Past Events & Videos

The Third Research for Health in Syria Conference

Welcoming note: Dr. Abdulkarim Ekzayez, KCL
Keynote 1: Professor Professor Samer Jabbour, American University of Beirut and Lancet  American University of Beirut Commission on Syria

Plenary session: The impact of COVID-19 on health in Syria

Mask use among communities in Northwest Syria during the COVID -19 pandemic

Diana Rayes

Session 1: Health systems adaptation in the Syrian Conflict

Sara Basha – Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Primary Health Care Among Healthcare Workers and Other Relevant Stakeholders in Northwest Syria
Agneta Kallström  – Qualitative research of local health care professionals’ working motivations in Syria
Dr Shoaib Hussain – Evaluation of Surgical Capacity in Northwest Syria

Session 2: Access to healthcare inside Syria and in neighbouring countries

Ammar Hasan Beck – Improving access to specialized health services for Syrian refugees in Turkey. A case study in
Nihal Kayali – Turkey’s Health Care Response to Syrian Refugees: Strides and Remaining Challenges
Zahed Katurji – Negotiating medical evacuation during siege: a case study of the evacuation from Aleppo, Syria 2016

Session 4: Mental health, and gender sensitivity

Aala El-Khani – Prioritizing and developing family skills as a protective factor for Syrian family mental health
Mouna Khaity – Exploring the gender sensitivity in both policies and practices that are oriented towards the female
workforce in the health structures and facilities in the Syrian opposition-controlled areas.
Mohammad Abo-Hilal – Preliminary research to contribute to development psychological first aid program in the Syrian

Plenary session: Research culture in the Syrian context.
Chair: Abdulkarim Ekzayez
Dr Housam Al Nahhas (SPHN)
Dr Maher Al Aref (UOSSM France – R4HSSS)
Kristen Meagher (CHRG at KCL – R4HSSS)
Dr Hani Taleb (UDER – Relief Experts)
Diana Rayes (PHR – SPHN).

Looking to the future: Rebuilding Syria’s fractured health system

Syria’s displaced health workforce: Policy opportunities and challenges

Syria, Salisbury & saving lives at war: what next for foreign policy and humanitarian intervention?

Health & stabilisation in North-East Syria: hosted by Expertise France as part of the Brussel’s Syria Conference 2021. I have participated representing R4HSSS

A webinar on COVID-19 vaccine with medical workers in northwest Syria on 30.04.2021 (Arabic language only): hosted by a Syrian organisation called Relief Experts. I represented R4HSSS in this webinar

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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