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AUB’s Global Health Initiative launches Refugee Health Program in the Beqaa
6/29/2017
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The Global Health Initiative, the foundational phase of the Global Health Institute (GHI) at AUB, formally launched its Refugee Health Program (RHP) during a Refugee Health Day event that took place on June 28, 2017 in recognition of the World Refugee Awareness Month. 

During the formal launch of the Refugee Health Program, Associate Vice President for Health Affairs and Lead of the Global Health Initiative, Dr. Shadi Saleh, and RHP Co-Directors, Drs. Mona Osman and Fouad M. Fouad, spoke about the health mission of the program and invited the residents of the camp to benefit from the Refugee Health Day, in the presence of AUB faculty, medical doctors, staff, and students from the Faculties of Medicine, Health Sciences, and Agricultural and Food Sciences. 

The Refugee Health Day, which was held in the al-Dalhamieh Camp in the Beqaa, was organized by the Global Health Initiative in collaboration with Beyond Association. Beyond Association runs the primary healthcare intervention and vaccination program that operates with the Ministry of Public Health. The AUB team set up health booths that residents of the camp approached to seek clinical advice and guidance for making healthy choices. They were advised on lifestyle habits that are scientifically known to reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer; as well as infectious diseases.  

Health experts explained the importance of maintaining a healthy body-weight to youth and adults who were eager to know more. The team also shared tips on selecting low-salt food alternatives and the benefits of adapting an active lifestyle through their daily activities. Symptoms and complications of hypertension and diabetes were also explained, as was the harmful effect of smoking.

Men, women, and children were offered free medical consultations during which they had their anthropometry (height, weight, and waist circumference), blood pressure, and glucose level measured.  Furthermore, training was provided on how to maintain good hygiene to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The residents approaching the health booths were given hats to protect them from the sun during the summer period.

As a way to help promote physical activity, children and adolescents were invited to participate in entertaining health games and physical activities.  

The Refugee Health Day, which has become an annual event, ended at 3:00 pm, concluding a series of activities run by the Global Health Initiative during the World Refugee Awareness month of June.  

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  • ​​The Global Health Initiative, the foundational phase of the Global Health Institute (GHI) at AUB, formally launched its Refugee Health Program (RHP) during a Refugee Health Day event that took place on June 28, 2017 in recognition of the World Refugee Awareness Month.
 
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