For decades, economic instability and hardship in Lebanon have been complicated by regional and global tensions, notably the legacy of Israeli wars on Lebanon, the war in Syria, Syrian refugees in Lebanon, the Iranian–Saudi and Iranian–US conflicts, and US restrictions on Lebanese banks. The wellbeing and quality of life of Lebanon's people have been affected. For over a month now, protests have been taking place in squares all over Lebanon.
Protesters are calling for solutions, and gathering in front of government institutions such as the parliament, the central bank, Electricity of Lebanon, telecommunication companies, and private residences of select politicians. At a time of severe economic crisis, health and wellbeing and their political determinants have been among the protesters' demands.
Acknowledging the leading role of universities in change for a better tomorrow, Dean Iman Nuwayhid and Prof. Huda Zurayk of the Faculty of Health Sciences wrote a comment on the ongoing protests and the political determinants of health and wellbeing, published in the latest issue of The Lancet.
The comment analyzes the evolving Lebanese uprising, during which people are collectively debating the social and political determinants of health and wellbeing. Lebanon's month-long protest is a call for human dignity, social justice, and good governance, all of which would improve the population's health and wellbeing.