Training Courses

Based on experience, MECC aims to promote palliative care to cancer patients throughout the Middle East. Because of cultural traditions, most cancer patients in the region prefer to die at home, with their families at their side. Our high priority goal is to develop and staff community-based palliative care services for patients and families.

MECC’s approach, therefore, has evolved as incremental, creating momentum through multiple small steps such as initiating supplementary education and training in various formats, fellowships, and clinical exchanges, which eventually lead to regional-scale palliative care projects.

One such project has been the promotion of collaborative work in the Middle East involving Cypriot, Egyptian, Israeli, Jordanian, Palestinian, Turkish, American and European health/medical colleagues as part of a US National Cancer Institute (NCI) initiative. The project began with the establishment in 1997 of a regional network of cancer registries documenting the incidence of various cancers and stage of the disease at diagnosis. This framework enabled MECC to build a consensus among its members in developing standards that enable comparisons of cancer incidence in the Middle East.

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MECC Training Courses in Cancer Registry and Epidemiology

  1. Haifa, Israel, April-1997
  2. Larnaca, Cyprus, July -1997
  3. Site Visits:
    Nicosia , Cyprus ,July – 1997
    Cairo ,Egypt , September – 1997
    Amman, Jordan, October -1997
    Jerusalem, Israel, December – 1997
    Bethlehem & Gaza, Palestine, December -1997
  4. Amman, Jordan July – 1998
  5. Larnaca, Cyprus, December – 1998
  6. Larnaca, Cyprus, October – 1999
  7. Amman, Jordan , July -2000
  8. Atlanta, GA, USA, February – 2001
  9. Larnaca, Cyprus, January – 2002
  10. Larnaca, Cyprus , July – 2002
  11. Lyon, France, January – 2003
  12. Ankara, Turkey, June – 2004
  13. Larnaca, Cyprus, February – 2005
  14. Larnaca, Cyprus , November – 2005
  15. Lyon, France, June – 2005
  16. Jerusalem, Israel, January – 2006
  17. Ankara, Turkey, April – 2006
  18. Larnaca, Cyprus, June – 2006
  19. Istanbul, Turkey, March – 2007
  20. Jerusalem, Israel, May -2007
  21. Larnaca, Cyprus, November – 2008
  22. Ankara, Turkey, April – 2009
  23. Istanbul, Turkey, June – 2009
  24. Jerusalem, Israel November – 2009
  25. Larnaca, Cyprus, January – 2010
  26. Antalya, Turkey , February – 2010
  27. Antalya, Turkey, December – 2010
  28. Amman, Jordan, February – 2011
  29. Larnaca, Cyprus, November -2011
  30. Antalya, Turkey, December – 2011
  31. Muscat, Oman, February – 2012
  32. Tel-Aviv, Israel, February – 2012
  33. Antalya , Turkey , October – 2012
  34. Muscat, Oman, February – 2013
  35. Izmir, Turkey , September – 2013
  36. Jerusalem, Israel, February – 2014
  37. Ankara, Turkey, July – 2014
  38. Ankara, Turkey, October – 2014
  39. Muscat, Oman, October – 2015
  40. Almaty, Kazakhstan, May - 2016