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Sustaining social inclusion

Lessons from research, intervention, and policymaking
WithTamar Kabakian-Khasholian, Rana Saleh, Jihad Makhoul, Fadi El-Jardali

Public participation in policymaking is increasingly recognised for its benefits in promoting inclusive and responsive societies and improving decision-making in health policies. While most of the public participation frameworks are developed in the Global North, little is known about what works in low-middle-income countries. This case summarises a contextualised process for engaging citizens in public policymaking on childhood obesity prevention policies in Lebanon using a participatory Knowledge Translation methodology. Participants reported favourable experiences; however, their distrust in the system remains a challenge. Sustaining equitable social inclusion in policymaking should consider collective endeavours by policymakers, researchers, and the public.