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Ashwag Abdulrahim

Ashwag Abdulrahim

PhD HSOR Student

Ashwag Abdulrahim Mirghani Abdulrahim holds a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and a master's degree in health economics from the University of Khartoum. She completed the Executive Course on Global Health Diplomacy at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Additionally, she was a recipient of the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Ashwag has a wealth of experience in the field of public health management and policy. Her work experience includes health care administration, health insurance plans, financing reforms, designing context-based interventions, and community engagement in health. She developed the first training manual on social accountability tools and mechanisms to strengthen community-based social accountability mechanisms for primary health care in Sudan. Ashwag's passion for bridging the gap between research and practical implementation led her to co-found DAR Innovation for Consultancies and Health Solutions, an agency with the aim of finding contextually relevant solutions in public health by aligning research insights with on-the-ground realities.  In 2023, she won the first-place award for her poster presentation at the Africa Health Conference, showcasing her pioneering community engagement project in Sudan.

Her research interests include healthcare utilization and access in rural and fragile settings, value-based care, healthcare financing, and payment reforms. Ashwag's ultimate aspiration is to make a substantial contribution to global healthcare delivery, with a special emphasis on enhancing the well-being of vulnerable populations.



  • Abdulrahim, A., O’Reilly, M. and Fakihammed, W., 2023. HPR125 Descriptive Study Investigating Impact of Transition to Universal Health Insurance Coverage on Utilization of Healthcare in Sudan, 2016-2021. Value in Health, 26(6), p.S233.
  • Fakihammed, W.A., Hussien, R.A., Atbara, Z.B.A., Higaz, S.O., Mirghani, A.A., Elkhatim, O.E.S., Abdalla, M.A. and Hammad, A.Y., 2022. Assessing service providers’ satisfaction with the chronic diseases package provided through the National Health Insurance Fund in Sudan. Journal of Drug Delivery and Therapeutics, 12(4), pp.91-100.
  • Lohiniva, A.L., Elwali, E., Abuobaida, D., Mirghani, A.A., Bukuluki, P. and Talaat, M., 2021. A theory-based exploration of antibiotic use in primary healthcare in Gezira state, Sudan. Implementation Science Communications, 2(1), pp.1-13. 
  • Khogali, S.S., Ali, W.A., Mohamed, S.Y., Abdelrahim, H.E., Mirghani, A.A., Ali, R.H., Jailani, M., Omer, B.M., Ibrahim, N.A. and Ahmed, M.H., 2018. Knowledge, attitude and practice of Sudanese individuals with type 2 diabetes about medication used in treatment of diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidaemia: a matter of debate or matter of concern?. Journal of Public Health and Emergency, 2.