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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

Mohamed Abou El-Enein

Medical and Health Sciences
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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Laila Prager

University of Hamburg Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

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All Working Group Members

Ammar Abdulrahman

University of Tübingen

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Abdalla Ahmed Elbashir

University of Khartoum Faculty of Science Chemistry Department

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Laith Al-Shawaf

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Department of Psychology

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Hanan Badr

Communication & Media Studies
Freie Universität Berlin Institute for Media and Communication Studies

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Younis Baqi

Chemistry, Pharmacy
Sultan Qaboos University Applied Chemistry Division

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Ahmed Debez

Laboratoire des Plantes Extrêmophiles, Centre de Biotechnologie de Borj Cedria (CBBC)

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Bashar Ibrahim

Biology, Computer Sciences
Friedrich Schiller University Jena Institute of Bioinformatics Bio Systems Analysis Group

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Ahmed Saad Gomaa Khalil

Cairo University Egypt Nanotechnology Research Center (EGNC)

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Olfa Khelifi

Engineering, Environmental Studies
University of Tunis El Manar Higher Institute of Applied Biological Sciences

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Florian Kohstall

Political Science
Freie Universität Berlin Center for International Cooperation

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Henda Mahmoudi

International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA)

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Tareq Osaili

Jordan University of Science and Technology Department of Nutrition and Food Technology Faculty of Agriculture

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Khalid Ibrahim Talahma

Birzeit University Department of Law

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Working Group Projects


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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