The American University of Beirut (AUB) hosted a ceremony for signing a memorandum of understanding between Makhzoumi Foundation and AUB’s Global Health Institute, to expand community services, including health and other activities. The partnership will work through long-term cooperation to address the health needs of the population in Lebanon, including displaced communities and host communities.
Established in 1997 as a non-governmental organization, Makhzoumi Foundation works in Lebanon through health care programs, vocational training, microcredit, sustainable development and relief for needy communities, in order to help the children and families of Lebanon’s society achieve autonomy. And the AUB Global Health Institute addresses global health challenges with a focus on sustainable impact through the use of a multidisciplinary approach.
The ceremony was attended by the Foundation’s President Mrs. May Makhzoumi, the General Manager of the Foundation Mr. Samer Al-Safah, and the Program Managers. From GHI’s side, the founding director Dr. Shadi Saleh, the Assistant Director of the Department Mrs. Noha Hashash, and the Management Team attended.
Dr. Shadi Saleh started his speech by remembering the cooperation with Makhzoumi Foundation that was done the last two years. He expressed his happiness that the process started with an official agreement. His opening remarks emphasized that the strategic role of such cooperation was in line with the two organizations’ strategy, particularly in terms of empowering and building community capacity in global health.
Mrs. May Makhzoumi also delivered the opening speech, highlighting the current global challenges to global health in Lebanon and the region. She was pleased with this cooperation and the great enthusiasm to sign the Convention with the World Health Institute, as all of this led to the integration of strategies and common experiences of both groups.
This new launch of Lebanese partnerships underscores the importance of joint work for the health sector and beyond.