The Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
The Forum
May 01, 2020
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


The ongoing conflict in Syria has resulted in a large-scale humanitarian crisis with important public health policy implications. An estimated two million Syrians have escaped to neighboring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Millions more people remain displaced within Syria’s borders. International inspectors have now entered Syria and have been tasked with the challenge of safely dismantling and destroying chemical weapons. This Forum event, presented in collaboration with PRI’s The World and WGBH, examined the practicalities and decision-making driving the humanitarian response to this unfolding world event.

In this forum, the panelists discuss the large-scale humanitarian crisis resulting from the conflict in Syria and its implications for public health policy. They also discuss the practicalities and decision-making shaping the humanitarian response to this crisis.


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