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The public health impact of the Syria crisis

New Content ItemEdited by Ruwan Ratnayake and Bayard Roberts
Conflict and Health

Through a series on the public health impact of the Syria crisis, the Editors aim to stimulate the submission of high quality and timely research papers that characterize the communities affected, explore delivery methods for public health interventions for urban refugees and in hard to reach settings, address the burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases and explore health policy and health systems issues. Few papers have been submitted to medical journals on the Syria crisis, highlighting the lack of data and evidence that could ultimately be used to guide policy decisions.

This series is a rolling thematic series and further articles will continue to be added, including unsolicited submissions.

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.

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  1. Content type: Research

    Ongoing armed conflict in Syria has caused large scale displacement. Approximately half of the population of Syria have been displaced including the millions living as refugees in neighboring countries. We sou...

    Authors: S. M. Moazzem Hossain, Eva Leidman, James Kingori, Abdullah Al Harun and Oleg O. Bilukha

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2016 10:26

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  2. Content type: Letter to Editor

    We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of all Syrian immigrants from the TurkishSyrian border who delivered the Zekai Tahir Burak Maternity and Teaching Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in...

    Authors: Mehmet Büyüktiryaki, Fuat Emre Canpolat, Evrim Alyamaç Dizdar, Nilüfer Okur and Gülsüm Kadıoğlu Şimşek

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2015 9:38

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in Conflict and Health 2016 10:23

  3. Content type: Research

    Since 2011, civil war has crippled Syria leaving much of the population without access to healthcare. Various field hospitals have been clandestinely set up to provide basic healthcare but few have been able t...

    Authors: Miguel Trelles, Lynette Dominguez, Katie Tayler-Smith, Katrin Kisswani, Alberto Zerboni, Thierry Vandenborre, Silvia Dallatomasina, Alaa Rahmoun and Marie-Christine Ferir

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2015 9:36

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  4. Content type: Review

    The war in Syria, now in its fourth year, is one of the bloodiest in recent times. The legacy of war includes damage to the health of children that can last for decades and affect future generations. In this a...

    Authors: Delan Devakumar, Marion Birch, Leonard S. Rubenstein, David Osrin, Egbert Sondorp and Jonathan C. K. Wells

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2015 9:34

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The flight of Syrian and Palestinian families into Lebanon from Syria included a number of older refugees. This study sought to characterize the physical and emotional conditions, dietary habits, coping practi...

    Authors: Jonathan Strong, Christopher Varady, Najla Chahda, Shannon Doocy and Gilbert Burnham

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2015 9:12

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The burden of neuropsychiatric disorders in refugees is likely high, but little has been reported on the neuropsychiatric disorders that affect Syrian and Iraqi refugees in a country of first asylum. This anal...

    Authors: Erica D McKenzie, Paul Spiegel, Adam Khalifa and Farrah J Mateen

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2015 9:10

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  7. Content type: Research article

    After more than three years of violence in Syria, Lebanon hosts over one million Syrian refugees creating significant public health concerns. Antenatal care delivery to tens of thousands of pregnant Syrian ref...

    Authors: Matthew Benage, P Gregg Greenough, Patrick Vinck, Nada Omeira and Phuong Pham

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2015 9:8

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  8. Content type: Research

    The Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP) for reproductive health, a standard of care in humanitarian emergencies, is a coordinated set of priority activities developed to prevent excess morbidity and mortal...

    Authors: Sandra Krause, Holly Williams, Monica A Onyango, Samira Sami, Wilma Doedens, Noreen Giga, Erin Stone and Barbara Tomczyk

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2015 9(Suppl 1):S4

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 9 Supplement 1

  9. Content type: Letter to Editor

    Around 3% of the world’s population (n = 214 million people) has crossed international borders for various reasons. Since March 2011, Syria has been going through state of political crisis and instability resu...

    Authors: Ziad El-Khatib, David Scales, Jo Vearey and Birger C Forsberg

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2013 7:18

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