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Middle East and North African (MENA) region news, resources and funding for global health researchers

A growing number of research and research training collaborations are being established between U.S. scientists and those based in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Some involve NIH extramural funding, others result from Visiting Scientists who come to the NIH campus. An increasing number of NIH scientists are also traveling to the region to meet with their counterparts and collaborate on research questions of common interest.

This growth in investments and engagement, despite budgetary and political challenges, is significant since the region offers much potential with a disease burden similar to that in the U.S. - high rates of diabetes, heart disease, mental disorders and cancers. The region also offers unique potential given genetic background, family structures and relatively high occurrences of some diseases considered rare in the U.S. that are difficult to research without foreign partners.

Countries and Territories in Region

Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Gaza, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank, Yemen

NIH Funded Research Impacting MENA

  • Through grant funding to U.S. universities, NIH facilitates international collaboration in MENA in all areas of the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

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Fogarty Contact

Stacy Wallick, MPH
Regional Program Director for Middle East and North African (MENA) Region
Division of International Relations
Fogarty International Center
National Institutes of Health
Building 31 Room B2C11
Bethesda, MD 20892-2220
Telephone: 301-496-2091
FAX: 301-480-3414
Email (preferred): Stacy.Wallick@nih.gov

Updated April 4, 2024