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Control of COVID19 in Jordan: Governance, Decentralization, and Quality
Managing the complex and rapidly evolving COVID-19 has proven to be extremely challenging for hospitals and health systems. The IHF is hosting a series of webinars and live Q&As to share experiences, best practices and recommendations from IHF members, partners and other organizations. Together we can share, learn, adapt and work together to overcome this global crisis.

Jordan has undertaken a harsh approach to a full lockdown from the early onset of COVID-19. Several factors had a positive impact for success including the activation of good governance and effectuation of decentralization. Additionally, Jordan has seen good response given its investment over the years in quality and patient safety through accreditation and capacity building.

As an example, Irbid, one of Jordan’s 12 governorates with more than 20% of its population, was hit hard with the pandemic. The government established and granted full authority to a regional committee to support Irbid in its fight against COVID19. In a short period, the committee, focusing on three pillars, Surveillance, Case Management, and Good Governance, was able to control the situation despite the Governorate's unique diversity, social fabric, and high-profile educational institutions which posed both a challenge and an opportunity.

Attend this webinar to understand the role of decentralization in controlling the COVID-19 epidemic in Irbid, what aspects of governance were necessary to deal with the crisis, the importance of horizontal integration and having good quality and patient safety building blocks in place.

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Jun 11, 2020 11:00 AM in Universal Time UTC

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Prof. Wail Hayajneh
Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases @Jordan University of Science & Technology
Dr Hayajneh is a Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in Irbid, Jordan. He is the immediate former dean of the School of Medicine at JUST. He is also the Chairman of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group and a consultant for WHO. Dr Hayajneh had also served as Deputy CEO at King Abdullah University Hospital and part-time board member of the Jordanian Higher Education Accreditation Commission. Currently, he is a member of the Jordanian National Epidemiological Committee and he is also a member and the Rapporteur of the “Executive Committee for COVID-19 in Irbid”
Salma Jaouni
Chief Executive Officer @Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC), Jordan
Salma Jaouni is the CEO of the Health Care Accreditation Council/Jordan for quality and patient safety since 2012. She was the Senior Advisor to the Jordan Prime Minister on public and social policy after serving as the founding director/3-year manager of Jordan’s National Breast Cancer Program. She also worked with Booz Allen Hamilton, the World Bank and USAID in MENA consulting/managing public health, poverty, employment, and social services initiatives. She holds an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, a PGD in Health Systems from University of London and a B.Sc. from American University of Beirut. She is an ISQua expert and Board elected member, serves on several national Boards and is a recipient of several awards on leadership.