MSIF’s Regional Capacity Building Manager, Abdelfatah Ibrahim, visited the Lebanese MS Friends Society (ALSEP) from 9-14 May 2013 to carry out an organisational capacity assessment and to support the development of a future project plan together with ALSEP Board members, headed by the President, Maha Malouf Kassouf.
Abdel (right) meeting with members of the ALSEP Board
The visit was part of the MSIF Country-Focused Programme that aims at building the capacity of three organisations from the Arab region to enable them to increase the support they can offer people with MS in their countries. The selected organisations for this programme are ALSEP, MS Care Egypt and Multiple Sclerosis Patients Friends Palestine (MSPF).
The visit also included organising a focus group discussion with people with MS from different cities in Lebanon, meeting with representatives in the Ministry of Social Affairs and a representative of one ALSEP's key funders. By the end of the visit, the 2013- 2014 action plan was set.
Abdel said, "It was fantastic to meet people with MS and other stakeholders in Lebanon who allowed me to have deep understanding of what it is like to live with MS in their country."