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AUB establishes the first Global Health Institute in Lebanon and the region
8/4/2017
 |  Office of Communications  |  media@aub.edu.lb  | 

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In a message to the AUB community, AUB President Fadlo Khuri announced on July 19 the establishment of AUB’s Global Health Institute (GHI), the first such institute in the region.

This initiative comes in consonance with AUB’s comprehensive vision on health, Health 2025, with the vision to establish a Health Sciences Complex (HSC) that will strategically and functionally align all core units involved in health. The ultimate aim is to enhance AUB’s footprint in health to better serve the population and clinical health needs of the region and the Global South. 

In his message, President Khuri highlighted that “GHI’s establishment is part of AUB’s efforts towards the development of a sustainable future for health in the Arab World”. He added that the formal launch of GHI “is the culmination of an 18-month effort led by Dr. Shadi Saleh, Associate Vice President (AVP) for Health Affairs working with Executive Vice President (EVP)/Dean Mohamed Sayegh”. 

Recently, AUB received a generous donation to formally launch the Institute. In addition, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supported the establishment of GHI with a five-year CAD 1.7 million core foundational grant.  Reflecting on their foundational support, the IDRC leadership stated, "We are delighted to provide catalytic support to the Global Health Institute. Building on decades of collaboration between IDRC and the American University of Beirut, the decision to work together on this exciting endeavor represents a mutual desire to develop and support research leaders in the region, and to raise the profile and quality of interdisciplinary global health research on pressing issues requiring dedicated and sustained attention."

“I am honored to be appointed by President Khuri to lead the first such institute in the region,” said AVP Shadi Saleh, who was appointed as Founding Director of GHI. “His vision on transforming AUB’s health portfolio and his support of GHI all through its foundational phase were key. In light of the dearth of input on global health challenges emerging from the Global South, the GHI will serve as a hub for interdisciplinary research, capacity building, and dedicated service in global health”. 

“I must take a moment to thank the dedicated hardworking team of GHI, for their efforts invested in catalyzing the growth of our institute, and Canada’s IDRC, for their generous support of GHI,” Dr. Saleh added. “In particular, I would also like to acknowledge EVP/Dean Mohamed Sayegh for his strategic leadership and belief in the potential impact that AUB and its GHI can have on health in Lebanon and the region”.

To date, GHI has launched three interdisciplinary programs directed by faculty members from different health units across AUB: The Conflict Medicine Program (CMP), Refugee Health Program (RHP), and Nutrition, Obesity, and Related Disease Program (NORD). Although relatively new, the programs have succeeded in leaving an impact in the global health arena through their wide range of activities covering research projects, capacity-building events, and outreach activities. Additional programs are being considered for launching in the upcoming period. 
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  • In a message to the AUB community, AUB President Fadlo Khuri announced on July 19 the establishment of AUB’s Global Health Institute (GHI), the first such institute in the region.

  • This initiative comes in consonance with AUB’s comprehensive vision on health, Health 2025, with the vision to establish a Health Sciences Complex (HSC) that will strategically and functionally align all core units involved in health. The ultimate aim is to enhance AUB’s footprint in health to better serve the population and clinical health needs of the region and the Global South. ​
 
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