Leading academic and humanitarian experts from across the globe met in London, UK to finalize plans for establishment and launch of a new “Global Alliance on War, Conflict and Health”. The Alliance is a collaborative body that will strengthen the collective voice of health scientists, researchers, academics, practitioners and advocates to make the case for preventing war, collective violence and armed conflict as fundamental threats to health and health systems, and use data and evidence to engage policy makers, humanitarian workers and those in related fields to prevent and mitigate the health effects of war and armed conflict, and rebuild post conflict.
Spearheaded by The Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria’s Dr. Samer Jabbour and Dr. Marian Abouzeid, the Alliance builds on the work of the Commission and observations that the emergent field of research on armed conflict and health could likely benefit from an international collaborative platform to create a community, address the gross under-representation of the Global South, and provide direction and global leadership.
“Addressing the impact on health from wars and armed conflicts is an imperative that concerns the world at large,” said Dr. Samer Jabbour, professor at the American University of Beirut (AUB) – Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), Graduate Public Health Program and founding chair of the Alliance Steering Group. “The effects of wars and armed conflicts extend far beyond the battle fields, and we have a collective responsibility to ensure that issues of health and armed conflict are firmly on the global agenda…The Alliance will fill a critical gap in the global architecture.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 23