The World Health Organisation has announced the death of Dr Mahmoud M Fikri, a former Advisor to the UAE Minister of Health.
Dr Fikri became Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the WHO in February after working in various capacities in the UAE Ministry of Health since 1995.
He was on his way to the Global Non-Communicable Diseases Summit in Montevideo, Uruguay when he died, the WHO said.
“It is with great sadness we announce the death of Dr Mahmoud M Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region,” a WHO tweet said.
“We extend our sincere condolences to Dr Fikri’s family and his colleagues & friends throughout WHO and the @WHOEMRO region,” a further tweet added.
Dr Fikri previously served as Advisor to the Minister of Health of the UAE, and was Undersecretary for Preventive Medicine and Health Policies Affairs in the Ministry (1995–2013).
He served as member of the Board of Directors of the WHO Centre for Health and Development and Research in Japan (Kobe) and a member of the Advisory Board of the Gulf Cooperation Council Health Council to 2005. He was also a member of the WHO Executive Board from 1997 to 2000.
Dr Fikri held a diploma from Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in the United Kingdom (1984) and a Master’s Degree in Dermatology and Venereology from the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Egypt (1989). He pursued his postgraduate studies and obtained his PhD in Dermatology from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Carol Devila, Romania (1999).