeh Omar Karameh
64 26/10/2000 26/10/2004 Sleiman Franjieh Rafic Hariri
63 04/12/1998 26/10/2000 Karam Karam Selim Hoss
62 07/11/1996 04/12/1998 Sleiman Franjieh Rafic Hariri
61 25/05/1995 07/11/1996 Marwan Hamadeh Rafic Hariri
60 31/10/1992 25/05/1995 Marwan Hamadeh Rafic Hariri
59 16/05/1992 30/10/1992 Marwan Hamadeh Rachid Solh
58 24/12/1990 15/05/1992 Jamil Kebbeh Rachid Karameh
57 25/11/1989 23/12/1990 Abdallah Rassi Selim Hoss
56 22/09/1988 25/11/1989 Edgard Maalouf Michel Aoun
55 30/04/1984 22/09/1988 Pierre Gemayel Rachid Karameh

  Nomination of Joseph Hashem after the death of Pierre Gemayel
54 08/10/1982 29/04/1984 Adnan Mroueh Chafic Wazzan
53 25/10/1980 08/10/1982 Nazih Bizri Chafic Wazzan
52 16/07/1979 25/10/1980 Talal Merhebi Selim Hoss
51 09/12/1976 16/07/1979 Ibrahim Cheaito Selim Hoss
50 01/07/1975 09/12/1976 Majid Irslan Rachid Karameh
49 23/05/1975 01/07/1975 Noureddine Rifaii Noureddine Rifaii

  Did not submit the ministerial declaration to the Parlement
48 31/10/1974 23/05/1975 Majid Irslan Rachid Solh
47 08/07/1973 30/10/1974 Ousman Dana Takieddine Solh
46 25/04/1973 08/07/1973 Amin Hafez Amin Hafez

 Resigned in 14/06/1973 and the resignation has been approved in 08/07/1973
45 27/05/1972 25/04/1973 Nazih Bizri Saeb Salam
44 13/10/1970 27/05/1972 Emile Bitar Saeb Salam

  Nomination of Henri Torbey after the resignation of Emile Bitar
43 25/11/1969 13/10/1970 Habib Moutran Rachid Karameh
42 15/01/1969 25/11/1969 Khatchik Babikian Rachid Karameh
41 20/10/1968 15/01/1969 Pierre Gemayel Abdallah Yafi
40 12/10/1968 20/10/1968 Pierre Gemayel Abdallah Yafi

  Resigned in 20/10/1968
39 08/02/1968 12/10/1968 Khaled Joumblat Abdallah Yafi
38 06/12/1966 08/02/1968 Nassib Barbir Rachid Karameh
37 09/04/1966 06/12/1966 Kamel Assaad Abdallah Yafi
36 25/07/1965 09/04/0966 Mohamed Knio Rachid Karameh
35 18/11/1964 25/07/1965 Yacoub Sarraf Hussein Ouwaini
34 25/09/1964 18/11/1964 Mohamed Knio Hussein Ouwaini
33 20/02/1964 25/09/1964 Mohamed Knio Hussein Ouwaini
32 31/10/1961 20/02/1964 Ali Bazze Rachid Karameh
31 20/05/1961 31/10/1961 Pierre Gemayel Saeb Salam
30 01/08/1960 20/05/1961 Elias Khoury Saeb Salam
29 14/05/1960 01/08/1960 Awad Mikdad Ahmad Daouk
28 14/10/1958 14/05/1960 Pierre Gemayel Rachid Karameh
27 24/09/1958 14/10/1958 Mohamed Safieddine Rachid Karameh

  Did not submit the ministerial declaration to the Parlement
26 14/03/1958 24/09/1958 Albert Mokhaiber Sami Solh
25 18/08/1957 14/03/1958 Joseph Skaff Sami Solh
24 18/11/1956 18/08/1957 Majid Irslan Sami Solh
23 08/06/1956 18/11/1956 Nazih Bizri Abdallah Yafi
22 19/03/1956 08/06/1956 Nazih Bizri Abdallah Yafi
21 19/09/1955 19/03/1956 Nazih Bizri Rachid Karameh
20 09/07/1955 19/09/1955 Jibrael Murr Sami Solh
19 16/09/1954 09/07/1955 Charles Helou Sami Solh

  Nomination of Georges Hraoui After the resignation of Charles Helou
18 01/03/1954 16/09/1954 Kazem Khalil Abdallah Yafi
17 16/08/1953 01/03/1954 Kazem Khalil Abdallah Yafi
16 30/04/1953 16/08/1953 Rashid Baydoun Saeb Salam
15 20/09/1952 30/04/1953 Selim Haidar Khaled Chehab
14 18/09/1952 30/09/1952 Nazem Akkari Fouad Chehab

  Did not submit the ministerial declaration to the Parlement
13 09/09/1952 14/09/1952 Bassil Trad Nazem Akkari

  Did not submit the ministerial declaration to the Parlement
  14/09/1952 18/09/1952 Bassil Trad Saeb Salam
12 11/02/1952 09/09/1952 Majid Irslan Sami Solh
11 07/06/1951 11/02/1952 Bahij Takieddine Abdallah Yafi
10 14/02/1951 07/06/1951 Boulos Fayad Hussein Ouwaini
09 01/10/1949 14/02/1951 Raiif Abillamah Riad Solh
08 26/07/1948 01/10/1949 Elias Khoury Riad Solh
07 07/06/1947 26/07/1948 Kamil Chamoun Riad Solh
06 14/12/1946 07/06/1947 Elias Khoury Riad Solh
05 22/05/1946 14/12/1946 Majid Irslan Sa"di Mounla
04 22/08/1945 22/05/1946 Jamil Talhouk Sami Solh
03 09/01/1945 22/08/1945 Ahmad Assaad AbdelHamid Karameh
02 03/07/1944 09/01/1945 Majid Irslan Riad Solh
01 25/09/1943 02/07/1944 Majid Irslan Riad Solh
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