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 academic endeavors, including conference presentations and publications. Following is a partial list of collaborative activities initiated/organized by MECC during 2004-2014:

  1. The US Department of Health and Human Services sponsored the first regional palliative care workshop organized by MECC in Larnaca, Cyprus, in February 2004.
  2. Subsequently, the first MECC palliative care conference of 50 clinicians from the US, Egypt, Jordan, The Palestinian Authority, Israel, Cyprus and Turkey was held in Cyprus in November 2005. This was followed by annual palliative-care meetings thereafter, namely:
  3. Advanced Course for Oncology Nursing, East Jerusalem, 2006.
  4. Workshop on Communication Issues in Pediatric Oncology, Larnaca, Cyprus, 2006.
  5. Workshop on Stresses of Working with Cancer Patients, Larnaca, Cyprus, 2007.
  6. Developing Leadership for Oncology Nurses, Ein Gedi, Israel, 2007.
  7. The Role and Involvement of the Patient’s Family in Palliative Care, Larnaca, Cyprus, 2008.
  8. Symptom Management Course for Oncology Nurses, Larnaca, Cyprus, 2008.
  9. Holistic Approaches for Oncology Integrated Palliative Care, Jerusalem, 2009.
  10. Alleviation of Fear, Frustration and Sense of Loss through Non-Pharmacological Treatment Modalities, Larnaca, Cyprus, 2009.
  11. Nurses Leading the Way in Pain Control, Ankara, Turkey, 2009.
  12. Cancer Pain, Suffering and Spirituality, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010.
  13. Workshop on Integrative Oncology in the Middle East, Larnaca, Cyprus, 2010.
  14. Cancer Pain, Suffering and the Complexities of Evidence-based Intervention in Cancer Care, Ankara, Turkey, 2011.
  15. Workshop on Integrating Traditional Medicine in Research and Clinical Practice, Baqa El-Gharbia, Israel, 2011.
  16. International Course on Pain Medicine and Palliative Care for Children, Larnaca, Cyprus, 2011.
  17. Introductory Course on Palliative Care for Community Professionals, Antalya, Turkey, 2011.
  18. Introduction of Palliative Care for Community and Hospital Nurses, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 2012.
  19. International Workshop on Crossing Borders for Palliative Care, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2012.
  20. International Development and Education Course in Palliative Care: Approaches for Oncology Integrated Palliative Care in Middle Eastern Countries, Ankara, Turkey, 2012.
  21. MECC Palliative Care Research Working Group, Amman, Jordan, 2012.
  22. International Palliative Care Conference on the Geriatric Oncology Patient, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 2013.
  23. Beginning and Advanced Palliative Care Workshops for Nurses, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 2012 and 2013.
  24. International Palliative Care Conference on the Geriatric Oncology Patient, Ankara, Turkey, 2014.
  25. Fundamental Course in Palliative Care for Nurses, East Jerusalem, 2014.
  26. Foundational Course in Palliative Care for Nurses from Iran/Iraq, Ankara, Turkey 2014.
Equally important, these encounters provided an informal social context for fostering mutual understanding.

Other countries, including Lebanon, Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Qatar, Afghanistan, Georgia, Uganda, Iran and Iraq, also took an active part in these conferences.

During this entire period special courses were organized for Palestinian physicians, nurses, social workers and pharmacists led by Israeli faculty, held at the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem (2007), at the Sha’arei Zedek Hospital in West Jerusalem (2009), and a course in “Palliative Care Principles in Practice” at Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem (2014).