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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 ​and the global South
​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 conflict and mobilize global action to strengthen the response to the conflict 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 collaborations including the seminal Lancet series on Health in the Arab world: A view from within, published in January 2014. 

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

More on the Host institution​ (FHS/AUB) and its collaboration with The Lancet.      

See also

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


​​​​​ NEWS

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Latest news 

  • 15 Nov: The Commission is featured among 5 key programs and initiatives in the area of 'Attacks on health professionals' by the Committee ​​on Human Rights of the ​U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  
  • 13 Nov: ​Commission Research Fellow Fatima Ghaddar receives a 'Certificate of Recognition Awarded for Early Career Professional for Best Abstract' from the International Health Section at APHA 2018 
  • 12 Nov: The Commission organizes a ​panel titled 'Health and armed conflict: Perspectives from the Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria​' at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA 2018) in San Diego, CA, USA ​
  • 09 Nov: Commission e-Newsletter Issue # 7​, covering June to October 2018​, is out
  • 29 Oct: Commissioner Fouad M Fouad and collaborators from the AUB Center for Systematic Reviews on Health Policy and Systems Research (SPARK) publish a study titled '​​​​Health Care Workers in the setting of the “Arab Spring”: a scoping review for the Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria' in Journal of Global Health

Details and more news​ 

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