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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 ​

  • 8-9 Jan 2018: Commission Co-Chairs and Lancet editors meet at Lancet offices to discuss peer review comments
  • 20 Dec: Commission report is submitted to the Lancet for peer review  

  • 25-27 Oct: Commission Meeting with Lancet editors Richard Horton and Pam Das to discuss first draft of Commission report. Meeting is hosted by the American University of Paris (AUP). AUP President Celeste M. Schenck opens the meeting.

  • 21 Oct: Commission e-Newsletter Issue # 4, covering August to September 2017​, is out

  • 05 Oct: Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces a new Fogarty initiative on 'Conducting Health Research in Humanitarian Crises’ to be co-chaired by Commissi​on Co-Chair Iman Nuwayhid

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