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The Global Health Institute Launches iPrOTeCT Project to Address Injury and Post Conflict Trauma

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The Global Health Institute (GHI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB), in collaboration with the Centre for Blast Injury Studies (CBIS) Imperial College London (ICL), is proud to announce the launch of the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Injury and Post Conflict Trauma (iPrOTeCT). iPrOTeCT is a collaborative effort spanning three continents, with partnerships established with some of the largest humanitarian organizations. This groundbreaking project aims to tackle the pressing issue of injury and trauma resulting from conflict.

The launching event took place at Imperial College London (ICL) in London, attended by esteemed partners and key figures in the field, including Dr. Shadi Saleh, founding director of GHI, Anthony Bull, head of the Centre for Blast Injury Studies at ICL, Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta, director of the Conflict Medicine Program at GHI, and Dr. Zahi Abdul Sater, GHI's senior advisor for partnership and innovation.

"This project represents a significant step forward in addressing the global burden of injury and post-conflict trauma," said Dr. Shadi Saleh. He added: “Through our collective efforts with our esteemed partners, GHI is and will always be committed to advance the field of conflict medicine and introduce innovations to alleviate the suffering of communities affected by conflict." 

iPrOTeCT aims to tackle the widespread issue of serious, life-changing injuries resulting from conflicts and road traffic accidents in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). By focusing on limb-saving techniques through advanced surgery and technology, as well as providing optimal functional outcomes for amputees with high-quality prosthetics, iPrOTeCT strives to save lives, enhance independence, and improve the overall quality of life for physical trauma patients. iPrOTeCT will establish a global understanding of the burden of accidental and conflict injuries, develop appropriate healthcare technologies, and create capacity-building opportunities. This comprehensive approach will have a significant impact on healthcare outcomes and promote positive change for individuals affected by severe injuries in LMICs.

The launch of the iPrOTeCT project marks an important milestone in global health research and highlights the commitment of the Global Health Institute and Imperial College London to drive meaningful change in the field.  


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About GHI 

The Global Health Institute (GHI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) addresses global health challenges with a focus on context and sustainable impact by employing an interdisciplinary approach. GHI comprises three divisions. The first is the Programs Division that is focused on research, policy, and advocacy. The second is the Academy Division which offers capacity building initiatives to different target populations. And the third is the ASSIST Division that empowers different actors at the community level especially non-governmental organizations through a wide range of services and support. 


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