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About Ageing in the Eastern Mediterranean Countries

The program in Egypt is designed as a collaborative effort between two AUC units (The Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology and the Social Research Center), and a consortium of European partners with very well recognized experience in this field (Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max-Planck-Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe: SHARE) and supported by the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) through the program (Hochschuldialog mit der islamischen Welt) and the Technical University of Munich.

It draws on a network of senior local coordinators from Egyptian universities and a network of academic researchers and graduate students. The five Egyptian universities collaborating in this initiative include the universities of Beni Suef, Menoufia, Suez Canal, Mansoura, and Delta University.


  • Enhancing the capacity for research and policy development concerning population aging in the MENA countries, especially Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon
  • Encouraging the MENA region to implement the SHARE Survey, which is an internationally well-acknowledged household survey for evidence-based advocacy and actions
  • Developing a network of scholars engaged in aging-related research and actions

AUC Team

Principal Investigators

Co-Principal Investigators

  • Hassan EL Fawal, Professor of Biomedical Sciences
  • Ramadan Hamed, Senior Researcher
  • Sherine Shawky, Senior Researcher
  • Zeinab Khadr, Senior Researcher

Research Assistants

  • Amr El Sayed, Research and Training Officer
  • Mohamed Hassan, Research and Training Officer
  • Noha Gafaar, Researcher
  • Medhat Mostafa, Research Assistant
  • Zeinab Aly, Research Assistant
  • Amal Hassan, Research Assistant
  • Maryam Abou Zeid, Research Assistant

Collaborators and Partners

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Sara Ayman, American University in Cairo

Immunization Supervisor at Egyptian MOH/Ph.D. candidate at the I-GHHE, The American University in Cairo (AUC). Ayman comes from a pharmaceutical background with a master’s degree in nanotechnology and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Global Public Health program at the AUC. Working as a senior vaccination supervisor at the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Teaching assistant at the chemistry department at AUC. Joined various biomedical research projects ranging from biosensors, therapeutics, microbial fuel cells for wastewater treatment and currently focusing on brain health-related research through investigating healthy aging in the Egyptian population and the effect of various environmental factors on health in Egypt.

Taghreed Farahat, Menofia University

Chair of the Egyptian University Promotion Committee (EUPC) and Chair of Egyptian Family Medicine Association (EFMA). She is also a member of the Executive Board of WONCA/EMR and Head of the research committee of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) and Electronic Medical Reports (EMR). Dr. Farahat is also an Ex-chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and previous vice dean for Environmental and Social Affairs and head of the Department of Community Medicine.

Hesham El Sayed, Suez Canal University

Professor Emeritus of clinical epidemiology, human genetics, and pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University (SCU), Egypt. He is the director of the Clinical Epidemiology Unit of SCU. He is a member of the Research and Ethics Committee of the Suez Canal Faculty of Medicine and a former member of the CITI Organization, USA. He is the president-elect of the African Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN-Africa) and of the Injury Prevention Initiative for Africa (IPIFA). He was the former chairman of the Family Medicine and Pediatrics Departments, Faculty of Medicine, SCU. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Egyptian Pediatrics Medical Board.

Yasser Saif, Beni Suef University

Dean of National Institute of Longevity Elderly Sciences (NILES) and Professor of Ophthalmology from Beni-Suef University. The NILES was established in 2016 to be a national and regional center of excellence in research and services of the elderly. It is the first institute specialized in all Elderly Sciences in Egypt and the region. The NILES award postgraduate certificates in areas of geriatric and gerontology, nutrition, and psychological and social rehabilitation care. Also, NILES provides several certified training courses that include caregiver training, elderly sibling training, elderly rehab, management of elderly homes, and elderly information.

Mohamed Abdel Halim Eltantawi, Delta University

Assistant lecturer of Neurology, Delta University for Science and Technology. He has started participation in the SHARE study since September 2020. Later on, he was nominated as the coordinator of the Delta group in the pilot study. In addition, El Tanatawei has participated in a number of SHARE activities:

  • RECAP study which was an observational study to evaluate caregiver preference and treatment outcome in patients with Alzheimer's disease treated with oral or transdermal medication, I was responsible for survey recruitment and medical data recording
  • Environment-Gene interaction in Parkinson’s disease (EGI-PD)
  • Kicking off the Egyptian Network of Neurodegenerative diseases (ENND) In addition to other related studies and scientific research

Activities in Egypt

SRC Activities in Egypt


1. Building AUC Team

2. Translating and adopting questionnaires

3. Partnerships and national institutes

4. Capacity building

5. Complementary activities

  • Special Web Page on Healthy Ageing

  • Webinars

  • Policy Papers

  • Satellite Course

  • Integrating an SDH approach and HE in Ageing Studies

6. Future Directions

Regional Program to Support Evidence-Based Healthy Ageing in Arab Countries

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Group training for SRC



Training workshops aimed to support the necessary capacity to analyze aging-related data based on a longitudinal study on aging (SHARE). The workshops were conducted online for 18 days. 30 trainees were attended. The majority of the trainees were with a public health background, the workshops covered topics on descriptive and inferential statistics with SPPS application using SHARE data from the pilot study.


Workshops SRC
Webinar SRC





The pilot study covered 16 governorates out of the 27 governorates of Egypt, below is the distribution of the pilot sample by the governorate of residence of respondents.

Governments in Egypt SRC


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