Surveys Organized by MECC

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 cooperative networks. The MECC experience provides a realistic and attainable way to address issues related to the development of professional human resources and primary determinants of health in regions of ongoing conflict.

MECC learned to manage the profile of its activities in the region with awareness, since participants at times received negative reactions from colleagues. MECC did not avoid the media, but rather focused them – and public attention, generally – on shared humanitarian goals and on tangible outputs gained by promoting palliative medicine in the region Public leadership also played an important part in supporting these cross-border initiatives. For example, officials from the US, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Israel and Turkey made a point of participating in the opening ceremonies of a MECC-sponsored international Kids Art Exhibit held in Tel Aviv (November 2009), Istanbul (April 2010), and Nicosia (June 2010).

A critical element was found to be the shared humanitarian focus on patients’ needs. At times, when interactions ventured into sensitive political areas, MECC played a respectful but important role in refocusing the discussion to address health needs and project activities. This common denominator enabled our partnership to work, skirting national confrontations and political disagreements. In tangible ways, the MECC example of cross-border cooperation helped to create a social infrastructure in the region for better understanding, respect and tolerance.

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International Surveys Organized by MECC

  1. Evaluating Palliative Care Needs in Middle Eastern Countries (2015). J Palliative Medicine. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2014.0194  
  2. Integration of Complementary Medicine in Supportive Cancer Care (2015). Published in Supportive Care in Cancer. doi: 10.1007/soo520-015-2619-7
  3. Potential Risk Associated with Traditional Herbal Medicine (2016). CANCER. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.29796
  4. Communication and Integration (2016). J Cancer Research & Clinical Oncology 142: 1117-1126
  5. An Urgent Human Health Dilemma Faced by Refugees (2018). J Human Health Research 1: 10-17
  6. Training for Spirituality (2018). Palliative & Supportive Care. http://dx.doi.org/10107/S1478951518000545X
  7. Roles of Home Healthcare Nurses (2019). J Palliative Medicine
  8. Pain Management in Cancer Patients (2019)