[Source: The Lancet, full page: (LINK). Summary, edited.]
Responding to health emergencies in the Eastern Mediterranean region in times of conflict
Richard Brennan, Rana Hajjeh, Ahmed Al-Mandhari
Published: March 02, 2020 / DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30069-6
WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region (EMR) is facing emergencies on a scale that is perhaps unprecedented in its history. There is armed conflict in 12 of the region’s 22 countries.1, 2 The region’s 680 million people3 represent 9% of the global population, yet the EMR is home to 43% of those who need humanitarian assistance4 and is the source of 64% of the world’s refugees.5 The health effects of these crises are immense. Direct health consequences include trauma-related deaths and disability, gender-based violence, and mental disorders. Disruption of health systems contributes to increased morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases, malnutrition, obstetric complications, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Health indicators in the EMR are among the worst in the world.6
AA-M is WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. We declare no other competing interests.
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Keywords: Society; Poverty; Wars; COVID-19; Pandemic preparedness.