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AUB professors examine the health dimensions of ten years of the Syrian conflict

​​​March 15, 2021, marks the somber 10th year anniversary of the conflict in Syria. AUB researchers, Professors Jabbour, Nuwayhid, Fouad and Yassin, all members of the Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria, are all co-authors of a scathing Comment in the global health journal, The Lancet, that examines the health dimensions of the conflict.

Researchers across departments at the Faculty of Health Sciences at AUB have carried out extensive research examining the various health dimensions of the Syrian conflict. Key among such efforts is the Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria, a global multi-disciplinary scholarship collaboration that has applied a comprehensive scope to the analysis of health during the conflict. This is the first Lancet Commission to focus on the subject of war/conflict and health and the first Lancet Commission to be led by an institution in the Global South.

The Lancet Comment, entitled '10 years of the Syrian conflict: a time to act and not merely to remember' examines 'the profound costs of the conflict in terms of deaths, displacement and destruction along with the multi-dimensional impacts' says Jabbour. The Comment emphasizes that 'while the Syrian conflict faded from international headlines in the past year, conflict activities and violence against civilians continue' says Nuwayhid. The 'health needs of Syrians inside Syria and in neighboring countries of refugees, and those of host communities, are vast', according to Fouad.' Among the numerous actions required to address these health needs, Comment authors emphasize a few priorities 'such as release by Syrian government of thousands of health worker detained or forcibly disappeared', according to Yassin.               

In addition to publishing the Comment, the Lancet interviewed Jabbour and Nuwayhid for its podcast, The Lanc​et Voice, where they elaborated on the salient points of the anniversary and the contents of the Comment. Jabbour also participated as a panelist in a widely publicized webinar organized by Physicians for Human Rights on 'Syrian Health and Human Rights: 10 Years of Conflict' where they discussed the health and human rights implications of the conflict. ​​

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