On behalf of the Middle East & North Africa Clinical Toxicology Association, we would like to welcome each of you to MENATOX19 that will be held at the Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center on March 6 - 9, 2019 in partnership with the Kuwait Emergency Medicine Council and the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health. Out theme this year is: MENATOX In Action: Caring for Patients and Preventing Poisonings!
It is a challenging time for clinical toxicology in the MENA region: armed conflicts, population displacement and political climates in parts of our region, have amplified the potential impact of chemicals, toxins and radioactive materials on the health of our communities. The World Health Organization has also underlined the importance of mitigating chemical hazards in its most recent road map that lists Sustained Development Goals related to our area of expertise and interest.
With all of the above in mind, we bring to you several events that are packaged into MENATOX19:
This year we start our conference on March 6, 2019 with 2 concurrent precourses:
Chemical Warfare Agents and the EM and Toxicology Clinical Research Workshops.
On March 7, 2019 we will have PetroTOX in parallel with two half-day workshops: The Poison Center Puzzle and Snake Envenomation.
The Scientific Program will be on March 8, 9. 2019 and will include our usual favorites: Tox for the Emergency Department, Oral Abstracts, Rapid Fire, Critical Care Tox, Pediatric Tox, Occupational and Environmental Tox, Analytical Toxicology, plenary and keynotte sessions. We are delighted to announce that Dr. Lewis Goldfrank is our keynote speaker and we look forward to his guidance and teaching. We are also pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Eddleston will give a plenary session on organophosphates and Dr. Charles McKay, President of the American College of Medical Toxicology will participate in a number of sessions and Dr. Lisa Moreno Walton, President Elect of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine will deliver with an excellent team of experts the research workshop on March 6, 2019.
We continue to grow, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive to the needs of the diverse Middle East & North Africa region. The world of clinical toxicology is an exciting area in which we continue to meet and bring inspired people together in forums like this, to ensure the Middle East & North Africa Clinical Toxicology Association remains at the cutting edge. We are transforming the way we operate to continuously improve our ability to promote clinical toxicology education, practice, and research in MENA.
Before closing, we would like to thank each of you for attending our conference and bringing your expertise to our gathering. You, as health care leaders and practitioners, have the vision, the knowledge, and the experience to help clinical toxicology thrive and be an integral part of this region’s health eco-system. Throughout this conference, we ask you to stay engaged, keep us proactive, and help us shape the future of clinical toxicology.
Thank you for your involvement, advocacy, and efforts.
Ziad Kazzi, MD