About Us2018-12-05T17:01:43+00:00

Our Objective

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.

Our legacy will be a new, networked community with practice, policy and health systems financing and planning informed by the best available evidence.

How We’ll Achieve Our Objective

Our Vision

R4HC-MENA’s legacy will be a new community of practice in relation to conflict and health. A community that includes actors from the research, practice and policy fields, all actively sharing expertise at local, regional and global levels and supported by the best and most up to date training and research.

Our Mission

Our mission is to work in partnership to co-create sustainable research capacity in the MENA region to address the major health challenges arising from conflict, with a focus on non-communicable diseases, specifically cancer and mental health. Our main focus will be on Jordan, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Libya and Turkey, as well as conflict-affected populations in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.

Our project will deliver a sustainable, multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral research capacity, partnership and community of practice with academic institutions, policy think-tanks, NGOs, governments and international organisations involved in conflict and health. R4HC-MENA will directly benefit participants across all work streams who participate in this project, as they will receive training and mentorship in research and policy leadership as well as key qualitative and quantitative research skills through the duration of the project.

Research Partners

Our People

Prof Richard Sullivan
Prof Richard SullivanR4HC Chair
Richard Sullivan is Professor of Cancer and Global Health at King’s College London, Director, Institute of Cancer Policy (ICP) and Co-Director (with Preeti Patel) of the KCL Conflict & Health Research Group. Richard is the Principal Investigator of the R4HC-MENA programme.
Dr Preeti Patel
Dr Preeti PatelR4HC Co-Principal Investigator
Dr Preeti Patel is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Security in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Preeti is Co-Principal Investigator for the R4HC-MENA programme.
Dr Ghassan Abu Sitta
Dr Ghassan Abu SittaPrincipal Investigator
Ghassan Abu Sitta is Assistant Professor and Head of Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at AUB. He is Co-Director of the Conflict Medicine Program at AUB Global Health Institute. Ghassan is a Co-Investigator of the R4HC-MENA programme and will be leading the Cancer in Conflict workstream.

R4HC Partners

International Advisory Board

James Watt
James WattChairman of the International Advisory Board
James Watt CVO joined the R4HC-MENA programme in April 2018 as Chairman of the International Advisory Board. He is furthermore currently chairman of the Council for British Research in the Levant
Professor Sanchia Aranda
Professor Sanchia ArandaChief Executive Officer Cancer Council Australia
Professor Sanchia Aranda was appointed as CEO of Cancer Council Australia in August 2015. In this role Sanchia leads cancer policy and advocacy development, ensuring a strong evidence base is used to inform cancer control in Australia.
Dr Rana Khatib
Dr Rana KhatibDirector of Knowledge Management and Media, Taawon Health Expert, Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University, Palestine
Rana Khatib holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Policy and Management from the Robert Gordon University, UK, an MSc in Medical and Pharmaceutical Research from the Vrjie Universitait of Brussels (VUB), and a Bachelor’s degree in industrial Pharmacy from Jordan University.

R4HC-MENA is funded by a £6m Research Councils UK Global Challenges Research Fund Award.  Details about the award can be found here.


The R4HC-MENA programme is led and shaped by a Executive Board comprising co-investigators and Chaired by Professor Richard Sullivan. The Executive Board meets quarterly on a rotating basis at partner institutions.

The programme is overseen by an International Advisory Board comprising eight distinguished individuals from around the region with an interest in the areas of concern addressed by the progamme.  The Board will meet in person annually with more regular virtual meetings and will be chaired by James Watt, CVO.

Executive Board Meeting
19th February 2018
American University of Beirut

A presentation from the Executive Board meeting is available here.

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