Fatimah Saeed Alhamlan
Scientist and Assistant Professor, Department of Infection and Immunity, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre

“Eliminating cervical cancer in Saudi Arabia and its neighboring countries is achievable given the low incidence rate; however, the survival rate is also low… By starting a cervical cancer screening program and HPV vaccination campaign and empowering women to get tested and take an active role in their health, we will achieve our goal.

Dr. Fatimah Saeed Alhamlan is a researcher, and advocate for women’s health who has been working to eliminate cervical cancer in Saudi Arabia for many years. Along with her colleagues, she founded Rofaida Women’s Health Organization, the first NGO in Saudi Arabia focused on women’s health which is registered with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development (No. 770).


Using her science background and leadership experience from past fellowships and executive education training, Dr. Alhamlan was able to generate a social impact by building a strong network to advance women’s health, science and civil society organization involvement in Saudi Arabia.


Additionally, she is currently leading a national transformation project, supported by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, to eradicate cervical cancer in Saudi Arabia by 2050, a particularly challenging initiative due to the sensitivity of health topics such as sexually transmitted infections in Saudi Arabia. At the age of 39, Dr. Alhamlan has already demonstrated incredible skills in leadership and advocacy for women’s health in her country and the impact of her actions will be felt for years to come.