Online Program

Public Health Impact of the Conflict in Syria

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 9:42 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Sawsan Jabri, MD, MPH/Global Health, Syrian Public Health Professionals, Ann Arbor, MI
The public health system in Syria is crumbling and nearing collapse. More than 80% of hospitals have been destroyed. Of 1,919 health centers, 186 have also been damaged, with 106 of them not functional. More than 70% of medical professionals have fled the country. Of 520 ambulances, 304 have been damaged or adversely affected. About 8 million Syrians are facing starvation. Epidemics of measles, typhoid, and leishmaniasis have been documented in many areas inside the country and in refugee camps. Public health programs have been severely affected. Urgent action is needed to help restore the public health infrastructure so that the basic health needs of millions of Syrians can be ensured.

Learning Areas:

Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the adverse public health consequences of the conflict in Syria. Describe roles of public health workers in calling attention to this issue and in advocating that the basic health needs of Syrians be ensured.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the chair of Public relation of the NGO “ Syrian Expatriate Organization” and the manager of public relation in the “Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organization” for 2 years. My major interest is addressing the impacts of the ongoing Syrian crisis on Public Health infrastructure and services in Syria, raise awareness of the near collapsing of the health system, and present feasible methods to alleviate the medical crisis.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.