The Gamma Delta Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) partnered with 4allcauses, Ahlouna NGO and Said NGO to conduct a health day event in Saida for 50 kids and their mothers.
The event comprised of several stations designated for kids. One station was for dental examination and proper referral by two dentists. Another station aimed for psychosocial support awareness through exercises aiming to help kids deal with sadness and communicate their happy thoughts. A third station was themed hygiene awareness where a series of activities were conducted to help kids learn how to take care of their personal hygiene. A final station for the kids was for fun and games.Simultaneously, mothers were invited to two awareness sessions: one on cervical cancer and other diseases of the pelvic area by Dr. Julien Lahoud, Gynecologist and MPH graduate, as a member of 4allcauses, and another on colon cancer by SAID NGO. This was the first time that a session related to mothers' health is offered. The women were very interactive during this session, and asked multiple questions which showed the need and importance of an event like this, to provide them with a platform to exchange experiences and get answers from professionals.
"We were pleased
to collaborate with 4allcauses, Ahlouna NGO and Said NGOs to bring together
this event in light of the national public health awareness week in Lebanon”,
stated president of the Chapter and FHS alumnus Jinane Abi Ramia. “Members and
all participants in these activities were thrilled to see the kids and their
mothers happily learning about their health. Their interest and engagement were
impressive”, she added. Abi Ramia also stressed the “significant need for such
community targeted interventions among this underprivileged population”.
At the end of the day, the kids received the typical 4allcauses health kit which included toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap and tissue papers. This kit will help them apply what they have learned during that day, and the bag of the kit can be used for multiple purposes such as sports or outings.