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  • 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     



The Commission is supported by the various institutions represented in the Commission through the Commissioners and received funding support from a number of foundations and agencies.  

​​​​​ NEWS

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Latest news 

  • 08 Feb: AUB launch of 'The UCL–Lancet Commission on Migration and Health' with Commission Chair Ibrahim Abubakr and Commissioners Fouad M. Fouad and Michael Knipper. Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria Co-Chair Jabbour introduces the Commission on Syria and presents a perspective on the intersection of armed conflict, forced displacement and migration ​
  • 18 Dec: Several Commissioners participate in the first meeting of the Advisory Committee of 'Refugees = Partners', a new initiative, co-led by the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR), that wants to change the narrative about refugees. Commissioner and SCPR co-founder, Rabie Nasser, co-chairs the meeting. 
  • 05 Dec: Commissioners Fouad M. Fouad and Paul Spiegel are contributors to a new report from the Lancet 'The UCL–Lancet Commission on Migration and Health: the health of a world on the move'    
  • 01 Dec: The Commission organizes a Roundtable on 'Health and the war in Syria: New responsibilities and opportunities for global health' during the 11th European Public Health Conference. Commission Co-Chair Samer Jabbour moderates the Roundtable. 
  • 29-30 Nov: A team from the Commission makes oral presentations and abstracts during the 11th European Public Health Conference

Details and more news​ 

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