The Arm for Specialized Services Initiatives and Support (ASSIST) is the service division of the GHI. Through ASSIST, GHI designs and implements community-based services and interventions that aim to address the health needs of vulnerable populations including children and youth, women, elderly, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and refugees.

ASSIST also aims to enhance the wellbeing and quality of life of communities in the MENA region by developing and empowering the NGO sector regionally through its flagship initiative: The Non-Governmental Organizations Initiative (NGOi).


  • Refugee Health Support Project (SANADI): A multi-level and multidisciplinary project, led by medical and health experts from AUB GHI and implemented in collaboration with multiple non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working with refugees. SANADI aims to create sustainable health outreach and educational activities for refugees, with an ultimate goal of attending to the increasing health needs of the displaced populations residing in Lebanon. It also aims to improve the morbidity outcomes in the midst of widespread vulnerabilities.


  • Non-Governmental Organizations Initiative (NGOi): NGOi is an initiative based at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and operationally led by the Global Health Institute. NGOi provides different services to the NGO sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It serves as a regional hub for the NGO sector development, capacity building, certification and knowledge exchange.