Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

Sara Ellithy

Sara Ellithy

Humanitarian Affairs Office, United Nations OCHA ROMENA

Dr Sara Ellithy is an Egyptian physician with over 12 years’ experience working in the humanitarian sector. She has a master’s degree in International Humanitarian Affairs and other post-graduate certificates in Humanitarian Studies. She has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Egyptian Red Crescent, Action Against Hunger, Save the Children, and others. She has experience in humanitarian advocacy, health programme management, and refugee health. Currently, Sara works as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) office in the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA), with a main focus on emergency response preparedness, civil-military coordination, access and protection.


Rehr, M., Shoaib, M., Ellithy, S. et al. Prevalence of non-communicable diseases and access to care among non-camp Syrian refugees in northern Jordan. Confl Health 12, 33 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13031-018-0168-7

Maconick L, Ansbro É, Ellithy S, Jobanputra K, Tarawneh M, Roberts B. "To die is better for me", social suffering among Syrian refugees at a noncommunicable disease clinic in Jordan: a qualitative study. Confl Health. 2020 Sep 1;14:63. doi: 10.1186/s13031-020-00309-6. PMID: 32905304; PMCID: PMC7465779.