The Arab Spring and health: two years on

Int J Health Serv. 2013;43(1):49-60. doi: 10.2190/HS.43.1.d.


The "Arab Spring" has touched almost all countries in the Middle East and North Africa. While most attention has focused on security and political developments, there are significant consequences for population health. These include immediate problems, such as violent deaths and injuries, population displacement, and damage to essential infrastructure, but also longer term vulnerabilities not yet addressed by the political changes, including high unemployment, the low status of women, erosion of already weak welfare systems, and rising food prices. It will be important to tackle these underlying issues while not repeating the mistakes made in other countries that have undergone rapid political transition.

MeSH terms

  • Africa, Northern / epidemiology
  • Arabs
  • Disease Outbreaks / economics
  • Female
  • Food Supply
  • Humans
  • Middle East / epidemiology
  • Politics*
  • Public Health / economics
  • Public Health / trends*
  • Refugees
  • Social Problems / economics
  • Social Problems / trends*
  • Unemployment / trends
  • Warfare*
  • Women's Rights / trends
  • Wounds and Injuries / complications
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology