About American University of Beirut

American University of Beirut (AUB) runs the Faculty of Health Sciences that hosts Knowledge to Policy Centre (K2P), a WHO collaborating centre for evidence-informed policy and practice (EPPI-Centre) which shapes public health and social policies in Lebanon and the region. AUB is also a member of the UNHCR Health Working Group, which works to link and inform actors in Lebanon’s complex, parallel and fragmented health systems.

The team also hosts the multidisciplinary Refugee Health Program. This aims to combine academic and practical expertise on global health, refugee and community health, and medicine to generate contextualised knowledge, outreach and capacity building for targeted populations.


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ReBUILD for Resilience projects

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Fouad M Fouad MD

Associate Professor of Public Health Practice

Fouad is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Co-Director of Refugees Health Program at AUB. He leads the ReBUILD for Resilience team at the university. His current research interests focus on the health of forced displaced populations and refugees, as well as the impact of this crisis on their health and well-being. Fouad is Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on several projects on health in protracted and armed conflicts. He served as a commissioner in two Lancet Commissions – the AUB-Lancet Commission on Syria and the crises in global governance, health and aid and the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health.

Rouham Yamout

Project coordinator

Rouham was a medical doctor for 20 years before moving into public health where she now focuses on health system research and strengthening and determinants of access to quality healthcare. She has extensive research experience with projects including internally displaced people’s mental health, the ethics of research in war time and waterpipe smoking among adolescents. As well as AUB, Rouham has worked for International Red Cross where she was a trainer in the clinical management of rape and sexual assault, Lebanese University as an instructor in research design for nursing students and in UN organisations looking at immunisation, nutrition and refugees’ health.


Joanna Khalil

Research fellow

Joanna is a dietitian and a public health practitioner working with various communities around Lebanon, including refugees, in formal and informal settlements. Her key strength is qualitative research methodology: from managing the field work, leading the recruitment of participants, conducting focus group discussions and key informant interviews, to analysis of the transcripts and report writing.


She has been involved in a multinational research study, exploring tobacco and waterpipe smoking, as well as health warnings. She carried out baseline assessments and evaluations of health and social centres in underprivileged areas and refugee camps, tackling reproductive health, mental health, education, WASH, cash assistance, emergency relief, resilience and child labour.


Samira Abdallah

Research assistant

Samira assists the research team in grant administrative tasks, budgeting,  research activities, knowledge production, report writing and design work.


Samira is a human morphology graduate and a public health activist. During her studies she participated in several national and international conferences and contributed to several peer-reviewed publications related to cancer diagnosis and treatment, mental health, and cognition.


Samira is a volunteer in the Lebanese Civil Defence where proper public health provision is ensured using emergency operations principles. She’s also a volunteer at AMALOUNA, an NGO raising awareness of cancer in the community through education, research and prevention.


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The team is supported by research associates

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"Facing the global uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, the political instability and the economic crises, we have to work together more than ever before to build for more sustainable resilient health system"

Fouad M Fouad, American University of Beirut