The RHWG is housed at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), the American University of Beirut (AUB).
The network is flexibly structured and is composed of:

the coordinator

Jocelyn DeJong is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs at the Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, was appointed the Coordinator of the RHWG starting January 2008. She is Professor at the Epidemiology and Population Health Dept., Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut. Dr. Jocelyn is devoting part of her working time to leadership and management of the network.


The network is supported by the Secretariat represented by Noha Gaballah, RHWG Program Manager based in Cairo, Egypt who has provided administrative support to the Group since year 1996 and she is also the webmaster.

Consultative Committee

The Consultative Committee selected by network members supports the Coordinator in managing the network. Currently, it is composed of:

Atf El Gherissi (El Manar University, Tunisia), Hyam Bashour (Damascus University, Syria), Rita Giacaman (Birzeit University, occupied Palestinian territory), Belgin Tekce (Bozagici University, Turkey) and Huda Zurayk (American University of Beirut, Lebanon).

RHWG Network members

RHWG Network Members are based across the region including the Arab countries and Turkey. They are currently from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Occupied Palestine Territory, Oman, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen. The network also includes individuals from these countries who are based in North America and Europe.

They belong to different disciplines and fields of inquiry, including the medical profession as well as the disciplines of public health, sociology, anthropology, population, and demography.

They share an interest in linking to the group and in the exchange of ideas and in the production of high quality research that focuses on reproductive health and other research interests relevant to the region which are culturally sensitive, and inform policy formulation in the region.