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Non-communicable diseases among conflict-affected populations

New Content Item © Senior Airman Omari BernardEdited by Bayard Roberts, Kiran Jobunputra, Preeti Patel and Pablo Perel
Conflict and Health

Conflict and Health is pleased to have a thematic series on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among conflict-affected populations. 

This series seeks to address key questions such as:

  • What are the burdens and patterns of NCDs and their risk-factors?
  • How effective and feasible are prevention and treatment services for NCDs?
  • How can health services, systems and policies be more responsive to NCDs?
  • What are the methodological developments in researching and monitoring NCDs?
  • What are the key barriers to addressing NCDs and how can they best be overcome?

Current papers in the series address topics such as cardiovascular disease and other NCDs among Syrian refugees, prevalence of NCDs and access to care among populations displaced by ISIS in Iraq, challenges to conducting epidemiological research on NCDs in Palestine and papers on NCD risk-factors such as tobacco use among conflict-affected populations.

This series is a rolling thematic series and further articles will continue to be added. We welcome quantitative and qualitative research papers, reviews, short reports, case studies, methodology articles, commentaries and debate articles.

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer review process. The Editors declare no competing interests. Image credit: Senior Airman Omari Bernard.

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  1. Content type: Review

    Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) represent the primary cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Specific attention needs to be given in fragile and crisis-affected contexts, where health systems have even m...

    Authors: S. Aebischer Perone, E. Martinez, S. du Mortier, R. Rossi, M. Pahud, V. Urbaniak, F. Chappuis, O. Hagon, F. Jacquérioz Bausch and D. Beran

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2017 11:17

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  2. Content type: Research

    The growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) presented new challenges for medical humanitarian aid and little was known about primary health care approaches for these diseases in humanitarian respons...

    Authors: Dylan R.J. Collins, Kiran Jobanputra, Thomas Frost, Shoaib Muhammed, Alison Ward, Abed Alrazzaq Shafei, Taissir Fardous, Sadeq Gabashneh and Carl Heneghan

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2017 11:14

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  3. Content type: Research

    The increasing caseload of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in displaced populations poses new challenges for humanitarian agencies and host country governments in the provision of health care, diagnostics and...

    Authors: Valeria Cetorelli, Gilbert Burnham and Nazar Shabila

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2017 11:4

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  4. Content type: Short report

    Little has been written on the challenges of conducting research in regions or countries with chronic conflict and strife. In this paper we share our experiences in conducting a population based study of chron...

    Authors: Rasha Khatib, Rita Giacaman, Umaiyeh Khammash and Salim Yusuf

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2017 10:33

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  5. Content type: Research

    Given the large burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among both Syrian refugees and the host communities within which they are settled, humanitarian actors and the government of Lebanon face immense chal...

    Authors: Shannon Doocy, Emily Lyles, Baptiste Hanquart and Michael Woodman

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2016 10:21

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  6. Content type: Research

    Evidence is conflicting as to the whether tobacco smoking prevalence is higher in refugee than non-refugee populations. The aim of this study was to compare the prevalence and frequency of tobacco smoking in P...

    Authors: Mohammed Jawad, Ali Khader and Christopher Millett

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2016 10:20

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  7. Content type: Case study

    The World Health Organization proposes 6 building blocks for health systems. These are vulnerable to challenges in many contexts. Findings from a 2004 assessment of the health system in Mali for diabetes care ...

    Authors: Stéphane Besançon, Ibrahima-Soce Fall, Mathieu Doré, Assa Sidibé, Olivier Hagon, François Chappuis and David Beran

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2015 9:15

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