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PERSONAL: Name: Suzette Rene (nee Graber) Kakar, MD, MPH
             Name used in Afghanistan & Pakistan: Dr. Rana Graber
             Birthdate: 26 December 1950, Iowa – U.S. Citizen
     Current Address: #181, St. 68, F10/3, Islamabad, Pakistan, tel. (92-51) 229-3499
             Cell phone 0300-856-7542, email:
     Permanent address: 1802 Magnolia Vlg, Moundridge, Kansas 67107, USA
             Medical license: Kansas State 04-26034, Inactive
             SS#: 481-58-6455

EDUCATION: MPH: University of Washington, Seattle, USA – 1990
          MD: Indiana Univ. (IUPUI), Indianapolis, Indiana USA – 1977
          BA, Biology: Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, USA – 1973
          H.S.Diploma: University High School, Iowa City, Iowa, USA - 1968

EXPERIENCE: Public Health:

Officer-in-charge, WHO Afghanistan Support Office in Islamabad: January to April 2003
        Technical support to WHO Kabul Main Office to respond to emergencies and
            epidemics, briefing and de-briefing technical missions, program reporting to donors
            and head office, coordinating technical aspect of Supply and Logistics sections,
            Missions to Kabul on Emergency Management and Communicable Disease

Technical Officer, WHO Afghanistan: May 1998 to July 2002, Islamabad, Pakistan
        Focal point for Epidemic Preparedness and Response and Communicable Disease
           Surveillance, Initiated Weekly Watch Surveillance for six epidemic diseases, Data
           analysis of Polio, Measles, Neonatal Tetanus Surveillance,
        Secretariat for weekly meetings of the NGO Health Coordination Committee for
           the Afghan Crisis (30 members), Health Information System Task Force (8
           members) and quarterly Core Group on Health (10 members),
        Contributed to and edited Health sector reconstruction plan, Health policy and
           strategy, Annual technical report on 14 public health programs, Weekly updates
           on health situation and Health Information System for Afghanistan,
        Focal point for interim periods – Essential Medicine, Tuberculosis Control,
           Routine Immunization (EPI), Human Rights, Nutrition, Organized EPI
           Acceleration Campaigns in 1999.

Director, Harvey County Dept of Public Health: 1995-1996, Newton, Kansas, USA
       Monitored Immunization and Maternal Child Health Programs
       Organized community telephone survey of health problems;
       Initiated programs to increase awareness of dangers of tobacco use and to decrease
       teenage pregnancy.
Liaison Officer of WHO Afghanistan: 1994-1995, Peshawar, Pakistan
       Coordinated Peshawar-based NGOs during the first Mass Immunization Campaign in
       Afghanistan in 1994,
       Organized with UNICEF to develop the Primary Health Care Framework.

Technical Support to NGO RACA: 1989-1994, Peshawar, Pakistan
       Pilot Project of Mosque- based Vital Statistics Collection


Lecturer: Microbiology: 1994, Afghan Women’s University, Peshawar, Pakistan

Clinical Assistant Professor: Refugee Clinic: 1988-1989, Seattle, USA


General Practice, including private practice, Immediate Care (walk-in) Clinics and Refugee
Clinic: 1978-1989 Seattle, USA

Internship: 1977-1978, University of Washington, Seattle, USA


Mother tongue: English
Also can read and write basic French and can speak some Farsi and Pashtu.

Proficient in word processing, powerpoint, and spreadsheets.
Also can work in EpiInfo, ArcView GIS, and SPSS databases.


Dr. M. A. Jama, former WHO Representative Afghanistan, now Deputy Regional Director,
WHO-EMRO, Cairo, email:

Dr. S. S. Youssouf, former WHO Representative, Afghanistan, now Regional Advisor/VPI/EPI at
WHO-EMRO, Cairo, email:

Dr. Naveed Sadozai, Head of EPI Team, WHO Afghanistan; email:

12 nov 03

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