The Middle East Academy for Medicine of Ageing was founded in 2002 to stimulate the development of health care services for older people in the region. It was established by a number of professors and teachers from the Middle East and Europe. The Model of MEAMA was taken from the European Academy for Medicine of Ageing (EAMA). The mission of MEAMA is to create a hub for education and training in the field of ageing in the Middle East.
The MEAMA achieves its mission through four strategic tools:
- Education and training: To advance the scientific and scholarly study of ageing and to promote human welfare by the encouragement of gerontology and geriatrics in all their areas;
- Human resource development: To increase the numbers of trained geriatricians and gerontologists, among health professionals with the correct cultural background;
- Network: To create a network of universities and educational organisation interested in training and education in the field; and
- Research and publication: To stimulate research in the field of Ageing in the area.
Over the previous years, several official governmental, regional and international organisations helped in the development of the academy including the Health Ministers’ Council for the Cooperation Council States, the European Union of Geriatric Medicine Society or the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
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