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Faculty of Public Health statement on violence in the Middle East

The Faculty of Public Health has a diverse UK and international membership, many of whom will have been personally impacted by recent violence in the Middle East.

We remain concerned for both the physical and deep psychological distress of millions of people affected by the growing surge in violence.

At this time of great suffering, compassion and support for colleagues and individuals who are experiencing hurt and loss is so important.

The health consequences of this conflict are tragic, and the Faculty of Public Health joins domestic and international health and medical organisations in calling for the prioritisation of the protection of civilians, healthcare workers and health systems across the region.

The Faculty’s Disaster and Humanitarian Response SIG and Global Violence Prevention SIG stands ready to assist international partners with evidence-based public health expertise and guidance to protect health across the region.

Published 19 October 2023

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