Health care workers (HCWs) are essential for the delivery of health care services in conflict areas and in rebuilding health systems post-conflict. However, HCWs in conflict areas around the world are being threatened, detained, and killed. Direct attacks and insecurity have led to the exodus of HCWs from conflict areas. The resulting shortage of HCWs has devastating effects on the delivery of, and access to health care not only during conflicts but also in the aftermath of war.
Researchers from the American University of Beirut' Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Global Health Institute and Clinical Research Institute, along with colleagues from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine conducted a study with the aim of systematically identifying and mapping the published evidence on HCWs in conflict and post-conflict settings.
The study "Health care workers in conflict and post-conflict settings: Systematic mapping of the evidence" informs researchers and funders on research gap on this subject and provides a comprehensive database of evidence about HCWs in conflict and post-conflict settings on a global scale that is often needed to inform policies and strategies on effective workforce planning and management and in reducing emigration.