Welcoming Speech

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On Behalf of the organizing and executive committee, It’s a true pleasure for me to invite you to the 1st Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Spinal Cord Injury Meeting (MENASCI) & the 8th Annual Moroccan Conference on Rehabilitation & Disability in collaboration with International Spinal Cord Injury Society (ISCoS), this time at the Faculty of Medicine & Pharmacy in Fes from 7th-10th March 2019 under the theme “Together for Better Management of Spinal Cord injury in the MENA Region”.


The concept of rehabilitation team, which is very important to intensify the multidisciplinary team work of rehabilitation, is not yet fully established in the MENA region countries, many members are not included in the team. In addition, many medical specialties are trying to take the role of specialized doctors in Spinal Cord injury (SCI) by avoiding referring their patients. Our regional countries should strengthen the specialty through opening new channels of training outside the country, and by providing continuous medical education in various disciplines for doctors working in the field. In order to improve this specialty appropriate legislation between the work of doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals should be implemented.


In order to achieve this goal we are proud that we established in Amman Jordan 2017 the MENASCI network and we are honored that Fes is going to host the first meeting.


This conference will have the specific tracks and will address the clinical care as well as increasing awareness and improve prevention of SCI complications, establishing, and implementing the institutional polices for the Regional SCI Network MENASCI.

This Network is effective and efficient in promoting cross regional exchange, learning, education, technical capacity development support and research in the field of SCI management.



The congress will feature plenary lectures, workshops by local, regional and international multidisciplinary team experts.



We extend a warm welcome to all of you and we are looking forward to seeing you in Fes.


Dr. (Moh’d Rami) Al-Ahmar


ISCoS Educational Committee Member representative for MENA region

Chief of the Congress Scientific Committee.