In another acknowledgment for his achievements and devotion in the public health and medicine field, Dr Faysal El Kak was awarded a shield of appreciation in an honoring event organized by the Ministry of Public Health. The Shield was presented by the director general of the MOPH, Dr Walid Ammar. The honoring comes in appreciation of Dr El Kak impact on maternal health in Lebanon and on coordinating and strengthening the work of the National Committee on Safe Motherhood, contributing to the efforts to reduce maternal mortality and promote maternal health in Lebanon.
"I feel proud to receive such an acknowledgment. Yet, I am humbled since there is still a lot to be done to improve maternal health," said Dr. El-Kak. "I will be rather considering this shield as an additional incentive to contribute more to the efforts to promoting maternal health and situating it at the core of national public health policies," he added.
"Finally, I would like to thank the MoPH for its commitment, support, and leadership, and my colleagues at the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Department of OBGYN, and the American University of Beirut community at large, Lebanese Society of OBGYN, UNFPA, WHO, for their valuable support and genuine dedication to public health in general, and maternal health in particular."
In addition to his prosperous academic and professional career as a Senior Lecturer of Health Behavior and Sexuality & Public Health, FHS, AUB, and as a Clinical Associate, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), Dr. El Kak occupies several positions that qualify him to be among the most active physician in his field in the Arab region, and globally. These positions include:
Vice President of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO).
President of the Federation of Arab Gynecology Obstetric Societies (FAGOs)
Chair of the Middle East Sexual Health Committee of the World Association of Sexual Health
Member of the AUB4REFUGEES initiative on Health of Women Refugees
Coordinator of the Network of Arab Scholars on Sexuality and Sexual Health (NASSS)
Coordinator of the National Committee on Safe Motherhood- Le banon
Member in the Global Advisory Board on Sexual Health and Wellbeing (GAB)
Co- Principal investigator of the “Youth Sexual & Reproductive Health Project" (FHS)
Lebanon was one of the few countries that achieved MDG5 goal by reducing maternal mortality by 75% reaching a MMR of 23. Despite the influx of Syrian refugees and the burden of pregnancy and delivery, Lebanon was able to maintain and even lower the number of maternal death cases annually. Under the MOPH, and due to the committee work, every single maternal death case is fully investigated and documented to be later studied for necessary interventions to reduce further maternal mortality and morbidity. This accomplished through a collaborative work including MOPH, UNFPA, Lebanese Society of OBGYN, WHO, Syndicate of Hospitals, Lebanese Order of Physicians, and Lebanese Order of Midwives.