American Univesity of Beirut

 Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition in conflict settings: The case of Syrian women and children

​​​​​​​​​​​​​PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Seven years of conflict in Syria have led to huge population displacement, large-scale destruction or disruption of health facilities, and an exodus of health professionals with detrimental effects on maternal, reproductive, neonatal, child and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH&N). Our recent desk review on the impact of the Syrian conflict on the MDG indicators used by Countdown to 2015 showed that coverage rates of most key evidence-based interventions in RMNCAH&N declined in Syria. However, the picture was found to be more mixed among refugees in neighboring countries compared to pre-conflict Syria. In addition, we found glaring data gaps in this context.

This case study complemented previous work and focused on documenting interventions that were delivered across the continuum of care for women and children affected by the Syrian conflict in specific health-care facilities where data were available and reliable. Our mixed methods approach allowed for an in-depth investigation of the range of factors that have affected the selection and delivery of RMNCAH&N interventions in this context.​

​TEAM​

Investigators

  • ​​Hala Ghattas​ (PI), Assistant Research Professor and Interim Director, CRPH​
  • Jocelyn DeJong (co-PI)​​​​

Research Team

  • Aline Semaan​
  • Chaza Akik, Research Associate, CRPH
  • Ghada Saad, FHS​​
  • Zeina Jamaluddine

Collaborators

  • ​Karl Blanchet, LSHTM
  • Neha Singh, LSHTM
  • Linda Shaker Berbari​​

Funder

  • ​​The Hospital for Sick Children​​


RESEARCH TIMELINE

​2018


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