About American University of Beirut

American University of Beirut (AUB) runs the 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 contextualized knowledge, outreach and capacity building for targeted populations.


More on the Knowledge to Policy Centre at the American University of Beirut. 


More on the Refugee Health Program at the American University of Beirut.

ReBUILD for Resilience projects

The gendered experience of close to community providers in fragile and shock-prone (FASP) settings: implications for policy and practice during and post COVID-19

Fouad M Fouad MD

Associate Professor of Public Health Practice

Fouad is Co-Director of Refugees Health Program at AUB and 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.

Maya Abou Saad

Research assistant

Maya earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Health and completed a Master’s in Public Health at AUB. She has previously worked as an administrative assistant in an NGO for refugees and as a research assistant at AUB, involved in community-based participatory research with women. She also worked on a cohort study looking at tobacco dependence among adolescents. Her main interests are innovative approaches to health advocacy in poor communities and refugees’ 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.


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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