Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal

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Established in 1995, the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal (EMHJ) is the flagship periodical of the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. The journal aims to improve health across the Region through the publication of quality research, with an emphasis on public health and focused on strategic health priorities. The EMHJ strengthens public health knowledge, policy, practice and education. Its wide dissemination supports health policy decision-making and enables researchers, practitioners and professionals to remain well informed of developments in public health.

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Current issue: Volume 26 (3), March 2020

Editorial

Health research prioritization: global and regional perspectives
Ahmed Mandil, Arash Rashidian and Rana Hajjeh
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):254-256. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.3.254

Commentary

Interaction between opium replacement therapies and HIV treatment coverage
Fardad Doroudi and Ali-Reza Vassigh
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):257–259. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.20.3.257

Research articles

Vitamin D deficiency in healthy children in Bahrain: do gender and age matter?
Hasan Isa, Mohamed Almaliki, Aysha Alsabea and Afaf Mohamed
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):260–267. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.084

Prevalence of hypertension and associated risk factors in older adults in Kurdistan, Iraq
Mariwan Saka, Sherzad Shabu and Nazar Shabila
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):265–272. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.029

Prevalence and mortality of cancer among people living with HIV and AIDS patients: a large cohort study in Turkey
Ozlem Altuntas Aydin, Alper Gunduz, Fatma Sargin, Bilgül Mete, Hayat Kumbasar Karaosmanoglu, Dilek Yildiz Sevgi, Mucahit Yemisen, Bulent Durdu, Ilyas Dokmetas, Fehmi Tabak, ACTHIV-IST (Action Against HIV in Istanbul) Study Group
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):273–279. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.030

Reuse of syringes for therapeutic injections in Pakistan: rethinking determinants
Adnan Ahmad Khan, Arshad Altaf, Huma Qureshi, Mejzgaan Orakzai1 and Ayesha Khan
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):283–289. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.028

Estimating population cause-specific mortality fractions in the Islamic Republic of Iran: validation of Murray’s method
Abbas Alipour, Soheila Khodakarim, Ardeshir Khosravi, and Amin Ataey
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):290–296. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.031

Struggling with long-time low uptake of modern contraceptives in Pakistan
Nasim Zahid Shah, Tazeen Saeed Ali, Imtiaz Jehan and Xaher Gul
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):297–303. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.043

Hypertension and associated factors in the Islamic Republic of Iran: a population-based study
Marzieh Katibeh, Ali Sanjari Moghaddam, Mehdi Yaseri, Dinesh Neupane, Per Kallestrup and Hamid Ahmadieh
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):304–314. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.042

Acute coronary syndrome: factors predicting smoking cessation
Hela Abroug, Aymen El Hraiech, Ons Mehrez, Manel Ben Fredj, Imen Zemni, Arwa Ben Salah, Mohamed Ali Azaiez, Walid Jomaa, Faouzi Maatouk and Asma Sriha Belguith
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):312–319. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.034

Attitudes and behaviours of physicians towards the relationship with the pharmaceutical industry in Saudi Arabia
Salman Bahammam, Suhail Asiri, Yassar Al-Jahdali, Salim Baharoon, Adnan Al Shaikh, Majed Al-Ghamdi, Abdullah ALharbi and Hamdan Al-Jahdali
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):323–330. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.024

Health-related quality of life of parents of children with phenylketonuria in Tehran Province, Islamic Republic of Iran
Koorosh Etemad, Alireza Heidari, Aria Setoodeh, Amir Shayeganrad, Atoosa Akhlaghi, Maryam Azizi, Roya Nejatbakhsh, Maryam Beheshti Beglar and Mansoureh Lotfi
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):331–339. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.045

Mapping stakeholders of the Palestinian Health Research System: a qualitative study
Mohammed AlKhaldi, Abdulsalam Alkaiyat, Constanze Pfeiffer, Saleem Haj-Yahia, Hamza Meghari, Hassan Abu Obaid, Ali Shaar, Yousef Aljeesh, Marcel Tanner and Yehia Abed
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):340–348. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.016

Prevalence of overweight and underweight in schoolchildren in Constantine, Algeria: comparison of four reference cut-off points for body mass index
Hayet Oulamara, Ouassila Allam, Fouzia Tebbani and Abdel-Nacer Agli
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):349–355. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.3.349

Magnitude and determinants of interactions between dentists and dental supply representatives in Saudi Arabia
Fahad Alosaimi and Abdulaziz Albaker
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):356–364. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.067

WHO events addressing public health priorities

Annual meeting of the Eastern Mediterranean Research Ethics Review Committee
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):365–366. https://doi. org/10.26719/2020.26.3.365

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Editorial team

Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Editor-in-chief

Arash Rashidian, Executive Editor
Ahmed Mandil, Deputy Executive Editor
Phillip Dingwall, Managing Editor

Editorial Board

Zulfiqar Bhutta
Mahmoud Fahmy Fathalla
Rita Giacaman
Ahmed Mandil
Ziad Memish
Arash Rashidian
Sameen Siddiqi
Huda Zurayk

International Advisory Panel

Mansour M. Al-Nozha
Fereidoun Azizi
Rafik Boukhris
Majid Ezzati
Hans V. Hogerzeil
Mohamed A. Ghoneim
Alan Lopez
Hossein Malekafzali
El-Sheikh Mahgoub
Hooman Momen
Sania Nishtar
Hikmat Shaarbaf
Salman Rawaf

Editorial assistants

Nadia Abu-Saleh, Suhaib Al Asbahi (Graphics), Diana Tawadros (Graphics)

Editorial support

Guy Penet (French editor)
Eva Abdin, Fiona Curlet, Cathel Kerr, Marie-France Roux (Technical editors)
Ahmed Bahnassy, Abbas Rahimiforoushani 
Dr Manar ElSheikh Abdelrahman ElHassan (Statistics editors)

Administration

Iman Fawzy, Marwa Madi

Web publishing

Nahed El Shazly, Ihab Fouad, Hazem Sakr

Library and printing support

Hatem Nour El Din, Metry Al Ashkar, John Badawi, Ahmed Magdy, Amin El Sayed.

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Reviews

Mushabab Al Asmri, Mohammed J. Almalki, Gerry Fitzgerald and Michele Clark

Jaouad Hammou, Majdouline Obtel, Rachid Razine, Amina Berraho and Mohamed Belmekki

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Commentaries

Anas Khan, Saber Yezli,1 Gregory Ciottone, Maria Borodina, Jamie Ranse, Philippe Gautret, Sheila Turris, Adam Lund, Ziad A Memish, Avinash Sharma, Ozayr Mahomed, Salim Parker, Abdullah Asiri and Hani Jokhdar

Short research communications

Ahmed M. Alkhunaizi, Munifah Al Shammary

Lubna Meraj, Junaid Saleem, Shahzad Manzoor, Asfaa Ashfaq and Mohammad Khurram

Reports

Antoine Haddad, Tarek Bou Assi, Laura Haddad, Perrine Malaud Wakim, Rita Feghali, Wissam Makki, Mohammad Haidar, Yorgui Teyrouz, Hanadi Samaha, Tamima Jisr, Christian Haddad, Elizabeth Baz, Berthe Hachem, Vanda Barakett and Olivier Garraud

Banan Abdulrzaq Mukhalalati, Lina Bader, Asmaa Alhaqan and Ian Bates

Moutaz Derbala, Elmoubasher Abd Farag, Hamad E. Al-Romaihi, Saad Al Kaabi, Mohamed Al-Thani, Elham El Sayed, Aliaa Amer and Sayed Himatt