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The Global Health Institute (GHI) Academy at AUB signed a memorandum of understanding with the Swisscross Foundation outlining a collaborative framework to establish a Center for Research and Education in the Ecology of War (CREEW). The signing ceremony took place at AUB in the presence of AUB President Fadlo Khuri, Executive Vice President for Medicine and Global Strategy Mohamed Sayegh, and administration representing both signing parties.
The center is aimed to contribute to the capacity building of health professionals in war zones, as well as the generation and dissemination of knowledge and best practices for humanitarian assistance to victims of armed conflict.
War affects human health not only in terms of the direct impact of the violence of bombs and bullets but, also, as a consequence of the disruption of economic and social systems. A more profound understanding is needed among health professionals of the physical, psychological, and social wounds that result from armed conflict as well as their long-term consequences.
Research is a necessity to identify and address the clinical and social impact of armed conflict and to study the way people address their health needs.
“We need to better enhance the capacity of health professionals to understand the long term consequences of armed conflict; the social, medical, and psychological impact on the victims of war; as well as the resulting effects on the global society,” said Dr. Enrique Steiger, founder of the Swisscross Foundation. “For this venture, we could not have found a better, more credible partner than AUB and its Global Health Institute, for its commitment to challenge these issues in order to find relevant solutions for the needs of the region and the world.”
“This partnership with Swisscross Foundation will support one of GHI Academy’s strategic roles in advancing context-specific global health literacy and professional development,” said Dr. Shadi Saleh, founding director of the Global Health Institute. “CREEW will equip frontline health practitioners from conflict zones with the essential skills to conduct research into the relationship between health and war.”
Swisscross is a non-profit foundation based in Zurich, Switzerland. It is chaired by its founder, Dr. Enrique Steiger, and aims to provide support and share expertise in diverse fields, including the provision of healthcare to populations affected by armed conflict.
The GHI Academy is the capacity-building arm of GHI, which aims at promoting and fostering ‘local’ global health leadership and contextualizing knowledge and tools to address global health challenges. The GHI Academy serves as the capacity-building hub in the Global South for contextualized smart learning and capacity building.