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Awad Mataria

Regional Adviser in Health Economics and Financing. WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO).

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Awad Mataria is  a Regional Adviser at the Eastern-Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) of the World Health Organization.  He is a pharmacist by training and has a Masters in Health System Analysis from the Université de Rennes I – Rennes/France, and a Ph.D. in Health Economics from the Université de la Méditerranée – Marseille/France. He also did part of his training at the Université de Lyon I – Lyon/France, and at the National School of Public Health – Rennes/France. Dr. Mataria’s areas of expertise cover research in economic evaluation of health care interventions (cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-utility analysis and cost-benefit analyses); Universal Health Coverage; Social Health Insurance; using economics in health care priority setting, financing and organization of health care systems; measuring the benefits of health care mainly using stated preferences techniques; and National Health Accounts. He has presented in several regional and international conferences and has published his work in various reputed Journals of high impact: e.g., Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, The Lancet, Health Policy, European Journal of Health Economics, Social Science & Medicine, Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research, and Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety.


Saleh SS., Alameddine MS., Natafgi NM., & Mataria, A. et al (2014) The path towards universal health coverage in the Arab uprising countries Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. The Lancet, 383 (9914), 368-381

Abu-Zaineh M., Mataria A., Moatti J-P & Ventelou B. (2011) Measuring and decomposing socioeconomic inequality in health care delivery: A Micro-simulation approach with application to the Palestinian conflict-affected fragile setting. Social Science and Medicine, 72 (2), 133-141.

Mataria A., Raad F., Abu-Zaineh M., & Donaldson C. (2010) Catastrophic healthcare payments and impoverishment in the occupied Palestinian territory. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 8 (6), 393-405.

Abu-Zaineh M., Mataria A., Luchini S., & Moatti J-P.(2009) Equity in health care finance in Palestine: the triple effects revealed . Journal of Health Economics, 28 (6), 1071-80.

Abu-Zaineh M., Mataria A., Luchini S., & Moatti J-P. (2008) Equity in health care financing: the value-added of the disaggregate approach . Social Science and Medicine, 66(11), 2308-20.

Mataria A., Khatib R., Donaldson C., Bossert T., Hunter D., et al. (2009) The health care system: assessment and reform agenda. The Lancet 373, 1207-1217.