TEC-MED transcultural care model: an innovative approach to address elderly’s needs in Lebanon and Tunisia


The TEC-MED model is a theoretical framework that was developed through a thorough participatory process involving all partner countries in the project (Spain, Greece, Tunisia, Egypt, and Lebanon) which included a literature review and state-of-the-art assessment, structured interviews with stakeholders, and gap analysis. It aims to have a common transcultural social ethical care model to support elderly people across different countries in the Mediterranean. 

In order to apply the TEC-MED model in the communities, an online platform was established to serve as a tool to implement the social care model among the elderly and a group of professionals (training agents) working with them in public and private practice. 

The online platform helps to implement the methodologies and principles which support the model, including the test performed during the pilot phase. In this pilot, the objective is to collaborate with different public administrations related to social affairs, health and families, city councils and charity/non-profit organizations

In parallel, each country prepared an action plan for the implementation of the model and a capacity building plan addressing the needs in terms of capacity building and training for the implementation of the model.

The TEC-MED project across the Mediterraneanadvances in the building of a transcultural care model

Two examples fro TEC-MED partners in Lebanon and Tunisia show how the project will facilitate the work of training agents will become agents of change and advocate elderly people affairs following the training they will receive.

The Lebanese partner of TEC-MED, the Institute for Development, Research, Defense and Applied Attention (IDRAAC) will be working on its networking to address the needs of the target groups providing capacity building tools, referral to resources, follow-up and care throughout the implementation period. 

The TEC-MED project is one of the first projects in Lebanon targeting elderly people and their caregivers through an innovative approach of care. For that reason, the Lebanese team of TEC-MED will be a stepping stone to be able to assess the situation of elderly people and propose recommendations and improvement within a comprehensive framework. 

Meanwhile, the Tunisian partner of the TEC-MED project, the National Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, INNTA, and its associated partner, the National Institute of Public Health, INSP, will collaborate with the Directorate Elderly person protection, Ministry of Women, Family, Children, and Elderly affairs to provide the mapping of public and private, senior centres. Once selected, all senior residents of 65 years old and above and their caregivers working within these institutions will be included in the pilot.