Regional & Global
Two important paediatric articles, both from worldclass
centres, are published in this issue. One, from
the Mayo Clinic, covers a new approach to shoulder
reconstruction in children with obstetric brachial
plexus injury. The other, from the London Clinic, is
about hip surveillance for children with cerebral
palsy, highlighting the crucial role that clinicians can
play in the early identification of the potential for hip
displacement in these unfortunate youngsters.
Also in this issue, we report on Lebanon and
specifically the poor state of mental health of many
of the people of that country, wracked by decades of
war and civil strife, and still under threat from hostile and unstable neighbours.
Some psychiatrists believe that over a quarter of the population meet the
criteria for a mental health disorder – a huge proportion – but only a ‘lucky’
are receiving treatment.
Jordan has seen a considerable fall in the number of foreign patients seeking
treatment in the Kingdom, due in large part to the uprising in neighbouring
Syria. We look at the situation in this small but significant country where
revenue from ‘health tourism’ is an important component of GDP, and how
Jordan’s health tourism marketing is realigning its focus on the region. It now
focuses on attracting local and regional patients with a greater understanding
local conditions, rather than those from further afield who may be reluctant to
travel to what they perceive as a potentially dangerous destination.
Plenty of interesting and far-reaching medical news is coming out of the region
now, and is featured in these pages. For example, technology developed in Qatar
has been bought by a British company for use in the National Health System
there. This is significant, as it marks one of the first major commercial deals
technology developed in Qatar’s newly established Science and Technology
Park. Also in the news, the first 1,500 patients have enrolled in the Gulf
COAST study. This important research will, for the first time, develop a Middle
East perspective on the incidence, risk factors and treatment of acute coronary
syndrome in the region.
At the global level, we report on the resolutions adopted at the recent annual
World Health Assembly. With increasing worldwide connectedness, the decisions
taken by this meeting of the world’s health leaders impact literally everyone
on earth, and include issues such as pandemic influenza preparedness, the
Millennium Development Goals and the International Heath Regulations.
Good reading, good health – and do enjoy your well-earned summer breaks!