Every year around 8 million young children die of preventable causes, and more than 350,000 women die from preventable complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. These unacceptable deaths can and must be avoided by ensuring that all women and children get the prevention, treatment and care they need. They must have access to family planning, vaccines, and proper nutrition, as well as prevention of and treatment for pneumonia, diarrhea, HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases.
Our aim at the Faculty of medicine at Beirut Arab University is to conduct a Research-integrated hospitals and community work that will help to optimize maternal and infant health outcomes and to develop early intervention and prevention strategies to reduce the risk for lifelong chronic disease. Some of the ongoing research projects at our Faculty include autism awareness in the Lebanese community, Awareness of the Lebanese pediatricians, family physicians and obstetricians about initiation and maintenance of breast feeding, Awareness of Lebanese Med students towards abortion, Prenatal and post-partum complications, Awareness of long-term contraception among the Lebanese population and many other ongoing researches.
Finally, we think that women and children are considered the most vulnerable components in the society beside the men who complete it. It is true that women are the real architects of the society and the children are the real engines of life. In order to keep this integrity, we believe that research is integral to excellence in healthcare.
“I call on everyone to play their part. Success will come when we focus our attention and resources on people, not their illnesses; on health, not disease. With the right policies, adequate and fairly distributed funding, and a relentless resolve to deliver to those who need it most – we can and will make a life-changing difference for current and future generations.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Global Strategy for Women's and Children's health, September 2010.