ABOUT

Welcome to the Pandemic and Epidemic Preparedness Forum in the Middle East and North Africa Region (PEPP MENA) 2024, hosted by the Global Health Institute (GHI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). The focus of the PEPP MENA Forum 2024, organized by the Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Program (EPaPP) at GHI, is on the critical theme: Priority Setting in the Context of Fragility. As the MENA region faces unique challenges, from political and economic instability to environmental stresses, understanding how to prioritize health interventions, resources, and policies is essential for better resilience and preparedness.

 

The forum aims to establish a dynamic platform for dialogue among policymakers, global health experts, scholars, and industry leaders. Our goal is to comprehensively address the unique challenges of epidemic and pandemic preparedness within the MENA region.

 

We are thrilled to invite you to this inaugural regional event, which will feature enriching presentations, engaging discussions, and networking opportunities intended to enhance the collective preparedness for impending health crises in the MENA region.

Event Date: 22-23 April, 2024

Event Location: American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

PROGRAM

The PEPP MENA Forum 2024 will include:

Keynote Session

The keynote session will delve into the intricate landscape of research and training challenges specific to the region, shedding light on the importance of strengthening regional collaborative preparedness.

Launching of the EPaPP Initiatives

The launch of the Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Stakeholder Map (PSM) and the Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Collaboration Portal (PCP), which were developed by the Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Program (EPaPP). These initiatives aim to identify all stakeholders and academicians working in epidemic and pandemic preparedness in the region.

Breakout Session

The breakout session will offer a dynamic platform for stakeholders to share their experiences and collectively identify key priority areas for research, training, and policy to enhance preparedness in the region.

Oral Presentation

The oral presentation sessions will allow individuals and organizations to showcase their insights and initiatives aimed at enhancing regional preparedness under the six thematic topics of the forum.

Poster Exhibition

The poster exhibition will feature displays of innovative epidemic and pandemic preparedness projects by individuals and organizations under the six thematic topics of the forum.

Agenda:

Day 1 | Monday, April 22, 2024

The detailed agenda will be announced soon.

 

9:30 – 10:00 AM | Registration

 

10:00 – 10:10 AM | Opening Remarks
Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness in the MENA Region: Setting the Stage

 

10:10 – 10:20 AM | Strengthening Collaborative Preparedness for Epidemics and Pandemics in the MENA Region

 

10:20 – 10:30 AM | Navigating Research and Training Challenges in Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness in the MENA Region
Introducing the GHI Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Initiatives

 

10:30 ­­– 10:40 AM | The AUB GHI Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Program

 

10:40 ­­– 11:00 AM | Live Demonstrations of the Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Program Initiatives
11:00 – 11:30 AM | Exhibition of EPaPP Tools | Coffee Break
Priority Setting for Preparedness in the MENA Region

 

11:30 – 12:30 PM | Breakout Session

Group 1: Priority Setting for Research in Preparedness in the MENA Region

 

Group 2: Priority Setting for Training in Preparedness in the MENA Region

 

Group 3: Priority Setting for Policies to Enhance Preparedness in the MENA Region

 

Group 4: Priority Setting for Equitable and Responsive Preparedness in the MENA Region

 

12:30 – 01:30 PM | Recap and Discussion Session
01:30 – 01:40 PM | Closing Remarks
01:40 – 02:30 PM | Lunch Reception and Networking

Day 2 | Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The detailed agenda will be announced soon.

 

10:00 – 10:10 AM | Welcome Note
Preparing for Future Disease Outbreaks | Thematic Oral Presentations

 

10:10 – 11:10 AM | The topics will be announced soon.
11:10 – 11:30 AM | Coffee Break
Showcasing Innovative Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Projects and Initiatives

 

11:30 – 01:30 PM | Posters will be displayed in the exhibition Hall
01:30 – 03:00 PM | Lunch Reception and Networking

SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

REGISTRATION

The forum will be held in-person at the American University of Beirut, with the option for online streaming via Zoom for those unable to attend in person. To register for the event, please click the ‘Register Now’ button below.

ABSTRACT

The PEPP MENA Forum 2024 is now accepting abstract submissions from individuals or organizations ready to disseminate research, innovative initiatives, solutions, and case studies, related to epidemic and pandemic preparedness. The deadline for abstract submission is April 14, 2024. Abstracts can be submitted for either oral or poster presentations under the six thematic topics.

1
Strengthening Workforce Capacity in Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness in the MENA Region.
2
Advancing Research in Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness in the MENA Region.
3
Leveraging Big Data and Innovative Solutions for Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness in the MENA Region.
4
Achieving Equity and Equality in Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness in the MENA Region.
5
Lessons Learned from Recent Outbreaks: Success, Challenges and Areas of Improvement in Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness and Response in the MENA Region.
6
Addressing Preparedness Challenges Stemming from Fragility and Conflict in the MENA Region.

Click the ‘Submit Abstract’ button below to learn more about submission guidelines and process, and submit your abstract for consideration.

CONTACT US

For general inquires contact us by email ghi.epapp@aub.edu.lb or call us at +961 1 350 000 ext:4832

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