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Entering its tenth year, the Syrian conflict is still one of the most devastating humanitarian crises in the world. The conflict has caused a severe disruption in health services leading to a collapse of the health system in the most conflict-affected areas. Attacks on healthcare have been a major threat in Syria, in what has been described as a weaponisation of health care. The UN estimates that half of the health facilities in Syria are either only partially functional or destroyed. Physicians for Human Rights have documented 588 attacks on health facilities and 914 medical personnel killed between March 2011 and November 2019. Essential health services have been further disrupted by the increasing number of health professionals fleeing the country. This has left populations with limited access to healthcare leading to increased vulnerability to communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Our project studies the experience of health systems in north west and north east Syria in relation to four elements of health system adaptation and strengthening; provision of health services, health education and medical training, health governance and financing, and the use of digital solutions in health information system to inform future post conflict systems strengthening.

The Second Research for Health in Syria Conference
30 October 2020

On the 30 October 2020 R4HSSS, in partnership with the Syrian Research Group (SyRG) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and National University of Singapore, the Syria Public Health Network, and Research for Health in Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa (R4HC-MENA), hosted the Second Syria Health Research Conference. Thank you to all those who attended on the day. You can view the sessions and learn more about our project at the links below.

Welcoming note: Dr. Maher Aref (UOSSM)
Keynote: Dr. Natasha Howard
Plenary Session: The Impact of COVID-19 on health in Syria
Speakers: Dr. Abdulkarim Ekzayez, Manar Marzouk, Dr. Naser Almhawish, Amina Olabi and Houssam Alnahas
Chair: Dr Bashar Farhat

Health systems adaptation in the Syrian Conflict

Yazan Douedari – Health system governance and adaptation under three areas of military control
Ibrahim AlMasri – Structure, Processes and Costs of the novel Diabetes Care Program for Refugees in Lebanon
Kristen Meagher – Exploring the role of women’s leadership and participation in health systems strengthening in northern Syria

Chair: Dr. Abdulkarim Ekzayez

Non-communicable diseases

Massa Jabra – Breast cancer patients in Syria: Quality of life and prognosis
Amani Al-Oraibi – The Prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases Among Syrian Refugees in Syria’s Neighbouring Host Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Joseph Burke – Mental Health and Food Security amongst Displaced Syrians

Chair: Hala Mkhalalati

Reviews and evaluations of clinical interventions

Sara Basha – A scoping literature review of maternal health in Syria after 2011
Ahmad Al- Khawam – Rivaroxaban Compared to Warfarin for Treatment of Cerebral Venous Thrombosis: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Salma Almidani – Vaccine Coverage and Perceived Barriers to Vaccination among Displaced Syrians in Lebanon

Chair: Bashar Farhat

Health workforce and multidisciplinary research

Ibrahem Hanafi – Medical research conduct and publication during higher studies in Syria: attitudes, barriers, practices, and possible solutions
Fatima Abbas – Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of Syrian doctors towards COVID-19 pandemic
Dorien Braam – Zoonoses and its link to COVID-19 among Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan

Chair: Hala Mkhalalati

Keynote: Professor Richard Sullivan

Plenary Session: Research for Health System Strengthening Speakers: Professor Preeti Patel, Dr. Zedoun Al Zoubi, Dr. Aula Abbara, Dr. Munzer Khalil, Dr. Ciwan Mistefa

Chair: Dr. Abdulkarim Ekzayez

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