Institut National d’Hygiene, Rabat, Morocco

INH_logoTell us something interesting about your institution The National Institute of Hygiene (NIH) is a very ancient institution, 1930, under the supervision of the Moroccan ministry of health in charge of laboratory investigations. It accomplishes its functions through specialised medical and environmental laboratories including bacteriology, parasitology, immunology, virology, anatomy pathology, genetics, toxicology, hydrology and food and water microbiology. The INH houses many national reference laboratories involved in surveillance and control of a variety of public health problems in Morocco. It is, therefore, responsible of the monitoring of the public health laboratory network. The INH provides also training and coaching for medical, paramedical and scientists working in the public health facilities. Over the last decades, the INH has developed an innovative technical platform and skills through acquisition of advanced equipment and specialised training in the context of international cooperation that the INH has developed with relevant institutions around the world. However, the main field of action concerned the infectious diseases surveillance, therefore, the NIH needs to improve its capacities in chronic diseases investigation and environmental and occupational health issues.

What are the main research interests of your institution? Public health / Communicable and non communicable diseases – Environmental issues

Class of 2016


What are the academic backgrounds of the IBT_2016 participants in the INH classroom? Biology / Medicine / Informatics / environmental epidemiology / Chemistry / Lab sciences / Biotechnology

The INH team



Houda Eloudiyi

role for IBT_2016: teaching assistant

Houda ELOUDIYI is a lab-scientist in the HIV laboratory at the Department of Virology, National Institute of Hygiene – Rabat – Morocco. She recieved her Master’s degree in Health sciences and technologies from Mohammed V University in 2012. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Virology. Her main research interests are sexually transmitted viral infections among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) in Morocco, with a focus on addressing prevention strategies, management and monitoring questions for this group.



Touria Benamar

role for IBT_2016: teaching assistant

Touria Benamar Is a biologist in the virology laboratory at the National Institute of Hygiene in Rabat. Currently she is responsible for the virological monitoring unit of Hepatitis C virus Infection. She holds a Master Degree in Microbiological quality and food safety from Faculty of Sciences / Mohammed V University in Rabat. She holds the One Health Certificate from University of Florida / Public Health & Health Professions – Gainesville. She will defend her PhD thesis in virology and molecular biology on July 2016. Her research interests include the biology and molecular epidemiology of viral infections. She is graduated with a two-year diploma as a Computer Programmer Analyst, it was an opportunity for her to approach data management technics. Besides, she has attended a number of trainings in bioinformatics; which allows her to handle various sequence analysis tools. Previously, Touria had a 10 years administrative experience working as the Scientific Assistant to the Director for the Institut National d’Hygiène. In this position, Touria was involved in the management of many national and international (CDC / WHO / EU) research projects and in bibliographical researches in their specific fields.

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