President’s Message

President’s Message

We launched this Foundation to cater for the urgent needs that I have experienced and closely followed throughout my years of public responsibility. Indeed, the field of social service requires many contributors and institutions that provide guidance and heal the wounds of all segments of our society. At the forefront of these segments, I have strived to extend my care particularly to women who, despite their difficult conditions, signs of injustice and the silence they keep about their suffering, still uphold society with their great sense of motherhood and their immeasurable sacrifices.

It is a Foundation that embraces the social, health and livelihood problems and concerns of Lebanese and Arab women through practical projects aimed at diagnosing the needs and providing the necessary support. After careful consideration and investigation, I have chosen to dedicate the very first of these projects to women healthcare, as a fundamental pillar for her growth, protection and empowerment.

And here I am, today, placing in the hands of those who believe in active partnership in the field of social service, the project “Women Heart Health Center” (WHHC), dedicated to coronary heart disease in women. Lebanon, similarly to most Arab countries, lacks the basic preventive services likely to reduce the risks and the burden of this disease through screening and early detection. Neither does it have the proper healthcare services capable of fighting it, although it is the number one killer of women, both in Lebanon and around the globe (with more than 3,000 annual deaths registered in Lebanon). Indeed, in the report published lately by the World Health Organization, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) proved to be the leading cause of mortality (45% of total deaths) in Lebanon. CVD was responsible for 56% of deaths among females, caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Yaduna’s Women Heart Health Center, specialized in prevention and primarytreatment, offers screening and diagnostic tests with its state-of-the-art services and novel technologies, and provides leadership and financial support in fulfillment of its mission and vision to promote women’s cardiovascular health.In addition to these tests aimed at early detection of coronary heart disease, the Center will also play a vital role in raising awareness about its dangers,identifying the risk factors in Lebanese and Arab societies, as well as undertaking research programs and providing adequate training for the medical staff to properly fight the disease. We will also undertake lobbying campaigns aimed at improving the legislations and standards of care and prevention of coronary heart disease.

Therefore, in order to implement the highest standards of clinical practice,WHHC collaborates with the American University of Beirut and Saint Joseph University in order to provide all the doctors, train the personnel, supervise the quality of the offered medical services, and undertake the necessary scientific research

This is not merely a personal vision, but rather a humanitarian commitment which requires partners who share this faith in the power of good, and in the right of all women to health and a decent life.

I am fully confident that the seed we are planting today in the soil of this project will grow, with the care of generous hands, into an edifice likely to reinforce the position of Lebanon in the domain of healthcare.

Wafaa Sleiman

President

Who We Are

Women Heart Health Center (WHHC) is a project under Yaduna Foundation, a non-governmental (NGO) non-profit organization founded on May 17, 2012 (ministerial number 364), representing the initiative of the former First Lady of Lebanon H.E. Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman to institutionalize and scale up her various social activities.

Yaduna Mission: To empower underprivileged Lebanese and Arab women and improve their living conditions by providing quality services, raising awareness and spreading best practices.

Yaduna Vision: To become a reference in women development, supporting them in achieving their full potential.


WHHC Activity Categories and Targeted Stakeholders

In parallel to the setup of Yaduna, Mrs. Sleiman  launched a first project focused on women’s health. Upon reviewing the outcome of the women health needs in Lebanon and the region, and assessing the key findings emerging from research and interviews with policy-makers and subject-matter experts (joint effort between Booz & Co. and Yaduna),  Mrs. Sleiman decided to adopt the concept of a “Medical Center for the screening and prevention of Coronary Heart Disease”: Women Heart Health Center (WHHC).

WHHC provides leadership and financial support in fulfillment of its mission and vision to promote women’s cardiovascular health.

WHHC Mission: To improve women’s cardiovascular health and reduce burden of disease through awareness, prevention, screening, primary treatment and advocacy.

WHHC Vision: To become a model of excellence in preventive and primary treatment of cardiovascular disease in women, regardless of their social and economic background.

By collaborating with academic teams from distinguished national universities and international organizations, the center will implement the highest standards of clinical practice and research.

By generating a comprehensive genetic and clinical database, the center will contribute to formulating a national strategy for prevention and improved care.

Other Activities of WHHC

Besides implementing the highest standards of clinical practice in medical and paramedical services, WHHC activities include the following:

Awareness campaigns: helping prevent disease and promoting early diagnosis.

Education: aiming at enhancing know-how and sharing best-practice standards between the various health service providers.

Research: seeking to develop protocols and intellectual capital that aims to enhance prevention, detection and treatment of heart disease in women. By generating a comprehensive genetic and clinical database, the center will contribute to formulating a national strategy for prevention and improved care.

Lobbying & Advocacy: allowing the amendment of legislation and regulations to ensure that underprivileged women have access to high quality health services.

WHHC Activity Categories and Targeted Stakeholders
Research seeks to develop
protocols and intellectual
capital that aims to enhance
prevention, detection and
treatment of heart disease
in women
Lobbying allows to amend
legislations and regulations
to ensure that underprivileged
women have access to high
quality health services
Education aims to enhance
know-how and to share best-
practice standards between the
various health service providers
Screeningand preventive
services according to the highest
standards of clinical practice for all
women over the age of 45, with
the exception of patients with
a previous history of Coronary
Artery Disease
Awareness helps prevent disease
and promotes early diagnosis


Organizational Structure

  • General Assembly
    Chairperson
    Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman
    • Board of Trustees
      Chairperson
      Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman
      H.E. Dr. Adnan Al Kassar
      H.E. Mrs. Leila Al Solh Hamade
      H.E. Mr. Michel Edde
      H.E. Mr. Samir Mokbel
      Dr. Antoine Sarkis
      Mr. Farouk Kamal
      Dr. Francois Bassil
      Mr. Georges Abou Jaoudeh
      Mrs. May Audi
      Mrs. May Mikati
      Mrs. Mona Sidaoui
      Mrs. Rose Choueiry
      Dr. Samir Alam
    • Board of Directors
      Chairperson
      Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman
      Vice Chairperson
      H.E. Mrs. Mona Ofeich
      General Secretary
      Att. Fadi Karam
      Treasurer
      Mrs. Marie Mallat
      Dr. Antoine Sarkis
      Dr. Charbel Sleiman
      Mrs. Mona Lahoud
      Mr. Pierre Salloum
      Dr. Samir Alam
      Mrs. Zeina Karam
      Mrs. May Audi
      Mrs. Mona Sidaoui
      Mrs. Rose Choueiry
      • Accounting & Auditing
      • YADUNA
        Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
        • Marketing Public Relations Strategic Planning Communication)
        • Secretary
        • WHHC
          Women Heart Health Center
          • Medical Department
            Medical Represantatives from Universities
            • Research Committee
              USJ/FM
              Dr. Tony Abd El Massih
              Ex officio member Yaduna
              Mrs.Gaelle Mouawad
              Alternative member AUBMC
              Dr. Samir Alam
              AUBMC
              Dr. Kamal Badr
              USJ/FM
              Dr. Aline Hajj
              Yaduna
              Me. Fady Karam
              Alternative member USJ/FM
              Dr. Antoine Sarkis
              AUBMC
              Dr. Nathalie Zgheib
            • Medical
              Specialists
              FM-USJ
            • Ancillary Services
              • Radiology
                • Diagnostic Radiology Technicians
                • Diagnostic Radiology Physicians
              • Laboratory
                • Laboratory Medicine Technicians
                • Laboratory Medicine Physicians
            • Medical Specialists FM-AUBMC
            • Residents & Interns
              Outsourced
          • Human Resources
          • Administrative & Technical Departments
            Chief Operating Officer (COO)
            • Housekeeping
              Outsourced
            • Maintenance Services
              Outsourced
            • Biomedical Engineering
              Suppliers
            • Security
              Outsourced
            • MIS / IT Service
              Outsourced
            • Driver / Collection Officer Service
            • Dietetic Services
              Therapeutic Dietitian
            • Pharmacy
              Pharmacist
            • Medical Records
              Medical Secretary
            • Reception & Cashiering
              Medical Secretary
            • Purchasing & Stores
              COO
            • Nursing Service
              Registered Nurse
      • Medical Committee
        Dr. Samir Alam
        Dr. Antoine Sarkis
        Dr. Charbel Sleiman

Our Doctors

Dr. Ziad Itani
Dr. Ziad Itani
Specialist in cardiology and internal medicine.

He acquired his medical degree from Kaunas Medical University (K.M.U), and then completed his specialty in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at (AUBMC).

He also holds a Bachelor of Science BS from AUB. He is a member of the L.S.C (Lebanese Society of Cardiology) and of the E.S.C (European Society of Cardiology).

He was honored to be the first cardiologist who examined the first patient at (WHHC), and among the group of cardiologist who were elected to proceed with this humanitarian mission.

YADUNA has achieved excellent results in the area of women's education and treatment during the first five years of its life.” 

Dr. Joseph G.Abdo
Dr. Joseph G.Abdo
Specialist in cardiology

He Graduated from Saint Joseph University in 2009.

In 2011 he graduated as an Interventional cardiology specialist from Paris Descartes University.

“Follow your heart but learn how to protect it.”

Dr. Rana Osta
Dr. Rana Osta
General cardiologist

She graduated in 2016. She practices in multiple NGOs, including YADUNA.

Her main aim is to provide high quality medical and cardiac care in underserved regions and communities of Beirut.

“Being a woman and mother myself, working at YADUNA WHHC has a special meaning for me since I feel I can relate to our patients’ concerns and lifestyles.”

Dr. Bachir Allam
Dr. Bachir Allam
Clinical cardiologist and interventional cardiologist

He is in practice since 2011. He received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of Saint Joseph University in Beirut in 2004.

After completing his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in General Cardiology at Hotel Dieu de France hospital in Beirut, he traveled to Paris where he fulfilled a fellowship in interventional cardiology at the European Hospital George Pompidou and earned degrees in Interventional Cardiology and Endovascular Treatment of Valvular Heart Disease from Paris Descartes University.

Dr. Allam joined Yaduna-WHHC medical staff since its inauguration in 2013.

Caring for Lebanese women’s hearts at Yaduna-WHHC gives me the unique sensation of serving the generations to come”.   

Dr Youssef Massaad
Dr Youssef Massaad
Clinical cardiologist

He acquired his Doctor of Medicine degree from Saint Joseph University’s Medical School, and he completed his training in Internal Medicine & Cardiology at Hotel Dieu de France hospital in Beirut.
He pursued a sub-fellowship in Electrophysiology (EP); Hôpital Européen Georges-Pompidou, Paris; Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace, Monaco; Groupe Hospitalier Pitié Salpêtrière, Paris
He also Established the Electrophysiology Laboratory at Monla Hospital,Tripoli  
His Area of expertise and interest include diagnostic, therapeutic and interventional procedures pertaining to heart rhythm disturbances.
He became a part time Cardiologist at Yaduna WHHC, Beirut, Lebanon since 2013.


Statistics

WHHC Numbers - After 5 Years Of Operation
First-time patients : 4,367
Follow-up visits : 9,967
Total patient visits : 14,334
Dietitian consultations : 6,551

Tests Performed

7,992
Laboratory Tests
6,783
Electrocardiograms
3,129
CT Calcium Score
2,714
Cardiac Ultrasounds
264
Chest X-rays

Medical Coverage


- 41% of the WHHC population does not have any medical coverage (underprivileged women) and the Center covered their medical expenses

- 52% of the patients were covered by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and the Center covered the difference not supported by the Fund

- 7% of the patients were covered by Insurance Companies, Army, COOP, ISF and General & State Security

- In total, WHHC secured around 1.5M USD in direct financial support to help cover the medical expenses of more than 14,000 patient visits

Collaborations

AUBMC-FM AND USJ-FM
AUBMC-FM AND USJ-FM
AUBMC-FM AND USJ-FM
MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

On March 21 2013, a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) was signed with the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center (AUBMC-FM)  and the Faculty of Medicine at Saint Joseph University (USJ-FM), in order to provide high-quality health services and proper staff training while benefiting from the Center’s services in scientific research.

The two universities were chosen given their expertise and pioneering roles in cardiac care, medical education and research. They assisted in the pre-commissioning of the Center, and will work hand in hand with resident doctors; from personnel training to supervising the quality of the offered medical services, to using the collected data in order to undertake the necessary scientific research.

Lebanese Ministry of Public Health:  Providing primary care services through WHHC and through the “National Committee for the prevention of cardiovascular disease”. This committee has been launched in collaboration between the Ministry of Public Health and Yaduna in accordance with resolution No. 1/966 issued on May 28, 2015. The mission of this committee is to renew and intensify the public health action targeting the prevention of heart disease.


Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs: providing social services through WHHC

Lebanese National Social Security Fund (NSSF): coverage agreement

Lebanese Public Service Co-operative (COOP): coverage agreement

Lebanese State Security: coverage agreement

Internal security Forces (ISF): coverage agreement

Lebanese Army : coverage agreement

Lebanese General security : coverage agreement

Next Care : coverage agreement

Total Care Lebanon (TCL): coverage agreement

GlobeMed Lebanon: coverage agreement

Best Assistance: coverage agreement

We seek to develop protocols and intellectual capital that aims to enhance prevention, detection and treatment of heart disease in women.

WHHC collaborates with AUBMC-FM and USJ-FM in implementing the highest standards of clinical practice and research. The Center will generate a comprehensive genetic and clinical database thus contributing to the formulation of a national prevention strategy.