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Casualties of Urban War fare

The International Committee of the Red Cross has issued a special report on civilians caught in the urban warfare in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. The report reveals that five times more civilians die in offensives carried out in cities than in other battles. It also found that between 2010 and 2015, nearly half of all civilian war deaths worldwide occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

This eye-opening report – titled I Saw My City Die – gives a voice to those civilians caught in the crossfire, enabling them to tell of their horrific ordeals. You can read more about this revealing report in this issue of Middle East Health – and then I recommend you download it and read in full. There is a link to the report in the article.

Also in this issue, we look at several new research developments in Sports Medicine, including a study of new inflammatory biomarkers which can be used pitch-side to test for traumatic brain injury and be potentially life-saving. The researchers note that “being able to detect compounds in the blood which help to determine how severe a brain injury is would be of great benefit to patients and aid in their treatment”.

In this issue’s UAE Report, we look at a number of new developments in healthcare in the country, including the allocation of Dh2 million by the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Award for medical sciences to fund 10 research projects. Projects include for example, the identification of a genetic and molecular basis for hearing loss in two UAE affected families; and the examination of breastfeeding self-efficacy, infant feeding methods, and perinatal mental health among women in the United Arab Emirates.

Funding of local medical research is essential to the development of appropriate diagnoses and treatments for illnesses that are unique to the Arab world. This is particularly important when looking at genetic diseases.

In world news, China recently launched the Health Silk Road initiative, part of their Belt and Road programme. The initiative has received the praise and support of the World Health Organisation. At the launch of the initiative in Beijing, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the new Director-General of the WHO, noted that the increasing and more complex epidemics, pandemics and disasters affecting the world will have a bigger impact on human health, the social fabric, security and the economy.

“As a community, as countries that are inextricably linked, we are only as strong as our weakest link. And this is why a global initiative that elevates health to the centre of economic and social development is immensely encouraging,” he said.

As in each issue of Middle East Health, in this issue you’ll find a wealth of medical news, interviews and product reviews.

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

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Callan Emery

(Sep - Oct 2017)

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