Dr. Najibullah Safi

National Malaria and Leishmaniasis Control Program Manager, MoPH Afghanistan:

  • Diploma in Malaria Program Planning and Management, Regional Training Centre of WHO Bandar Abbas-Iran, 2007
  • MSc. in Health Policy and Management, Aga Khan University, Karachi-Pakistan, 2006
  • MD Kabul Medical University, 1998
  • Global Fund Local Fund Agent Training, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Malaria Eradication: Calibrate Aspiration, Technology and Commitment, New Orleans, USA,
  • Global Fund South and West Asia Cluster Training on Quality Implementation, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Review of the National Malaria Elimination Program, Morocco
  • Regional training workshop on Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria round 8 proposal development, EMRO, Cairo, Egypt
  • Global Fund Grant Negotiation and Implementation Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand
  • South and West Asia Regional workshop on performance based funding from Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Dubai, UAE
  • EMRO Regional workshop on malaria elimination and malaria free initiatives, Dubai, UAE
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics, AKU, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Data Management and Statistics, AKU, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Health System Management and Research, AKU, Karachi, Pakistan


  • 2007 National Malaria and Leishmaniasis Control Program Manager
  • 2006 National Program Officer, RBM Officer, WHO Afghanistan
  • 2004 Provincial Training Coordinator IbnSina
  • 1999 Medical officer, ENT department of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Research Experience:

  • Principle Investigator.
  • Malaria Indicator Survey.
  • Effects of Contracting-out of Basic Package of Health Services on Quality of Healthcare and Patients’ Satisfaction in Afghanistan.
  • Co-investigator.
  • The Phlebotomine Sand Fly Fauna of Six Leishmania-endemic Sites in Kabul City.
  • Moleculer Epidemiology and Genetic Characterization of Plasmodium Vivax Population in Baluchistan Provinces of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan and its Implication for Malaria Control.
  • Risk Factors and Prevalence of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Kabul City, Afghanistan.
  • Contracting-out health services in Pakistan: pragmatic or idealistic.

Membership of Professional Associations: Currently member of American Society of Tropical Medicines and Hygiene