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Event has been Postponed!

Due to the increasing crisis in neighboring Palestine, the

5th MENA Region Adolescent Health Conference

has been postponed!

The Arab Coalition for Adolescent Health and Medicine strongly denounces the ongoing 2023 war in Gaza inflicted by the Israeli occupation and the catastrophic toll it exacts on the Palestinian people, most acutely on the shoulders of the vulnerable adolescents. The ongoing chronic violence and chaos shrouding Gaza have inflicted deep, unhealed wounds on this susceptible demographic. Palestinians not only grapple with the fear of death but also the relentless dread of perishing without access to basic necessities such as food and clean water... Read full statement >>

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Important: Youth aged 15 - 18 years only!

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Pre-conf. workshop - Nov 19, Conference Nov 20 - 22

  • November 19, 2023

  • November 20, 2023

  • November 21, 2023

  • November 22, 2023

November 19, 2023

Track 1

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshop: Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents
Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) is a framework and an implementation guidance for improving the health and well-being of adolescents. The framework promotes a comprehensive approach to addressing the unique needs of this population group.

Six years after the first edition of the guidance was published in 2017, the second edition is developed to:

  • Align with the new evidence including recent global and regional estimates and statistics

  • Build on significant political and scientific advances since 2017

  • Integrate lessons learned from the application of the first edition of the AA-HA! guidance.

  • Define and integrate the concept of well-being into programmes

  • Integrate lessons learned from COVID-19

The new version of AA-HA! 2.0 will be released in October 11th 2023 during the Global Forum for Adolescents, and it is important to introduce it to national programme managers and stakeholders. To achieve this, a one-day workshop will be organized preceding the 5th MENA Region Adolescent Health Conference as a preconference workshop to introduce and disseminate the new version of AA-HA! 2.0 to the target audience.
Dr. Valentina Baltag
Ms. Kim Beentjes
Dr. Dalia Boles
Dr. Khalid Siddeeg

Track 2

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshop: Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Overview: This short training provides an introduction to the fundamental aspects of qualitative research methods. The aim of the 4-hour training session is to provide an overview of the qualitative research methodology, with specific attention to adolescent health and wellbeing related research in the MENA region, and special emphasis on the vulnerable and underprivileged groups of adolescents. The majority of examples used in this course are related to public health research, but the concepts can be readily applied to other fields.

Target Participants: The course will appeal to participants who require an understanding of the qualitative research approaches and skills and need the ability to deploy them in studies or in professional lives. In particular:

  • Students, fresh graduates, and professionals who are interested in the research field, but do not have access to applied research methods courses.

  • Health care professionals such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, paramedical staff from the MENA region and globally.

  • Staff working in monitoring, evaluation, learning and accountability (MEAL) sector who are interested to learn about qualitative research methods.

  • Students of health and social sciences colleges

Prof. Bassam Abu Hamad

Track 3

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshop: Health Professionals Capacity Building: Communicating with Adolescents
Health professionals across different disciplines often encounter adolescents in their clinical practice, though formal education and training on how to interact and communicate effectively with adolescents may have not taken place.

This interactive session targets emerging health professionals, as well as more experienced professionals, who provide or will be providing care to adolescents in a primary or specialized care setting. The first half of this session will focus on adolescent development. Thereafter, the latter half will build on this understanding and introduce a practical tool and tips on how to effectively communicate with an adolescent and ensure holistically addressing their biopsychosocial aspects and needs, so as to ensure early adolescent health promotion and wellbeing.
Objectives: Upon completion, participants will:

  • have a good understanding of the dynamic changes undergoing adolescent physical, cognitive, and social development.

  • be familiar with the HEEADSSS screening tool, to be applied in their clinical setting.

  • be able to link their understanding of adolescent development with their approach to using the HEEADSSS.

Target participants: Multidisciplinary health professionals working with adolescents (e.g., physicians, nurses, and social workers, providing care in pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, or any of their subspecialties)
Prof. Fadia AlBuhairan
Dr. Ruba Rizk

Track 4

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshop: Youth Academy
The Youth Academy is a program that was developed in partnership with Mentor International and Mentor Germany and implemented in 3 different countries to support youth and their parents in leading healthy lifestyles.


  • To provide youth with career guidance and inspiration.

  • To enhance youth’s life skills.

  • To provide youth with protective factors against risky behaviors.

Target Participants: Youth between 15 and 18 years old
Mr. Anthony Abi Zeid
Ms. Hanane Kalakesh

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Conference Committees

Steering Committee

  Prof. Fadia AlBuhairan (Chair)

  Health Sector Transformation Program, Saudi Arabia

  Dr. Umaiyeh Khammash (Co-Chair)

  Juzoor, Palestine

  Dr. Mamdouh Wahba

  Egyptian Society of Adolescent Medicine, Egypt

  Dr. Beatrice Khater

  American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Scientific Committee Members

  Dr. Naser Al-Salmani (Chair)

  Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman

  Mr. Abdulwahab Salad (Co-Chair)

  Somali National University, Somalia

  Dr. Abdullah Ali Rajab (Co-Chair)

  Kuwait institute for Medical Specialization, Kuwait

  Dr. Beatrice Khater

  American University of Beirut, Lebanon

  Dr. Ghada Anwar

  Cairo University, Egypt

  Dr. Bassam Abu Hamad

  Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE), Palestine

  Dr. Shahenaz Najjar

  KU Leuven, Belgium


Organizing Committee

  Ms. Jennifer Dabis (Chair)

  Juzoor for Health & Social Development, Palestine

  Dr. Abdallah Hanatleh (Co-Chair)

 Forearms of Change Center to Enable Community, Jordan

  Ms. Haneen Abu Murah

  Forearms of Change Center to Enable Community, Jordan

  Ms. Majd Hardan

  Juzoor for Health & Social Development, Palestine

  Ms. Sireen Khammash  

  Juzoor for Health & Social Development, Palestine

 Prof. Sukaina Alzyoud

  Hashemite University Amman 

General Info


The Organizing Committee has booked a number of rooms at the following hotels for the period 18 – 23 November for participants interested in staying with a special reduced rate.

 Rotana Amman 

 Al Sawoda Street - Abdali

 T: +962 6 520 8888


Note:  Booking code will be listed soon!  


Most Arabic countries do not need a VISA to Jordan while others are provided on the spot. To make sure, kindly access the below link for visa information. 



Weather in Amman in November is usually pleasant getting on the colder side. Bring sweater and light jackets especially at night. You can expect maximum average daytime temperatures of around 20°C (68°F) and nighttime temperatures around 9°C (48°F).



Amman Rotana
Amman, Amman Governorate, Jordan

Abdali Boulevard
Black Iris Street, Amman, Jordan
+962 6 520 8888
Amman Rotana - Hotel Info.pdf

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