Working Groups

Health and Society

Cancer, diabetes, and heart conditions among other non-infectious or non-communicable diseases have dramatically increased in our societies. Hence, some of the pressing questions of our times include: Why did non-infectious diseases widely spread in the past decades? How do local forms of life style and nutrition influence such an increase? How do traditional and cultural conceptions about illness, healing, medicines, and food relate to these diseases?

Health and medical conditions are embedded within an increasingly complex, globalized, and multifactorial context. Therefore, the need for an interdisciplinary approach to these diseases is respected by our working group. AGYA members come together in this working group from different disciplines, such as public health, medical, biological, pharmaceutical, environmental, nutritional as well as psychological, historical, and socio-cultural sciences. The “Health and Society” Working Group aims at mapping, exploring, and comparing the contemporary health challenges faced by societies in both Germany and the Arab World as well as by immigrant communities in these countries. We also examine how culture-specific health policies and legislation impact the general health and wellbeing of citizens and how health programs can be improved by taking into account the social and ethical dimension of health.



Members in Charge

Majid Al Busafi

Education
Sultan Qaboos University, College of Education, Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences

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Suhair Sunoqrot

Pharmacy
Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan

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Mohamed Abou El-Enein

Medical and Health Sciences
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

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Mohammad Adm

Mathematics
Palestine Polytechnic University, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Department of Applied Mathematics and Physics

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Majid Al Busafi

Education
Sultan Qaboos University, College of Education, Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences

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Laith Al-Shawaf

Psychology
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Department of Psychology

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Mohamed Saiel Saeed Alhamdani

Molecular Biology
Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum

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Mohammed Alkatan

Medical and Health Sciences
The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training

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Ahmad Amro

Pharmacy, Molecular Biology
Al-Quds University, Faculty of Pharmacy

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Sarah Carol

Sociology
WZB Berlin Social Science Centre and University College Dublin

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Ali Elgayar

Engineering
University of Benghazi Faculty of Engineering

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Ahmed N. Hegazy

Medicine, Gastroenterology
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin (CBF), Medical Department

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Sascha Daniel Hein

Education
Free University Berlin, Department of Education and Psychology

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Zeina Hobaika

Biochemistry
Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Faculty of Sciences

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Ahmed Ismail

Biology
Damanhour University Faculty of Agriculture Department of Horticulture

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Olfa Messaoud

Human Genetics
University of Tunis El Manar, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Laboratory of Biomedical Genomics and Oncogenetics

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Maha Nasr

Pharmacy
Ain Shams University, Faculty of Pharmacy

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Tareq Osaili

Biology
Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics College of Health Sciences University of Sharjah

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Laila Prager

Anthropology
University of Hamburg Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

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Lilia Romdhane

Bioinformatics-Genetics
University of Carthage, Faculty of Sciences of Bizerte, Department of Life Sciences

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Lobna Said

Technical Sciences
Nile University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Department of Electrical Communication and Electronics

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Suhair Sunoqrot

Pharmacy
Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan

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Working Group Projects

Towards Effective Solutions for Combating COVID-19: An Interdisciplinary Approach

The coronavirus pandemic challenges societies in unprecedented ways. Academics from various disciplines are asked for research contributions to better understand and combat the disease.

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AGYA Fellowship in Translational Research

How to translate basic scientific research into medical innovations that are ripe for the actual market? A product-centered, interactive training program was provided as AGYA’s first fellowship in translational research from 17 - 21 November 2018 at the American University in Cairo (AUC).

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Promoting Maternal Health in Arab Societies

AGYA invited experts from over 10 countries to Beirut to discuss the challenges and solutions in the field of Maternal and Reproductive Health (MRH). The experts discussed the gender and poverty dimensions of medical issues causing maternal mortality and morbidity in the Arab world, the social and economic factors affecting the health of girls and women in vulnerable communities, the technology that can be used in remote areas to improve MRH, as well as the improvement of national action plans in the Arab region in regards to MRH. The conference was organized by AGYA in cooperation with the Saint Joseph University of Beirut (USJ) and the Global Health Next Generation Network (GHNGN).

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AGYA Workshop on 'Health in All Policies: An approach to achieve Sustainable Development Goals in the Eastern Mediterranean Region' in collaboration with WHO/EMRO

The AGYA Working Group Health and Society in collaboration with the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (WHO/EMRO) conducted a workshop in Cairo on ‘Applying Health in All Policies (HiAP) Approach to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals’.

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