The blockade’s effect on public health in Qatar

Earlier this year an escalation of the Saudi-Qatari proxy conflict saw a large group of Arab nations abruptly cut all ties with Qatar. This was quickly recognised as a blockade on a country reliant on its neighbours, and former allies, for food, medicines and facilitating travel of its citizens. The blockade was promised to be lifted if Qatar would meet 13 demands posed by the governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain. The Qatari population of 2.7 million was previously primarily fed by food imports transported by land, over the Saudi border. The sudden decrease in food supplies was averted by food imports from Iran and Turkey, who sided with Qatar in the dispute. The discussion of importing medicines is not talked about as often as the food security issue but it is presumed that medicines are being imported from Turkey and Iran, too. This solution is thought to be unsustainable and has caused even greater food insecurity, a drop in the availability of essential medicines. The crisis is still ongoing. [Click the title to read more]

Guest blog for Medsin UK – Global Health at Hay Festival 2017

Why is this relevant to Medsin?This year’s global health headlines included Devi Sridhar, co-author of Governing Global Health – Who really runs the world? and Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh talking about her book, the new WHO Director-General and what global health could look like... (Click the title to read more)

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