American Univesity of Beirut

External Meetings and Participation

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External Meetings and Collaborations

In its continuous effort to foster and sustain new collaborative partnerships, and to expand the network of bioethics and professionalism in Lebanon and the region, Dr. Thalia Arawi took part in a number of meetings with prominent experts, policy-makers, and stakeholders in 2020, of which to highlight:

  • Meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Hassan Diab in her capacity as Prime Ministry liaison officer and bioethics focal point to the Prime Ministry. The discussion addressed the emergency response to COVID- 19 and the establishment of frameworks and guidelines. (April 15, 2020)

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    • Meetings with leaders from The Ministry of  Public Health (MOPH) to discuss compassionate use and the situation of refugee camps in the specter of COVID-19. (April 22, 2020)

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  • Online meeting with UNDP Arab State Good Will Ambassador for Climate Action Mr. Michael Haddad and representatives from ESCWA and Arc-en-Ciel to discuss the rights of the physically challenged in access to healthcare. (July 21, 2020)


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  • Meeting with UNDP Arab State Good Will Ambassador for Climate Action Mr. Michael Haddad and support of the "Beirut Walk for Inclusion" part of Mr. Haddad's initiative for the support of inclusion of persons with disabilities. (October 14,2020)


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  • Meeting with Minister of Public Health Dr. Hamad Hassan to agree on full cooperation between the ministry and the SHBPP. (December 12, 2020)

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SHBPP Participation

In addition to the activities it organized in 2020, Dr. Thalia Arawi and the SHBPP team participated in a number or local, regional, and international activities and initiatives.

National and Regional Conferences and Webinars

Dr. Arawi was invited to speak at the following regional conferences and webinars:

  • The Second International Bioethics Conference "Ethical and Legal Issues of Emerging Biomedical Science and Research" organized by the Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman in collaboration with UNESCO (February 2-4, 2020)


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  • Regional Conference on Patient Informed Consent and Patient Confidentiality: Consultation of Medical Ethics, organized by the Kuwaiti Medical Association in collaboration with the World Medical Association and the Ministry of Health in Kuwait (February 6-7, 2020)

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"Challenges to Research in Conflict Zones: The Case of Gaza" organized by the Center for Research and education in the Ecology of War (CREEW) in the Global Health Institute at the American University of Beirut (February 27, 2020)


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  • The Clinical Research Training Program at New York University Abu Dhabi presenting “Ethics in Conflict Zones and Areas of Protracted Conflict" (March 1, 2020)
 



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  • "COVID-19 and Ethics" webinar organized by the Lebanese Medical Students' International Committee (LeMSIC) with Joseph, Christine and Drs. Isssam Shaarni and Thalia Arawi (April 3, 2020).

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  • Grand round on "Publishing in Bioethics in the times of COVID-19" organized by the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) in Amman, Jordan (June 22, 2020)
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  • Talk on "Refugees in the Times of COVID-19: Law, Ethics, and Humanism" organized by the Lebanese Medical Students' International Committee (LeMSIC) (June 29, 2020)

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"Refugees and Ethics during COVID-19" organized by Lebanese Medical Students' International Committee (LeMSIC) with Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) Lebanon Deputy Head of Mission Mrs. Aria Danika (July 9, 2020).

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International Conferences and Webinars

Dr. Arawi was invited to participate and speak at the following international conferences and webinars:

  • "Humanism Challenged: Can inhabitants of refugee camps survive the specter of COVID-19?" talk at the Fourth International Public Health Ambassador Conference by the Eubios Ethics Institute (May 9, 2020)

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  • "Challenges to Informed Consent in the Arab Region" talk as part of the Informed Consent Integrity Webinar  Series  organized by the Global Foundation for Ethics, Governance, Evidence, Policy, and Practice (ge2p2) (May 19, 2020)


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  • The 15th World Congress of Bioethics of the International Association of Bioethics hosted by the University of Pennsylvania (June 18-21, 2020)

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  • "Compassionate Use/Expanded Access: Lebanon/WHO EMR Perspectives" talk by Dr. Thalia Arawi as part of the Preparedness Planning for Clinical Research During Public Health Emergencies (PREP) webinar organized by the Good Clinical Practice Alliance (GCPA) in collaboration with the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials (MRCT) Center of the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard University (July 2,2020)


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  • Lecture on "Research in Conflict Zones: Towards a re-evaluation of ethics" as part of the LeMSIC National Research Camp with medical student participants from Lebanon and Egypt, Ethiopia, Kurdistan, India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Italy, Perú, Pakistan, Malta, Romania, Croatia, and Iran. (October 14, 2020)

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  • "Re-examining Research Ethics in Regions of Prolonged Conflicts" talk at the 12th International Public Health & Bioethics Ambassador Conference, organized by Eubios Ethics Institute (December 11, 2020)


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National Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 Committee
In her capacity as SHBPP Director and member of the national bioethics committee, as well as bioethics focal point to the Prime Ministry, Dr. Thalia Arawi was selected as a member of the MoPH National Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 Committee along with a number of national experts and consultants and in collaboration with the World Health Organization. Accordingly, she participated in a series of meetings which aimed to discuss the ethical concerns, set the vaccination priorities, and develop a national vaccination plan based on the evolving situation and considerations in Lebanon.

  •  “National Vaccination Plan Equity, Fairness and Ethical Issues" talk by Dr. Arawi at the meeting of the national vaccination plan for COVID-19 committee with the Minister of Public Health (November 24, 2020)
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  • Second committee virtual meeting to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine concerns (December 1, 2020)

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  • Third committee virtual meeting. (December 8, 2020)
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  • Fourth committee virtual meeting (December 9, 2020)
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  • Fifth committee virtual meeting to discuss COVID-19 privacy and confidentiality concerns. (December 15, 2020)

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WHO COVID-19 Working Group

As a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Ethics Working Group, Dr. Thalia Arawi contributed to the following international WHO events and the regional meetings and webinars of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional office (WHO-EMRO):

  • Virtual meeting on “National Ethics Committees & Response to COVID-19" with WHO-EMRO (April 6, 2020)

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  • "COVID-19 Ethical Concerns in Refugee Camps and Areas of Protracted Conflict" talk by Dr. Thalia Arawi at the regional webinar on "Ethics and COVID-19: EMR Perspectives" by WHO-EMRO (April 29, 2020)
   
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  • "Compassionate Use/Expanded Access EMR Perspectives" talk by Dr. Thalia Arawi and Mr. David Curry as part of the WHO-EMRO regional webinar series (June 25, 2020)
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  • "The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program: Regional Impact and Ethics during COVID-19" talk by Dr. Arawi at the WHO-EMRO regional webinar on Ethics of COVID-19 Research in EMR: Governance, Regulations, Monitoring Mechanisms (July 7, 2020)
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  • The 13th Global Summit of the National Bioethics Committees organized under the auspices of WHO and joined by the GS2020 Steering Committee (September 9-11, 2020)


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In its continuous effort to foster and sustain new collaborative partnerships, and to expand the network of bioethics and professionalism in Lebanon and the region, Dr. Thalia Arawi took part in a number of meetings with prominent experts, policy-makers, and stakeholders in 2019, of which to highlight: 

  • Meeting with HE Dr. Abdul Latif Al Hamad at the headquarters of the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development in Kuwait (March 2019)


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---Meeting with the King Hussein Cancer Center collaborating team (March 2019)

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· - Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region congratulates SHBPP Founding Director on a much needed and impressive dictionary. (March 2019)

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-Meeting with Dr. Rabih El-Chammay from the MoPH on Mental Health Projects (April 2019)   

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SHBPP Founding Director’s meeting at the Minister of Health (July 2019)


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  • Ongoing successful collaboration with Dr. Asem Mansour, Dr. Maysa Al-Hussain from the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan and Dr. Thalia Arawi (August 3, 2019)


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  • Meeting with His Excellency Prime Minister Saad El-Hariri at Bayt el Wasat (August 2019)


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  • Meeting with Institute of Women Studies in the Arab World at the Lebanese American University. (August 2019)



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  • Meetings with the Director of Prime Minister's Affairs Mr. Mahmoud Makkieh, and Former Deputy Mr. Farid Makari at the Grand Saray (August 2019)


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  • SHBPP Meeting  with World Health Organization (WHO)-EMRO with Dr, Rana Hajjeh, Director of Programme Management, Dr. Arash Rashidian, Director of the Department of Information, Evidence and Research, and Dr. Ahmad Mandil, Coordinator of Research Development & Innovation at WHO-EMRO. (September 2019)

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SHBPP PARTICIPATION

In addition to the activities it organized in 2019, Dr. Thalia Arawi and the SHBPP team participated in a number or local, regional, and international activities, which included:

·         Talk about “The Ethics of Mentoring" by Dr. Thalia Arawi in the Research Ethics and Authorship seminar at the Beirut Arab University (January 8, 2019).


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·-    “The First Bioethics and Professionalism Program in the Arab Region" Grand Round by Dr. Thalia Arawi at the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan (January 13, 2019)


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Round Table discussion on Genetics in Mental Health with IDRACC, Saint George hospital, University of Balamand, and the Lebanese Psychiatric Association at the University of Balamand. (January 29, 2019)


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·         KHCC-AUBMC-MDACC Joint Conference “Connecting through Research" in Amman, Jordan (March 22-23, 2019)


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  • “Providing Primary Healthcare to the Underprivileged: Ethics in Practice" joint talk with Dr. Issam Shaarani at the Beirut Arab University (March 23, 2019)


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  • The Lancet Palestinian Health Alliance (LPHA) Tenth Annual Conference “Health of Palestinians" in Amman, Jordan (March 27-28, 2019) 


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·       -  National Seminar on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology at the National Library in Beirut (April 5, 2019)


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     -The Arab International Women's Forum conference on “Women Leaders and Health" at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (April 16-17, 2019)

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The first conference on Deafness and Mental Health (May 30, 2019)



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  • “Clinical Ethics Advances Better Patient-Centered Care" Grand Round by Dr. Thalia Arawi at the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan (June 17, 2019)
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  • The 7th Annual Congress on Quality and Safety in Healthcare “Leading Sustainable Change" in Beirut, Lebanon (August 30-31, 2019). 


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  • Talk on “The Importance of Regulating Expanded Access and the Role of IRBs" by Dr. Thalia Arawi at the  11th Annual Conference of the National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Research Institute (NHTMR) in Cairo, Egypt (September 17-19, 2019) 
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  • Talk on “Genetic Testing: Are we ready to open Pandora's Box?" by Dr. Thalia Arawi at the Second International Symposium on Sports Cardiology and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention (October 11-12, 2019)


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  • The Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria (October 18, 2019)
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  • Volunteer initiative initiated by faculty and staff from AUBMC and other healthcare institutions to provide needed Medical First Aid and Psychological First Aid to the public at the ongoing protests in Lebanon
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  • The Second Eastern Mediterranean/Arab States Regional Summit of National Ethics and Bioethics Committees, Cairo, Egypt (December 15-16, 2019)


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Training of Trainers workshop on Ethics in Implementation Research at the WHO-EMRO, Cairo, Egypt (December 17, 2019)



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The Lebanese National Consultative Committee on Ethics

Dr. Thalia Arawi participated in a meeting held by the Lebanese National Consultative Committee on Ethics on April 18, 2018.​


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The AUB Stanford Women in Data Science Conference

Dr. Arawi was invited to attend and participate in the AUB Stanford Women in Data Science Conference “From Omics and Big Data to Clinical Practice” which took place on March 5, 2018. Dr. Arawi took part in the roundtable discussion “From Omics and Big Data to Clinical Practice” along with invited physicians and healthcare professionals


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SHBPP at the Qatar Genome Program

The Qatar Genome Program (QGP), a member of Qatar Foundation, hosted its second symposium on April 29-30, 2018 under the theme ‘Ethics, Regulations and Best Practices in Precision Medicine’. The symposium, which was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and the Research Centre for Islamic Legislation and Ethics, at the Qatar National Convention Centre, brought together industry experts, researchers, policy-makers, and academics from Qatar and around the world to discuss a range of topics relevant to the genomics field, including governance of national genomic projects, genomic data ownership and sharing, delivery of genomic data and its integration into the national health system, and bioethics. In addition to taking part in the symposium as a moderator, Dr. Thalia Arawi gave a talk entitled “Genomethics: The Loss of Genomic Innocence”.​


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Beginning and end of life: questioning law and bioethics
Dr. Thalia Arawi was invited to participate in the symposium “Beginning and End of Life: Questioning Law and 
Bioethics” at the Centre d’études des droits du monde arabe in the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the 
Saint-Joseph University in Beirut on May 16-17, 2018, in which she gave a talk entitled “Posthumous Bioethics: Hubris 
unrestrained?”. The symposium was attended by a diverse audience including healthcare professionals, policymakers, and legal experts, and academicians from Lebanon and the region


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AAHCI 2018 Conference: “Transformation of Medical Education in the New Era: Humanism, Technology and the Physician of Tomorrow” 

SHBPP Founding Director was invited to take part in the AAHCI conference held on September 27- 29, 2018 under the title: “Transformation of Medical Education in the New Era: Humanism, Technology and the Physician of Tomorrow”, which brought together a number of prominent international, regional and local experts in medical education, medical humanities, technology, and development in the medical fields. Dr. Arawi moderated the third session of the conference which addressed Teaching the Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine with talks by guests Dr. Rita Charon, Dr. Elizabeth Gaufberg, and Dr. Nancy Chedid. Dr. Arawi also gave a presentation at the concluding round table and open forum “Towards a symbiotic synthesis of humanism and technology in shaping the future of medicine”, in which she highlighted the advantages and the pitfalls of medical advances in the age of AI.


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Child protection policy at International College 

Upon the request of the School Climate Unit at the International College, Ras Beirut, on October 12, 2018, Dr. Thalia Arawi headed a round table discussion with school administrators and teachers to discuss and elicit feedback on the draft of IC Child Protection Policy.

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“Communication is about Connection” Workshop at MoPH 

SHBPP Founding Director was invited to participate in a workshop entitled “Communication is about connection” at the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), which brought together representatives from local NGOs dealing with cancer patients.


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Debate on Dying with Dignity 

As part of the Salon du livre francophone de Beyrouth, and upon the invitation of Mrs. Roula Azar Douglas, Dr. Thalia Arawi, in her capacity as SHBPP Founding Director and Clinical Ethics Consultant, took part in the round table discussion “Dying with Dignity: Reflections on the End of Life” (Mourir dans la dignité, réflexions sur la fin de vie) which took place on November 11, 2018 bringing together physicians, law, palliative care experts, and other healthcare professionals in an interactive and thought-provoking debate. ​


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Thesis Defense: “The Physician Writer” 

​Dr. Thalia Arawi, along with Drs. Roseanne Khalaf, and Robert Myers, served as members of the committee of the thesis defense presentation of Miss Reem El Khalil entitled “The Physician Writer”. An English Literature graduate student in the English Department at AUB, Ms. El Khalil was interested in researching the medical humanities focusing on the “physician writer”. In her thesis, she explores how writing memoirs can be a therapeutic approach as well as a tool through which doctors can self-reflect and humanize their physical engagement with their patients.

 SHBPP Bioethics Immersion in New York

Founding Director Dr. Thalia Arawi and SHBPP researcher/MA-PhD candidate Mr. Zeid Founouni participated in SHBPP’s first of its kind Intensive Bioethics Immersion Module at New York University, Weill Cornell University, VHA National Center for Ethics in Health Care, and ge2p2. The SHBPP team attended a number of meeting with Dr. Arthur Caplan at the NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Joseph Fins at Weill Cornell Medical College NY, Dr. Kenneth A. Berkowits, Chief of Ethics Consultations at The Veteran Affairs Hospital, and Mrs. Marilyn Mitchell in addition to a round of the hospital’s Simulation Lab, Psychiatry Unit, ICU, and others​


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Majlis Al-Shura in Muscat, Oman

SHBPP Founding Director was invited to the Majlis Al-Shura in Muscat, Oman on behalf of the World Health Organization, to discuss the need to revise the Patient Safety Law in Oman. The meeting took place on January 18, 2017.


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The 10th Annual Congress of the Lebanese Society of Critical Care Medicine

SHBPP Founding Director was invited to participate in the 10th Annual Congress of the Lebanese Society of Critical Care Medicine, where she gave a talk about physicians and patients in critical care to a wide audience of physicians and healthcare professionals from all over Lebanon.



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The Patients’ Rights and Duties pact in Muscat, Oman 

 SHBPP founding Director met with HE Minster of Health Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al-Sa’eedi in Oman, and was invited to participate on behalf of the WHO in the Ministry of Health conference discussing the Patients’ Rights and Duties Pact that was held in the Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman on March 16, 2017

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The workshop of the Office of the Minister of State for Women’s Affairs 

Founding Director of the SHBPP, was invited by the Office of the Minister of State for Women’s Affairs (OMSWA) to participate in its workshop discussing the strategy of the ministry. The workshop took place at the Monroe Hotel, Beirut on April 28, 2017 and was attended by a number of academic professionals, experts, and NGO representatives from all over Lebanon.


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“Constructing Peace. A Challenge for Christianity and Islam” at the Universidad de la Mistica in Avila, Spain 

Dr. Arawi from SHBPP was invited to participate in the conference “Constructing Peace. A Challenge for Christianity and Islam” at the Universidad de la Mistica in Avila, Spain. Dr. Arawi talked about the” Ethos of Morals and​ Duties” focusing on the necessity of being virtuous as a whole and not only in part and the importance of respecting the principle of ethics when dealing with humans in general and patients in particular regardless of their religious background, with highlights on the important role that spirituality can play in medicine


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K2P Policy Dialogue “Improving the Prescribing Quality and Pattern of Pharmaceutical Drugs in Lebanon” 

 In collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, the Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB) organized a national policy dialogue on Friday October 14, 2016, which aimed at Improving the Prescribing Quality and Pattern of Pharmaceutical Drugs in Lebanon. The dialogue was facilitated by head of the K2P Center, Dr. Fadi El-Jardali, who pre-circulated the K2P Policy Brief to all attendees to enable a more scientific and systematic participation. Dr. Thalia Arawi was invited to attend the event and take part in the deliberations


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The Third Educational Symposium of Dar Al-Ajaza Al Islamia Hospital 

Dr. Thalia Arawi was invited to take part in the Third Educational Symposium of Dar Al-Ajaza Al Islamia Hospital which was held at the Lancaster Plaza Hotel on October 1, 2016, which marks the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons. Dr. Arawi was part of the panel at the third session that took place under the title “Living and dying in pain: it doesn’t have to happen”

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The Annual Conference of the Lebanese Society on Family Medicine: Family Medicine in a Globalized World 

Dr. Thalia Arawi was invited to participate in the Annual Conference of the Lebanese Society or Family Medicine, held for this year under the title of “Family Medicine in a Globalized World” at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Beirut between September 30 and October 1, 2016. Dr. Arawi took part of a discussion panel addressing the issue of the commercialization of medicine along with Dr. Georges Kehdy and Dr. Salah Zeineddine.


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“How to Report Bioethics?” Workshop, a UNESCO Initiative in Collaboration with New Health Concept

Dr. Thalia Arawi was invited to participate in the UNESCO initiated workshop “How to Report Bioethics?”, which was held on June 20-22, 2016 at the Padova Hotel, Sin El Fil, in collaboration with New Health Concept (NHC), a Lebanese organization specialized in healthcare management and consulting. The three day workshop was attended by journalists, journalism students as well as healthcare professionals involved in bioethics.

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“Social and Ethical Aspects of Women’s Health Care Issues in Upper Egypt” Workshop by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology at Beni-Suef University, Egypt, in collaboration with UNESCO 

Dr. Thalia Arawi attended the conference “Social and Ethical Aspects of Women’s Health Care Issues in Upper Egypt”, which was held on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology at Beni-Suef University, Egypt by UNESCO in collaboration with SHBPP. Dr. Arawi gave a lecture entitled “Baby à la Carte” which was followed by Qs and As.


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Dr. Thalia Arawi attended the conference “Equity in Access to Quality Health Care Service and Information” held by the International Islamic Center for Population Studies and Research on Saturday April 9, 2016 at Al Azhar University, Egypt. Dr. Arawi gave a lecture entitled “The Abuse of the Scalpel” which was followed by Qs and As. 

The 1st Gulf Patient Rights Conference, Riyadh, KSA 

Dr. Thalia Arawi was invited to speak at the First Gulf Patient Rights conference in Riyadh, KSA in February 2016. During the event more than 50 top national, regional, and international experts in healthcare, law, psychology, sociology, and management discussed issues related to patients’ rights. The three-day event was inaugurated by Deputy Health Minister, Hamad Al-Dowailia. Topics discussed included patient rights from the Islamic perspective, international and regional experiences, and the role of civil society organizations, health facilities, regulatory authorities and educational, professional, and legal institutions in promoting patient​


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Knowledge-to-Policy (K2P) Center Policy Dialogue “Addressing Medical Errors in the Lebanese Healthcare System”

The Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut produced a policy brief showcasing the size of the problem of medical errors in Lebanon and shedding light on issues of cause and accountability. The center organized on February 5, 2016 a policy dialogue entitled “Addressing Medical Errors in the Lebanese Healthcare System” in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health to reach a comprehensive, evidence-based mutual understanding leading to real improvement in patient safety practices. The dialogue was facilitated by head of the K2P Center, Dr. Fadi El-Jardali, who pre-circulated the K2P Policy Brief to all attendees to enable a more scientific and systematic participation. Dr. Thalia Arawi was invited to attend the event and take part in the discussions

The Cambridge Bioethics Education Network Istanbul Conference and Meeting, Istanbul

Dr. Thalia Arawi attended the Cambridge Bioethics Education Network Istanbul Conference and Meeting held in Acibadem University, Istanbul, Turkey on January 21-22, 2016. She served as a moderator and a speaker at the conference and presented her talk under the title “A View from Within- For Better Patient Centered Care”, which was followed by Qs and As. In addition to visiting the simulation center during her visit, Dr. Arawi also participated in a round at the Acibadem University medical school

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