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Recognizing that "the usual Lancet Commission process is inadequate for the scale of this crisis", The Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria: Health in Conflict takes a slightly different approach to that of other Lancet Commissions in light of the urgency of the Syria question and the need for advocacy on priority issues.

While keeping a focus on the final report as its main output, the Commission has staggered a number of other outputs:  


The following two Comments announcing the Commission and reporting on its launch/inaugural meeting (1-2 December 2016) have appeared in The Lancet in December 2016:

Offline: Syria - ending the state of denial
Richard Horton
The Lancet, Vol. 388, No. 10062, p2854​
Published: 10 December 2016
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​​The Lancet–American University of Beirut Commission on Syria: a new role for global health in conflict and a call for papers
Samer Jabbour, Jennifer Leaning, Iman Nuwayhid, Richard Horton, Pamela Das
The Lancet, Vol. 388, No. 10063, p2967–2968
Published: 17 December 2016
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On 14 March 2017, The Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria published its first major output, a Health Policy paper in The Lancet. The pap​er was accompanied by an Editorial and a Comment and received wide international media coverage.

Health workers and the weaponisation of health care in Syria: a preliminary inquiry for The Lancet–American University of Beirut Commission on Syria
Fouad M Fouad, Annie Sparrow, Ahmad Tarakji, Mohamad Alameddine, Fadi El-Jardali, Adam P Coutts, Nour El Arnaout, Lama Bou Karroum, Mohammed Jawad, Sophie Roborgh, Aula Abbara, Fadi Alhalabi, Ibrahim AlMasri, Samer Jabbour
Published: 14 March 2017​​​

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The Commission plans policy discussion side-events at the following meetings.  Corresponding policy briefs will be developed with the support of the Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center at the American University of Beirut. 

The 70t​h World Health Assembly in May 2017: Focus on he​​alth system issues including health professionals
The 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in September 2017: Focus on refugee and humanitarian issues


The report will be the main output of the Commission. It will be published in The Lancet and launched globally and regionally.  Global launch is tentatively planned during the 71st World Health Assembly in May 2018.  

See the Lancet's Global Health Commissions for examples of other reports.


Research work in the Commission and through the various thematic groups will produce more scholarly output than can be included with due detail in the Commission report. A special themed journal issue is therefore planned for publication concomitant with or following the launch of the Commission report in 2018. Papers in the themed issue will elaborate on subjects examined by the Thematic Groups beyond what is covered in the Commissio​n report.

Other high-quality papers elaborating on specific sub-thematic issues are also planned.  


The Commission will develop various Knowledge Translation (KT) products, in collaboration with the Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center at the American University of Beirut, throughout its work. 

KT products includes policy dialogues, policy briefs, and case studies along with products intended for media and outreach. ​​










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