About EPaPP

Launched in July 2022, the Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Program (EPaPP) aims to understand the landscape of preparedness in the MENA region to inform and develop contextualized solutions for current and future epidemics and pandemics. EPaPP builds on the expertise available at AUB and leverages existing capacities across the region to foster regional and global partnerships and networks around epidemic and pandemic preparedness.


The EPaPP, established through funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada), will generate contextualized evidence, enhance workforce capacity, foster collaborations, strengthen information systems, and apply a gender equality lens in order to improve equitable and responsive epidemic and pandemic preparedness in the MENA region.



Scientific Advisory Committee

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Atika Berry, PhD, MPH

Head of Preventive Medicine
Ministry of Public Health


Lina Abu Habib, MA

Director, Asfari Foundation
American University of Beirut


Shadi Saleh, PhD, MPH

Founding Director, Global Health Institute
Professor, Health Systems and Financing
American University of Beirut

Souha Kanj

Souha Kanj Sharara, MD, FACP, FISDA, FRCP

Head of the Infectious Diseases Division
American University of Beirut Medical Center


Zahi Abdul Sater, PhD

Programs Division Manager
Global Health Institute, American University of Beirut

Program Team

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Sara Ibrahim, MPH

Project Coordinator, EPaPP


Waed Slim, MPH

Capacity Building Coordinator, EPaPP


Zahi Abdul Sater, PhD

Programs Division Manager
Program Coordinator, EPaPP
Global Health Institute, American University of Beirut

Program Support Team


Deeb Al Turk, BS

Software Developer


Sarah Malaeb, BA

Administrative Assistant


Sarah Younes, BA

Associate Communication Officer


Workstream 1: The Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Stakeholders Map (EPPSM)

This map will allow users to understand the identity, connectedness, and interaction among pandemic and epidemic stakeholders in the MENA region.

Workstream 2: The Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Data Portal (EPPDP)

This portal will serve as a resource center for researchers and practitioners, and will improve preparedness situational awareness, planning and coordination.

Workstream 3: The Online Asynchronous Certificate on Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness

An evidence-based online asynchronous certificate on epidemic and pandemic preparedness, tailored to the training needs of the MENA region.

Workstream 4: The Collaboration Gateway on Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness (CGP)

This gateway will allow policy makers, researchers, health practitioners, and others to identify and collaborate with experts in the field of epidemic/pandemic preparedness and response.


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