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Mai Alkaila

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Female
  • Born in: 1955
  • Age: 68
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Mai Salem Hanna Al-Kaila (born April 8, 1955 in Jerusalem) is a Palestinian physician, diplomat and politician, and the first woman to hold the position of Minister of Health in Palestine within the government of Muhammad Shtayyeh. She holds a PhD in Public Health and Health Administration. In her capacity as Minister of Health, she chairs the Palestinian Medical Council.

Education and educational attainment
Mai Salem Hanna Al-Kaila was born in the city of Jerusalem on April 8, 1955. She received her basic and preparatory education in the schools of the town of Birzeit, and her secondary education in the Ahliya College in Ramallah. She studied nursing at Al-Mutalaa Hospital in Jerusalem. She studied medicine at the University of Granada in Spain, where she obtained a bachelor's degree, then specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, and obtained a master's degree from the University of California, San Francisco, in the United States. She holds a PhD in Public Health and Epidemiology from the University of Chile.

practical life
Alkaila worked as a resident physician at the Palestine Red Crescent Hospital in Jerusalem in the obstetrics and gynecology program. Mai Al-Kaila graduated in jobs and positions, as she worked as a lecturer at Al-Quds University in the Department of Public Health, and at the Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees as head of the motherhood and childhood program.

In 1994, Mai Alkaila was appointed to the Palestinian delegation to participate in the Fourth International Conference on Women in Beijing, China, which was held in 1995.

Al-Kaila was appointed ambassador of the State of Palestine to Chile on October 31, 2005, and continued until her appointment as ambassador of the State of Palestine to Italy on October 1, 2013. On December 4, 2016, she won the elections of the Fatah Movement's Revolutionary Council, which was held during the movement's seventh conference, and became a member of it.

On April 13, 2019, Al-Kaila was sworn in before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as Minister of Health within the government of Muhammad Shtayyeh.


Achievements and Awards

In 2017, May Al Kaila was awarded a Gold Medal from the Norman Academy in cooperation with the Italian Air Force;This is due to its activity and defense of Palestinian human rights.
On June 7, 2022, Italian President Sergio Mattarella awarded her the Grand Star of Italy in appreciation of her great efforts in strengthening Italian-Palestinian relations, during the Italian National Day celebration in Ramallah, which was organized by the Italian Consulate General.



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