American University of Beirut

M8 Alliance

AUB Global Health Institute the first from the Arab region to join M8 Alliance

​​Office of Communications,

Collaboration in global health has become a valuable mechanism to address the complex and multi-level challenges worldwide. Particularly noteworthy were the global health challenges of this year that reinforced the need for strong alliances to address challenges and aim for more sustainable health development. 

The Global Health Institute (GHI) of the American University of Beirut (AUB) started its journey in July 2017. As the first such institute in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) and among the very few in the Global South, GHI has evolved into a regional global health platform and a global partner in advocating for contextualized global health knowledge and interventions. 

In October 2020, GHI joined a select group of leading global health institutions as a member in the M8 Alliance. The Executive Committee of the alliance  unanimously approved  GHI’s membership. This marks the first time an institution from the Arab region is elected as a member of this prominent network.

The M8 Alliance is a collaborative network of select academic health centers, universities and national academies known for its educational and research excellence working for the advancement of global health worldwide and the development of evidence-based solutions for global health challenges. The M8 Alliance is also the academic pillar of the World Health Summit, serving as an international and interdisciplinary forum for global health, bringing together representatives from the academia, politics, business, and civil society.

“It is a privilege to be unanimously elected to join this prestigious coalition, specifically in this period where the world faces so many global health challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to join efforts with other members of the M8 Alliance to contextualy address global health challenges and generate evidence and recommendations for a sustainabale health impact worldwide,” stated Dr. Sha​di Saleh, GHI founding director.

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