ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Global Bridges, a healthcare alliance for tobacco dependence treatment based at Mayo Clinic, and its regional partner, King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) in Amman, Jordan, announced today that they will start training health care providers in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO) on how to successfully treat tobacco users.
The first training, scheduled for April 27-28 at KHCC, will engage 15 health care professionals from Jordan. Feras Hawari, M.D., director of the Cancer Control Office at KHCC and regional director for Global Bridges, will conduct this workshop. In addition, KHCC will collaborate with other regional and international organizations to hold a four-day regional workshop in June.
"Prevalence of tobacco use is high in most of the Eastern Mediterranean countries, and only a few countries have structured tobacco dependence services. By offering training, we are making a step towards addressing this epidemic," says Dr. Hawari, who is also chief of pulmonary and critical care service at KHCC.
Global Bridges -- a collaboration among Mayo Clinic's School for Continuous Professional Development and Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center, the American Cancer Society and the University of Arizona -- was established in 2010 as a worldwide, science-based initiative to help health care providers unite to treat tobacco use and dependence while advocating for effective tobacco control policies. During its first year, Global Bridges has positively impacted 400,000 patients around the world through training over 5,400 health care providers in Mayo Clinic-led sessions on how to deliver culturally appropriate tobacco dependence treatment.
"Global Bridges adapts to regional needs and enhances access to proven treatment methods throughout each of the World Health Organization's (WHO) six regions, " says Richard Hurt, M.D., founder and director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center and principal inve
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