"Alf Salama .."

I hope you have all returned safely back to “reality”. It has been real pleasure meeting you and working with you during the conference.

We have received many kind and encouraging positive comments and feedback about the conference, whether from Egypt, MENA region or worldwide. This is very kind of you. I am sure both the Scientific and Organizing committees are pleased to learn that they were up to your expectations.

The Egyptian Society for Adolescent Medicine is proud to have been honored to host 186 distinguished participants from 26 countries and 12 International Organizations under one roof in Nasr City, Cairo. This crowd of high caliber scholars provided a rich and up-to-date scientific “feast” and very stimulating discussions during the sessions and in the lobbies. Among the many grey-haired heads, there were also many emerging and promising young talents. This is exactly what we wanted to actualize. In our region, “Adolescent Medicine” is still in the “infancy” stage and we need to enable many young colleagues to be interested and willing to go for it.

It is profound pleasure to hold the conference in order to celebrate establishing the MENA region of the International Association of Adolescent Health (IAAH). This will definitely advance the health and wellbeing of more than 100 million adolescents living in the region. Sharing these glorious moments with the Arab Coalition for Adolescent Medicine (ACAM) is great.

We are grateful to HE Minister of Social Solidarity who accepted to have the conference under her patronage and delegated her “consultant” to deliver the opening remarks.

If the conference has achieved its objectives, this is because of the sincere help and support we received from many individuals and organizations:

  • The wonderful and enthusiastic participants from all-over the world; from Canada to New Zealand,
  • The extremely knowledgeable presenters and session chairpersons,
  • The WHO EMRO in Cairo has provided very appreciated constant technical support,
  • The Ford Foundation, the International Development Research Center, Canada (IDRC), UNFPA, Plan International, Population Council, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University and EuTeach,
  • The Media representatives who provided informed and stimulating extended coverage of the conference proceedings in all media channels,
  • Manar Travel who provided vast and constant help at highly professional level.

The Organizing committee decided to engage a group of emerging leaders; both girls and boys from Universities, Hayah International Academy and Heliopolis Library as organizers. They were superb.

Our next stop will be the World Congress in New Delhi organized by IAAH. We are looking forward to attending this opulent scientific event and also looking forward to see you again there.

Alf Salama
Mamdouh Wahba