Name: Hamdy Moussa
Position title: Survey Manager, Service Provision Assessment (SPA) Surveys
Languages spoken: Arabic and English
When not working, favorite place to visit: New York and Cairo
Favorite type of cuisine: Mediterranean and Italian
Last good book you read: Health Systems Performance Assessment: Debates, Methods and Empiricism, WHO
Where would we find you on a Saturday? With my family for outdoor activities and exploring the Washington metropolitan area.
First time you worked with DHS survey data: 2004 Egypt Service Provision Assessment Survey
What is on your desk (or bulletin board/wall) right now? 2014 Bangladesh Health Facility Survey (BHFS) as well as plans for the 2015 Egypt Service Provision Assessment Survey (ESPA) and 2015 Jordan Service Provision Assessment Survey (JSPA)
What is your favorite survey final report cover? The 2012 Jordan Population and Family Health Survey with the wonderful photo of the monastery in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan.
Favorite chapter or indicator, and why? Knowledge and prevalence of hepatitis C, as hepatitis C represents a major challenge to the health system in Egypt.
What’s your favorite way to access The DHS Program’s data? The website.
What population or health issue are you most passionate about? Why? Viral hepatitis is a critical public health issue in Egypt. The 2008 EDHS provided Egypt with the first nationally representative data on the scope of hepatitis C epidemic in Egypt. The survey found that 15% of women and men age 15-59 years had antibodies to the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in their blood, and 10% had an active HCV infection that represents a major challenge to the health system in Egypt.
What are you most looking forward to about your new position? First to be fully integrated in both SPA and DHS surveys, and second to manage more SPA surveys in different countries.
What do you look forward to bringing to The DHS Program (job-related or not!)? I am bringing my technical, consulting skills in health systems and biomarkers, and looking forward to learning more from the distinguished DHS Program staff.