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Plenaries and presentations from the symposium in Beirut, 2-4 December 2014

Opening and Welcome: Abla Sibai

Professor Abla Sibai opens the conference on behalf of AUB "[The topic of the symposium] brings to the surface the dynamics of the demographic and the epidemiological transition on one hand, that are taking place in the region, against a background of profound social changes and political turmoil"

Opening and Welcome: Peter Phillimore

Peter Phillimore thanks Professor Abla Sibai and the American Univerity of Beirut for making the conference happen, and explains: What is RESCAP-MED?

Opening and Welcome: Samer Jabbour

Samer Jabbour outlines the need for a mandate in NCD prevention and control

Opening and Welcome: Iman Nuwayhid

Iman Nuwayhid, Dean of Faculty Health Sciences, AUB, discusses the opportunity to learn about treating and controlling NCDs in conflict situations and the virtue of collaborative networks to take risks on research

Opening and Welcome: Walid Ammar

Director General of the Ministry of Public Health, Lebanon: The health system in Lebanon is showing a great deal of reselience in dealing with the needs of Syrian refugees

Nadim Barghothi: Coverage of care for NCD patients in a West Bank district

Issues faced by researchers assessing the coverage of care for for NCD patients in the West Bank such as the range of health providers - MoH, UNWRA, NGOs and private healthcare. There is an opportunity to utilise the routine data for research

Tanja Pless-Muloli: Preparing for the healing of war trauma in Syria

Preparing for the healing of war trauma in Syria: Thoughts from a psychotherapy, public health, and autobiographical standpoint

Nadia Ben Mansour: treating NCDs in a context of transition

How are health professionals facing the NCDs challenges in the current Tunisian context of transition? Nadia Ben Mansour discusses barriers faced by health care workers, issues with centralised finance and the political changes have affected the health policy debate

Katharine Allen: NCDs in the United Arab Emirates

The burden of non-communicable diseases in the United Arab Emirates: Understanding health differentials by nationality status in a demographically unique population

Mazen Makarem: Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Mayen Makarem from UNWFP, Lebanon presents on food consumption pattern among Syrian Refugee Population in Lebanon

Shadh Osman: Hypertension and socio-economic disparities among Sudanese Women

Shadh Osman shares her research on hypertension and socio-economic disparities among Sudanese women, and the need for data to drive policy to address the rise in NCDs.

Nigel Unwin: creating informed policy for NCDs

Nigel Unwin "Generating evidence and supporting decision making for public policy aimed at the prevention of chronic non-communicable diseases" How epidemiological models are needed to inform effective policy and the need to shift from targeting individuals to population wide intervention

Jane Gilbert: Issues and controversies in global mental health

Jane Gilbert presents implications for the suffering of war affected populations, and how mental health assessments in conflict and post-conflict areas are unvalidated and inappropriate

Goran Zangana: Mental health interventions in Kurdistan

A randomized controlled trial of mental health interventions for survivors of systematic violence in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq

Hamid Hussain: Epidemiology of conflict in Iraq

Epidemiology of conflict in Iraq, human cost, morbidities and civilian sufferers: A Systematic Review

Habiba Ben Romdhane: Transforming NCD health care in Tunisia

Changer les soins de santé pour les maladies non transmissibles en Tunisie: l'engagement des citoyens dans la prise de décisions à travers le dialogue sociétal Transforming NCD health care in Tunisia: engaging citizens in health policy making through the new social dialogue (in French)

Martine Najem: Impact of a quality management NCD intervention in a complex humanitarian setting

Impact of a quality management NCD intervention tailored for the most vulnerable disabled and older people in a complex humanitarian setting

Nada Abu Kishk: A type 2 diabetes campaign for Palestinian refugees in Jordan

Outcomes of a diabetes campaign for Palestine refugees with diabetes mellitus type II attending UNRWA health centers

Ceyda Sahan: Epidemiological modelling to create CHD mortality projections

Impact of risk factor modifications on coronary heart disease mortality in Turkish adults for 2025

Adam Coutts: Evaluating NCD interventions for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Julia Critchley: NETPH, a capacity building website

Julia Critchley presents the rationale behind the design of NETPH (North Africa, Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey Public Health network) and some data on registered users

Rabih El Chammay:Syrian Crisis and Mental Health System Reform in Lebanon

Abla Sibai closes the symposium