Local Publications

The following publications used ISAAC data from the Amman centre:

  • Abu-Ekteish F, Otoom S, Shehabi I. Prevalence of asthma in Jordan: Comparison between Bedouins and urban schoolchildren using the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood phase III protocol. Allergy Asthma Proc 2009; 30(2):181-185.

Amman Centre

Phase OnePhase TwoPhase Three
Centre:Amman, Jordon ( Eastern Mediterranean )
Principal Investigator:Dr Faisal Abu-Ekteish
Age Groups:13-14, 6-7Timeframe:February 2001 to April 2001
Sampling Frame:Some schools in East, Central and West Amman city including public, private and UNRWA schools.


Dr Faisal Abu-Ekteish

Dr Faisal Abu-Ekteish

Jordon University of Science and Technology
Pediatric Department
Faculty of Medicine Jordon University of Science and Technology
PO Box 3030


  • Phase Three Principal Investigator for Amman

Why Amman Center was chosen for the study

Amman is the capital city and the most inhabitant area in Jordan. It is considered one of the largest cities of Jordan and encompasses one of the largest metropolitan areas in the Arab world. It is the country's political, cultural and commercial centre and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

Amman is a regional hub in communications, transportation, medical tourism, education, and investment. Amman is aggressively positioning itself as a hub for business, and new projects are continually transforming the city's skyline. Several industrial cities are being developed near Amman, most important being Al-Mushatta. These factors contribute to air pollution in this city and possibly increasing the risk of allergic diseases.

This is why Amman’s Environment and its inhabitant are considered the best center for collecting the study data. Amman’s Primary schools are divided into Governmental, Private and UNRWA. Depending on these three types of schools, we were able to collect data from different types of social environments.

Our Experience with ISAAC

Our study was centered through the capital Amman study as mentioned above. We participated in phase three study where we studied asthma allergic diseases in children two ages’ groups:

  • 6 -7 yrs
  • 13 -14 yrs
This study highlights our experience and knowledge and considered as the first study in such field which gives an idea about the magnitude and scale in such diseases in our country.

With the acknowledgement of the help of collecting the data for this study to Miss. Rana Saied Shehabi and her efforts in collecting the data.

Definitely we would like to keep in touch always with ISACC and keep our participation in future studies and researches which will enrich us with knowledge with such insignificant and important disease.