Dr. May Kaileh represented the academy at the planning workshop for Women Health Education Program (WHEP) that was held in Paris, September 27th, 2005.
The WHEP is an international program implemented for 2004-2006 by the Inter Academy Panel (IAP) and is dedicated to health education of women in developing countries. “it aims at bringing health sciences-hygiene, nutrition-to women and the communities where they live, thus modifying their knowledge and behavior according to integrated processes involving committed authorities” –directly quoted from WHEP meeting minutes. The French Academy of Sciences has been identified as the lead academy for this program; accordingly the workshop place was set.
As an expert on women’s health issues in Palestine, Dr. Kaileh was invited to represent the academy and Palestine in this workshop. She gave her insights on integrating educational programs and on education through culture. She also emphasized on the necessity of having a link between academies and universities in different communities.
The WHEP scientific committee came up with several recommendations that include promoting “individuals and authorities commitment and suitable coordination between Education and Health policies” amongst many other.