Expand availability of tobacco dependence treatment services in the Eastern Mediterranean Region through building sustainable evidence-based incountry training programs
In order to meet an evident gap in the field of tobacco dependence treatment (TDT) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), this project ultimately seeks to increase the number of trained healthcare providers (HCPs) in the EMR who can integrate TDT into their practice. To achieve this goal, the project will build on training programs offered to date and on previously fostered relationships to establish four self‐sustaining training hubs across the region (in addition to the incumbent hub at King Hussein Cancer Center in Jordan). These hubs will primarily serve countries within which they are established (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Oman, and Jordan) while also functioning as regional training centers for neighboring countries.
Between all five hubs, TDT curricula and content will be developed and made available in all three languages that are in use the region; Arabic, English, and French. The core curriculum common across all five hubs will be jointly developed based on evidence, and informed by results of the evaluation component included within this project. Beyond that, hubs will integrate additional content depending on country‐specific circumstance and needs.
At project completion, we anticipate that this experience will serve as a model for the region and beyond. Each hub will be capable of facilitating establishment of training programs in other parts of the pertinent country and in other countries of the region, ultimately availing TDT training and education throughout the EMR.
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