In a major acknowledgment for the leading role of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in advocating and advancing public health research in the region, Dean of Dr. Iman Nuwayhid and Chair of the Health Management and Policy Department in the Faculty Dr. Fadi El Jardali were appointed as members of the Eastern Mediterranean Advisory Committee on Health Research (EM-ACHR) by the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO).
The Committee is an advisory body with a consultative mandate to support the WHO Regional Office in carrying out its constitutional role of promoting and coordinating research relating to international health work, acting in close cooperation with external institutions pursuing common goals and with the scientific community at large.
The role of the EM-ACHR is to provide the Regional Director with scientific advice in relation to WHO Regional Office research programmes.
At the regional level, the terms of reference of the ACHR are to:
Advice the Regional Director on formulation of policies for the development of health research in the Region, in accordance with directives provided by the governing bodies (World Health Assembly, Executive Board and Regional Committees) and within the framework of the global WHO policy. This formulation includes the identification of national and regional priorities;
Establish mechanisms for coordinating research at national, intra- and inter-regional levels;
Develop research potential and capability, nationally and regionally; and
Harmonize regional research activities with the activities of other regions and headquarters, in close collaboration with the global ACHR.