Last week the Global Early Adolescent Study team in Assiut, Egypt held a dissemination meeting to coincide with the International Association of Adolescent Health (IAAH) Middle East & North Africa regional conference in Cairo.
Study PI Dr. Robert Blum opened the meeting with a history of the Study and an overview of the primary activities of Phase 1. Dr. V. Chandra-Mouli of the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research situated the Study in the wider adolescent reproductive health context and touched on its programmatic implications.
Joined by stakeholders and representatives of WHO regional office, UNICEF country office, International Development Research Centre (Canada), USAID, Population Council International, Ford Foundation, Save the Children, PLAN international, the Swedish Embassy, the UNFPA country deputy, Drosos Foundation (Egypt), Zanaty Co. (Egypt), and Tadwein (Egypt), Dr. Omaima El-Gibaly, site-PI, and Drs. Ghada Al-Attar and Manal Darwish, field coordinators, described the findings from their work in Assiut and led a discussion session.
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Special thanks to Salina Mostajabian for live tweeting the event, and to everyone who attended for your attention and dedication to the health and well-being of young adolescents in Egypt, MENA, and beyond.