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Behavioral and Social Sciences Research on HIV/AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Meeting Summary
Tunis, Tunisia

The NIH Office of AIDS Research, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease sponsored a meeting to promote dialogue on HIV/AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and to outline a research agenda that addresses behavioral and social science priorities for epidemiology and prevention, access to care, and treatment. The meeting, held in May 2007 in Tunis, Tunisia, included scientists, clinical providers, government and policy representatives, and care managers representing seven MENA nations (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia), as well as U.S. researchers and NIH staff. Formal presentations from both U.S. and MENA representatives were combined with extensive discussion to delineate priority research areas and approaches to establish long-term collaborations among MENA nations as well as with U.S. investigators. For further information, please contact Dianne Rausch at drausch@mail.nih.gov.