The Arab Spring and health: Two years on

Adam Coutts*, David Stuckler, Rajaie Batniji, Sharif Ismail, Wasim Maziak, Martin McKee

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    The "Arab Spring" has touched almost all countries in the Middle East and North Africa. While most attention has focused on security and political developments, there are significant consequences for population health. These include immediate problems, such as violent deaths and injuries, population displacement, and damage to essential infrastructure, but also longer term vulnerabilities not yet addressed by the political changes, including high unemployment, the low status of women, erosion of already weak welfare systems, and rising food prices. It will be important to tackle these underlying issues while not repeating the mistakes made in other countries that have undergone rapid political transition.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)49-60
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal of Health Services
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


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