$3m grant to JUST for GeoHealth Hub

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AMMAN — The Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) and the University of California San Diego received $3 million in research funding from the US National Institutes of Health for their GeoHealth Hub project, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The GeoHealth Hub Climate Change and Health in MENA project is a collaborative initiative between three US universities and three universities from the MENA region to generate evidence for policies to minimize adverse health impacts of climate change in the region through state-of-the-art approaches.

The project focuses on climate-sensitive environmental risks, such as nitrate pollution, heat waves, desert dust, and air pollution. The hub’s overall activities aim to strengthen different stakeholders’ capacity to develop and use evidence-based and cost-effective interventions, according to the NIH’s Fogarty International Center website.

JUST President Khalid el-Salem told Petra that the university is a leading researcher in the MENA region, noting that the research, which received the funding, was subjected to a national and international evaluation.

The hub’s director, Fayez Abdullah, said the collaborators include three US universities, namely the University of California San Diego, Harvard University, and the University of California, Berkeley. The three MENA universities are JUST, Lebanon’s University of Balamand, and Morocco’s Mohammed VI University of Health Sciences.

Abdullah, who is also a JUST professor, pointed out that the project is expected to provide Masters’ program scholarships for 25 students at the university, and training grants at the three US universities.

Additionally, the hub seeks to build institutional capacities by adding environmental health programs at the MENA universities, in cooperation with the US universities, and conducting research on the effects of climate change on health.

He explained that an annual conference on climate change effects on health will be held, in addition to training programs, workshops, visits to the US, and webinars to boost the capabilities of researchers in MENA.

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