Health professionals at all levels have received
little or no training in the care of the elderly,
and many do not find working with them to be rewarding.
There are no formal medical school courses in geriatrics
and no opportunity to acquire expertise in geriatrics
or diploma in the field in the Region
The Middle-East Academy for Medicine of Ageing-MEAMA
had finished four sessions of the first course in
2003-2005, the second course in 2008-2010, the third
course 2010-2012, and the fourth course 2012-2014.
During the first course 20 participants were involved
in various sessions and six participants finished
the four sessions. As a result the MEAMA network
has started with six participants and five countries
from the region including Lebanon, Saudi Arabia,
Kuwait, Jordan and Bahrain. Currently a total of
55 finished four sessions of the course and graduated
to become member of the Academy.