Professor Abla Mehio Sibai was awarded the esteemed Dr. A.T. Shousha Foundation Prize at the 60th Session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, held last October, 2014.
The Dr A.T. Shousha Foundation prize is awarded to a person who has made significant contributions to the improvement of health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). The prize was initiated in memory of the first WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr. Aly Tewfik Shousha.
Dr. Sibai was given this award in recognition of her valuable contributions in the field of public health in the EMR, specifically for her work in Lebanon. Dr. Sibai has an MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics obtained from the American University of Beirut, and she completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she focused on ageing and non-communicable diseases.
Dr. Sibai has since built an impressive academic career having served as the Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health as well as the Research Committee in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut. Throughout her career, Dr. Sibai has published more than 150 scientific articles and publications in refereed Journals.
As a professor at American University of Beirut, Dr. Sibai has had a significant impact on the education and career of countless students of Epidemiology in Lebanon and the region. She is regarded as a kind, supportive, and enthusiastic professor who has encouraged and advised students towards building their careers in public health in the EMR.
Additionally, Dr. Sibai founded Lebanon’s Center for Studies on Ageing, a non-governmental organization that promotes evidence-based policy and practice in support of older populations in Lebanon and the surrounding region. She is also the co-founder of the University for Seniors program at the American University of Beirut, a life-long learning initiative that addresses the desire of older adults to remain intellectually challenged and socially active. Currently, Dr. Sibai is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Ageing and the WHO Expert Group on Knowledge Translation on Ageing and Health. She is also the Regional Chair of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA). As a highly respected leader in the field of public health, Dr. Sibai has served on several expert committees and advisory panels and boards at the national, regional, and international level.
EMPHNET congratulates Dr. Abla Sibai on a well-deserved honor for her tremendous contribution to public health in the region, and wishes her ongoing success in her future endeavors.