Karim Wannous is a humanitarian and registered nurse with more than 6 years’ experience working in emergency medicine and development aid. As a Syrian from Lebanon, Karim worked in the Emergency Department of Lebanese hospitals before moving to work for Doctors without Borders as a Nurse Activity Manager in Nigeria and Sierra Leone, where he was responsible for patient management, staff management, medication inventory, etc. In charge of the Emergency Department in these countries, Karim led the provision of emergency care for the most vulnerable populations, including poverty- and war-affected children and refugees.
Karim currently serves as the primary nurse for Soins Infirmiers et Developpment Communautaire (SIDC), a Lebanese non-profit dedicated to supporting the treatment of drug users. Karim’s daily service in SIDC’s harm reduction center has exposed him to drug users of all backgrounds, giving him an intimate view of some of the underlying reasons of addiction in Lebanon, and allowing him to identify best practices for helping patients overcome addiction.
Karim aspires for more conscious community prevention methods for drug use and its risky correlation with STIs, particularly through raising awareness among younger generations about the physical and psychological damage inflicted by drugs. Karim received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Balamand in Lebanon.