Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action



Ayman M. Hamdan-Mansour, RN, MSN, PhD, Lecturer
A professor of psychiatric mental health nursing and head of the community health nursing department at University of Jordan, Ayman holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Jordan and his PhD in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. He has more than 50 publications in community and mental health prevention and promotion and has worked with international agencies including WHO, JICA, UNESCO, and USAID. He has consulted for the National Council for Family Affairs, the Jordanian Council, the Higher Population Council, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Education.

Ayman researches youth mental health, community mental health, and abuse of women and children. He also focuses on patients’ human rights and primary mental healthcare for war survivors. He has several national research awards and recognition letters and was reviewer for peer-reviewed national and international journals. He has supervised master’s theses and PhD dissertations.

Akihiro Seita, Lecturer
Akihiro has a medical degree from Kochi medical school in Japan, and was a research fellow at the Takemi Program in International Health at Harvard. He has directed health programs for Palestine Refugees in the Near East at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and has been World Health Organization (WHO) special representative at UNRWA since 2010. He started and expanded health reform projects with the Family Health Team and eHealth and initiated an innovative monitoring system for diabetes and hypertension, which was commended by The Lancet medical journal. Prior to working at UNRWA, he worked at WHO’s regional office in Egypt, which covers 22 countries in North Africa and the Middle East. He has worked with national governments and global partners, in particular the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, to expand the global tuberculosis control strategy known as DOTS.