American Univesity of Beirut

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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 complements previous work and focuses 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 are available and reliable. Our proposed mixed methods approach allows for an in-depth investigation of the range of factors that have affected the selection and delivery of RMNCAH&N interventions in this context.

Research Timeline

2018

Team

Investigators

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

Research Team

Chaza Akik, Research Associate, CRPH
Ghada Saad, FHS

Collaborators

Karl Blanchet, LSHTM
Neha Singh, LSHTM

​Funder

The Hospital for Sick Children

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