American University of Beirut

Improving Public Health Preparedness to COVID-19 and Future Emergencies in Lebanon
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               In early 2020, the world was faced with the global pandemic of COVID-19. This has brought to the public eye the importance of public health and emergency preparedness. It has also starkly illustrated how the disease both reveals, and worsens existing inequities in any society, and there was growing concern of the disproportionate effect the pandemic will have on the most vulnerable populations.

                The Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut has conducted a comprehensive 3-year project to inform and help strengthen the role of public health in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and future health emergencies in fragile community settings. To achieve this action-oriented research project, FHS mobilized its homegrown 360° system-network model, engaged the three functions of public health, namely research, practice, and policy, through its respective centers: Center for Research on Population and Health (CRPH), Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP), and Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center.

                A participatory and community-based public health approach, led by CPHP, has been developed for the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions against COVID-19 and other health emergencies in Sin El Fil, Lebanon. In order to ensure that these respond to changing needs of vulnerable subpopulations in Sin El Fil, a rotating phone panel survey, led by CRPH, has been conducted over several waves of data collection. This survey design allowed the assessement of indicators of vulnerabilities to COVID-19 and their changes over time in groups of populations at higher risk of exposure or severe outcomes to COVID-19. Local waste water surveillance for COVID-19 has been also implemented as a way to identify clusters of active COVID-19 cases in the community. The local community-based intervention and research ran​ in parallel with a critical assessment and analysis (K2P) of the actions and policies that have guided the Lebanese national action in this pandemic to help inform a national dialogue about public health preparedness, and identify good practices and recommend changes.​

    Research Timeline: 2020-2024



    Click on each conference to explore the posters presented​

    Society for Social Medicine & Population Health, 67th Annual Scientific meeting

    Newcastle Upon Thyme, United Kingdom

    September 6-8, 2023



     Regular stakeholder meetings were held to enhance collaboration and preparedness

    ​            ​​​​​​​​​     Stakeholders' meeting on "Building a community-model for outbreaks preparedness ​and
                     response" with Sin el Fil municip​ality.



    Interactive dashboards were created by the research team showcasing the study's insights in an interactive way

    Select the desired dashboards and navigate through the findings​

    Dashboard I. Socio-demographics, Ability to access Healthcare, COVID-19 Infection and Vaccination​​


    Click here to open a new window

    Dashboard II. Improving Pub​lic Health Preparedness Across Different Waves​





    • Municipality of Sin El Fil

    ​Research Team

    • Marie Elizabeth Ragi,  Senior Research Assistant, CRPH
    • Dana Zayoud, Project Assistant, CRPH
    • Fida Sidani, Coordinator, CPHP
    • Jihane Abou Samra, Community Mobilizer, CPHP


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