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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​First ​Lancet Commission to focus directly on the subject of conflict and health 
First Lancet Commission to examine conflict in Syria, an issue of global interest and dimension
First Lancet Commission to be hosted and led by an academic institution in the Global South​

​Lancet-American University of Beirut Commission on Syria

Why a global Lancet-American University of Beirut Commission on Syria​?

The ​Syria crisis has:

  • caused profound loss of life, suffering, destroying the health system and social fabric
  • become a grave regional issue of interest to a global audience
  • become 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, hence need for more research and critical scholarship on the crisis
  • 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), andd particularly its Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), build on their prior collaboration to advance global discussions on health issues in the region. This includes the Lancet series on Health in the Arab world: A view from within, published in 2014.  ​​​

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

More on the Host institution​, FHS/AUB      

See also

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


​​​ NEWS

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Latest news ​

  • 24 May: Co-Chair Jabbour represents the Commission in a side meeting at the 70th World Health Assembly organized by UNRWA and discusses Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS) 

  • 16-18 May: The Commission convenes its Third Meeting at AUB​

  • 11-14 May: Commission Co-Chairs and Commissioners contribute in various ways to the 48th MEMA Conference: First Global Conflict Medicine Congress held at AUB

  • 05 May: WHO - Turkey hosts an Expert Consultation in Ankara to discuss evidence on Syrian refugees in Turkey, collaboration with the Commission, and The Lancet Call for Papers on Health and the Syria Conflict

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