Dr Fadi Al Halabi practised as a neurosurgeon and M.D. in Damascus before the Syrian crisis. He subsequently founded and is now General Director of MAPs (Multi Aid Programs), an NGO working with the Syrian refugee community in Lebanon.
MAPs is committed to working with and through the Syrian community to support them in dignity both in their time in Lebanon and in preparing for the future. Fully committed to the concept of Syrians helping themselves, Dr Fadi leads a team of more than 350 trained and qualified Syrian personnel to deliver programs in Education, Health Care and other areas of Humanitarian Relief.
Through its nine modular teaching centers based in the camps, MAPs now provides education for more than 3,000 refugee children, alongside a vocational training center for adolescents and young adults. Its Health Care programme with more than 13000 patients per month throughout the country, including the first initiative for screening for breast cancer among refugee women.
Determined to shatter some of the stereotypes of refugees, Dr Fadi initiated a number of highly successful projects designed to allow the children to demonstrate their innovation and creativity. For example, coding and design are popular courses, and teams in robotics and programming (such as the #Hope-of-Syria-team) have successfully competed at national and international levels.
Additionally, Dr Fadi worked for 2 years as Medical Consultant and coordinator to the Qatar Red Crescent in Beirut; he serves as expert in National agenda for future of Syria witch is one of the UN ESCWA project and is regularly invited to share his expertise with organisations such as Department for International Development in UK and University college of London .