Alumni Innovators: Pioneering Doctor Najeeba Al Mulla

Dr Najeeba Al Mulla was the first woman doctor in Kuwait in the 1960s, working for decades in her country’s public health sector.

Dr Al Mulla was awarded a Kuwait government scholarship to study medicine in London. She graduated in 1964 from St Mary’s School of Medicine and earned her MSc degree in Infectious and Tropical Diseases from LSHTM in 1984.

Dr Al Mulla trained in haematology at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO). In Yemen, she researched ethnic medicine in Islam. She undertook research on haematology in Kuwait, where she trained staff and introduced lab control. She is a member of the International Society of Haematology.

As a member of LSHTM’s Director’s Circle, Dr Al Mulla was the only Arab doctor at a luncheon on 8 October 2014 at Buckingham Palace hosted by HRH Prince Philip.

Dr Al Mulla says, “I believe that innovation and research are instrumental in finding solutions to medical problems. I strongly believe in family and community awareness of such problems. In my tour of duty in Yemen, I instructed young students to appreciate local remedies and encouraged them to network with their local community in addition to scientific knowledge.”

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