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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​First ​Lancet Commission ​

  • to focus directly on the subject of health in war and armed conflict
  • to examine the conflict in Syria, an issue of global interest and dimension
  • to be hosted and led by an academic institution in the Arab & Eastern Mediterranean ​region ​
​Lancet-American University of Beirut Commission on Syria

Why a global Lancet-American University of Beirut Commission on Syria​?

The ​Syria conflict has:

  • caused profound loss of life, suffering, destroying the health system and social fabric
  • become a grave regional issue but also ​a global issue directly impacting many countries ​
  • exposed inter-related global crises in governance, health and aid. Addressing these crises needs global analysis, collaboration and solutions

At a time when there is:

  • weak evidence base on the health impacts and approaches, hence​ need for more research and critical scholarship
  • weak voice of academia and science, hence need to mobilize the public health and medical community​​

More on the Rationale   

Aim and objectives

​The Commission's overall aim is to produce the best possible science in relation to health and Syrian crisis and mobilize global action to strengthen the response to the crisis with a particular focus on health. 

More on the Objectives  

The Lancet - AUB collaboration

In launching the Commission, The Lancet and the American University of Beirut (AUB), and particularly its Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), build on their prior and ongoing collaboration to advance global discussions on health issues in the region. This includes The Lancet series on Health in the Arab world: A view from within, published in 2014. 

This is the first time an AUB faculty hosts and leads a Lancet Commission.

More on the Host institution​, FHS/AUB      

See also

  • The Lancet's webpage​ dedicated to the Commission on Syria     


​​​​​ NEWS

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Latest news ​

  • 13 Sep: Commission e-Newsletter, Issue #3 is out. 

  • 08 Sep: Ambassadors ​ of UN Missions in New York receive Invitation, Program and Concept Note of the High-Level Side Event on 'Protecting Health Care in Armed Conflict' scheduled during the UN General Assembly on Friday 22 September at the UN Headquarters. Co-sponsored by Canada, Netherlands, Spain & UK, the Event is organized by the Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria & Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition

  • 7-9 Sep: Meeting of Commission Co-Chairs & Thematic Group Co-Leads in Beirut to review progress on work of Thematic Groups and advance preparations for Commission report 

  • 14-18 Aug: Researchers from two core laboratories of the Commission's Research & Documentation Team (RDT), AUB and Harvard FXB Center, meet at FXB center in Boston to review progress on research work and enhance collaboration on data analysis

  • 7-​​​9 Jul: Commission participates in SAMS' 17th Annual International Conference, “Dilemmas in Healthcare in Syria: Needs Assessment, Dynamics, and Ethics​ in Istanbul, Turkey. Co-Chairs Leaning & Nuwayhid, and Commissioner Tarakji deliver talks at the Conference 
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