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Mission and Vision

Our vision is to ensure that palliative care is available and accessible to all people in Lebanon. The Lebanese Centre for Palliative Care aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life of people with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses through patient care, advocacy, capacity building and research.

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Executive Board

The executive board oversees the function of the organization, supports its mission, and strategically plans its future objectives. The founding board includes:

Hibah Osman (President)

Dr. Osman is a family physician who is American Board Certified in both Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is the founder of Balsam and serves as its Executive and Medical Director. She is in private practice and is also a Clinical Associate at the American University of Beirut Medical Center where she has established the first palliative care consultation service in Lebanon.

Salah Zeineldine (Treasurer)

Dr. Zeineldine is a physician specialized in Pulmonary and Critical Care. He is a strong proponent of palliative care. He is on faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine at the American University of Beirut where he serves on the Palliative Care Committee.

Huda Zurayk (Secretary)

Dr. Zurayk is currently Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut. She served as Dean of FHS for ten years (1998-2008).

Imad Taher

Mr. Taher is a graduate of M.I.T. with MSC degree in Civil Engineering, and is involved in construction, oil and gas services and trading activities in the Middle East and Africa region. He is involved in and supports educational and humanitarian activities; he serves on the Board of Trustees of International College and St. Jude affiliate – CCCL/Children’s Cancer Center in Lebanon.

Sami Khouri

Mr. Khouri is an entrepreneur and serves as board member and shareholder of several companies in the Middle East. He supports a number of initiatives that have the potential to contribute to advancement and growth in the region including organizations working in health, education, the arts, and business.

Sari Kassis

Sari Kassis is a human development consultant who specializes in the design, implementation and management of socio-economic development projects, namely in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. With years of experience in the design of managerial and operational systems for non-profit projects and organizations, he has been volunteering with Balsam since its inception.





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