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.
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.
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 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.
Please donate or pledge an amount no matter how small it is via our Zoomaal crowdfunding campaign. 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.
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.