Hosted by The Union of Medical and Relief Organisation (UOSSM), in partnership with the Conflict and Health workstream of the Research for Health and Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa (R4HC-MENA) programme, you are invited to attend the “Research for Health in the Syrian Conflict” conference on Thursday the 10th of October at King’s College London.

This one day conference will bring together experts from academia, front-line health actors and NGOs to showcase original research on current health issues in Syria, spanning from health system governance to epidemiology to many other disciplines within global health.

Entering its ninth year, the Syrian conflict is still one of the most devastating humanitarian crisis in the world. The conflict has impacted severely the health of Syrians both inside Syria and those who fled the country seeking refuge in neighbouring countries and Europe. These detrimental impact on health was caused by both direct effects; such as death, injuries and destruction of health infrastructure; and indirect effects such as collapse of health system and interruption of treatments. While the humanitarian health response was challengingly trying to elevate some of the suffering, it is important to draw lessons on health needs, response, and consequences of this conflict. Research play key role in drawing these lessons which could help in improving the health response in Syria and elsewhere.

This event will sit at the interface of academia and practice and touch upon theoretical and practical dilemmas faced when conducting health research in the Syrian conflict. Hosted by an international Syrian health NGO that was involved in all aspects of the health response in Syria, and a project that is heavily involved in strengthening capacity for this type of research, the aim of this event is to bring academics and practitioners together to discuss the challenges and the opportunities of conducting health research in the Syrian conflict and in conflict settings in general.

The conference will include presentations of papers and research done inside Syria and in neighbouring countries by Syrian and international researchers. The presentations are grouped in the following themes:

– Health system governance and adaptation in the Syrian conflict

– Health research and medical education and training

– Health of Syrian Refugees in neighbouring countries and elsewhere

– The conflict impact on morbidities

Registration is free. However, an administrative fee of £3 is required to confirm your attendance. The event will also be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. Please check the R4HC twitter account for a link to the stream on the day of the event.

Join us on Thursday the 10th of October 2019 at the River room at Strand Campus, King’s Building, King’s College London.