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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​First ​Lancet Commission to focus directly on the subject of conflict and health 
First Lancet Commission to focus on 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, and destruction of the health system and the 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 and hence the need for more research and critical scholarship on the crisis
  • weak voice of academia and science and hence the need to mobilize the public health and medical community​​


Aim of the Commission​

Analyze the profound impacts of the Syria crisis for Syria and the region, examine the regional and international response to the crisis, develop concrete policy and practice options to address the profound health needs in Syria, and advance global research & collaboration on conflict and health and raise its profile in academic public health and medicine and in global health​


The Lancet - AUB collaboration

The Lancet and the American University of Beirut (AUB) have together launched the Commission which builds on their prior collaboration to advance global discussions on health issues in the region including the Lancet series on Health in the Arab world: A view from within, published in 2014.  ​The series included an examination of the impact of the Iraq and Syrian wars on changing geography of health provision in the region. 

Several faculty members from FHS and other AUB faculties have served on prior or current Lancet Commissions. This is the first time an AUB faculty hosts and leads a Lancet Commission.

See also


​​​ NEWS
  • The Lancet has published the first major output  of the Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria, a Health Policy paper on 'Health workers and the weaponisation of health care in Syria.' 

  • The Lancet has launched a new website dedicated to the Commission. It includes various publications​ on Syria from the journal.

  • The Commission needs evidence on the Syria crisis to inform its work. The Lancet has issued a Call for Papers which is open for submissions until 01 June 2017.




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