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World’s worst cholera epidemic

An unprecedented cholera epidemic has been sweeping across war-torn Yemen since April. Due to the conflict, aid agencies have struggled to provide treatment on the ground and the spread of the disease has escalated to a point where more than 5000 people a day are being infected. At the time of going to press the death toll was 1300 and climbing, a quarter of them children. Oxfam warns that if it is not contained it will threaten the lives of thousands of people in the coming months.

Highlighting the danger humanitarian aid workers face in conflict zones, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released a report stating that “conflict parties’ lack of respect for the fundamental tenets of international humanitarian law and the brutality and volatility of today’s armed conflicts make it extremely difficult and dangerous for these brave aid workers to deliver humanitarian assistance and protection in complex emergencies”. OCHA notes that “not enough progress has been achieved since [their previous report in] 2011, and many of the recommendations contained in the initial report remain particularly relevant today”.

The 70th World Health Assembly held in May adopted many important resolutions to improve public health for the world’s people. Read a summary of the key resolutions in this issue of Middle East Health. The Assembly also elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus from Ethiopia as the new Director-General of WHO. He gave a profound acceptance speech about our shared humanity which I urge all people to watch: watch?v=5oUdOYARcRA

Also in this issue, we look at healthcare tourism in Jordan and healthcare developments in Lebanon, specifically a collaboration between a Lebanese tech hub and the American University of Beirut to develop a first-of-its-kind non-invasive blood glucose monitor, which participants say bodes well for Lebanon’s move towards a knowledge economy.

In the focus on paediatrics we look at future treatments in the pipeline for celiac disease and a study that finds that celiac disease and anorexia nervosa diagnoses are linked.

As in each issue, this issue is full of interesting news, interviews and product reviews.

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Callan Emery

(Jul - Aug 2017)

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