Strategic Response to an Outbreak of Circulating Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus Type 2 — Syria, 2017–2018
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 21, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

This World Refugee Day, recognizing the strength and courage of refugees
DOHUK, Iraq –As violence consumed her home in Aleppo, Ghalia ’s parents and brother were killed. Ghalia, now 33, fled to Al-Hasakeh, in north-eastern Syria, to live with her uncle’s family. Amid the chaos of war and displacement, she found an unexpected source of hope: She fell in love.Months into her new life in Al-Hasakeh, she met an Iraqi man who swept her off her feet. They proceeded with a customary marriage, and she soon became pregnant.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Teleradiology Supports Medical Relief Efforts in Besieged Areas of Syria Teleradiology Supports Medical Relief Efforts in Besieged Areas of Syria
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines - June 19, 2018 Category: Radiology Tags: Radiology News Source Type: news

President Trump Calls on Pentagon to Create New Military Branch: A ‘Space Force’
President Donald Trump called for a new “Space Force” to be added to the U.S. military as an armed service separate from the Pentagon’s five traditional uniformed branches. “When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space,” Trump said Monday at a White House event on space policy. “We must have American dominance in space.” Trump has been considering creation of a Space Force for months over resistance from the Air Force, which currently oversees military space programs. He announced his support for the idea at a White House meeting...
Source: TIME: Science - June 18, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Terrence Dopp / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Bloomberg Donald Trump onetime Pentagon space Source Type: news

Pharmacists intervention improves management of diseases among Syrian refugees in Jordan
(Elsevier) As global political conflicts continue, refugees are facing challenges such as the unavailability of proper medical care. Many of the Syrian refugees now living in Jordan are struggling with chronic diseases, placing tremendous strain on existing health and humanitarian resources as a result. A new study published in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy demonstrates that pharmacists can play a vital role in closing treatment gaps for managing chronic health conditions among this underserved population. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Stop Neglecting African Conflicts
A group of displaced men, women, and children find refuge at a church on the outskirts of Nyunzu village in eastern Congo. Pastor Mbuyu (pictured) looks after them. Credit: NRC/Christian JepsenBy Will HigginbothamUNITED NATIONS, Jun 13 2018 (IPS)Conflicts have uprooted millions across several African nations and we must not forget them, said a human rights group.Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) timely message was published through their annual list of the worlds most neglected displacement crises. “It’s a sad pattern that we are once again seeing that the crises on the African continent seldom make media...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Will Higginbotham Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Food & Agriculture Global Geopolitics Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Peace TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Intergroup contact as a predictor of violent and nonviolent collective action: evidence from Syrian refugees and Lebanese nationals - Saab R, Harb C, Moughalian C.
Recent research has shown that positive intergroup contact can undermine social change efforts among disadvantaged group members. We extend past this finding by investigating how frequent positive contact relates to both violent and nonviolent collective a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Social Etiologies and Disparities Source Type: news

Daughters of jihad: How family members give meaning to the departure of Belgian and Dutch women who joined the IS - San M.
Since it has become apparent that many Western women have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State, there is a relentless stream of publications dealing with the motivations of these women to join the terrorist organization. Most of these publicati... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

Syria: Caring for hundreds of thousands of displaced people in Idlib
Teams are expanding efforts to reach patients in overcrowded camps and remote areas.Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - June 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kavita Menon Source Type: news

Syria: Caring for hundreds of thousands of displaced people in Idlib
Field newsSyria: Caring for hundreds of thousands of displaced people in IdlibJune 07, 2018Over the last seven years, among the rolling hills and olive groves of Idlib province in northernSyria, tents seem to have sprouted from the ground to house hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have fled fighting elsewhere. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - June 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

STUNNING new video reveals how Europe is "committing suicide" with open borders and political correctness
(Natural News) European society is being flooded by migrants from North Africa, East Asia, and the Middle East. In 2015, over a million migrants made their way illegally into Europe, traveling by land and sea. Migrants from war-torn countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria are taking advantage of open border policies in Europe. Citizens from... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A better statistical estimation of known Syrian war victims
(Rice University) Researchers from Rice University and Duke University are using the tools of statistics and data science in collaboration with Human Rights Data Analysis Group to accurately and efficiently estimate the number of identified victims killed in the Syrian civil war. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Finding a way out of child marriage and towards a vocation
DOHUK, Iraq– Aysheh was only 15 years old when she and her family fled Qamishli, northeastern Syria, to find refuge in Iraq in 2014. They ended up in Domiz 1 camp in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. Built rapidly and with little planning to accommodate the large numbers of refugees fleeing northern Syria in 2012, Domiz 1 is now home to 5,608 Syrian refugee families. They contend with overcrowding,  and live in shelters in need of upgrading. And livelihood opportunities are scarce. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: grojec Source Type: news

In Turkey, a safe haven for Syrian refugee survivors
ANKARA, Turkey –Tragedy had a way of finding Fatima*. She endured brutal domestic violence during two marriages in Syria. And when the war broke out, a bomb struck her home, injuring her and killing the eldest of her five children.  As the conflict intensified, she was trapped at home  when she went into labour with her youngest child. Alone, she gave birth without any help, caring for the newborn by mimicking the care hermidwiveshad provided after her previous deliveries. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Social media supports teleradiology efforts in Syria
Social media platforms have helped teleradiologists from all over the world...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: WhatsApp helps monitor attacks on Syrian healthcare SIR issues statement on Trump foreign entry ban SNMMI to Trump: Rescind travel ban U.S. travel ban complicates radiology conference calendar Lancet: Arab uprising exacts severe health toll (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 31, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Impunity Reigns as Medical Personnel and Facilities across 23 Conflict-Torn Countries Remain Under Attack
This report breaks n ew ground in bringing information providers together and demonstrating the value of collaboration.”TheSafeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, of which IntraHealth is the communications secretariat and a member,  consists of more than 35 organizations working to protect health workers and services threatened by war or civil unrest. The coalition raises awareness of global attacks on health and presses governments and United Nations agencies for greater global action to protect the security of health care.ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:Access the report hereSee an overview of the dataTake a look at t...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Over 100 years later Bayer still refuses to take responsibility for developing the poison gas used during World War I
(Natural News) There has been a loud outcry in recent years against the use of chemical weapons in countries like Iraq and Syria, and rightly so. Utterly destructive and created to kill indiscriminately, these weapons often kill children and the most helpless in society. Chemical weapons make use of chemical mixtures to harm or kill... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari nominated as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean
Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari Geneva, 19 May 2018 – WHO's Special Session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, held today in Geneva, has nominated Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari from Oman as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, to be formally appointed by the WHO Executive Board during its 143rd session from 28 to 29 May 2018.  The nominee is expected to take up his appointment for a 5 years and 8 months term, starting from 1 June 2018.  The WHO Regional Committee comprises the following Members: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Ir...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 19, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Syria: Children with Chronic Conditions Continue to Suffer from Consequences of War
Press releaseSyria: Children with Chronic Conditions Continue to Suffer from Consequences of WarMay 18, 2018The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has begun providing treatment for children in northeast Syria suffering from thalassemia, a life-threatening, chronic blood disorder requiring regular blood transfusions and chelation treatment, for which there is limited care across the country. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - May 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Brienne Prusak Source Type: news

The Syrian conflict: a case study of the challenges and acute need for medical humanitarian operations for women and children internally displaced persons - Aburas R, Najeeb A, Baageel L, Mackey TK.
BACKGROUND: After 7 years of increasing conflict and violence, the Syrian civil war now constitutes the largest displacement crisis in the world, with more than 6 million people who have been internally displaced. Among this already-vulnerable population g... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Review of attacks on health care facilities in six conflicts of the past three decades - Briody C, Rubenstein L, Roberts L, Penney E, Keenan W, Horbar J.
BACKGROUND: In the ongoing conflicts of Syria and Yemen, there have been widespread reports of attacks on health care facilities and personnel. Tabulated evidence does suggest hospital bombings in Syria and Yemen are far higher than reported in other confl... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Health challenges for migrants and ethnic minorities tackled at global conference
(University of Edinburgh) Global experts are gathering in Edinburgh to tackle health disadvantages associated with migration, ethnicity and race. Around 700 experts from 50 countries are meeting to examine a wide range of topical issues, ranging from providing healthcare for Syrian and Rohingya refugees to the health impact of modern slavery in the UK. The meeting aims to galvanise global efforts to improve healthcare for migrants and other populations worldwide who face discrimination. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mental health crisis in Syria as civil war rages on
The Syrian civil war has created a mental health crisis, with many people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. For patients with the most extreme disorders, only three psychiatric hospitals are still standing. Warning: Some footage could be troubling for some viewers. CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Changing pattern and outcome of pediatric chest injuries in urban Syria - Darwish B, Mahfouz MZ, Al-Nosairat S, Izzat MB.
Background Pediatric chest injuries were infrequent in our practice, but the outbreak of the Syrian crisis resulted in an increase in number and a change in the pattern of thoracic trauma incidents. We compared our experience of pediatric chest injuries be... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Syria: MSF vaccinates tens of thousands of displaced children in west Aleppo
More than 51,000 children were vaccinated  measles, rubella, and pneumococcal disease and its complications.Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - May 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Syria: MSF vaccinates tens of thousands of displaced children in west Aleppo
Field newsSyria: MSF vaccinates tens of thousands of displaced children in west AleppoMay 08, 2018Since 2016, the west Aleppo countryside in northernSyria has been one of the main destinations for internally displaced people (IDPs) evacuated from besieged areas like eastern Aleppo City, Homs, South Hama and, recently, eastern Ghouta. Tens of thousands of IDPs in west Aleppo now live in a mix of formal and makeshift camps, without access to basic services like clean water, food, and sanitation. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - May 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

The Intercept: Syrians are Returning to Homes in Raqqa Littered with Land Mines, But The U.S. May Cut Funds for Clearing the City
In the NewsThe Intercept: Syrians are Returning to Homes in Raqqa Littered with Land Mines, But The U.S. May Cut Funds for Clearing the CityMay 02, 2018Padraic McCluskey, a humanitarian affairs officer with  Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), discusses the difficulties in treating victims who are injured by the many mines and explosives that remain to be cleared in Raqqa, Syria.View External Media. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - May 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Press Intern Source Type: news

Traumatic events, social support and depression: Syrian refugee children in Turkish camps - Oppedal B, Özer S, Sirin SR.
The overall aim of the study was to document the nature and depth of the traumatic experiences of Syrian children living in a refugee camp in Turkey during the early stages of the civil war and examine their impact on depressive symptoms. Self-report quest... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Costs and collateral damage of a failure to protect in Syria - Sherwood L.
This article reviews humanitarian intervention and Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in Syria arguing that inaction has had greater repercussions than action would have had. It begins by engaging a wide range of policy literature on humanitarian law and broa... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Epidemiological findings of major chemical attacks in the Syrian war are consistent with civilian targeting: a short report - Rodriguez-Llanes JM, Guha-Sapir D, Schl üter BS, Hicks MH.
Evidence of use of toxic gas chemical weapons in the Syrian war has been reported by governmental and non-governmental international organizations since the war started in March 2011. To date, the profiles of victims of the largest chemical attacks in Syri... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Former child brides find brighter future at Turkey ’s safe spaces
ANKARA, Turkey– When Rima’s* father passed away, her happiness and independence died as well, she says.She was just 13 years old and living in Syria at the time. Her uncles took charge, imposing strict rules. They forced her to drop out of school at 14, and forbade her from leaving the home.“It was like a house arrest,” she said.At 16, she wasforced to marry a man whoverbally and physically tormented her. When she asked for a divorce, he refused and became even more violent. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Jordan: Access to Medical Care at Risk for Syrian Refugees
At the Brussels Conference on Syria, MSF urges  donor countries to scale up health funding for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - April 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jess Brown Source Type: news

Jordan: Access to Medical Care at Risk for Syrian Refugees
April 24, 2018AMMAN, JORDAN/NEW YORK, APRIL 24, 2018—Jordan’s recent decision to increase health care fees for Syrian refugees could reduce their access to medical assistance, making them even more vulnerable, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today, the first day of the Brussels Conference on Syria. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - April 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jess Brown Source Type: news

Who needs a lab when you can just SNIFF sarin gas? Check out the latest hilarious junk science used to justify the bombing of Syria
(Natural News) Fake news ringleader CNN has once again become the laughingstock of the internet following the release of a ridiculously staged segment featuring CNN reporter Arwa Damon, who’s seen catching a whiff of a child’s backpack while claiming that she can still smell the remnants of the alleged chemical weapons attack that supposedly took... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Investing in the health of Syrians is an investment in the future of Syria, WHO says
24 April, Cairo/Geneva As the international community comes together in Brussels to show support for Syrians and for a political solution to the conflict, WHO calls for increased investments in health to protect the lives of almost 17 million vulnerable men, women and children inside Syria and in 5 major neighbouring countries. Every day, Syrians are dying of conditions that are easily treatable. Inside the country, critical shortages, insecurity and disrupted systems have left millions of people in need of health aid. Meanwhile, Syrians who have fled to neighbouring countries find themselves just as vulnerable, with the ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 24, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Commentary: Advancing an implementation science agenda on mental health and psychosocial responses in war-affected settings: comment on trials of a psychosocial intervention for youth affected by the Syrian crisis - by Panter-Brick et al. (2018) - Betancourt TS, Fazel M.
Syria's civil conflict has created the largest humanitarian disaster of our time, causing massive population displacement, tremendous exposure to trauma, and loss. Advancing the mental health and psychosocial responses of war-affected populations both duri... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Chemical weapons are intentionally deployed against the most vulnerable groups of people - Gee P.
The ongoing chemical attacks in the Syrian conflict are shocking. Chemical weapons are considered indiscriminate, affecting both military and civilian targets. From a toxicology point of view, this is untrue. In a gas attack poison … Langua... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

The Wall Street Journal: After the Gas and Bombs: The Health Crisis That ’s Killing Syria
In the NewsThe Wall Street Journal: After the Gas and Bombs: The Health Crisis That ’s Killing SyriaApril 19, 2018In Raqqa, MSF treats victims of land mine explosions and patients with diseases that have worsened in the absence of medical care during Syria's devastating conflict.  View Article. View Video. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - April 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jess Brown Source Type: news

Costs and collateral damage of a failure to protect in Syria - Sherwood L.
This article reviews humanitarian intervention and Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in Syria arguing that inaction has had greater repercussions than action would have had. It begins by engaging a wide range of policy literature on humanitarian law and broa... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Exploring the impact of climate change on the outbreak of early twenty-first-century violence in the Middle East and North Africa and the potential of permaculture as an effective adaptation - Karim ME.
Considering the ongoing violence taking place in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, especially within Syria and Iraq, it is essential to provide an accurate explanation of causes in order to develop an adaptation model. In addition to discussi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Destruction at the ancient site of Mari in Syria
The ancient city was one of the first archaeological sites to be occupied by Islamic State. Now new photos are revealing the fate of this important site as archaeologists continue to count the cultural cost of IsisThree weeks ago, the Syrian antiquities directorate released new photos showing another devastated archaeological site. Outside Syria the news has received fairly limited press attention, except in France, where Mari, the site in question, is much better known. French archaeologists have been excavating at Mari since 1933, the most recent expedition running until 2010 when the Arab Spring and growing unrest made ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 19, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Mary Shepperson Tags: Science Archaeology Source Type: news