Ten years ago, the Ajyal Salima program was launched with high hopes and great enthusiasm. It was a unique, private-public partnership between the American University of Beirut, Nestle, and the Lebanese Ministry of Education.
On Wednesday, April 7, a virtual convening gathered all Ajyal Salima partners to celebrate a decade of successful collaboration. The aim of the convening was to share the regional progress and plans of the programme and to invite the partners to be part of a joint scientific regional paper. Representatives from the Ministries of Education and Health from Lebanon, Bahrain, Palestine and Jordan, the Jordanian Royal Health Awareness Society, and representatives from Nestle MENA joined the meeting for a brief overview on Ajyal Salima's 10 years of Excellence.
The overview was followed with the findings of the Ajyal Salima longitudinal study, which highlighted the programme's sustained impact on healthy behaviors and BMI among Lebanese schoolchildren. Collaborating countries presented their implementation and progress. The meeting closed with a plan for the upcoming regional paper, its objectives, processes, and respective partner roles being put in place.