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November 5, 2018

Hannah Tappis Publishes Commentary in the Humanitarian Health Digest with The Lancet

Understanding indirect impacts of conflict on health can save lives

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Supporting maternal health in Lodwar, Kenya 
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Dr. Hannah Tappis, associate faculty in the Bloomberg School’s Department of International Health and Center for Humanitarian for Health, published a commentary entitled, “Understanding indirect impacts of conflict on health can save lives,” in the latest edition of the Humanitarian Health Digest, a joint venture of The Lancet and the Center for Humanitarian for Health. Tappis reflects on findings from a recent study on maternal mortality that occurred in the July–August 2014 conflict in Gaza. Researchers interviewed women and community members and investigated medical records before and after the 50-day conflict. The findings are an important contribution to a neglected issue ­– the well-being of women and girls during a humanitarian crisis. Tappis also emphasizes the importance of providing health services beyond lifesaving measures to women, families and communities in humanitarian settings.

The Humanitarian Health Digest is a quarterly bibliography of published peer-reviewed journal articles on humanitarian health. It includes one or two new commentaries on peer-reviewed articles cited in the Digest. The objective of the Digest is to provide links to peer-reviewed articles on humanitarian health from a wide variety of journals in one place for ease of reference. Peer-reviewed articles will be searched systematically using the PubMed and Global Health (OVID) databases. Articles will mostly include primary research and systematic reviews. Humanitarian health will be divided into three broad categories: 1. Conflict and Forced Displacement; 2. Natural Disasters; and 3. Technological Disasters. The articles will be further divided into low- and middle-income countries and high-income countries.

All featured articles from the Lancet family of journals will be free to read with registration on It is the Center for Humanitarian Health’s goal that other journals will follow suit to allow all peer-reviewed articles to be free to read so that humanitarian workers worldwide can learn from and apply lessons learned and conclusions immediately in the field to benefit persons affected by conflict, natural disasters and technological disasters. We hope that you will learn and benefit from the articles presented in the Humanitarian Health Digest.

Jocalyn Clark, Executive Editor of The Lancet, also contributed a new commentary entitled, "Armed conflict is devastating for infants and children." Clark’s commentary discusses a recent Lancet article: Wagner Z, Heft-Neal S, Bhutta ZA, Black RE, Burke M, Bendavid E. Armed conflict and child mortality in Africa: a geospatial analysis. Lancet 2018. Published online Aug 30. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31437-5.

The complete digest is available for free on the Center's website.