News Briefs

Health Crises in Iran and Iraq

Both Iran and Iraq continue to have escalating health problems.

The ongoing conflict in Iraq has seen continuing severe shortages of both basic medical facilities and doctors, with most hospitals out of action due to lack of equipment and personnel.

The recent earthquake in Bam, in southern Iran, has also seen severe shortages of doctors and medicines with most survivors currently living in the open without shelter.

Bahraini doctor honoured

Dr Fawzi Abdulla Ameen, from Bahrain has been honoured by Wonca as the Global Doctor of the Month for January 2004. Dr Ameen was honoured for his ongoing commitment to the development of family medicine in the region.

SIG Meeting

WONCA Special Interest Group in Psychiatry & Neurology Annual Report. 

The special interest group for psychiatry and neurology recently met from Friday 26th September 2003 to Sunday 28th September 2003 in Milan.  Our host in Milan was Dr Filipo Zizzo, who was very hospitable to the group and indeed we all had a wonderful Italian experience. 

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MEAMA meeting

The first session of the Middle-East Academy for Medicine of Ageing, the MEAMA, started with a focus on demographic aspects in the region and the problems the participants meet in their own countries related to the services for health related problems in older people.

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Evidence Based Medicine Conference -
Riyadh, March 13-16, 2004

An EBM Conference and workshop will be held at the King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh March 13-16 2004. For details and submission of abstracts go to: 

Middle East Arab Health Awards

The IIR organised exhibition and conference programme – to be held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre (DIEC) from January 18-21, 2004. Click here for more details.

2nd International “WOMEN’S HEALTH UPDATE” 2004


March 9 & 10, 2004, Crowne Plaza Hotel – Jeddah

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Globalisation for the Common Good conference

The Conference Registration Form including Bank details is now online at: and a link has been added to the 2004 Conference Announcement at our website.