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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 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 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 ​

  • 23-24 Apr: Commission Co-Chair Samer Jabbour will represent the Commission at the the second Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, co-organized by the EU and the UN. He will participate in side events on 23 April and in the 'Dialogue with NGOs' on 24 April.  

  • 17 Apr: Commission Co-Chair Samer Jabbour represents the Commission at a policy discussion on 'Building Peace into Refugee Responses: Syrian Refugees in Lebanon' organized by Saferworld and The Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies (LCPS) 
  • 14 AprThe Lancet has published a letter 'Protection of health care in armed conflict: action towards accountability' reflecting on the deliberations of the high-level side event at the UN General Assembly organized by the Commission in September 2017. The letter is led-authored by the Honorable G. Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health of Canada.

  • 29 Mar: The spring 2018 issue of AUB's The MainGate magazine features a news story about the Commission titled 'Catching up with the AUB-Lancet​ Commission​.' ​The story r​eports on the Commission's progress including the high-level side event at the UN General Assembly in September 2017 and the discussions that followed at the AUB New York office. 

  • 20-21 MarCommission Co-Chairs, several Commissioners, and research team convene a meeting with Lancet editors Richard Horton and P​am Das at the AUB Faculty of Health ​Sciences to review progress on revision of Commission report and to plan ahead for launch of Commission report in fall 2018

Details and more news​ 

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