Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Khaled Almilaji

Khaled Almilaji

Co-Founder, Canadian International Medical Relief Organization

Born in Aleppo, Syria in 1981,  Dr. Khaled Almilaji graduated from Aleppo University’s school of Medicine 2006 and practiced two years as resident in a program of ENT diseases and surgery. In 2011, he joined the humanitarian operations in Syria by supporting the field hospitals, then as health coordinator for “The Saudi National Campaign” that is supporting Syrians in Syria and Turkey. Early in 2013, he established and headed the health department of the humanitarian unit ‘ACU’ of the Syrian Opposition Coalition and subsequently launched the EWARN ‘Early Warning Alert & Response Network’ to detect and monitor outbreaks in many governorates in Syria where the health systems have totally collapsed. Later in 2013 he was assigned as an external coordinator of the CBRN task force to strengthen the medical response to chemical attacks. In 2014 he was assigned as the administrative director of the Polio Vaccination campaigns in Northern Syria, supported mainly by UNICEF, WHO, USAID and Gates Foundation. In addition to heading up the Polio Vaccination campaign, Dr. Almilaji launched the Protect Initiative to establish secure health facilities in Syria. In 2015, he co-founded the Syrian-Canadian NGO, Canadian International Medical Relief Organizations (CIMRO) and launched a Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) Program in 13 governorates in Syria, supported by the IOM & UNOCHA, to assess the humanitarian multisectoral needs over more than 90% of Syria, in addition to monitoring the IDPs movement inside Syria. In 2016 Dr. Almilaji launched a Continuous Medical Education (CME)  program to train medical staff in Syria and build their capacities, supported by WHO, UNFPA and French government.