LEA 11th Scientific Conference
Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology in Lebanon
Beirut, November 11-12, 2005
Friday November 11, 2005
13:00-14:00 REGISTRATIONLEA/AUB-FHS joint seminar (West Hall-Bathish Auditorium- AUB)
Occupational and Environmental Molecular Epidemiology: A 21st Century Approach to Disease

Professor David Christiani- Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard
School of Medicine
18:00 Opening Ceremony (Gefinor Rotana Hotel)
LEA President, Dr. Mary E. Deeb
International Labor Organization Regional Director, Dr. Talib Rifai’
World Health Organization Representative, Dr. Jawad Mahjour
H.E. Minister of Environment, Mr. Yacoub R. Sarraf
H.E. Minister of Public Health, Dr. Mohammed Khalifeh

Keynote address:
Challenges to Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology in Developing countries
Professor David Christiani- Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard School of Medicine
20:00 Reception

Saturday November 12, 2005 (Gefinor Rotana Hotel)
Session 1
9:00 – 9:20 Environmental priorities in Lebanon
Reem Fayyad, Ministry of Environment
9:20 – 9:40 Challenges to occupational health in Lebanon
Ghassan Awar, Ministry of Labor
9:40 – 10:00 Discussion
10:00 – 10:30 Break

Session 2
10:30 – 11:00 Viewing of 8 displayed posters: Occupational Health
Gender division of work among children of tobacco cultivation families in South Lebanon, May Abu Ajram
AIDS/HIV awareness campaign at the workplace, Ghassan A’war
Workplace injuries and noise in a glass industry, Ghassan A’war
Domestic Labor and Women’s Health, Rima R. Habib
A Preliminary Study of Occupational Exposure to Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Zouk and Jieh Power Stations, Lebanon, Layla Khalaf-Kairouz
Situation Analysis On Occupational Hazards and Their Impact on Reproductive Health. A Survey For Policy Development, Samar Khalil
Respiratory Function among Workers Exposed to Pesticides, Pascale Salameh
A Case-Control Study of Respiratory Diseases and Exposure to Pesticides, Pascale Salameh
11:00 – 11:45 Discussion of displayed posters

Session 3
11:45 – 12:00 Viewing of 4 displayed posters: Water and Food Quality
Patterns of water consumption and diarrheal diseases in children < 5 years, Mona El-Rez
Chemical (Nitrate) and microbiological analyses of drinking water in the area of Bekaa, Raed Ezzeddine
Dbayeh water supply: Utilization pattern and perceived quality, Joumana Nasr
Quality of Halaweh and Tahineh in Lebanon, Toufic Rizk
12:00 – 12:30 Discussion of displayed posters

Session 4
12:30 – 12:55 Viewing of 6 displayed posters: Air Quality/ Cost of Degradation
In vehicle exposure to carbon monoxide in a commercial/residential region of Beirut, Layale Abi Esber
Cost of environmental degradation in Lebanon: Do environmental health implications count?, Reem Fayyad
Air quality and estimated health impact of pollutants in Chekka and the Koura region, Gebran Karam
Effect of a diesel engine ban on asthma-related morbidity in Beirut (AUBMC), Salman Mroueh
The effect of the recent diesel-fuel ban in Beirut on children respiratory health: An analysis of emergency admissions, Iman Nuwayhid
Concentration and distribution of gas and PM pollutants in Beirut; assessment and health implications, Najat Saliba
12:55 – 13:35 Discussion of displayed posters
13:35 – 15:00 Lunch

Session 5 <>
15:00 – 17:00 A debate on the role of the Ministries of Environment and Public Health in supporting occupational and environmental epidemiological studies in Lebanon
Walid Ammar Director General Ministry of Public Health
Berj Hatjian Director General Ministry of Environment