Break the Silence: Advancing sexual health

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A capacity building grant to support students' research about sexual health in Lebanon
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Campaign successfully funded on: 02 Nov,2015

This project has been successfully funded with $5,760 (115%)

Feeling lost and don't know what all of this is about?

LebMASH -The Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health is a Lebanese non-governmental organization working to advance the healthcare of sexual minorities and sexual health in general in Lebanon. 

LebMASH at USJ

Growing up in Lebanon, we did not receive sexual education in school, and university education did not add much in that field. Even in medical school, the topic appeared to be as much of a taboo to be studied as it is a taboo to be discussed in a positive way in the society. Going through residency training, we were not allowed to give educational seminars about the health of sexual minorities. 

LebMASH & LeMSIC workshop to students

Lebanon has come a long way since then, but there still is much needed. Research on sexual health is not popular and when executed, it is poorly funded. 

LebMASH reception and

LebMASH launched the BTS (Break The Silence) grant 3 years ago and since then it has been self funded by the executive board. This year LebMASH's funds have been stretched thin especially with embarking on new projects like the workshop on sexual and LGBT health offered to LeMSIC medical students in Broummanna in March 2015. To ensure the sustainability of BTS student grants we are turning to you because regular granting organizations do not seem to be interested in funding such activity and we do not want to modify our projects to fit their agendas. 

With LeMSIC student in Sexuality workshop

Please donate or pledge an amount no matter how small it is. You can also help by reaching out to your network and ask for contributions from friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances that can support this grant. A small amount from a big number of people will make a good amount. It will also help immensely if you share this campaign on your social media portals as Facebook and Twitter and on mailing lists and groups you are part of.

Over the past three years, LebMASH has sponsored three students to attend conferences in San Francisco, Denver and Baltimore. Each time we paid 1,500 USD in return to receipts that often exceeded this amount. We hope to cover the plane ticket, the hotel stay for the length of the conference (usually 4 nights) and per diem. We set our goal at 5000 USD to cover the coming three years BTS 2015, 2016 and 2017. And if by 2018 we do not find a funder, we will turn to you again. 

LebMASH at USJ

Your support will change the status quo by ensuring our future health care providers and educators are knowledgeable about and comfortable discussing sexual health.

The feedback from BTS alumni has been overwhelmingly positive.  They brought back home new perspectives and knowledge. And the networking opportunities enriched their career paths.

LebMASH & LPA educational day






May
31 Oct,2015
$50

Mikhael Sarkis
30 Oct,2015
$250

Maria Koleilat
30 Oct,2015
$75

mayya geha
26 Oct,2015
$250

Namir H
25 Oct,2015
$35

Kaitlin Bardswich
24 Oct,2015
$100

Wissam
23 Oct,2015
$300

bertho Makso
22 Oct,2015
$50

Anonymous
22 Oct,2015
$50

Lama EL Zein
21 Oct,2015
$100

Hirak Der-Torossian
21 Oct,2015
$200

Anonymous
20 Oct,2015
$100

Karim Traboulsi
20 Oct,2015
$35

Anonymous
20 Oct,2015
$50

Jennifer Muir
20 Oct,2015
$100

Fadi Akoum
19 Oct,2015
$105

carrie
19 Oct,2015
$75

Radwan El Ali
19 Oct,2015
$50

Hikmat Ghazal
18 Oct,2015
$500

Dana Bazzi
18 Oct,2015
$100

Anonymous
17 Oct,2015
$50

Tania Savelieff
17 Oct,2015
$20

Fadi Braiteh,MD
16 Oct,2015
$500

mohamad elachi
16 Oct,2015
$100

Adam Douba
15 Oct,2015
$10

Anonymous
15 Oct,2015
$50

Tania Savelieff
14 Oct,2015
$15

Anonymous
14 Oct,2015
$25

Anonymous
14 Oct,2015
$100

$10

Stephen Deiro
14 Oct,2015
$10

M Azzam Mehssen
14 Oct,2015
$500

$10


George Jour
13 Oct,2015
$100

Karim Moukalled
13 Oct,2015
$10

Wael ElMaraachli
13 Oct,2015
$75

roni
13 Oct,2015
$50

Sound Bazzi
12 Oct,2015
$100

Riad Bazzi
12 Oct,2015
$100

khaled zreik
06 Oct,2015
$100

Hania Shiblaq-Saleh
05 Oct,2015
$100

Anonymous
04 Oct,2015
$20

Carl Streed Jr
03 Oct,2015
$50

Anonymous
02 Oct,2015
$50

Anonymous
26 Sep,2015
$100

Riad Abou jaoude
23 Sep,2015
$25

Embrace Fund at AUBMC
16 Sep,2015
$100

Tarek Elariss
14 Sep,2015
$100

Anonymous
14 Sep,2015
$50

$200

Firas
11 Sep,2015
$10

Anonymous
06 Sep,2015
$100


Anonymous
04 Sep,2015
$20

Patrick Rd
04 Sep,2015
$50

Amine Mallat
03 Sep,2015
$100

  04 Nov,2015


Our Zoomaal Campaign just ended and you, with 56 other contributors, helped us raise $5,760, achieving 115% of our set goal. You have just secured funding to sustain Break The Silence (BTS) student scholarship for the coming three years. 

Dr. Abdessamad saw Ahmad, BTS 2015 winner, in Portland, OR, USA last month at GLMA Annual Meeting: "I witnessed first-hand the enthusiasm he had for developing his knowledge and expertise in the area of sexual health and LGBT health, and for bringing back to Lebanon his experience to set the track in the right direction towards a more inclusive approach to healthcare and education, with no exclusion based on gender, sexual orientation or gender identity."

LebMASH is mentoring Ahmad to publish his award-winning paper titled "The Need for mental health research within the LGBT community in Lebanon" in a peer-reviewed medical journal. This is the type of locally-cultivated research and scientific literature that is significantly lacking in Lebanon and that is essential to advance healthcare for all.

Because of you, Ahmad will not be the last student who benefits from this scholarship. You are helping Lebmash start a movement of making research in this field more mainstream.

Dr. Baz: "What a pleasure to see the enthusiasm in supporting LebMASH's efforts to raise awareness about healthcare issues that are not addressed appropriately in Lebanon. Thank you for playing a part in making healthcare in Lebanon free of discrimination." 

Rami Baz, MD

Hasan Abdessamad, MD FRCSC FACOG

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Our mission is to advance healthcare for LGBT individuals and sexual/reproductive health for all individuals in Lebanon. Our objectives are: 1> spreading awareness and knowledge, as well as influence attitudes and behaviors of health care providers and the public regarding…

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$10 or more
→    HEALTH SUPPORTER

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Your name will be added on lebmash.org as a 'Health Supporter' for a period of 3 years, to the list of people who made BTS 2015-2016-2017 happen.
$50 or more
→    HEALTH ADVOCATE

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You will receive a personalized Thank-You card from LebMASH. Your name will be added on lebmash.org as a 'Health Advocate' for a period of 3 years, to the list of people who made BTS 2015-2016-2017 happen.
$100 or more
→    HEALTH LEADER
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You will receive a well-designed "Break The Silence" Mug with a personalized Thank-You card from LebMASH. Your name will be added on lebmash.org as a 'Health Leader' for a period of 3 years, to the list of people who made BTS 2015-2016-2017 happen.
$500 or more
→    HEALTH CHAMPION

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You will receive a free invitation to LebMASH annual reception in Beirut as well as a personalized Thank-You card each year for the coming 3 years from the winning students. You will receive a well-designed "Break The Silence" Mug with a personalized Thank-You card from LebMASH. Your name will be added on lebmash.org as a 'Health Champion' for a period of 3 years, to the list of people who made BTS 2015-2016-2017 happen.
$1000 or more
→    HEALTH VISIONARY

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You will be invited to a one-on-one virtual meeting with LebMASH executive board. You will be invited to LebMASH annual reception in Beirut where your contribution will be acknowledged. You will receive a personalized Thank-You card each year for the coming 3 years from the winning students. You will receive a well-designed "Break The Silence" Mug with a personalized Thank-You card from LebMASH. Your name will be added and highlighted on lebmash.org as a 'Health Visionary' for a period of 3 years, to the list of people who made BTS 2015-2016-2017 happen.
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