Statement by WHO's Regional Director at WHO's press briefing on Afghanistan and Lebanon
23 September 2021 – The Eastern Mediterranean Region, which I represent, covers 22 countries from northern Africa, across the Middle East and as far as parts of southern Asia.  It was beset by multiple crises even before the COVID-19 pandemic – and is home to 43% of people who need humanitarian assistance globally, and the source 64% of the world’s refugees.    Across the Region we are experiencing 10 large-scale humanitarian emergencies, the COVID-19 pandemic and 5 other outbreaks and natural disasters – collectively representing massive health needs and requiring enormous huma...
Source: WHO EMRO News - September 23, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Work-related injuries among Syrian refugee child workers in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon: a gender-sensitive analysis - Habib RR, Mikati D, Al-Barathie J, Abi Younes E, Jawad M, El Asmar K, Ziadee M.
This study explo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Joint statement by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General, and Dr Ahmed Al ...
19 September 2021, Beirut, Lebanon – We have just concluded a two-day visit to Beirut, Lebanon to reiterate our commitment to the people of Lebanon and express our solidarity and continued support. Since the Beirut port blast last year, the country and its people have slipped even further into despair. The current economic crisis has increased poverty across the country, and all sectors including health, are at risk of collapse. Fuel shortages are causing most hospitals to operate at only 50% capacity. Just today, we were told that two open heart surgeries were cancelled because of limited fuel at the facility wher...
Source: WHO EMRO News - September 19, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO Regional Director ’s opening remarks at press briefing, Lebanon
17 September 2021 – I join Dr Tedros in thanking you – the media – as well as all health workers, civil society, donors, UN sister agencies and health partners for the enormous efforts made, particularly over the past two years, to prioritize the well-being of people in Lebanon and ensure the continuity of health care delivery. Over the past two days, Dr Tedros, Dr Shankiti, and myself, together with the other members of our delegation, met with national and international stakeholders to discuss critical issues related to the health system capacity and viability. Our key focus was to build on o...
Source: WHO EMRO News - September 17, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO director: Lebanon's brain drain threat to health sector
The World Health Organization’s director general is deeply concerned about the impact of Lebanon’s economic meltdown and multiple crises on the people’s wellbeing (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Lebanese cancer patients face frantic search for medication
Lebanon is grappling with severe shortages in medical supplies amid a devastating economic crisis (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

A cross-sectional study of COVID-19-related bullying in a sample of Lebanese adults: scale validation, correlates, and mediating effect of fear and anxiety - Haddad C, Sacre H, Bou Malhab S, Malaeb D, Saadeh D, Abou Tayeh C, Salameh P.
BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to prolonged exposure to stress and anxiety, raising concerns about a large spectrum of psychological side effects. The primary objective of the study was to validate the COVID-19 Bullying Scale (CBS-11). The secon... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Report: Palestinians agree to help Israel track down escaped inmates
Abbas had been seen as reluctant to aid capture of popular escapees, but report in Lebanese paper linked to Ramallah's rivals claims PA... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thermo Fisher Scientific confirms new operations hub in Lebanon with 1,400 jobs
A Fortune 100 medical device company is injecting 1,400 jobs into a specialized facility in Lebanon, confirming what the Business Journal first reported in July. Here's all the details. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 7, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Adam Sichko Source Type: news

Weapon injuries in the crusader mass graves from a 13th century attack on the port city of Sidon (Lebanon) - Mikulski RNR, Schutkowski H, Smith MJ, Doumet-Serhal C, Mitchell PD.
Archaeological excavations close to St Louis' castle in Sidon, Lebanon have revealed two mass grave deposits containing partially articulated and disarticulated human skeletal remains. A minimum of 25 male individuals have been recovered, with no females o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Seven countries in the Region to participate in WHO ’s Solidarity PLUS trial
WHO’s Solidarity PLUS trial enters new phase to test 3 new candidate drugs for COVID-19  Cairo, 25 August 2021 – Seven countries in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region have enrolled to participate in the Solidarity PLUS clinical trial led by WHO. Solidarity PLUS will evaluate 3 potential drugs for the treatment of COVID-19 infections – artesunate, imatinib and infliximab – aiming to protect people from severe hospitalization and death because of COVID-19.  These drugs were selected by an independent panel of experts who assess all available evidence on all relevant therapeutics. T...
Source: WHO EMRO News - August 25, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Gendering journalistic voices for gendered political violence? Agential representations of Palestinian female suicide bombers in UK broadcast news media - Kirk MD.
In the late twentieth century, the rise of the female suicide bomber phenomenon was prevalent in Chechnya, Lebanon and Sri Lanka. Arguably, in terms of academic engagement and visibility within the wider public consciousness, the first wave of Palestinian ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Media, Marketing, and Internet Issues Source Type: news

Lebanese hospitals at breaking point as everything runs out
Lebanon's health sector is a casualty of the multiple crises that have plunged the country into a downward spiral (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Iranian oil shipment to Lebanon poses new challenge for Israel
(Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Daring Israel and US to act, Hezbollah says Iran fuel tanker to sail to Lebanon
(Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fuel Explosion in Lebanon Kills 28
With the country in economic collapse, a warehouse containing illegally stored fuel exploded as people tried to collect gasoline. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fuel explosion in Lebanon kills 20, wounding dozens
BEIRUT (AP) — A warehouse where fuel was illegally stored exploded in northern Lebanon early Sunday, killing 20 people and burning... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

At least 20 people killed after fuel tank explodes in Lebanon
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Source: Reuters: Health - August 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

At least 20 dead, 79 injured in fuel tanker explosion in Lebanon, Red Cross reports
The country has been battling an ongoing fuel crisis that caused widespread blackouts Saturday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nothing left ’: Crisis-hit Lebanon faces growing bread shortages
Bakeries still able to operate amid electricity cuts are rationing output to make state-subsidized flour last longer, reducing supply... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

12 Years, $800 Million, One Conviction: Lebanon Tribunal Winds Down Short of Answers
Established in 2009 to prosecute those responsible for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the tribunal failed to... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

St. Jude ’s Fundraising Chief on Space Missions, ‘Pushing Boundaries’ and a Record-Setting Year
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which looks after children with cancer while also researching how to eliminate the pediatric form of the disease, raised $2 billion in donations in its last fiscal year. It’s a record for an independent charity, and an impressive feat in a year when donors had more causes than ever vying for their attention and money. Richard Shadyac, the CEO of the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (St. Jude’s fundraising organization), attributes that success to a nimble pivot to different fundraising strategies—one of which was a collaboration with Inspiration4,...
Source: TIME: Science - August 10, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Belinda Luscombe Tags: Uncategorized Magazine Space Special Project Source Type: news

Lebanon's Maronite patriarch calls on army to handle Hezbollah
"We call upon the Lebanese army to prevent the launching of missiles, not for the sake of Israel, but for the sake of Lebanon." (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ophthalmic injuries in the port explosion in Beirut, Lebanon: lessons for provision of ophthalmic trauma care and major incident management - Blanch RJ, Mazzoli RA, Porter K.
In this month ’s issue of JAMA Ophthalmology, Kheir et al1 report ophthalmic injuries after the port explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, the largest explosion in a population center in recent history, and their institutional response to the resulting major i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

IDF says Hezbollah man who launched rockets seen near border in plain clothes
Arabic spokesperson says Ali Kajak's presence near frontier in civilian dress shows group's 'disregard for Lebanon's sovereignty,... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bennett: Israel won ’t accept rocket attacks from Lebanon
“Israel will not accept shooting into its territory,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hezbollah chief vows retaliation for future Israeli strikes in Lebanon
Nasrallah calls IDF strikes in response to rocket fire 'dangerous development,' but insists terror group doesn't seek escalation with... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nasrallah: Clashes with Israel 'very dangerous'
The recent events have been some of the most serious clashes between Israel and Hezbollah since the Second Lebanon War. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hezbollah rocket attack on Israel a ‘message’ to new PM, says Iranian commander
Iranian Revolutionary Guards chief meets with deputy secretary-general of Lebanese terror group in Tehran, says barrage signals... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Palestinian factions applaud Hezbollah rocket attack on Israel
Hamas welcomed the Hezbollah attack and said that it fully supports the "resistance in Lebanon" in its fight against "the Zionist aggression." (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

With first rocket attack in 15 years, Hezbollah risks war to test Israel
IDF's projection in early 2021 that the Lebanese terrorist militia will try to initiate limited conflicts on the border comes true (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hezbollah fires rocket barrage at Israel; IDF responds with artillery fire
Military says 10 projectiles were intercepted by air defenses, 6 struck open areas and 3 landed in Lebanon; terror group says attack was... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel, Hezbollah claims responsibility
Prime Minister Bennett, Defense Minister Gantz gathering in Tel Aviv to discuss Israeli retaliation. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ophthalmologists Detail Eye Injuries From Huge Beirut Blast Ophthalmologists Detail Eye Injuries From Huge Beirut Blast
One year after the catastrophic explosion at the Port of Beirut in Lebanon, researchers discuss the eye injuries treated in the aftermath.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines - August 5, 2021 Category: Opthalmology Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

The World Has Been On Fire For the Past Month. Here ’s What It Looks Like
Flames light up hillsides in British Columbia. Smoke swells over highways into Athens. A swimming pool in California is surrounded by charred rubble. Thick forests in Siberia lie shriveled and brown. Countries across the northern hemisphere this summer are experiencing the worst wildfires in years of recorded history, with large swaths of land and entire towns in Europe, North America and Russia consumed by flames since the start of July. Though many of these countries are used to summer fire seasons, climate change is making the hot, dry conditions that allow fires to catch and spread more common and more intense. [time-b...
Source: TIME: Science - August 5, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ciara Nugent Tags: Uncategorized climate change healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Characteristics of open eye injuries in the Beirut Port explosion - Sukkarieh G, Lahoud C, Ghorayeb R, Abi Karam M, Succarieh Y, Saleh M, Jalkh A.
INTRODUCTION: On the 4(th) of August 2020 an ammonium nitrate explosion took place at the Port of Beirut in Lebanon. The aim of this study was to present the open eye injuries caused by the Beirut Port blast, and to describe their characteristics and visua... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Collapse: Inside Lebanon ’s Worst Economic Meltdown in More Than a Century
The small Mediterranean country is in the throes of a financial crisis that the World Bank has said could rank among the world’s worst... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statement on COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
2 August 2021, Cairo, Egypt –  As of 31 July, WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region has reported almost 12.6 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 236 000 deaths. Many countries are reporting a substantial increase in the number of cases and deaths over the past month, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Somalia. An average of 363 000 new cases and 4300 deaths have been reported across the Region on a weekly basis over the last 4 weeks, marking a 67% and 24% increase in the number of cases and deaths, respectively, compared to the previous month.&nb...
Source: WHO EMRO News - August 2, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Responding to a major disaster: the trauma assessment and support clinic in Beirut - Medawar B, Shabb O, El Hayek S, Ammar J, Hammouche S, El Khoury J.
The Beirut port explosion on August 4, 2020, traumatized the Lebanese population. It also revealed a lack of disaster mental health preparedness in a country subject to significant political, economic, and security challenges. The Trauma Assessment and Sup... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Saad Hariri, Lebanon ’s Designated Prime Minister, Quits Amid Crises
After nine months of political wrangling, Saad Hariri gave up on trying to form a government, opening a new political void. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 situation critical in WHO ’s Eastern Mediterranean Region
13 July 2021 – After a decline in COVID-19 cases and deaths across WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region for 8 consecutive weeks, several countries are seeing a significant increase in new cases and deaths.  Significant increases in COVID-19 cases have been reported from Libya, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, and Tunisia. Lebanon and Morocco have also started to see a rise in cases, with an exponential increase expected in these 2 countries in the coming weeks. “We are reaching a critical point for COVID-19 in our Region,” said Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Med...
Source: WHO EMRO News - July 13, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Bridging the Gap and Crossing the Bridge
Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot WaitBy Yasmine SherifNEW YORK, Jul 9 2021 (IPS) It may be a challenge, but it is also an absolute necessity: bridging the gap between international law and reality and quickly crossing the bridge to reach all crisis-affected children and youth left furthest behind. Inclusive and equitable quality education is the right of every girl and boy and the objective of Sustainable Development Goal 4. Yasmine SherifIn fact, there are multiple challenges to overcome: in 2020, in countries of emergencies and protracted crisis – further hit by COVID-19 – the United Nations also...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yasmine Sherif Tags: Armed Conflicts Climate Change Crime & Justice Development & Aid Education Education Cannot Wait. Future of Education is here Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Migration & Refu Source Type: news

The Beirut Port explosion: injury trends from a mass survey of emergency admissions - Mansour HA, Bitar E, Fares Y, Makdessi AA, Maalouf A, Ghoul ME, Mansour MA, Chami A, Khalil M, Jalkh A, Cherfan D, Fares J, Khuri FR, Mansour AM.
On Aug 4, 2020, 1807 h, one of the most powerful non-nuclear explosions in history rocked Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, with a population of 2 million. The Beirut Port ammonium nitrate explosion (BPANE) happened when a fire set off 2700 tons of ammo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Pope: Lebanon must remain a 'land of tolerance, pluralism'
Pope Francis is insisting that Lebanon must remain a “land of tolerance and pluralism.” (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Pope, Lebanese Christian clerics pray for end to crisis
Pope Francis has welcomed Lebanon’s Christian religious leaders to the Vatican for a day of prayer (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Butterfly effect can double travel of virus-laden droplets
(American Institute of Physics) In Physics of Fluids, investigators from the University of Florida and Lebanese American University carried out detailed computer simulations to test a mathematical theory they developed previously. They found nearly identical exhalations could spread in different directions when miniscule initial variations are substantially amplified by turbulence. This is the so-called butterfly effect. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 29, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sexual and reproductive health of Syrian refugee adolescent girls: a qualitative study using focus group discussions in an urban setting in Lebanon - Korri R, Hess S, Froeschl G, Ivanova O.
BACKGROUND: The war in Syria caused the forced displacement of millions of Syrians to neighboring countries. Lebanon is the host country with the largest overall number of Syrian refugees per capita. Adolescent refugee girls experience a unique level of vu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Education Cannot Wait for Refugee Children in Crisis, says Yasmine Sherif
Yasmine Sherif in Lebanon with Palestine refugee children. Credit: Education Cannot Wait (ECW)By Nayema NusratNEW YORK, Jun 19 2021 (IPS) With financing, the number of out-of-school refuges could be reduced to zero, Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait (ECW) says, as the world commemorates World Refugee Day. In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with IPS in New York, Sherif shared her vision for a world where dignity and the right to believe in better prospects are returned child refugees – something, she says, can be delivered through education. “When you sit down and listen to young refugees in ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Nayema Nusrat Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Climate Change Education Education Cannot Wait. Future of Education is here Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Trade & I Source Type: news

The Latest: Lebanon marks daily record of vaccinations
Lebanon has vaccinated a daily record of people against COVID-19, raising the total number of shots administered around the country against the virus to more than 1 million (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

No more kidney dialysis? Lebanese hospitals issue warning
Hospitals in Lebanon are warning that they may be forced to suspend kidney dialysis amid severe shortages in supplies (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news