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Dr. Faizullah Kakar, born 24 December 1950, is an Afghan epidemiologist and public leader. Kakar previously served as the Afghan Ambassador to Qatar. Before that he served as the Deputy Minister of Public Health for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Minister Adviser to President for Health and Education. Kakar also previously served as the Presidential National Focal Point for Polio Eradication for Afghanistan.

Dr. Kakar has written and spoken internationally about numerous challenges faced in Afghanistan, including infectious disease epidemics, maternal mortality and the dangers of herbicides used to eradicate poppy.


Kakar attended secondary school at Lycee Habibia in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 1975, Kakar graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana. In 1977, Kakar received a master’s degree in Toxicology from Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1982, Kakar completed his doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Epidemiology from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. From 1981 to 1988, Kakar also served on the Board of the Islamic School of Seattle, Washington.


At the University of Washington, from 1984-1986, Kakar worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. In 1986, he was hired as a Staff Scientist at Cancer Control Research Unit of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington.

In 1988, he moved to Peshawar, Pakistan where he founded the Research and Advisory Council of Afghanistan (RACA). He served first as General Chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine of the Ministry of Public Health, Interim Islamic Government of Afghanistan. In 1990, Kakar served as Dean for the College of Medicine, then Vice-Chancellor before serving as Chancellor of Islamic University of Afghanistan (IUA) in Peshawar, Pakistan until 1996. From 1993 to 1995, Kakar also served as the Deputy Minister of Public Health for the Islamic Government of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan.

In 1997, Kakar moved to Islamabad, Pakistan where he was selected by United Nations as the Medical Officer/Epidemiologist for World Health Organization (WHO). Kakar was first to develop and coin the term “Disease Early Warning System” (DEWS) in Pakistan, which is a surveillance system recognized now throughout the world and being copied in many countries. Kakar worked for the WHO for 7 years.

In 2005, Kakar was again tapped as Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Public Health by the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Kabul where he served for 5 years. In 2009, he was promoted to Minister Adviser to the President on Health and Education Affairs. In 2012, he was also assigned to be the Presidential Focal Point for Polio Eradication, a position with global support as Afghanistan remains one of only three countries in the world with endemic polio transmission.


  1. Award from the Clinical Nutrition research Unit of University of Washington to investigate the interaction between Selenium and Omega-3 fatty acids in relation to breast cancer, 1986.
  2. Award from the United States National Cancer Institute to investigate whether carnitine can serve as a biochemical marker of dietary fat intake, 1988.
  3. Award from the World Health Organization (WHO) to test a method of Vital Statistics Collection in Afghanistan 1990.
  4. Award from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to conduct surveys on the indicators of child mortality in Afghanistan, 1994.


  1. Faizullah Kakar. Practical Recommendations for Better Health (Farsi). 132 pp. April 2014. AAZEM Publications, Kabul.
  2. Anbrasi Edward, Binay Kumar, Faizullah Kakar, Ahmad Shah Salehi, Gilbert Burnham, David H. Peters. Configuring Balanced Scorecards for Measuring Health System Performance: Evidence from 5 Years’ Evaluation in Afghanistan. PLoS Medicine 2011. Jul; 8 (7): e1001066. Epub 2011 Jul 26.
  3. Leslie T, Whitehouse CA, Yingst S, Baldwin C, Kakar F, Mofleh J, Hami AS, Mustafa L, Omar F, Ayazi E, Rossi C, Noormal B, Ziar N, Kakar R. Outbreak of gastroenteritis caused by Yersinia pestis in Afghanistan. Epidemiol Infect. 2011 May;139 (5):728-35.
  4. Faizullah Kakar, Zarif Akbarian, Toby Leslie, Mir Lais Mustafa, John Watson, Hans P. van Egmond, Mohammad Fahim Omar, and Jawad Mofleh. An Outbreak of Hepatic Veno-Occlusive Disease in Western Afghanistan Associated with Exposure to Wheat Flour Contaminated with Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids. Journal of Toxicology 2010. 28; 2010:313280. Epub 2010 Jun 28.
  5. Tharani Kandasamy, Richard J. Guidotti, Ana P. Betrán, Jennifer Harris-Requejo, Farima Hakimi, Paul F. Van Look, F. Kakar, Cesarean delivery surveillance system at a maternity hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 104:14–17 (2009).
  6. Guidotti, Richard J., Kandasamy, Tharani, Betrán, Ana Pilar, Merialdi, Mario, Hakimi, Farima, Van Look, Paul and Kakar, Faizullah. Monitoring perinatal outcomes in hospitals in Kabul, Afghanistan: The first step of a quality assurance process. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, 2009. Apr; 22 (4):285-92.
  7. Faizullah Kakar, Abdul Hamid Ahmadzai, Najibullah Habib, Asadullah Taqdeer, Frederick Hartmann. A successful response to an outbreak of cholera in Afghanistan. Tropical Doctor, 2008. Jan; 38 (1):17-20.
  8. David H Peters, Ayan Ahmed Noor, Lakhwinder P singh, Faizullah Kakar, Peter M Hansen, Gilbert Burnham. A balanced scorecard for health services in Afghanistan. Bull World Health Org, 2007. Feb; 85 (2): 146-51.
  9. Faizullah Kakar. 2005. Infectious diseases during the Afghan War IN Surviving Crisis: How systems and communities cope with instability, insecurity and infection. Workshop Proceedings 3–7 April 2002, The International Conference Center, Manila Philippines. Eds Pilar Ramos-Jimenez, Johannes Sommerfeld, Anthony Zwi. Manila: SDRC, CLA, De La Salle University.
  10. Athar Saeed Dil, Faizullah Kakar, Muhammad Najeeb Durrani, Jaleel Kamran, Zafar Toor. Disease Surveillance and Control, Jointly Published by Epidemic Investigation Cell of National Institute of Health, Ministry of Health, Govt of Pakistan, WHO, and Global Infectious Disease Surveillance and Alert System (GIDSAS) of Johns Hopkins University USA Vol-4: 1, Jan-Mar 2004.
  11. Ghazala Ashfaq, Faizullah Kakar, Maqbool Ahmed. Association of Tubal Ligation or Abdominal Surgery with other Gynecological Illness. Pakistan J Med Res. Oct – Dec 2005; 44(4): 152-5, 2005.
  12. Ghazala Ashfaq, Faizullah Kakar, Maqbool Ahmed. Female Sterilization and its effects on women health. Pakistan J Med. Res. Oct – Dec 2003; 42 (4), 2003.
  13. Altaf Hussain Bosan, Hamayun Asghar, Athar Saeed Dil, Faizullah Kakar, Irtaza Ahmad, Agha Sadarruddin. Nomad index case responsible for Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) outbreak in Pishin. Pakistan J. Med. Res. Oct – Dec 2003; 42(4): 200-1, 2003.
  14. Altaf Hussain Bosan, Hamayun Asghar, Athar Saeed Dill, Faizullah Kakar, Zafar Toor, Arshad Altaf, Arif Sarwari, Amna Rehana Siddiqui. Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) outbreak in Karachi. Pakistan J. Med. Res. Jan – Mar 2002; 41(1): 36-8.
  15. Agha Mahboob, Raza Malik, Qais Mahmood Sikandar, Zahid Ishaq, Faizullah Kakar. Private practitioner survey in Pakistan regarding their knowledge, attitude and practice of diseases reporting. Pakistan J. Med. Res. Jan – Mar 2000; 39(1): 26-9; 42(4): 200-1, 2003.
  16. Altaf Hussain Bosan, Amanullah, Athar Saeed Dil, Faizullah Kakar, Agha Sadaruddin. The efficacy of intralesional treatment of Cutaneous Lieshmaniasis with Glucantime. Pakistan J. Med. Res. Vol.41, No.2, 2002.
  17. Altaf Hussain Bosan, Athar Saeed Dil, Faizullah Kakar, Sohail Zaidi, Agha Sadaruddin, Fayaz Ahmad. Measles mortality among Afghan refugee children. Pakistan J. Med. Res. Vol. 41, No 3, 2002
  18. Altaf Hussain Bosan, Hamayun Asghar, Athar Saeed Dil, Faizullah Kakar, Zafar Toor Arshad Altaf, Arif Sarwari, Aman Rehana Siddique. Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever outbreak in Karachi. Pakistan J Med. Res. Vol.41 No.1. 36-38. 2002.
  19. Aga MA, Sikander QM, Kakar F, Ishaq Z. Severe gastroenteritis outbreak in Rawalpindi. Pakistan J Med Res 2000; 39: 127-9
  20. Kakar, F, Bassani F, Romer, CJ, Gunn, SWA. The Consequence of Land Mines on Public Health. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 11(1):2 2-10-1996
  21. Kakar F, Kakar SR. Indicators of Child Morbidity and Mortality in Three Afghan Provinces. UNICEF, 1996. (41pp)
  22. Kakar F, Refreshing Your Wudhu is Healthy, Prolonging it is Harmful (in English & Dari) 21 pages. Institute of Public Health of Afghanistan, May, 1995.
  23. Kakar F. Tea and Your Health (Dari). Peshawar: RACA. 1992. (32 pp) (available at ACKU Library)
  24. Kakar F, Kakar SR. A new method of vital statistics collection in Afghanistan. Final Report to WHO on Pilot Project 1990. ALSO summarized in: A new method of vital statistics collection in Afghanistan. Proc. of RACA, August 4–6, 1991.
  25. Kakar F, Hursting S, Henderson MM, Thornquist M. Dietary sugar and breast cancer mortality: Epidemiologic evidence. Clin Nutr 9(2): 68-71, 1990.
  26. Kakar F, Thornquist M, Henderson MM, Klein R, et al. The effect of dietary sugar and dietary antioxidants on mammary tumor growth, lethality in BALB/c mice. Clin Nutr 9(2):62-7, 1990.
  27. Prentic RL, Kakar F, Hursting S, et al. Aspects of the rationale for the Women’s Health Trial. J Natl Cancer Inst 80(11):802-814, 1988.
  28. Kakar F, Weiss N, Strite S. Non-contraceptive estrogen use and the risk of gallstone disease in women, Am J Public Health 78(5): 564-566, 1988.
  29. Kakar F, Weiss N, Strite S. Thiazide use and risk of cholecystectomy in women Am J Epidemiol 124 (3): 428-433, 1986.
  30. Kakar F, Henderson MM. Potential toxic side effects of folic acid. J Natl Cancer Inst 74:1, 1985.
  31. Kakar F, Henderson MM. Diet and breast cancer. Clinical Nutrition 4(4): 119-30, 1985.
  32. Faizullah Kakar. Risk factors for the occurrence of gallstone disease in women: a case-control study. PhD Dissertation. University of Washington 169. 1982.
  33. Faizullah Kakar. A proposed mechanism of gentamicin renal toxicity. Thesis for MSc. Dept of Toxicology. Indiana University. 1977.