The Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut, in collaboration with the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, conducted research on the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. The research also studied the successes and challenges facing the region’s health systems in addressing health needs in the context of complex emergencies.
To discuss the research’s key findings, a workshop was organized at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut between August 2 and 3, 2018. Titled Responding to Changing Health Needs in Protracted Crises: Learning from the Case of NCDs in Syrian Refugees, the workshop saw the participation of public health professionals and scholars representing United Nations, international, regional, and national agencies. EMPHNET attended this meeting alongside these participants.
Facilitators from the AUB and Columbia University presented the research findings relevant to challenges facing the region’s health systems in relation to service provision and barriers to service access. They also presented their findings on the coverage and quality of health services, and the lessons learned from previous experiences in health response, focusing on the case of responding to HIV among refugees in the region.
Participants engaged in an open discussion on the implications of challenges facing the health systems and ways to address them. They also discussed the gaps in service coverage and quality, and ways to address these gaps by informing priority settings at the programmatic and policy levels.
The meeting concluded with an open discussion on future research priorities. Participants discussed the gaps that exist in the current research and how the findings from the current research imply for areas of further research. Furthermore, participants agreed on the importance of research areas that need to be studied in the region.