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Egyptian Society for Adolescent Medicine

Egyptian Society for Adolescent Medicine

Egyptian Society for Adolescent Medicine


WHO WE ARE?

The Egyptian Society for Adolescent Medicine (ESAM) is a non-governmental not-for-profit organization registered with the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity under number 9617 on July 14th, 2014.
ESAM is the leading organization in Egypt engaged in and committed to enhancing adolescent health, development and welfare. In doing so; ESAM observes the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Right of Child (1989).
The Society has been established by a multidisciplinary group of healthcare providers having wide academic and field experience in adolescents’ health, pediatrics, mental health, endocrinology, family medicine, sexual and reproductive health and community medicine.

ADOLESCENTS ARE OUR MAIN CONCERN
It is estimated that there are almost 19 million adolescents (10 – 19 years old) currently living in Egypt (CAPMAS, 2020) while the whole Arab countries are home to more than 78 million adolescents, constituting around 20% of the total population.
This age group is the most critical and vulnerable period of life.
These young people are “building the foundation for the World’s future” (UNFPA 2013). When they realize their full potential, adolescents become a driving force to prosperity and advancement of their communities. Healthy development of adolescents is one of the foundations of the world's future, and as such, it is influenced by their environment, education, supportive relationships, and access to high quality health services. Fostering the conditions for the healthy development of adolescents and supporting their health should be a global priority.
Adolescents are facing several challenges that affect their health and development. This particularly sensitive age group requires special attention as they undergo a critical period of transition that affects their health and well-being (WHO, 2016). In addition to physical changes, key developmental experiences occur in young adults’ lives where they undergo mental and emotional maturation that include seeking independence, discovering their identity, and acquiring various life-related skills and values (WHO, 2016). On the other hand, the period of adolescence poses a threat to adolescent’s’ health and development whereby they are at a greater risk of engaging in health-compromising social behaviors such as smoking, drinking alcohol, substance use, violence and following an unhealthy diet (WHO, 2016). Investing in promoting adolescents’ health is the most cost-effective initiative a nation can undertake and is central to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals.

OUR AIM

ESAM would love to see each of the 19 million Egyptian adolescents healthy and happy. The Society is acting on both ends of the pyramid; striving for their rights and needs, highlighting their capabilities and role in national development, trying to make others provide them with better care and safer environment as well as enhancing their health, development and welfare. This will probably unleash their talents, power and great potential.
The Society believes that adolescents are not only the future of our nation; they are also so much our present.

MEET OUR BOARD

Dr. Mamdouh Wahba

President

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Prof. Dr. Nagwa Eid Sobhy Saad

Secretary General

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Prof. Dr. Heba Fathi Abdel Reheem

Treasurer

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Prof. Dr. Amani Abou El-Soud

Chairperson of Research Committee

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Dr. Magdy Khaled

Chairperson of Policy & International Relations

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Prof. Shereen Abdelghaffar

Chairperson of Scientific Committee

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Prof. Dr. Ghada Anwar

Chairperson of Training Committee

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FUTURE LEADERS

Mr. Ahmed Khamis

Assistant Lecturer, Community Health, Faculty of Nursing, Alexandria University.

Dr. Asmaa Khaled

Lecturer, Community Health, Faculty of Nursing, Alexandria University.

Dr. Hosam Khalaf Allah

Assistant Lecturer, Pediatrics, Sohag University

Dr. Noha Osama Fadl

Lecturer, Adolescent Health, Alexandria University

Dr. Roa Gamal Alamrawy

Specialist Neuropsychiatry, Ma’moura Psychiatry Hospital, Alexandria

Dr. Samar Osama Hassan

Assistant Lecturer, Family Medicine, Ain Shams University.


THE BEGINNING

THE FIRST NATIONAL ADOLESCENT HEALTH CONFERENCE
Cairo, Egypt. November 2011
Prof. John Santelli, Columbia University, NY, USA and Immediate Past President of the Society of Adolescent Health & Medicine (SAHM) presented the concept and rationale behind Adolescent Medicine.

 


MEETING OF 24 PROFESSORS FROM 16 EGYPTIAN MEDICAL SCHOOLS
Oyoun Mousa, Sinai, Egypt. March 22-24th, 2012
Prof. Helena Fonseca, Lisbon University, Portugal discussed the procedure of introducing Adolescent Medicine in Portugal. The group expressed interest in furthering actions to introduce the subspecialty in Medical and Nursing Schools in Egypt

 

PARTICIPATING IN EuTEACH SUMMER SCHOOL:
Lausanne, Switzerland. July 7-12th, 2012
Dr. Mamdouh Wahba attended the Adolescent Health annual Summer School of EuTeach organization headed by Prof. Pierre-Andre Michaud.

 

 

ESTABLISHING NATIONAL CURRICULUM FOR ADOLESCENT MEDICINE:
Marsa Alam, Red Sea, Egypt. June 5-9, 2013
A multidisciplinary group of 12 Professors from 7 Medical Schools in Egypt met to finalize the national curriculum of Adolescent Medicine for postgraduate studies.

 

 

THE SECOND NATIONAL ADOLESCENT HEALTH CONFERENCE:
Oyoun Mousa, Sinai, Egypt. November 3-5, 2013
The conference was attended by 220 participants from Egypt, 7 other Arab countries, USA, Canada and Netherlands. The recommendations called for establishing national and regional organizations for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

 

 
THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY:
Giza, Egypt. June 4th, 2014
A combined ceremony to announce the establishment of both the Egyptian Society for Adolescent Medicine (ESAM) and the Arab Coalition for Adolescent Health and Medicine (15 Arab Countries).
   
   


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