The International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) Eastern Mediterranean Chapter (EM) chapter successfully held its first regional meeting to formally launch the chapter in Amman, Jordan December 1-2, 2019 at the Landmark Hotel. This was in collaboration with the WHO Center for Environmental Health Action (CEHA); the regional WHO office for the EM that is responsible for environmental health.
The meeting of the chapter included attendees from 10 countries of (Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco, as well as Pakistan and Iran). The meeting decided on the focus of the chapter for the region and decided that air pollution and climate change are the top priority for research purposes, but also water, sanitation and health as ongoing themes for environmental health interventions.
Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy the Co-Chair of the chapter and organizer of the meeting said: “This is an important step to organize the research and education in environmental epidemiology in the region, as well as build capacity so that our EM region is not behind the rest of the globe in dealing with critical environmental health risks”.
The chapter is open to membership from public health and epidemiology researchers and academics from the EM countries. See the website for further contact details https://www.iseepi.org/.