The International Journal of Health Planning and Management

Cover image for Vol. 31 Issue 4

Edited By: Professor Calum Paton

Impact Factor: 1.11

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 54/75 (Health Policy & Services)

Online ISSN: 1099-1751

Virtual Issue: A Diverse Region


A DIVERSE REGION: CONFLICT, CHALLENGES AND CONTINUITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The Middle East has attracted more attention than any other region in the 21st Century so far. The various reasons are familiar - the post-2001 invasion of, then conflict in, Iraq; the conflict in Syria; the short-lived 'Arab Spring' a few years ago; the rise of ISIS/DAESH; and - below the radar screen - the continuing challenges of diverse health-care systems, whether facing conflict and indeed disaster, continuing endemic problems or - in some cases - ongoing improvement.

This issue of the International Journal illustrates that diversity. We feature some of our significant pieces exploring different aspects of the critical situations in Syria, Iraq and - given its massive influx of refugees - Jordan. These include public health challenges in Syria, the health plight of refugee Syrian children in Jordan, the effect of conflict upon health services in Iraq, the health plight of Iraqi populations displaced in Syria and Jordan and the endemic health challenges of slum dwellers amongst the Jordanian population itself.

Turning to the 'reform' challenges in other countries, we feature the efforts to reform the Saudi system, the ongoing Egyptian healthcare reform against the backdrop of revolt, short-lived Islamic-inspired government and counter-revolt, specific issues in ambulatory and primary care in Eqypt, Lebanon and Iran, and - featuring Gulf states - workforce issues in the United Arab Emirates and healthcare payment reforms specifically in Abu Dhabi.

Diversity - and a reminder that, as well as 'crisis healthcare needs', continuing system development lies elsewhere and beneath.

1. PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGES IN THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CONFLICT: THE CASE OF SYRIA (2015)
Kasturi Sen, Waleed Al. Faisal

2. HEALTH SERVICE UTILIZATION AND ACCESS TO MEDICINE AMONG SYRIAN REFUGEE CHILDREN IN JORDAN (2016)
Shannon Doocy, Emily Lyles, Laila Akhu-Zaheya, Ann Burton, William Weiss

3. CHRONIC DISEASE AND DISABILITY AMONG IRAQI POPULATIONS DISPLACED IN JORDAN AND SYRIA (2013)
Shannon Doocy, Adam Sirois, Margarita Tileva, J. Douglas Storey, Gilbert Burnham

4. SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH IN SELECTED SLUM AREAS IN JORDAN (2016)
Musa T. Ajlouni

5. UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF CONFLICT ON HEALTH SERVICES IN IRAQ (2012)
Gilbert Burnham, Sana Malik, Ammar S. Dhari Al-Shibli, Ali Rasheed Mahjoub, Alya'a Qays Baqer, Zainab Qays Baqer, Faraj Al Qaraghuli, Shannon Doocy

6. DIAGNOSING SAUDI HEALTH REFORMS (2013)
Omar Zayan Al-Sharqi, Muhammad Tanweer Abdullah

7. THE ROAD TO RECOVERY: EGYPT'S HEALTHCARE REFORM (2012)
Donald Robert Haley, Sama A. Bég

8. HOSPITALIZATION FOR AMBULATURY CARE SENSITIVE CONDITIONS IN ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT (2014)
Rasha A. Mosallam, Wafaa W. Guirguis, Mona HA Hassan

9. RESPONSIVENESS OF LEBANON'S PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CENTRES (2014)
Rami Yassoub, Suha Hashimi, Siham Awada, Fadi El-Jardali

10. HEALTH WORKFORCE IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (2014)
Suad Hannawi, Issa Al Salmi

11. EXAMINING THE HEALTHCARE PAYMENT REFORMS IN ABU DHABI (2014)
Samer Hamidi, Fevzi Akinci

12. WEAKNESSES AND CHALLENGES OF THE PRIMARY HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN IRAN (2012)
Mahmoud Nekoei Moghadam, Vahideh Sadeghi, Sahar Parva

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