The American University of Beirut (AUB) is proud to announce that Professor Abla Mehio Sibai from the AUB – Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), Graduate Public Health Program has received one of the five L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards for 2020.
Dr. Sibai is 100 percent AUB homegrown and a self-made researcher who matches top researchers in any leading university or research center in the world in the field of public health. Her research has focused on non-communicable diseases, aging and health of older population, and the intersection between the two in Lebanon and the region.
The FHS Professor has realized that the health of older people is beyond biology and disease. Rather than interrogating the aged population as a burden on society and the health system, she valued them as an asset. This paradigm shift allowed Dr. Sibai to examine and challenge the social, cultural, and structural barriers that marginalize older people and prevent them from being fully engaged in their families and communities.