IOF Regionals – 2nd Middle East & Africa Osteoporosis Meeting & 6th Pan Arab Osteoporosis Congress PAOC’6

Dead Sea, Jordan, September 27 - October 1, 2012

With more than 550 participants, this was the largest bone event in the Middle East and Africa region in 2012.

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Continuing Medical Education Credits (CME)!
This meeting was accredited for :

  • 14 CME  from the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). EACCME credits are recognized by the American Medical Association towards the Physician's Recognition Award (PRA). * (see below for further information)
  • 16 CME from the Jordanian Medical Council

A high-quality programme of interest to a broad range of clinicians

The Meeting featured a high quality programme of interest to a broad range of physicians and health professionals, including general practitioners and internists, rheumatologists, orthopedic surgeons, endocrinologists, geriatricians, radiologists, pharmacists, as well as rehabilitation specialists and physiotherapists. The learning objectives of the Meeting are to train medical professionals and researchers so that they are better equipped to handle the growing epidemic of musculoskeletal diseases. The programme provides a concise and practical overview of these diseases, including the latest advances in their prevention, diagnosis and treatment. As well as the latest regional research, the programme includes current topics of specific relevance to health professionals in the region.

Given the growing burden of osteoporosis in the Middle East & Africa Region, there was great interest from participants and key opinion leaders across the region.

The Meeting was organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) in partnership with:

  • Pan Arab Osteoporosis Society (PAOS)
  • Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (JOPS)
  • Jordanian Physicians Osteoporosis Society (JPOS)
  • Palestinian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (POPS)



* EACCME Accreditation

The 'International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)' (or) 'IOF Regionals – 2nd Middle East & Africa Osteoporosis Meeting & 6th Pan Arab Osteoporosis Congress PAOC’6' is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS),

The 'IOF Regionals – 2nd Middle East & Africa Osteoporosis Meeting & 6th Pan Arab Osteoporosis Congress PAOC’6' is designated for a maximum of (or 'for up to') 14 hours of European external CME credits. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


IOF Middle East & Africa Region


The Middle East and African IOF member societies have been among the most active and dynamic of IOF’s regional members. Two recent landmark events - the publication of the influential Regional Audit on Osteoporosis, and the successful launch of annual “IOF Regionals: Middle East & Africa Osteoporosis Meeting” in Dubai in October 2011 have helped increasing the importance of osteoporosis and fracture prevention as a health priority within the region.

Another significant step for the region was the election of seven members to form the Middle East & Africa Regional Advisory Council (RAC): Dr. Hazem Abdel Azeem (Egypt); Dr. Gemma Adib (Syria); Dr. Tobias De Villiers (South Africa); Dr. Basel Masri (Jordan); Dr. Jamal Saleh (Bahrain); Dr. Eghbal Taheri (Iran); Dr. Leith Zakraoui (Tunisia). These osteoporosis experts will help to shape IOF programmes and projects to meet the needs of the region.

IOF has been organizing activities in the Middle East for many years. In Jordan these have been in collaboration with the Pan Arab Osteoporosis Society (PAOS) and the Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society. The Palestinian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (POPS) has also been an active member of IOF.