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Regional CoordinatorZahra Zeinali - Iran
Regional TeamAbdulrahman Nofal - JordanKarim Abd El-Motaleb - EgyptHani Hafez - LebanonRewan Youssif - EgyptOmar Hafez - LebanonYamen Jaber - EgyptKarim Abdeltawab - EgyptHaitham El-Khatib - Jordan
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s RC Welcome MessageMessage from the OC
Meet the EMR Team
Meet the OC
RC Welcome Message
Dear EMR Family,
It is with tremendous joy that I welcome you to our Regional Meeting, EMR11.
For the past four months, the EMR team and I, and for the past year, the Organizing Committee
have been doing our absolute best to welcome you to Egypt for the annual gathering of the EMRians.
For the past eleven years, every year around this time, we gather for a few days to share experiences and inspirations with our friends. Expanding our horizons, getting to know new friends and reuniting with old ones. This is the most important event of our region, giving us a chance to tackle the global health topics most related to our region.
In EMR regional meetings you get the chance to present your amazing activities, join heated theme event discussions, take part in cultural activities through the social programs, and get to know the faces running this federation.
The EMR team have prepared amazing sessions for you, all according to what our wonderful region needs. Make sure to take an active part in your session, and bring home all that has been shared with you. After EMR11 youll know why this team is called SuperHeroes!
The IFMSA Team of Officials has a bold presence in this years meeting which means that you would get a chance to meet them in a more intimate setting, with less participants, and discuss your ideas and ambitions, expectations or simply ask questions.
The theme event, Universal Health Coverage, is
tackling one of the most important health topics of these days. According to the WHO EMRO Regional Committee of 2014, most of the countries of our region are implementing or planning to implement UHC in one way or another. The one of a kind external speakers invited to the theme event sessions will make sure you leave the meeting with sufficient info to take an active role as a medical student regarding UHC in your community.
Id like to thank anyone who contributed to the EMR11 in one way or another. I cant wait to meet you all! Get ready for the most exciting week of 2015!
With best regards,
Zahra Zeinali,Regional Coordinator for the EMR 2014-15.
A Message from the OC
Dear EMR Delegates,
On behalf of the EMR11 Organising Committee, I present to you the final update of our much anticipated social program.
For those of you attending the Pre-EMR;
on the first night you will be going through the opening ceremony with the theme of 70th party, so try to put on accessories or outfits that shows how people were dressed at your own country by this time.
On the second night, you shall visit one of the most attractive places of old Cairo: Khan el Khalili, which is an area in the old part of Cairo considered a huge bazar with ancient narrow alleys, a whole bunch of souvenirs, and delicious cafes and restaurants. So dont fill up during dinner, you might want to try some traditional Khan food ;).
On the third day, we prepared two simple programs, yet extremely fun, the infamous karaoke night and an unusual treasure hunt through the venue, so get ready to team up and shake the place.
On the First day of the EMR , make sure you dress formally for the opening ceremony, following then we designed a nice relaxing introduction game for the delegates to get acquainted and strengthen the relationships between them, a very fun way to get to know everybody and not hectic or tiring after the first day of arrival.
On the second day, you will be taken on a breathtaking tour in the Nile on a feluka, the traditional Egyptian Nile boat to enjoy the city that never sleeps from a quiet relaxing place.
If youre still not impressed yet-which we highly doubt by now- on the third day comes the majestic Pyramids and Sphinx Tour. Get ready to see one of the worlds wonders and testimony to ancient Egypts greatness so close you can literally touch them :D.
In the Evening follows the traditional Oriental night and NFDP-Party, so prepare yourself and your delicacies to impress the other delegates ;). IN the Oriental night you will enjoy a variety of true Egyptian art, ranging from Om kalthoum to the belly dancer.
Finally for the last night, the closing ceremony to sum up the great experience we all enjoyed throughout the previous few days, the dressing code shall be smart casual for the closing ceremony.
A Side note: If you are interested in performing a show, please notify the social committee with your choice before 28th January 2015, 23:59 GMT. Contact us at:firstname.lastname@example.org
To wrap up, we prepared a fun-filled knowledgeable social program for our dearest delegates and we hope you like it and enjoy our preparations and go home with better memories and experiences than you expected.
Thank you and welcome to your second home,
Amir Hamdy,Head of the EMR11 Organising Committee
About EMR 11
Once a year, delegates from the IFMSA Eastern Mediterranean Region get together for the EMR Meeting, which brings together about 200-300 medical students from all around the region. During the 7 days of the meeting,
delegates discuss matters of the federation and make valuable contacts for their organizations.
The actual program of the meeting has developed into a mixture of trainings, planning and evaluation sessions together with the main theme event sessions and workshops. The work in the Standing Committees of IFMSA is the essence for most delegates: signing contracts; presenting and planning projects and activities; and sharing experiences are all included in work days for the National Officers and members from the participating NMOs. An extensive Training and Resource Development component has been integrated in the program, providing the participants with new skills needed in their work, but seldom found in the regular university curriculum: Advocacy Skills, Group Dynamics and Strategic Planning to name a few.
With IFMSA being much more than just exchanges, the Activities Fair has evolved to extend presentations of local, national and international projects outside the Standing Committees.
Round Table Discussions enable the student delegates to discuss currently relevant topics with invited experts and short lectures are frequently given by representatives from, for example, different UN agencies.
Guidelines on which areas EMR should focus on
and other important topics for the future of the region are discussed intensively to make sure to reach a proper outcome for the welfare of medical students in the region.
Dates of EMR11:
Pre-EMR : 3rd of February to 6th of February 2015.
EMR: 6th of February to 10th of February 2015.
Post-EMR: social trips are going to start from the 10th of February to 14th of February 2015.
Theme of EMR11: Universal Health Coverage.
Universal health coverage (UHC) is defined as ensuring that all people can use the primitive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services the