About the MECC

The Middle Eastern Cancer Consortium (MECC) is a regional initiative for cancer research and treatment. Established in 1996, MECC members include USA, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Palestinian Authority, and Turkey. MECC aims to reduce the incidence and impact of cancer in the Middle East through collective compassion, regional education, and collaborative research.

Professor Michael Silbermann serves as the Executive Director of MECC. Through his direction and leadership, MECC’s current reach includes over 20 countries throughout the Middle East and northern Africa, that come together to relieve suffering from cancer and its treatment. The basic motto that guides MECC in its dedicated work is: Respect your fellow person, collaborate in fighting human suffering, and help build a bridge for better understanding among all people.

The following articles provide an overview of MECC: its work, its scope, and its contribution to peace in the Middle East.
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The MECC - an Overview

Middle Eastern populations share many of the same health challenges facing most low- and middle-income nations, and health resources are usually scarce and unreliable, limiting the availability of preventive and
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The Middle East Cancer Consortium is a unique inter-governmental health organization established in 1996 by a multinational agreement endorsed by the Ministries of Health of its six member states in the Middle
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MECC followed up the regional registry project with a region-wide response to the initial registry information, aimed at developing a formal capacity for palliative care services in the region with the mission of
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Cooperative capacity building provided a basis for attracting new colleagues and sustaining relationships. Colleagues benefitted by sharing their knowledge and resources, while advancing their careers through joint
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Several lessons have been learned throughout the MECC journey: the management of the profile of MECC in the region with awareness and sensitivity, since participants at times received negative reactions from
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MECC has succeeded in promoting cooperation through a major health initiative that builds trust by respecting cultural and religious sensitivities, social cohesion, agency-government relationships, and
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In spite of the ongoing geopolitical conflicts in the Middle East, the past 18 years have left MECC with a sense of hope and optimism for better medical and nursing education and improved services for cancer
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After 18 years of activity in the Middle East, MECC can be seen as a model for the organization of international initiatives to achieve both project-specific health outcomes and broader social effects through
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Partial list of publications:
  1. Silbermann, M., Freedman, L., Al-Kayed, S., Barchana, M., Boyiadzis, M., Najjar, K., Ibrahim, A., Salhab, A.R., Young, J.L., Roffers, S., Qasem, B.,
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