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Regional Health Challenges: Research and Remedies

March 17, 2016 - March 22, 2016

The Near East and North Africa face many regional health challenges that require innovative and efficient resources to address them. Among these challenges are the spread of infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease, and the care of disadvantaged populations, particularly refugees, throughout the region.

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs will be hosting visitors from the Near East and North Africa for the Program “Regional Health Challenges: Research and Remedies.” Cleveland is home to world-renowned medical research and treatment centers, making the health care sector the backbone of its economy. Visitors will see the acclaimed Cleveland Clinic, the top institution for heart health in the United States and among the best in the world. In Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, the primary cause of death is coronary heart disease, making the Cleveland Clinic an integral part of their visit. Visitors will also meet with the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland, the Building Healthy Communities Program, and several other organizations dedicated to the promotion of a healthy society.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Katie Ferman, Program Officer, at or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.


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