Ceaseless Middle East wars forcing change in approach to medical care

from Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation
Published on 17 May 2017 View Original

By Angus McDowall and Ayat Basma

BEIRUT, May 11 (Reuters) - The Middle East's protracted conflicts have caused a region-wide health crisis that goes beyond war wounds to heightened resistance to antibiotics and a collapse in vaccination drives, leading to a resurgence of diseases tamed in peacetime.

Health threats are so varied that one of the Middle East's main teaching hospitals, the American University of Beirut Medical Centre, has introduced a conflict-medicine programme to equip students to cope in an environment afflicted by chaos.

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