Linda Matar :
My CE project is about developing a K2P briefing note on "Strengthening the Health System Response To Address Violence Against Women in Lebanon".
The purpose of this briefing note is to shed light on the health system response to violence against women (VAW) in Lebanon. This briefing note looks into the current health system arrangements addressing this priority issue and accordingly proposes evidence-informed context-specific recommendations to strengthen the role of the Lebanese health system within a national multi- sectoral response to develop and implement policies and programs and provide services that promote and protect the health and wellbeing of women subject to violence. Preventing and eliminating VAW is a key target for achieving the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (particularly SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) and serves as a stepping stone along Lebanon’s journey to realize its development agenda.
Carmen Karim :
My CE project aimed at "Engaging Youth in Alcohol Harm Reduction Policies in Lebanon" through holding engagement meetings with youth.
The purpose of this CE is to understand youth’s perceptions of barriers and facilitators regarding the implementation of five evidence based proposed policies, develop youth led advocacy tools that target particular stakeholders, and evaluate whether the K2P advocacy framework is sufficient to guide youth in the advocacy process. Findings showed that youth engagement in such discussion sessions is crucial in identifying real life barriers and facilitators for policy implementation and empowered them to engage in the planning and execution of youth led advocacy initiatives. In terms of evaluation, youth found the K2P advocacy framework sufficient for guiding them to develop an advocacy tool; however, they had few suggestions to improve the process. This project entails utilizing the bottom-up-approach with youth and involving them in practicing their right of civic engagement. This allows us to promote policies that are accepted by youth and sustainable, hence, contributing to the decrease in the incidence of heavy alcohol related harms on Lebanese youth.
Clara Abou Samra:
My CE Project revolved around Promoting Healthy Ageing through Health System Strengthening.
The aging population in Lebanon is currently the highest in the region approaching 10% (MOPH, 2013) seniors and expected to double by 2050 (A. Sibai, 2014). However, there is limited integrated care that is focused on the aging population which deprives them of their right to live in dignity and achieve healthy ageing. The problem has been tackled at the K2P center using the knowledge translation strategy that includes a policy brief, to influence a national stakeholder discussion over the problem. Based on evidence, four options were chosen as a starting point for deliberation that relate to the prevention of disease, supporting the caregivers, integrating targeted person-centered elderly care into the healthcare system, ensuring high quality care and providing elder healthcare coverage . Consequently, ensuring targeted care for the elderly is an interdisciplinary problem that can only be resolved using a multidisciplinary and intersectional approach.
My CE Project tackled the issue of Childhood Obesity and Promoting Effective School Policies for Preventing Childhood Obesity in Lebanon.
My CE also included a situation analysis, stakeholder meetings and an uptake plan for the policies. She submitted an abstract of her CE to the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research-HSR 2016 and was approved for a poster presentation in Nov 2016 in Vancouver, Canada.