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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 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 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 ​

  • 16 Jun: The spring 2017 issue of AUB's MainGate magazine features a major news story about the Commission titled 'A Hard Look at Syria's Health Crisis.' ​​

  • ​09 Jun: The Lancet Series on Health in Humanitarian Crises is launched in London. Series is co-led by Commissioner Francesco Checchi and contributed to by Commissioner Paul Spiegel

  • ​01 Jun: The Syrian Center for Policy Research launches 'Social Degradation in Syria'. The report, co-authored by Commissioner Rabie Nasser, discusses loss to social capital as a result of the conflict 

  • 24 May: Co-Chair Samer 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 convene​s its Third Meeting at AUB​
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