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Policy brief - Syria’s health: the silent burden of chronic diseases

Our June 2016 session on non-communicable diseases was our first hosted by Chatham House; we are grateful for this collaboration which led to high profile participation. The brief is found here. Highlights of the meeting include recommendations about the promotion of steps towards universal health care in the region (for both Syrians and non-Syrians), streamlining service delivery to ensure quality of service provision for NCDs, building capacity including efforts to include Syrian health workers and strengthening data and health information systems relevant to NCDs.


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Syria Public Health Network calls for stronger evidence to guide interventions for displaced Syrians

For the 2016 donor conference in London, the Syria Public Health Network produced a briefing outlining the scope and scale of the health challenges arising from the Syria crisis and key policy priorities in the following months and years. The briefing drew together findings across a series of events that the Network has held before the meeting, and a comment piece focusing on mental health needs that was published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine in 2016 (available here - free link).

One of the issues highlighted in the briefing – which has been sent to the British government – is the shortage of evidence to guide interventions for displaced Syrians. The full briefing is available here: Syria health policy brief_London Conf_Final.3rdFebruary2016

This work has been covered in a press release issued by the University of Cambridge, which is available here.

Syria’s Health: Focus on Mental Health

On 21st September, the Network hosted a workshop on mental health among Syrians (both in-country and externally displaced). Presentations covered the changing burden of mental ill-health since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, and practitioner perspectives from medical professionals and organisations providing programmes for refugees in surrounding countries.

A short summary of key findings from the event is available here: Syria Mental Health Policy Brief.

The event was also covered in a recent blog from Medecins du Monde Middle East.