The scars of war

The five-week war on Lebanon may have been brief in terms of war, but the horrific devastation, particularly in the south of the country, will have long-term repercussions. Entire villages were reduced to rubble and in some places 70% of healthcare facilities have been completely destroyed. Beyond the physical destruction, thousands of civilians were been killed, maimed and made homeless. But perhaps worst of all are the terrifying mental scars that the children will have to bear for the rest of their lives.

In a situation which continues to change significantly from day-today, Middle East Health provides an overview of the medical state of affairs during the conflict and after the ceasefire. (See page 24.)

Although the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the Middle East is generally low, the threat of an epidemic persists, particularly in Iran and Libya. UNAIDS recently published their report for 2006 we run an excerpt from the report covering the MENA region, as well as provide feedback from the XVI International AIDS Conference, held in Toronto in August. (See page 28.)

Also in this issue you will find features and news about Dubais new state-of-the-art Trauma Center, the largest in the region; the latest research into the astonishing healing properties of honey; and reports on the state of the medical export industry in the United States and Canada.

Brian Wilkie

(Sep-Oct 2006)



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