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Ascesa e Caduta dei Sistemi Sanitari in Medio Oriente

SEATTLE – Gran parte dei progressi dei paesi arabi del Medio Oriente e Nord Africa appare annullata dai disordini politici e dalle guerre civili che affliggono la regione. Questa inversione di tendenza è particolarmente visibile nei sistemi sanitari di Egitto, Giordania, Libia, Siria, Tunisia e Yemen, che in precedenza avevano registrato continui miglioramenti.

Prima del 2010, questi paesi avevano sperimentato un incremento dell’aspettativa di vita ed una riduzione dei rischi di malattie infettive e della mortalità infantile e materna. Oggi, però, gli stravolgimenti subiti dai loro sistemi sanitari hanno aggravato i traumi e le miserie causati dai molti conflitti della regione.

Ciò si evince da uno studio recente di cui sono stato co-autore per The Lancet, che ha esaminato i dati del Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 per determinare gli effetti del deterioramento del sistema sanitario nei paesi del Mediterraneo orientale.

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