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GHI collaboration for service projects to refugees and host communities

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The Global Health Institute (GHI) at AUB signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for collaboration with Beyond Reform and Development, a development NGO for underprivileged groups. The signing ceremony took place at AUB in the presence of the directors and administration of both entities.

The agreement, GHI’s fifth, outlines a collaborative framework with the aim of strengthening the delivery of evidence-based service projects, or projects supported by scientific research, to refugee populations and host communities. It builds on GHI’s portfolio of research and capacity-building projects for refugee health, and on the rich experience of Beyond Reform and Development in engaging with direct service-provision to the refugee community. 
Beyond Reform and Development is a non-governmental organization aiming at promoting social, economic, cultural, educational, environment, and health among several underprivileged groups.

GHI at AUB addresses global health challenges with a focus on context and sustainable impact by employing an interdisciplinary approach. Among its programs is one that focuses on refugee health. This agreement facilitates GHI’s access to refugee camps in Lebanon as it expands its service portfolio and addresses the health needs within refugee camps. 
“The partnership with Beyond will support one of GHI’s strategic roles in developing, supporting, and delivering service projects to refugees and host communities,” said Dr. Shadi Saleh, GHI founding director. “We are well aware that the needs go further than any one organization’s ability, as evidenced by the number of organizations involved in service delivery; however, we believe that through this partnership, we can help advance the portfolio of evidence-based service projects provided.”

Mr. Joseph Awad, president of Beyond Reform and Development, stressed the importance of such collaborations, “We look forward to our collaboration with GHI as we join forces with its evidence-based research and academic services, coupled with Beyond’s field experience.  This will ultimately result in evidence-based projects and deliverables that are much needed."
GHI is part of AUB’s Health 2025 vision, which aims to strategically and functionally align the health portfolio at AUB to better serve the health needs of the population in the MENA region, the Global South, and beyond.

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