War and Health: A Health Perspective

Week of 31/07, convened by Stephanie Harris

We live in an imperfect world. History has taught us that war and conflict are inevitable parts of human existence, which will undoubtedly continue well beyond our lifetime. As always, conflicts and tension simmer currently throughout the world causing displacement, famine, injury and a host of other health issues. In Syria alone, recent civil war has seen a 15-year drop in life expectancy, a tenth of the population either killed or injured and over 7 million citizens displaced. So as inhabitants of a first world relatively peaceful country, what can we do to help? In this Torque module, “War & Unrest: a health perspective”, we will delve into the various and wide-reaching health impacts of unrest, and explore what can be done as health and other professionals to counter the global health consequences of war.