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.

2019 impact factor: 0.678
5-year impact factor: 0.969

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Current issue: Volume 27 (1), January 2021


Air quality and health impacts in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: an eye on COVID-19
Mazen Malkawi, Basel Al-Yousfi and Ahmed Mandil
East Mediterr Health J. 2021;27(01):3–4. https://doi.org/10.26719/2021.27.1.3


COVID-19 during the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic
Rahim Abo Kasem and Mohammad Almansour
East Mediterr Health J. 2021;27(1):5-6. https://doi.org/10.26719/2021.27.1.5

Research articles

Use of complementary and alternative therapies in infants under 3 months in Jordan
Zina Al-Alami, Esra’a Taybeh, Mervat Alsous and May Abu-Hakmeh
East Mediterr Health J. 2021;27(1):7–15. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.092

Human resources for health density and its associations with child and maternal mortality in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Zahra Madadi, Farhad Pishgar, Erfan Ghasemi, Alireza Khajavi, Sahar Moghaddam and Farshad Farzadfar
East Mediterr Health J. 2021;27(1):16-22. https://doi.org/10.26719/2021.27.1.16

Diagnostic and treatment delays in breast cancer in association with multiple factors in Pakistan
Imran Majeed, Rana Ammanuallah, Abdul Wahed Anwar, Hafiz M. Rafique and Faiza Imran
East Mediterr Health J. 2021;27(1):23–32. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.051

Trends in premature mortality in the Islamic Republic of Iran: probability of dying between ages 30 and 70 years
Elaheh Kazemi, Ardeshir Khosravi, Saeide Aghamohamadi, Mohammad Shariati and Hossein Kazemeini
East Mediterr Health J. 2021;27(1):33–40. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.067

Impact of government budget on health prepayment levels: evidence from OECD countries
Ying Zhang, Jacques Vanneste, Wenqing Pan and Liuyue Zhang
East Mediterr Health J. 2021;27(1):41-49. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.108

Development and psychometric testing of a Gastric Cancer Behavioural Risk Assessment Inventory (GC-BRAI)
Sadigheh Razavi, Hassan Mahmoodi, Hassan Pandari, Parvin Sarbakhsh and Abdolreza Shaghaghi
East Mediterr Health J. 2021;27(1):50-58. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.103

Willingness and determinants of participation in public health research: a cross-sectional study in Saudi Arabia
Aljoharah Algabbani, Amani Alqahtani and Nasser BinDhim
East Mediterr Health J. 2021;27(1):59-66. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.080

Decreasing trend in Toxoplasma seroprevalence among pregnant women in Kuwait
Nourah Al-Shammari and Jamshaid Iqbal
East Mediterr Health J. 2021;27(1):67-75. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.082


Estimated and projected prevalence of tobacco smoking in males, Eastern Mediterranean Region, 2000–2025
Heba Fouad, Alison Commar, Randah Hamadeh, Fatimah El-Awa, Ze Shen and Charles Fraser
East Mediterr Health J. 2021;27(1):76–82. https://doi.org/10.26719/2021.27.1.76

Short research communications

Reporting immunization coverage inequalities in Pakistan
Nicole Bergen, Grace Zhu and Katherine Kirkby
East Mediterr Health J. 2021;27(1):83-89. https://doi. org/10.26719/emhj.20.081

Cutaneous leishmaniasis as an increasing threat for Iranian travellers attending religious ceremonies
Mehrzad Saraei, Bibi R.H. Farash and Elham Hajialilo
Mediterr Health J. 2021;27(1):90–95. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.062

WHO events addressing public health priorities

Consultative meeting to discuss ways to promote the use of seasonal influenza vaccine among high-risk groups in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
East Mediterr Health J. 2021;27(1):96–97. https://doi.org/10.26719/2021.27.1.96


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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)

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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)


Iman Fawzy, Marwa Madi

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Nahed El Shazly, Ihab Fouad, Hazem Sakr

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

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