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  • COMSTECH to hold 10th STEP on Facing Elderly

    COMSTECH in collaboration with MSTF, will jointly organize the 10th Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP) with a focus on “Mission-Oriented Innovation Policy (MOIP) Towards Facing Elderly in Islamic World” from of June 4 to 6, realizing the immense importance of this mission. Read More ...

  • 10th Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP)

    Dear All, It is with deep regret that we inform you of the postponement of the 10th Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP), which was supposed to take place from June 4 to 6, 2024, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Read More ...

  • STEP after creating synergy & developing ties with Islamic countries

    Head of the 9th STEP, Shaghayegh Haghjooy explained the objectives of holding Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP), saying that the event is after paving the ground for creating synergy and developing cooperation with the Islamic countries. Read More ...

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    Professor of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Yasir Waheed stressed that In 2016, the World Health Organization developed a strategy to eliminate hepatitis by 2030. The strategy comprised five core areas including Hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HBV, injection and blood safety, harm reduction, and test and treatment of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Read More ...

WHAT IS STEP ?

WHAT IS STEP ?

WHAT IS STEP ?

STEP is a platform, organized by Mustafa Science and Technology Foundation, to expand the scientific network among the STI actors of the Islamic world in form of holding international events and laying the groundwork for enhancing scientific synergy and cooperation.

Our History Our Vission Our Mission View

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

While high rates of aging have been a common trend in developed countries for the past several decades, it has recently gained momentum in OIC countries; rapid aging has significant social, economic, and cultural impacts on countries that require immediate and well-formulated policy responses. Since 2010, population aging in OIC countries has accelerated, and by 2030, the share of the older population is estimated to reach 9.6% of the total population. According to projections, by 2050 in a significant number of OIC countries, the number of elderly people will supersede that of young people. The increasing aging trends in OIC will ultimately lead to an increased old-age dependency ratio meaning that more people will require support and care for a longer period.

Faced with mounting societal challenges and acknowledging the limitations of traditional Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) policies, such as weak directionality, lack of holistic co-ordination and fragmentation of the policy mix, a number of countries have started experimenting with various types of systemic interventions, commonly labeled as “Mission-oriented innovation policies” (MOIPs). MOIPs are defined as a coordinated package of policy and regulatory measures tailored specifically to mobilize STI to address well-defined objectives related to a societal challenge in a defined timeframe. These measures possibly span different stages of the innovation cycle from research to demonstration and market deployment, mix supply-push and demand-pull instruments, and cut across various policy fields, sectors, and disciplines.

Mustafa(pbuh) Science and Technology Foundation (MSTF) believes if OIC Member States work together to address the elderly challenge, they can effectively manage it with lower costs and greater efficiency. Hence, MSTF and COMSTECH aim to jointly organize a summit (10th STEP) to bring together stakeholders from various sectors, including government, academia, technology development, and more, from Islamic countries.

As the initial phase of implementing MOIP to address the grand challenge of elderly in Islamic countries, the summit can serve as a pivotal moment for engaging stakeholders.

Schedule of the event will be uploaded soon

10th STEP SPEAKERS

Shaghayegh Haghjooy Javanmard

Shaghayegh Haghjooy Javanmard

Head of Strategic Technology Development Center of Iran Presidential Deputy of Science, Technology, and Knowledge-based Economy
Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary

Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary

Director of ICCBS, University of Karachi | Coordinator General of COMSTECH
Quarraisha Abdool Karim

Quarraisha Abdool Karim

Associate Scientific Director of CAPRISA, Professor in Clinical Epidemiology at Columbia University, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for African Health at University of KwaZulu-Natal, and President of The World Academy of Sciences
Dima Al-Khatib

Dima Al-Khatib

Director of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation
Zehra Zümrüt SELÇUK

Zehra Zümrüt SELÇUK

Director General of Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), Türkiye
Vittorio Calabrese

Vittorio Calabrese

President of European Society of Preventive Regenerative and Anti-aging Medicine
Radhouane Gouiaa

Radhouane Gouiaa

Founder and President of Tunisian Association on Gerontology
Jacobus Retief Hoffman

Jacobus Retief Hoffman

James Martin Professorial Fellow in the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford, UK, Honorary Professor in the Institute of Ageing in Africa at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Director of the International Federation of Ageing
Samar Mahmoud ElFeky

Samar Mahmoud ElFeky

Regional Adviser of Health Promotion and Social Determinants of Health, Regional Focal Person for Health for Older People at EMRO
Yasuhiko Saito

Yasuhiko Saito

Research Project Professor at the College of Economics, Nihon University, Japan
Mario Barbagallo

Mario Barbagallo

Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics; Director of the Department of Medicine, University Hospital of Palermo; Director of the Post-graduate program in Geriatrics, Italy
Suzana Shahar

Suzana Shahar

Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Tengku Aizan Binti Tengku Abdul Hamid

Tengku Aizan Binti Tengku Abdul Hamid

Director of Malaysian Research Institute on Ageing, UPM, Malaysia
Mansur Hussain Dalal

Mansur Hussain Dalal

Chairman of ELD-AR Memories Pvt. Ltd., ELD-AR Memories Incorporated., CommonAge., and The Commonwealth Association for the Ageing, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Association Of Senior Living India (ASLI), Director of Global Aging Network, Chairman of Empowered Expert committee for formulating Standards for senior living and care industry of India
Koichi Sumikura

Koichi Sumikura

Professor at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan
M’hamed El Aisati

M’hamed El Aisati

Vice President of Product Management Analytical and Data Services at Elsevier, Netherlands
Mazhar Hussain

Mazhar Hussain

Director of Economic and Social Research Department at SESRIC, Türkiye
Catherine Sarah Holloway

Catherine Sarah Holloway

Academic Director of Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub), Professor of Interaction Design & Innovation at UCL, United Kingdom
Rahimah Binti Ibrahim

Rahimah Binti Ibrahim

Director of Malaysian Research Institute On Ageing, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Deputy President of the Gerontological Association of Malaysia (GeM)
Charles McIvor

Charles McIvor

Policy Analyst, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, France
Mohd Nazim Mohtar

Mohd Nazim Mohtar

Senior Lecturer and Head of Laboratory at the Malaysian Research Institute on Ageing (MyAgeingTM), Universiti Putra Malaysia
Hom Nath Chalise

Hom Nath Chalise

Professor at Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Leon Flicker

Leon Flicker

Professor at University of Western Australia, Executive Director of the Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing
Hossein Farshidi

Hossein Farshidi

Deputy Minister of Health and Medical Education, Islamic Republic of Iran

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