American Univesity of Beirut

 Responding to changing health needs in complex emergencies: A policy imperative


This project is a collaboration between Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut.

It aimed to influence policy by providing a compelling evidence-based argument that the current global frameworks for refugee health are not optimally configured for the 21st century needs. By highlighting gaps and best practices with regards to the changing health needs of refugees and the specific challenges of providing health services to refugees living outside of camps, the project informed policy makers and governments and illustrated potential positive changes, enhancing health services for the millions of displaced Syrians in the Middle East and Turkey and millions of additional displaced people (DP) worldwide.



  • Neil Boothby (PI)
  • Miriam Rabkin (PI)
  • Fouad Fouad (PI), Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Hala Ghattas (co-PI), Assistant Research Professor and Associate Director, CRPH
  • Chaza Akik (co-PI), Research Associate, CRPH​​

Research Team

  • Sandra Mesmar, CRPH​​​


  • ​Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health​

Research Timeline


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