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

Talita Cetinoglu is currently Lecturer in Globalization Studies and International Humanitarian Action at the International Relations Department, Faculty of Arts, the University of Groningen, Netherlands. With over 13 years of experience in the humanitarian field in senior management roles in Africa and the Middle East, Cetinoglu holds a PhD in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response from the University of Manchester. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Boğaziçi University and a Postgraduate diploma on Forced Migration and Refugee Studies from the American University in Cairo. Dr. Cetinoglu has been a member of the RHWG since 2007, and now supports the coordination of the network since October 2019.



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.