Activities

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May 2018 - Report for MOPH PSO initiative

"The collaborative governance of Lebanon’s health sector" for the PSO

Starting in February 2016, discussions have been held between the Lebanese HealthCare Management Association and the Ministry of Public Health (Lebanon) and the World Health Organization to review the accomplishments of the Ministry of Health over the past two decades as well as the process followed to that end.

These accomplishments were not the result of a blueprint-reform, but of incremental strategies orchestrated by the Ministry of Public Health. Much of its success in doing so can be attributed to effective collaborative governance of the health sector. This report aims to help institute and implement mechanisms to anchor this approach and strengthen collaborative governance within the health care system of the country.

This report on “The collaborative governance of Lebanon’s health sector” is a well-documented, easily read, review of the transformation of Lebanon’s health care system, over the past two decades. It was put this together by Dr. Wim Vanlerbergh, Dr. Abdel Hay Mechbal and Dr. Nabil Kronfol, for the Policy Support Observatory (PSO). IT is based on evidence, published robust surveys, extensive interviews and mapping of all stakeholders’ positions. click here to read the full report

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March 17, 2018 - Workshop on promoting heath technology

Promoting Health Technology Industry, Innovation and R&D in Lebanon

This objectives of this event were to:

1. Highlight the efforts and support of Banque Du Liban (BDL) & Healthcare Technology Management and Advancement (HTMA) towards having Lebanon as a hub for healthcare and healthcare technologies.

2. Present some success stories and initiatives from the Lebanese Industry.

3. Understand better the requirements of international companies to reach the above goals.

4. Develop action plans.

The event was held in Beirut under the sponsorship of BDL respresented by BDL Second Vice Governor Dr. Saad Andary and in collaboration with HTMA. In addition to Dr. Andary’s short pesentation, Mr. Bassam Tabshouri Chair of HTMA, Dr. Fadi Gemayel President of Lebanese Industrialist Association, the industrialists Mr. Antoine Haddad, Mr. Bernard Tannouri and Dr. Assaad Eid gave short presentations during the event to enhance the discussions.

The event was attended by representatives from BDL, LHMA-HTMA, AUB, USJ, Lebanese Industrialists, ACIDIM, GHP, Eight international companies, Beirt Digital Distrtict and UK Leb-Hub.

April 29, 2017 - HTMA Conference at USJ

Medical Devices: From Idea to FDA Approval

In collaboration with the University St. Joseph (USJ) , American University of Beirut (AUB), Banque Du Liban (BDL), HTMA and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Medical Devices Middle East and Africa teamed up to support efforts to develop Lebanon into an innovation hub for healthcare technology.

Johnson & Johnson’s opened a window into its innovation process. The event included livestreamed presentations by two U.S.-based senior directors at Johnson & Johnson and was attended by clinicians, healthcare providers, medical engineers, computer scientists, researchers and students.

Prof. Dolla Karam Sarkis, Vice President for Research at USJ, noted the importance of collaboration between universities, industry and research centers to nurture innovation in the medical field. Mr. Tabshouri (chair of HTMA) highlighted the need to approach innovation in healthcare technologies in a professional way in order to sell to an international company like Johnson & Johnson.

Said Haddad, Managing Director Medical Devices Middle East and Africa, noted that innovation is the lifeblood of companies like Johnson & Johnson and of a vibrant healthcare system.

Second Vice Governor of BDL, Saad Andary, promoted the vision of having Lebanon as the hub of medical services and medical tourism for the Middle East and North Africa

Mark Hanes, Worldwide Director for Hip Development, noted that one should always start with an unmet need andwalked the audience through a product development process. Chris Papa, Senior Director of Research & Development Energy, elaborated on the development process for devices with embedded software.

The event was organized by the Healthcare Technology Management and Advancement (HTMA) committee of the LHMA and Johnson & Johnson, and was sponsored by BDL, Johnson & Johnson and USJ. click here for more

March 4, 2017 - HTMA Conference at AUB

Towards a Healthcare Technology Innovation Hub in Lebanon and the Region

​​In collaboration with the Department of Medical Engineering at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), the Health Technology and Management Advancement (HTMA) committee of the Lebanese Hospitals Management Association (LHMA) organized a conference in partnership with other institutions and with Banque du Liban, the main sponsor of the event.

The objective of the conference was to highlight the facilities that exist in AUB, USJ, and Lebanon for promoting innovation in healthcare technologies and to enhance the spirit of innovation in these technologies. One expected outcome was establishing a working group to develop action plans towards establishing a proper ecosystem for innovation in healthcare technologies.

The first keynote lecture by Dr. Brian Anthony from the Medical Device Innovation Center at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT). Dr. Anthony’s speech title was “Can this be applied in Lebanon?”

The second keynote lecture was by Dr. Jaques Belghiti, President of the French National Authority for Health, in which Belghiti talked about the need for proper studies pre- and post-disseminating the products in the market.

The speakers on the panels were Dr. Faraj Abdel Nour (ACIDIM), Mr. Khaled Bohsali (Banque Du Liban), Mr. Elias Boustani (WAMDA), Dr. Fadia Homeidan (AUB), Dr. Adham Ismail (World Health Organization), Mr. Walid Mansour (Middle East Venture Partners), Dr. ​Fouad Mrad (ESCWA), and Dr. Dolla Sarkis (USJ). click here for more