This work stream brings together complementary strengths at KCL (Conflict and Health Research Group) and American University Beirut (AUB Lebanon) to build regional capacity on conflict and health.
The aim of this work stream is to provide systematic and empirically grounded research capacity in the political economy of health in conflict in MENA countries, particularly around methods to examine the historical development and policies of their health systems, and the current role of government, the private sector, international donors and humanitarian agencies.
Cancer is a growing problem in all MENA countries, currently ranking as the fourth leading cause of death in the region. The incidence of cancer in this region is expected to experience the highest increase among all WHO regions in the next 20 years, posing a major burden to health and development in MENA.
Armed conflict and organised violence cause and amplify psychosocial stressors (e.g. poverty, malnutrition, inadequate housing and social isolation), which adversely affect people’s mental health and wellbeing (Miller & Rasmussen, 2010). Conflict-affected populations have been shown to have a higher prevalence of both common and severe mental disorders compared to the general population (Tol et al., 2011).
Across all four work streams, four common deliverables are embedded:
Curricula and courses will be co-developed and co-delivered in local contexts
Training will be focused on faculty leaders and will use a variety of pedagogical approaches (from certificate level modules to full Masters degrees tailor made for the MENA region)
Both UK and MENA partners will be strongly encouraged to co-publish in high impact journals to build academic depth and ensure the translation of research to policy
A focus on innovative learning technologies and informatics – such as blended learning, online and virtual learning