Research for Health in the Syrian Conflict

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A one-day conference, showcasing original research on current health issues during the Syrian conflict.

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Hosted by The Union of Medical and Relief Organisation (UOSSM), in partnership with the Conflict and Health workstream of the Research for Health and Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa (R4HC-MENA) programme, you are invited to attend the “ Research for Health in the Syrian Conflict” conference on Thursday the 10th of October at King’s College London.

This one day conference will bring together experts from academia, front-line health actors and NGOs to showcase original research on current health issues in Syria, spanning from health system governance to epidemiology to many other disciplines within global health.

Entering its ninth year, the Syrian conflict is still one of the most devastating humanitarian crisis in the world. The conflict has impacted severely the health of Syrians both inside Syria and those who fled the country seeking refuge in neighbouring countries and Europe. These detrimental impact on health was caused by both direct effects; such as death, injuries and destruction of health infrastructure; and indirect effects such as collapse of health system and interruption of treatments. While the humanitarian health response was challengingly trying to elevate some of the suffering, it is important to draw lessons on health needs, response, and consequences of this conflict. Research play key role in drawing these lessons which could help in improving the health response in Syria and elsewhere.

This event will sit at the interface of academia and practice and touch upon theoretical and practical dilemmas faced when conducting health research in the Syrian conflict. Hosted by an international Syrian health NGO that was involved in all aspects of the health response in Syria, and a project that is heavily involved in strengthening capacity for this type of research, the aim of this event is to bring academics and practitioners together to discuss the challenges and the opportunities of conducting health research in the Syrian conflict and in conflict settings in general.

The conference will include presentations of papers and research done inside Syria and in neighbouring countries by Syrian and international researchers. The presentations are grouped in the following themes:

- Health system governance and adaptation in the Syrian conflict

- Health research and medical education and training

- Health of Syrian Refugees in neighbouring countries and elsewhere

- The conflict impact on morbidities

Registration is free. However, an administrative fee of £3 is required to confirm your attendance. The event will also be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. Please check the R4HC twitter account for a link to the stream on the day of the event.

Join us on Thursday the 10th of October 2019 at the River room at Strand Campus, King’s Building, King’s College London.

For any queries, please contact uk.conference@uossm.org.

Programme:

9:00 – 9:15

Registration & tea/coffee

9:15 – 9:30

Welcome

Preeti Patel (R4HC - KCL)

Kerstin Kleinhaus (UOSSM)

9:30-10:30

Theme 1: Health research and medical education and training

• Keynote speaker: Dr Ayman Jundi (Syrian British Medical Society)

• The Politicisation of Medical Education and Health Professional Training in Syria during the War: amixed-methods systematic review and critical analysis

Ammar Sabouni

• Addressing the Problems and Challenges of Medical Research During the Syrian Crisis:

Bahaa Al Haffar

• Anti Microbial Resistance (AMR) Surveillance in Syria

Rahaf Abu Koura

10:30-10:45

Tea & coffee

10:45-12:15

Theme 2: Health system governance and adaption in the Syrian conflict

• Keynote speaker: Dr Munzer Khalil (Idlib Health Director)

Dr Munzer is the head of Idlib Health Directorate which is the local health authority in North West Syria. IHD was established as a grass root organisation by local doctors to fill the gap resulted after the collapse of the health system in the region.

• Perspectives on Rebuilding Health System Governance in Opposition-Controlled Syria: A Qualitative Study

Yazan Douedari & Mervat Haffar

• Healthcare under siege: a qualitative study of health-worker responses to targeting and besiegement in Syria

Nasser Fardousi

• Implementing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Programs Remotely: Syria example.

Yassmin Odeh (IRC)

12:15-13:15

Lunch

13:15-14:45

Theme 3: Health of Syrian Refugees in neighbouring countries and elsewhere

• Keynote speech: Informal healthcare provision in Lebanon, Dr Fouad Mohammad Fouad (American University of Beirut AUB)

• Outcomes of a breast cancer awareness and screening program/and the Diabetes Care Program for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Fadi Al Halabi (MAPs)

• A Community–Based System Dynamics Approach for Understanding Factors Affecting MHPSS and Health Seeking Behaviors in Beirut and Beqaa Regions of Lebanon

Aya Noubani

• Disability status, physical rehabilitation and mental health needs of refugees living in four cities in Turkey .

Andrea Patterson (Relief International)

14:45– 15:00

Tea & coffee

15:00- 15:45

Theme 4: Conflict impact on morbidities

• Investigating the burden of non-communicable disease and the potential for the improvement of community health approaches among Syrian refugees in Northern Jordan, 2019

Muhammad Fawad

• Leishmaniasis and conflict: Understanding the expanding epidemic in the wake of the Syrian civil war.

Thomas Stewart (Mentor Initiative)

• A model for the restructure of a state's health service

Professor Martin Bricknell (KCL)

15:45 – 16:30

Panel Discussion

• What’s the value of health research in conflict settings? And how to encourage more research in these settings?

Chair: Abdulkarim Ekzayez (KCL)

Panelists:

Professor Richard Sullivan (KCL)

Sophie Roborgh (Manchester University)

Fouad Mohammad Fouad (AUB)

Yazan Douedari (LSHTM)

Emma Diggle (Save the Children)

16:30

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