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The Faculty of Health Sciences and the Arab Coalition for Adolescent Medicine invite you to:

“Adolescent and Youth Wellbeing in the Arab region: Challenges and Promises of the Second Decade of Life”

December 13–14, 2016 | Bathish Auditorium, West Hall,

American University of Beirut

The time is right for a regional conference on adolescents and young adults that consolidates global and regional evidence on the health of adolescents and programs that work to enhance their wellbeing.  The conference – Adolescent and youth wellbeing in the Arab region: Challenges and promises of the second decade of life; approaches youth as positive forces in their communities, and considers their wellbeing to be linked to a constellation of factors within and beyond the health sector. It aims to highlight the potential and promise of young people and to engage them effectively in discussions of their realities, hopes and mechanisms to enable their wellbeing and thriving. Agenda and Concept Note.

This conference will bring together experts in youth wellbeing from the region and globally and serve as:

  • A regional launching pad for the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing
  • A platform for communication of global and regional evidence on adolescent and youth health
  • An opportunity for dialogue around the future adolescent and youth health agenda in research, practice and policy in the Arab region

Join in the conversation using #ArabYouthHealth & #LancetYouth.


Please register your attendance here.


Launch Agenda – Dec 13

09:00–09:30 Welcome remarks
Iman Nuwayhid, Dean of the Department of Environmental, AUB
Rima Afifi, AUB
Mamdouh Wahba, ACAM
09:30–09:50 Report overview & key messages
George Patton, Lancet Commission Chair, University of Melbourne
09:50–10:10 Adolescent and youth health in the Arab world: What data do we have, what data is missing, what are core indicators for adolescent health?
Ali Mokdad, IHME
10:15–10:45 Open Discussion
10:45–11:15 BREAK
10:00–10:05 Youth perspectives on adolescent and youth health and wellbeing in the region
Panel of 6-8 youth
12:15–13:15 Is the second decade another opportunity to enhance wellbeing? Brain development, enabling systems, and legal frameworks and Q&A. 
Lisa Knoll, UCL
Rima Afifi, AUB
13:15–14:15 LUNCH
14:15–15:15 Interventions to promote adolescent and youth health and wellbeing:
        – Interventions within the health system
        – Interventions outside the health system
        – Q&A
Susan Sawyer, University of Melbourne
Beatrice Khater, AUB
Judith Diers, UNICEF
 15:15–16:15 Story-telling: Conditions, interventions, and health care services with/for adolescents and youth in contexts of war, conflict, and uncertainty
Rabih Chammai, MOPH
Hala Corbage, Lebanon
2 youth
16:15–17:30 Where to from here?  
        – Promoting adolescent health at the local level and the Global AAHA
        – The Regional UN IATTTYP Strategy
        – Adolescents in the SDGs
        – Open discussion
Jamela Al Raiby, WHO EMRO
Nahida Al Lawati, Oman MOPH
Habiba Triki, Tunisia MOPH
Samir Anouti, UNFPA

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