CISEPO International Research Program

CISEPO initiates and supports basic and applied medical and public health related research which can be integrated into CISEPO programs. Research projects are assessed on the basis of their contributions to the growth of knowledge and to peacebuilding in the region. Encouragement is given to projects which build collaborative relationships among Canadians, Israelis, Jordanian, Palestinians and other regional neighbours in the Middle East and worldwide.

NAFASS - A Breath That Could Save Your Life

This project is addressing youth smoking prevention – a major health concern in the region. The project is part of a larger program of research on improving the health of Arab and Israeli populations and the quality of health services in the community. A related goal is to contribute to building cooperation in the Middle East through academic programs that build relationships, mutual development and knowledge transfer.

Global Youth Voices


This project is examining ways to engage youth in health promotion and create youth driven community action in the Middle East ( Using low-end technologies (photography) and high-end Internet-based technologies, youth document the strengths and weaknesses of their communities and take action on selected issues of importance to them. Through these projects youth learn cooperation, research and leadership skills

This project draws on the potential of Internet technology to allow young people from diverse communities to interact in youth-owned ways and spaces, with the goal of creating innovative models for community health promotion. The research is guided by a six stage model ( EIPARS ) for sustainable action with youth: 1. Engagement, 2. Issue Identification, 3. Planning, 4. Action, 5. R's (Research, Reflect, Reward) and 6. Sustainability. This model has been used successfully with diverse youth groups in Canada, and is now being applied internationally.



International Research Program

CISEPO and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) plan and implement cooperative Arab and Israeli research, Ben Gurion University.

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