Reorienting and rebuilding the health system in war-torn Tigray, Ethiopia

Azeb Gebresilassie Tesema, Yohannes Kinfu

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    Armed conflict and war, directly and indirectly, affect health and health systems.1 2 Globally, conflict was responsible for over 63000 deaths and over 2.7million years of lives lost due to disability in 2019.3 The war in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, which started in November 2020, has already caused a considerable number of casualties, massive internal displacement and over 70000 refugees in neighbouring Sudan.4 A recent report by World Food Program suggests that 91% of the region’s six million people require immediate emergency humanitarian assistance, and 400000 people had crossed the ‘threshold into famine’.5 6 Evidence also revealed that women and girls were subjected to sexual abuse and gender-based violence in this war. 6 In addition, the destruction, vandalisation and looting of health facilities have left millions of people without access to essential healthcare.7
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere007088
    Pages (from-to)1-3
    Number of pages3
    JournalBMJ Global Health
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2021


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