Dr. Yaqoub Yousef Al-Mazrou M.D.
Secretary-General - Council of Health Services, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Doctor Al-Mazrou gained his medical degree from Mosul Medical College in Iraq in 1971, and in 1977 he received a diploma in child health from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Ireland. In 1992, he obtained a PhD from City University in London, UK. He completed his British Fellowship of General Practitioners in 1993.
Doctor Al-Mazrou has worked in the immunization field for 27 years. He started his career as a Director General for Primary Health Care in the implementation of the Expanded Programme of Immunization in the 1980s in Saudi Arabia. He then went on to become the Assistant Deputy Minister for Preventive Medicine at the Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia, and has focused on eradication activities of vaccine preventable diseases.
He has been a member of the Regional Commission for Certification of Polio Eradication since its formation in 1995, in addition to his membership of the Advisory Committee of the Horn of Africa. In the past decade, he has Chaired the Technical Advisory Group on polio eradication for Yemen and Egypt. From 2001-2004, he served as a member of the WHO Executive Board, and between 2004 and 2010, he was a member of the Advisory Committee for polio eradication for WHO and he is a member of the Saudi Health Council since 2009.
Doctor Al-Mazrou’s research interests include prevention of vaccine preventable diseases, particularly polio, in children of the Middle East region. In 1988, he was awarded the “Jacques Parisot” Prize for research in primary health care and public health by WHO; and in 1990, he was awarded the “Universal Child Immunization Commemorative Medal” by UNICEF, in recognition of his efforts in contributing to universal child immunization. Doctor Al-Mazrou is the author of over 90 publications and over 23 reports.