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It is with great excitement and pleasure that we announce the launch of a new partnership between three Algerian-American organizations established in the U.S: The Maghreb American Health Foundation (MAHF, Inc.), the Algerian American foundation for Culture, Education, Science and Technology (AAF-CEST), and the Algerian American Scientists Association (AASA, Inc.). These organizations agreed to join efforts to strengthen their visitation exchange programs between Algeria and the USA.
This partnership is designed specifically to help Algerian healthcare professionals interested in acquiring a first hand experience of healthcare practices in the USA. “Our support to this partnership initiative is another example of our commitment to go above and beyond ourselves to serve the people of Algeria” said Rahmouna Rouni, president of the MAHF, Inc. This partnership not only creates synergy between the three organizations, but will provide also health professionals in Algeria with a vehicle to build bridges with their colleagues in the USA. “Our ultimate goal is provide opportunities to those who practice medicine on a daily basis in various parts of Algeria so that they can better serve the Algerian people.” said Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, chairman of the AAF-CEST.
We are extremely grateful to the different partners and members and value their investment. “To our knowledge this is the first time such partnership is established. This is a testament to the importance of the unified vision and goals that all three organizations share. Namely, all Algerians abroad can actively contribute to the development of their country through collaboration with their counterparts in Algeria. And their efforts are better served when acting in harmony” said Dr. Taha Merghoub, vice president of AASA, Inc. We will work hard to make sure that this partnership is effective and encourage our colleagues and partners in Algeria to actively participate and take advantage of this initiative.
The Algerian-American Foundation for Culture, Education, Science and Technology (AAF-CEST) was featured at the 2014 Algiers International Trade Fair, May 28-June 2. The USA was the guest of honor and their pavilion was visited by both Algerian and American officials. The AAF-CEST represented by Dr. Hakima Amri, Vice President, and Dr. Ismail Chickoune , Treasurer, officially exposed its goals, objectives, and activities in a podium presentation. A report outlining three areas of expertise: "Health and Cancer Care and Prevention", "Disaster Management and Resiliency in Algeria", and "Higher Education" was submitted to the Algerian Authorities. The AAF-CEST is welcoming the opportunity to work with Algeria and establishing long lasting relationships of fruitful exchange in the fields of culture, education, science and technology.
An Algerian delegation from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Higher Education met with members of AAF in Washington, DC, to discuss potential collaborations between AAF and the two Algerian Institutions.
On May 18th, 2013, AAF board members approved new bylaws, making, in particular, the foundation a member-driven organization.
In its January 12th 2013 meeting, AAF board was strengthened with the nomination of new board members: Drs. Ghania Ait-Ghezala, Hakima Amri, Nora Berrah, Amar Chaker, Himed Kherbache, Noureddine Melikechi, and Kamal-Youcef Toumi. Dr Noureddine Melikechi and Mr Brahim Zenagui were elected respectively as the new president and the Chairman of the Foundation.