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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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Ahmed N. Hegazy

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

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Olfa Messaoud

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

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Laila Prager

Anthropology
University of Hamburg Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

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Ammar Abdulrahman

Archeology
Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin

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Laith Al-Shawaf

Psychology
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Department of Psychology

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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 Microbiology
Al-Quds University, Faculty of Pharmacy

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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 Saad Gomaa Khalil

Materials Science
Center for Environmental and Smart Technology, Fayoum University

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Olfa Khelifi

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

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Olfa Messaoud

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

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Tareq Osaili

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

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Khalid Ibrahim Talahma

Law
Birzeit University Department of Law

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Working Group Projects

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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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