Under the patronage of the Ministry of Health and made possible by the Golisano Foundation and other local partners, Special Olympics Lebanon hosted its first health conference. Local health leaders and key influencers in government came together to address the immense need for quality health care for people with intellectual disabilities (ID), discuss how health systems could be more inclusive, and ensure that local health workers are equipped with skills and knowledge to support people with ID. The conference’s goal was to make Inclusive Health possible as part of the regional plan to expand access to improved health care and break down health barriers for people with ID.
Following the forum, Healthy Athletes screenings were provided to more than 80 athletes in five disciplines, and 20 athletes were trained to serve as advocates and leaders for health in their communities. These Health Messengers learned about a variety of topics related to health, such as fitness, healthy lifestyle, hygiene, and good nutrition.
Last but not least, a family health awareness session took place to engage families, improve awareness of important health issues, and provide them with information, resources, and useful tips.