Lebanon’s healthcare system is taking tremendous strain under
the weight of a massive influx of refugees from Syria. According
to the UNHCR, registered Syrian refugees number more the 1.3
million, more than 20% of the population. The UNHCR says “an
effective display of international solidarity and support is vital for
Lebanon”. In an effort to assist, the European Union has mobilised
its Instrument for Stability to provide humanitarian assistance
through the WHO in Lebanon. Read the report on page 52.
In our section on paediatrics we look at the special requirements
for treating kids with antimicrobials. Guest writer Thomas
Omogi outlines the requirements for prescribing various antimicrobials
in the face of very few studies producing pharmacokinetic
data for antimicrobial agents in children and adolescents. Also in
this section we publish a number of reports and case studies from
specialist paediatric hospitals. See page 34.
The WHO recently issued an appeal for funds to assist healthcare
in Iraq. The public health system in the country is on the
brink of collapse. If this happens, more than 3 million refugees,
internally displaced persons and host communities will stop receiving
health care, the WHO says. Health facilities are overloaded
and medicines and supplies are running short, even at large
referral hospitals, Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General,
pointed out during the appeal. Read the report and Dr Chan’s
statement on page 26.
Also in this issue we look at an initiative by the WHO in Syria
to establish a network of non-specialist health workers who can
help the estimated 600,000 people in the war-torn country who
are suffering from severe mental health disorders and another 4
million from mild to moderate mental disorders. Read the report
on page 29.
As in each issue, you will find a wealth of healthcare news from
the region and the world as well as an update of select medical
research taking place at some of the world’s leading academic institutions.
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