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  • CRPH collaborates with IHME on Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study, of relevance to SDGs. GBD is the largest and most comprehensive effort to date to measure epidemiological levels and trends worldwide. Prof Makhlouf Obermeyer, CRPH Director, has been part of the GBD Scientific Council, the expert panel and​ key scientific decision-making body for the study​, since September 2016. Among the many publications co-authored by members of the Council, two are particularly relevant to the Arab region and the SDGs:​​
  • Matthias Schmale, Director of UNRWA Lebanon, visits Shatila in support of CRPH’s “Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Children” project. Read more>


  • How are young Arab women and men doing in the context of turbulence that has characterized the region, particularly over the past few years? This is the question that brought together 28 international and regional researchers from 10 countries who convened and regional researchers in College Hall at the American University of Beirut to participate in a workshop entitled "Health and Wellbeing of Arab Youth." Read more



Recent Publications

Akik C., El-Mallah C., Ghattas H., Obeid O, El-Jardali F. (2016). K2P Policy Brief: Informing salt iodization policies in Lebanon to ensure optimal iodine nutrition. Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center, Beirut, Lebanon.

Akl, C., Akik, C., Ghattas, H., Obermeyer, C.M. (2017). Gender disparities in midlife hypertension: A review of the evidence on the Arab region. Women’s Midlife Health, 3(1).

Ghattas, H., Sassine, A. J., Aqeel, M., Hwalla, N., Obeid, O. A., & Sahyoun, N. R. (2017). Children’s experiences of food insecurity in Lebanon: A qualitative study. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 1-12.​

​Johnson, C., Fonner, V., Sands, A., Ford, N., Obermeyer, C.M., Tsui, S., Wong, V., Baggaley, R. (2017.) To err is human, to correct is public health: identifying poor quality testing and misdiagnosis of HIV status. Forthcoming in Journal of the International AIDS Society. 

Mesmar, S.Talhouk, R., Akik, C., Olivier, P., Elhajj, I. H., Elbassuoni, S., & Ghattas, H. (2016). The impact of digital technology on health of populations affected by humanitarian crises: Recent innovations and current gaps. Journal of Public Health Policy, 37(2), 167-200. ​

Talhouk, R., Mesmar, S., Thieme, A., Balaam, M., Olivier, P., Akik, C., & Ghattas, H. (2016). Syrian refugees and digital health in Lebanon: Opportunities for improving antenatal health. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 331-342). ACM.

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Upcoming Conference:
No one left behind: A feasible goal for the health SDGs in the Arab region?
June 6-8, 2017
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