Habiba Zehi Ben Romdhane

Habiba Zehi Ben Romdhane is Tunisia's health minister. She took office in the interim Tunisian government which began on January 28, 2011, after protests had dislodged a longstanding authoritarian government.[1]

Habiba Zehi Ben Romdhane
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Minister of Health of Tunisia
Assumed office
27 January 2011
PresidentFouad Mebazaa (Acting)
Prime MinisterMohamed Ghannouchi
Béji Caïd Essebsi
Preceded byMustapha Ben Jafar
Personal details
Born (1950-03-19) March 19, 1950 (age 70)
El Ksar, Tunisia
Political partyIndependent
Alma materTunis University
University of Tokyo
Université Laval
University of Chicago

Habiba Zehi Ben Romdhane earned a public health degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Tunis (1978) and trained further in public health at Laval University (1979), the University of Chicago (1981) and the University of Tokyo (1988). She is a professor of preventive medicine with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Tunis and head of the Laboratory for Research on the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular diseases and has worked with the World Health Organization. In 2001, she received the Award of Maghreb societies of Medical Sciences. She is a founding member of the Tunisian League of Epidemiology, and other national and international medical societies.[2]

Habiba Zehi Ben Romdhane cofounded the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women and the Tunisian Association for Development Research, and the Tunisian chapter of Amnesty International.[2][3]

Habiba Zehi Ben Romdhane was born in 1950 in El Ksar in the Gafsa Governorate of Tunisia.[2] Her husband, Mahmoud Ben Romdhane, is an economist and a member of the Ettajdid Movement political party.[3]


  1. ^ Belaid, Fethi; AFP staff (30 January 2011). "Photo of Habiba Zehi Ben Romdhane plus caption". Agence France-Presse, Getty Images. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Mme Habiba Ezzahi Ben Romdhane, ministre de la Santé publique". Leaders.com. Retrieved 30 January 2011. (fr)
  3. ^ a b "Tunisie : un universitaire et des chefs d'entreprise entrent au gouvernement". LeMonde.fr. Retrieved 30 January 2011. (fr)