Dissemination Meeting in Cairo

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. 

(L-R) Study PI Dr. Blum, Assiut site-PI Dr. El-Gibaly, Assiut field coordinator Dr. Darwish, and WHO partner Dr. Chandra-Mouli at the GEAS dissemination meeting in Cairo, Egypt, May 11, 2017.

(L-R) Study PI Dr. Blum, Assiut site-PI Dr. El-Gibaly, Assiut field coordinator Dr. Darwish, and WHO partner Dr. Chandra-Mouli at the GEAS dissemination meeting in Cairo, Egypt, May 11, 2017.

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.

Dr. Blum presenting multi-cultural illustrations designed by youth used in the survey instrument. Photo courtesy of @smostaja.

Dr. Blum presenting multi-cultural illustrations designed by youth used in the survey instrument. Photo courtesy of @smostaja.

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.

Field coordinator Dr. Al-Attar presenting findings from a gender analysis of narrative interviews conducted in Assiut and Ghent, Belgium, manuscript forthcoming in a special supplement of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Field coordinator Dr. Al-Attar presenting findings from a gender analysis of narrative interviews conducted in Assiut and Ghent, Belgium, manuscript forthcoming in a special supplement of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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(L-R) Dr. Chandra-Mouli, Dr. El-Gibaly, and Dr. Blum each enjoying a tea break in their own way.

(L-R) Dr. Chandra-Mouli, Dr. El-Gibaly, and Dr. Blum each enjoying a tea break in their own way.

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.