About R4HSSS

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 fourth ‘Research for Health in Syrian Conflict’ Conference

The consortium of the Research for Health System Strengthening in northern Syria (R4HSSS) programme at King’s College London,  The Union of Medical and Relief Organisation (USSOM), Syria Research Group (SyRG) at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the National University of Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH), and Syria Public Health Network (SPHN), invite you to attend the fourth ‘Research for Health in the Syrian Conflict’ Conference.

This conference brings together exceptional speakers from academia, front-line health actors and NGOs to showcase original research on current issues in Syria, spanning from health system governance to epidemiology to many other disciplines within global health.

Last year’s conference can be viewed here.



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