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 Syria and develop plans for the health system in northern Syria for the early recovery phase. This will be done 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


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