The Director General of SESRIC, H.E. Mr. Nebil DABUR, Addressed the 14th OIC Health Steering Committee Meeting
Date: 06 February 2022
Venue: Jeddah - Saudi Arabia

The 14th Meeting of the OIC Health Steering Committee was held in a hybrid format under the Chairmanship of the United Arab Emirates, the Chair of the 7th Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM), on 06 February 2022 at the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The meeting was attended by high-level officials and experts from 21 members of the Steering Committee, including 11 OIC member countries, 5 OIC institutions, and 5 international organizations.

SESRIC participated in the meeting with a delegation headed by H.E. Mr. Nebil DABUR, Director General, and composed of Dr. Atilla Karaman, Director of Statistics and Information, Mr. Mazhar Hussain, Director of Economic and Social Research, Mr. Onur Cağlar, Director of Training and Technical Cooperation and Dr. Esat Bakımlı, Senior Researcher.

The meeting provided an important opportunity and platform for the members of the Steering Committee to review the COVID-19 situation in OIC member countries, exchange ideas about the respective efforts of the member countries in the fight against the pandemic and discuss ways and means of achieving equity in access to vaccines and post-COVID recovery plans.

The Director General of SESRIC, H.E. Mr. Nebil DABUR, addressed the meeting during the first working session and mainly briefed the participants on the programmes and activities of SESRIC in the domain of health under the three mandates of the Centre; i.e. statistics, research and training. Mr. DABUR also underlined the importance of intra-OIC cooperation to deal with the multidimensional challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and assured SESRIC’s readiness to take part in the efforts of OIC member countries and other stakeholders for more effective, modern and sustainable health systems in the OIC region.

The Director of Statistics and Information Department at SESRIC, Dr. Atilla Karaman, later on, made a presentation on “The State of COVID-19 Pandemic in OIC Member Countries” based on the latest data and statistics from the SESRIC COVID-19 Pandemic Database for OIC Member Countries. Dr. Karaman also briefed the participants about the main findings of the OIC Statistical Outlook on “Trade in COVID-19 Medical Supplies in OIC Countries”, which was prepared and published by SESRIC in November 2021.


  • The State of COVID-19 Pandemic in OIC Member Countries (English).