Sharing Knowledge And Experience to Promote Health and Health Equity in The Arab Region

A publicly accessible and interactive space that brings together a wide network of researchers, actors and stakeholders pursuing and supporting the Arab region to achieve equity in health and wellbeing, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity

This section focuses mainly on examining issues related to various conditions “in which people are born, grow, live, work and age" placing these conditions within multilevel intermediate and structural drivers. It also investigates policies that influence these conditions and addresses their consequences in terms of health inequities.

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Sexual and Reproductive Health

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines sexual and reproductive health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system. This section focuses on assessing issues related to sexual and reproductive health inequities.

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Gender and Cultural Context

Cultural context and gender norms are two of the major structural determinants of health. This section focuses on their contribution to health inequities.

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Non-Communicable Dieseases

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are estimated to cause over 80 percent of premature deaths around the world. This section highlights issues related to NCDs inequities, the social determinants and policy responses to them.

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Universal Health Coverage

Universal health coverage aims to ensure access to needed health services of sufficient quality while avoiding major health-related financial risks for all people. This section explores issues related to the equitable application of UHC.



COVID-19 pandemic is testing governments and the health systems all over the world. This section investigates the preparedness of the system to deal with covid-19, and emphasizes the equity and social determinants of health considerations in relation to the pandemic.

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Emergency and Conflict

Population in conflict-affected fragile states commonly experience high levels of ill-health, injuries and fatalities. The fragile situations in these states can put significant pressure on the health systems and aggravate inequities. This section explores the health inequities in these states.

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Healthy Ageing

According to WHO healthy aging is defined as “the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables
wellbeing in older age.” This section focuses on strategies and policies that address inequities in healthy aging.

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Health Information System

This section focuses on the development of reliable and interoperable health-related information systems that secure the needed access to effective and efficient multilevel data and information for health and wellbeing.



This section cites some of the most recent international (INT) and regional (REG) reports related to 9 topical concerns of the platform. Particular consideration is given to reports investigating health equity and/or proposing actions

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Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health

Achieving health equity report of the commission on social determinants of health in the eastern Mediterranean region build back fairer: executive summary.

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Sexual and Reproductive Health

GIRLHOOD, NOT MOTHERHOOD Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy.

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Gender and Cultural Context

How Changing Social Norms is Crucial in Achieving Gender Equality (INT)

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Non-Communicable Diseases

Noncommunicable disease surveillance in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (REG).


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Implications of COVID-19 for Older Persons: Responding to the Pandemic (REG)


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Health Aging

Arab Strategy for Older Person 2019-2029 (REG)


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 With the wide spectrum of health equity-related issues currently under debate, the platform welcomes it members to call for a discussion forum in which a point is posed for debate and members can contribute their opinions. 

Current Issues Inviting Contributions

  • Who should take the main responsibility of social care for older persons, the family or the state? 
  • How to mainstream an equity lens in investigating and addressing the Covid-19 pandemic?


In support of knowledge sharing, this section offers a professional space for our members to share their scientific contributions (published papers, working papers, presentations, and blogs) that related to our 9 topics of interest. After a scientific review by our editorial members, the shared contribution will be announced and posted on the platform.

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This section cites some of the most recent relevant published papers at the international (INT) or regional (REG) level that addresses the 9 topics of the platform with a particular focus on issues related to health equity and social determinants of health.  The related topic is written in parentheses.

  • (SDH)Measuring Health Inequalities: A Systematic Review of Widely Used Indicators and Topics.

    Albert-Ballestar, S. and García-Altés, A. 2021
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  • Universal Health Coverage Provisions For Women, Children and Adolescents
    Elizabeth Mason,a Gita Senb and Alicia Ely Yamin 2020
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  • Report of The WHO Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs: Where is The Focus on Addressing Inequalities?
    Aebischer Perone S, Jacquerioz Bausch F, Boulle P, et al. 2020
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  • Priority Setting in A Context Of Insecurity, Epidemiological Transition and Low Financial Risk Protection
    Blanchet, Karl, Ferozuddin, Feroz, Naeem, Ahmad Jan J, et. al. 2019
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  • Developing Global Research Policy For Healthy Ageing And Collaboration Opportunities
    By Ritu Sadana

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  • Population Ageing In The Middle East And North Africa: Policy And Practice Implications
    By Shereen Hussein

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  • Profiling Older Persons in Egypt: Research Studies
    By Zeinab Khadr

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Webinar on Gender Differences in COVID-19 Pandemic Around the World

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) led to about 6.5 million confirmed cases causing almost 400,000 related deaths worldwide. COVID-19 is mainly characterized by a lethal severe acute respiratory syndrome, but a number of additional clinical manifestations has been described.

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Stata Of World Population 2021

My Body Is My Own: Claiming The Right To Autonomy And Self-Determination.  Each Of Us Has A Right To Bodily Autonomy And The Power To Make Our Own Choices About Our Bodies. Yet, Millions Of People Are Denied Their Right To Say No To Sex.

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The first formal meeting for regional network of institutions for evidence and data to policy (NEDtP) to enhance national capacity for evidence-informed policy-making (NEDtP).

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