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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 ​

  • 12-13 Jun: The Commission makes a major contribution to an international 'Expert Strategic Planning Meeting: Research & Action on Health and War/Armed Conflict' organized by FHS at AUB to "facilitate critical review and transformative thinking about the future of research and action on health and war/armed conflict'."   
  • 11 Jun: Commission e-Newsletter Issue # 6​, covering February 2018 to May 2018​, is out.
  • 7-8 Jun: Commissioner Co-Chair Jabbour represents the Commission at a retreat ​on 'Doctors in War Zones: International Policy and Healthcare during Armed Conflict' organized by the International Peace Institute in collaboration with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. 
  • 23-24 Apr: Com​mission Co-Chair Samer Jabbour represents 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.  

Details and more news​ 

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