Apart from an upsurge in violence, a series of studies published on 4th August in the International Journal of Public Health indicates a sharp increase in non-communicable diseases and mental health conditions in the Middle East. The studies of the Global Burden of Disease consortium have been edited by public health experts at Swiss TPH.
Suicide, homicide, and sexual assault are increasing much faster in the Eastern Mediterranean Region than any other region in the world. These violent acts accounted for 1.4 million deaths in 2015 in the region, on top of the deaths from wars, which added another 144,000.
NCDs and mental health
In addition to violence, there has been a sharp increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia in the region. These Nino Künzli, Swiss TPH and co-editor in chief of IJPH, and Anke Berger, Swiss TPH and head of the editorial office at IJPH, edited the supplement.
Collaboration with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
"We are grateful to Ali Mokdad at IHME and the entire Global Burden of Disease consortium to focus a series of analyses on the Middle East," said Nino Künzli. "We hope the studies will facilitate evidence and data-based responses of health systems and societies to tackle the major public health challenges."
The International Journal of Public Health is owned by the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) - a foundation of eight Swiss universities - and published by Springer Nature.