Arab Region Counts Cost of Devastating COVID-19 Pandemic
Delegates at the hybrid conference held virtually in Beirut, Lebanon. The conference discussed the impact of COVID-19 the regions’ ICPD25 commitments. Credit: APDABy Cecilia RussellJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Mar 29 2021 (IPS) More than eight million people moved onto the poverty line in the Arab region, a conference of Arab and Asian parliamentarians heard. The hybrid conference, held simultaneously in Beirut, Lebanon, and via video conferencing to delegates in Asia and the Arab region, was a follow up on earlier discussions on the regions’ ICPD25 Commitments. Dr Luay Shabaneh, Regional Director, UNFPA ASRO, ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Sustainability Asian Po Source Type: news

Healthcare and terrorism: the Lebanese experience - Iskandar N, Rahbany T, Shokor A.
BACKGROUND: Due to the common instability caused by political and security issues, Lebanese hospitals have experienced acts of terrorism multiple times. The most recent Beirut Explosion even forced several hospitals to cease operations for the first time i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Lebanon private sector steps in to speed up vaccine campaign
Lebanon’s private sector is stepping in to speed up the vaccination campaign against coronavirus by importing at least 1 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

First batch of COVID-19 vaccines delivered through COVAX Facility arrives in Lebanon
25 March 2021 – On 24 March 2021, 33 600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered through the COVAX Facility from the Netherlands through Dubai to Beirut, Lebanon. The arrival of the vaccines marks the first shipment to Lebanon as part of the COVAX Facility’s unprecedented effort to deliver at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines globally by the end of 2021. The aim of the vaccination rollout in Lebanon is to reach at least 20% of the population, including refugees and migrant workers. "A small first quantity of AstraZeneca vaccines was received yesterday, marking a big step for COVID-19...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 25, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
The Commission The Commission on the Social Determinants of Health in the Eastern Mediterranean was established in 2019 by the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean as an independent, expert Commission. The Commission has conducted an extensive review of health inequities in the Region and has produced a report "Build back fairer: achieving health equity in the Eastern Mediterranean Region". The report provides detailed analysis of the status of health inequities and a list of actionable recommendations. The work of the Commission puts social justice and health equity at the centre of all acti...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 22, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

The Ongoing Fight for Gender Parity in Lebanon
Zwein during one of the 2019 protests in Beirut. Credit: Victoria El-Khoury ZweinBy Maria AounBEIRUT, Lebanon, Mar 12 2021 (IPS) The fight for equality around the globe has taken a few steps forward in some countries which provides a glimmer of hope for future generations for increased female participation and representation. However, that particular fight is taking new shapes and forms in multiple corners of the world, where women are still persecuted, silenced, threatened, killed, harassed, and stripped off their basic human rights on a daily basis. The question today is, when will the world become a safer place for wome...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Maria Aoun Tags: Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Middle East & North Africa Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women in Politics Source Type: news

Up close and personal: Reacting in a crisis - The Naji Gehchan story
  Naji Gehchan is no stranger to crises. Growing up in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war, conflict and uncertainty were ongoing realities. And in his early career as a volunteer Red Cross first responder, he became an expert at reacting in emergency situations.  In his current role as Senior Director of Sales at Lilly, that experience is proving to be invaluable. As he leads 150 employees through the pandemic, he continues to rely on the lessons he learned as a first responder. “At the beginning of the pandemic, back in March, with all that was going on at work and personally—I have two litt...
Source: EyeForPharma - March 11, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jill Donahue Source Type: news

Assessing the psychological impact of COVID-19 outbreak and its related factors on Lebanese individuals with physical disabilities - Summaka M, Zein H, Naim I, Fneish S.
BACKGROUND: In February 2020, the Lebanese authorities announced the first Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) case. Since then, the cases increased significantly, but information on the public's psychological status and specifically individuals with physical disa... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Protesters blocked roads with burning tyres and dumpsters across Lebanon on Tuesday after the currency tumbled to a new low in a...
Protesters blocked roads with burning tyres and dumpsters across Lebanon on Tuesday after the currency tumbled to a new low in a... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

EXPLAINER: Japan to try US men accused of helping Ghosn flee
TOKYO (AP) — Two Americans suspected of helping former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn skip bail and escape to Lebanon in December 2019... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Americans who masterminded Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn's brazen escape from Japan extradited to face justice
Ex-Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son don't deny masterminding Carlos Ghosn's cinema-worthy escape to Lebanon in a speaker box. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suicidal ideation among Lebanese adults: scale validation and correlates - Zakhour M, Haddad C, Sacre H, Fares K, Akel M, Obeid S, Salameh P, Hallit S.
BACKGROUND: According to the World Health Organization (WHO) figures in 2015, the number of people attempting suicide worldwide per year exceeds 800,000 individuals. The majority of completed suicides (78%) occur in low- and middle-income countries. Theref... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Heat stress-related symptoms among bakery workers in Lebanon: a national cross-sectional study - Habib RR, El-Haddad NW, Halwani DA, Elzein K, Hojeij S.
This study assessed the association between workers' perceptions of the work environment and reports of heat stress-related health symptoms in bakery workers in Lebanon. A national ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Environmental Issues, Climate, Geophysics Source Type: news

Risk and protective factors for depressive symptoms and suicidality among children and adolescents in Lebanon: results from a national survey - Baroud E, Al Rojolah L, Ghandour LA, Akoury Dirani L, Barakat M, El Bejjani M, Shamseddeen W, Brent D, Maalouf FT.
Background Depressive disorders and suicidal ideations among children and adolescents present a global public health concern. Our aim is to investigate the prevalence and correlates of depressive symptoms and suicidality in a nationally representative sam... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Lebanon administers 1st vaccines to health workers, elderly
Lebanon has administered its first jabs of COVID-19 vaccine, with an intensive care unit physician and a well-known 93-year-old comedian becoming the first to receive Pfizer-BioNTech doses (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

HOLLYWOOD HATERS: Seth Rogen "cancels" psychologist Gad Saad for calling out Hollywood hypocrisy
(Natural News) Celebrity “comedian” and actor Seth Rogen has retaliated against Lebanese-Canadian evolutionary psychologist and professor in the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University (Montreal) Gad Saad for writing a piece about Hollywood hypocrisy that was published in, then retracted from, Psychology Today. In his piece, Saad criticized Rogen and others like him... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Toxicological exposures among the pediatric patients at a tertiary care center in Lebanon: the case for establishing a national poison center - El Zahran T, Mostafa H, Hamade H, Hitti E, Morgan BW, Kazzi Z.
BACKGROUND: Despite its preventable nature, poisoning remains one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the pediatric population. In Lebanon, this population is poorly studied and there is no poison center to which healthcare providers and th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Lebanese group gives a home away from home to health workers
A Lebanese civil group started up during the coronavirus pandemic provides alternative housing to front-line health workers who worried about going home and infecting their families (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Perspectives of elder abuse in Lebanon - Usta J, El Jarrah R, Kronfol N, Farver JAM.
Elder abuse is a preventable problem. Presently, little is known about this phenomenon in Middle Eastern settings. The purpose of this study was to explore elder abuse in Beirut, Lebanon from different stakeholders' points of view with a focus on identifyi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Atmospheric wave energy of the 2020 August 4 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, from ionospheric disturbances - Kundu B, Senapati B, Matsushita A, Heki K.
Atmospheric waves excited by strong surface explosions, both natural and anthropogenic, often disturb upper atmosphere. In this letter, we report an N-shaped pulse with period  ~ 1.3 min propagating southward at ~ 0.8 km/s, observed as changes in ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

'We open, people die; we close, people die.' COVID surge leaves Lebanon with no good options
Faced with multiple crises, Lebanon teeters between a healthcare collapse and economic oblivion. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nabih Bulos Source Type: news

Lebanese activist who spoke out against Hezbollah found dead in car
A prominent Lebanese activist and publisher who was known for his public criticism of the militant group Hezbollah was found dead in his... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lokman Slim, a prominent Lebanese Shiite publisher who criticised Iran-backed Hezbollah, was found shot dead in a car in southern...
Lokman Slim, a prominent Lebanese Shiite publisher who criticised Iran-backed Hezbollah, was found shot dead in a car in southern... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Journalist Who Predicted He Would Be Murdered by Hezbollah Found Dead
Lokman Slim’s family found out what had happened to him from a news alert while they were at a Lebanese police station to report him missing. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: When Will Refugees Get a Covid-19 Vaccine?
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Jordan and Lebanon are including Syrian refugees in their vaccination campaigns. If we don't live up to our commitments to refugees we risk a lost generation (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 4, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A Grey Cloud Over Lebanon: Mental Health Burdens
Beirut, Lebanon; Tuesday, September 1st, 2020. Credit: Photojournalist Rahib YassineBy Maria AounBEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb 1 2021 (IPS) Humankind is no stranger to the destabilizing events of 2020. The state of the global economy and the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic hit the headlines. In this ever escalating global crisis, Lebanon, has been facing what can only be described as unimaginable hardships. For the past year the country has seen challenges which have resulted in an utter state of hopelessness and rapid deterioration in mental health of many of its citizens. The country has been facing a high rate of youth unempl...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Maria Aoun Tags: Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour Middle East & North Africa TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Lebanon ambulance driver: 'Hospitals can't take our Covid patients'
Lebanon's hospitals are turning away patients as the country buckles under Covid and economic collapse. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lebanon: How to Build Back Better after Political and Economic Crisis
A man and a woman in front of the Beirut Port, Lebanon, following the blast. Courtesy: UN Women Arab States/Dar Al MussawirBy Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 2021 (IPS) Lebanon must “shield and preserve” the skills, knowledge, and experience of its people in order to move forward with its development, according to Christophe Abi-Nassif, the Lebanon programme director for the Middle East Institute (MEI). “Shielding and preserving whatever is left of Lebanon’s human capital should be the main policy-making concern at the moment,” Abi-Nassif told IPS. “We are in fire-fighting mode righ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Aid Featured Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Lebanon Source Type: news

Protesters in Lebanon clash with police over virus lockdown
Lebanese security forces have opened fire in violent clashes with dozens of protesters who took to the street in the country’s north for a third consecutive day (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Lebanon surpasses record daily virus deaths amid protests
Lebanon has hit a new daily record for COVID-19 fatalities, registering 73 deaths as protesters took to the streets for a second day to denounce strict lockdown measures put in place to curb an exhausting surge in infections (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Beirut, Lebanon - El-Khoury J, Medawar B.
We are psychiatrists based at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, one of the largest psychiatric departments in Lebanon. Since October, 2019, Lebanon has navigated through several crises. It started with unremitting political unrest, national... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

“Their Hope for a Brighter Future Inspires Us All”
By Yasmine SherifNEW YORK, Jan 23 2021 (IPS) Looking back upon 2020, we all bear the scars of a devastating year; none so much as girls and boys around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted education for over 1.6 billion children and youth globally and continues to do so. It has also deepened socio-economic inequities and heightened insecurities around the world, further impacting the lives of girls and boys everywhere. Ongoing, protracted conflicts, forced displacement and the worsening climate crisis were no less forgiving. Yasmine Sherif2020 was, in short, a brutal year for the world’s children and youth &nd...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yasmine Sherif Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Education Cannot Wait. Future of Education is here Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Middle East & North Africa Migrati Source Type: news

Top Lebanese hospitals fight exhausting battle against virus
Lebanon's hospitals are on the brink: Unable to keep up with coronavirus patients, they have run out of beds, oxygen tanks, ventilators and medical staff (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Lebanon extends lockdown into February as virus numbers rise
Lebanon has extended a nationwide lockdown to Feb. 8 amid a rise in coronavirus infections and deaths that has overwhelmed the health care system (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Lebanon OKs law to import vaccines as virus hits new record
Lebanon’s parliament has approved a draft law allowing imports of coronavirus vaccines as the tiny nation hit a new record in case numbers and more hospitals reported they were at full capacity (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

At virus tipping point, Lebanon imposes all-day curfew
Lebanese authorities have begun enforcing an 11-day nationwide shutdown and round-the-clock curfew, hoping to limit the spread of coronavirus infections amid a dramatic surge after the holiday period (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Lebanon plans 11-day, 24-hour curfew, hospital beds fill up
Lebanese authorities have announced a tightening of a nationwide lockdown, including an 11-day 24-hour curfew that starts later in the week (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Rapid tranquillisation in a psychiatric emergency hospital in Lebanon: TREC-Lebanon - a pragmatic randomised controlled trial of intramuscular haloperidol and promethazine v. intramuscular haloperidol, promethazine and chlorpromazine - Dib JE, Yaacoub HE, Ikdais WH, Atallah E, Merheb TJ, Ajaltouni J, Akkari M, Mourad M, Nasr ME, Hachem D, Kazour F, Tahan F, Haddad G, Azar J, Zoghbi M, Haddad C, Hallit S, Adams CE.
BACKGROUND: Agitated patients constitute 10% of all emergency psychiatric treatment. Management guidelines, the preferred treatment of clinicians differ in opinion and practice. In Lebanon, the use of the triple therapy haloperidol plus promethazine plus... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Lebanon considers tighter lockdown amid coronavirus surge
Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister says the country has entered a “very critical zone” in the battle against the coronavirus as his government mulls tightening the nationwide lockdown announced last week (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Full Hospitals In Lebanon Turn Away Coronavirus Patients : Coronavirus Updates
(Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Risk related to spread of new SARSCoV-2 variants of concern in the EU/EEA, ECDC
New variants of current concern: The United Kingdom (UK) has faced a rapid increase in COVID-19 case rates in the South-East, the East and the London area, which is associated with the emergence of a new SARS-CoV-2 variant, VOC 202012/01. As of 26 December 2020, more than 3 000 cases of this new variant, confirmed by genome sequencing, have been reported from the UK. An increasing proportion of cases in the South East, the East and the London area are due to this variant, but cases have also been identified in other parts of the UK. Although it was first reported in early December, the initial cases were retrospectively id...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ammonium nitrate is a risk for environment: a case study of Beirut (Lebanon) chemical explosion and the effects on environment - Ur Rehman S, Ahmed R, Ma K, Xu S, Aslam MA, Bi H, Liu J, Wang J.
An attempt has been made in correspondence to explain the consequences of chemical pollution after the explosion of ammonium nitrate (AN) in Beirut (capital of Lebanon). The effects of chemicals in the air, soil, and water have been discussed. In addition... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Validation of the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale and State Trait Anxiety Inventory A and B in Arabic among the Lebanese population - Hallit S, Haddad C, Hallit R, Akel M, Obeid S, Haddad G, Soufia M, Khansa W, Khoury R, Kheir N, Elias Hallit CA, Salameh P.
OBJECTIVEs Our aim in this study was to translate the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A), State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI-A and B) scales to Arabic, linguistically validate them for use in a representative sample of the Lebanese population, and to ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Lebanon to start lockdown amid post-holiday infections surge
Lebanon will begin a 25-day nationwide lockdown Thursday to battle a surge in coronavirus infections during the holiday season that has challenged the country’s already battered health care sector (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

As post-holiday infections surge, Lebanon gears for lockdown
Lebanese officials are vowing to take strict measures amid calls for an immediate nationwide lockdown in the wake of a surge in coronavirus infections following the holiday season (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

New Year in Lebanon marred by 'horror night' of mayhem from celebratory gunfire
A Syrian refugee was killed as gunfire rang out across Lebanon, considered a popular way to mark festive occasions (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lebanon reserving nearly 2 million coronavirus vaccines
Lebanon’s health minister says his country has reserved nearly 2 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to fight the coronavirus, an amount that covers up to 20% of Lebanese (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Nashville bomb: Cops identify driver of truck with PA system 'telling people to evacuate'
James Turgeon, 33, sparked fears of a copycat attack on Sunday when he allegedly drove through Lebanon, Tennessee, playing a recording... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UPDATE: No explosives found in suspicious vehicle stopped on 231 South in Wilson County, authorities say
According to the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, the southbound side of Highway 231 is closed from the Cedars of Lebanon State Park to... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Highway 231 in Wilson County shut down due to suspicious vehicle investigation
According to the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, the southbound side of Highway 231 is closed from the Cedars of Lebanon State Park to... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news