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Research for Health in Conflict-MENA

23 November will see the formal launch in London of a ground-breaking new research project, Research for Health in Conflict-MENA (R4HC-MENA), which is focused on CBRL's own sub-region, the Levant.  A link is already in place through CBRL's Chairman, James Watt, serving also as the Chair of the International Advisory Board of R4HC-MENA .  Funding for the project comes from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the project is led by King's College London.  Partners in the UK are Imperial College and Cambridge, and in the region the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Birzeit University, the American University of Beirut and Hajettepe University in Ankara.

R4HC-MENA’s objective is to build research and policy capacity in conflict affected areas, focusing on health, political economy of health, and complex non-communicable diseases such as mental health and cancer, and facilitate more effective translation of research into policy. The project's legacy will be a new, networked community with practice, policy and health systems financing and planning informed by the best available evidence.

The material for the research comes from the conflicts that have devastated the region and continue to afflict it: the unresolved conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, the legacy of Lebanon's long war of 1975-90, and the destructive war in Syria now in its eighth year, which has driven millions of refugees into Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.  CBRL hopes to work with the project on the broadly anthropological and social aspects of population health, including the incidence of cancer and mental illness.  If you would like to know more about the project, please go to the website at www.r4hc-mena.org

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