Lebanese Healthcare articles

International bodies have carried out mass vaccination campaigns (Credit: UNICEF)

Polio: Steering Lebanon away from the brink

Polio: Steering Lebanon away from the brink

Reading Time: 5 minutes In the middle part of the last decade, religious figures in Nigeria brought a halt to polio vaccination campaigns in much of the north of the country. Unsurprisingly, an outbreak of the disease occurred only a few years later, with dozens of children getting sick. It spread rapidly out of control, with strands of the

Alternative medicine is growing in Lebanon

Alternative healthcare on the rise

Reading Time: 10 minutes It seems the more mankind evolves and moves forward rapidly, the more it is slows down and finds merit in the teachings of the past.  This is especially true when it comes to matters of holistic health, owing to the relatively recent backlash over the effect that the chemicals we consume in our food, medications

Joseph Jabra is President of the Lebanese American University

Training the next generation of doctors

Reading Time: 5 minutes The Lebanese American University (LAU) has had considerable medical ambitions for some time. From acquiring the Rizk Hospital five years ago and transforming it into the University Medical Center — Rizk Hospital (UMC-RH), to setting up a state of the art medical school in Byblos, LAU is not resting on its laurels. It has big

Mind over matter

Reading Time: 5 minutes One in four people in Lebanon suffer from at least one mental health issue in their lifetime. This figure was among the findings of the latest comprehensive scientific study, by doctors Elie Karam et al, published in 2006 by the scientific journal Lancet. It places mental disorders among the most common health problems in Lebanon.

Cutting edge healthcare in Lebanon

Reading Time: 3 minutes Not every hospital has a valet service, a five-star hotel feel and state-of-the-art technology. To continue attracting local and regional patients through its lobby — with a large piano in the center — and into the care of its physicians, Beirut-based Clemenceau Medical Center (CMC) has been upgrading its services despite the challenging economic environment.

Healthcare technology: A Lebanese success story

Reading Time: 6 minutes Lebanon’s economy and its healthcare sector may be struggling with a crisis, but private diagnostic centers and laboratories are doing just fine.  Facilitated by the fact that there is no legal limit to their number per population density, and relative ease with which they can apply for a license, these centers have multiplied in recent

Public healthcare on the brink

Reading Time: 7 minutes “I don’t know how no public hospitals have shut down until now. I am very surprised they are all still open.” So says Walid Ammar, director general of Lebanon’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) for the past two decades. He argues that the scale of the Syrian refugee influx in the past two years —