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East Mediterranean Affairs

Commission Members

Basim Yaqub, Chair
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Abdulkarim Al Qudah
Amman, Jordan
Hazan Aziz
Karachi, Pakistan
Yousef Comair
Beirut, Lebanon
Ahmed Hamad
Doha, Qatar
Hassan Saad Hosny
Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
Amel Mrabet
Tunis, Tunisia


  • Finalize the structure of the commission
  • Increase the number of chapters in East Mediterranean Region (EMR)
  • Establish education and training program for the chapter in EMR
  • Education of the community and patients about epilepsy in EMR
  • Publish a newsletter or a journal for the Commission interactive website for EMR.

Achievements prior to July 2003

The Commission of East Mediterranean Affairs (CEMA) has conducted their inaugural meeting on 15 January 2004 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It was a very successful inauguration attended by the presidents of EMR epilepsy chapters and future members of the commission. Also, we are grateful to Giuliano Avanzini, ILAE President and Cigdem Özkara, SIROTF Chairman, for their presence during the meeting. This achievement would not be possible without the support of the International League Against Epilepsy staff and most especially Martin Brodie, Chair of Task Force Regional Commissions.

The minutes of the meeting were published in the first CEMA newsletter in Neurosciences journal.

Commission Activities
July 31, 2003 to June 30, 2004

Conducted educational courses in:

  • Doha, Qatar (26 February 2004)
  • Egypt (March 2004)
  • Damascus, Syria (24 May 2004)

Upcoming Activities

CEMA educational courses:

  • 8th Epilepsy Mediterranean Conference,
    Morocco, 17-20 November 2004
  • The First International Lebanese Meeting,
    Beirut, 17-20 November 2004.

Basim Yaqub

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