Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal

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The Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, established in 1995, is the flagship health periodical of the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean.

The mission of the Journal is to contribute to improving health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region by publishing and publicising quality health research and information with emphasis on public health and the strategic health priorities of the Region. It aims to: further public health knowledge, policy, practice and education; support health policy-makers, researchers and practitioners; and enable health professionals to remain informed of developments in public health.

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Current issue: Volume 25 (3), March 2019

Editorial

East Mediterr Health J.2019;25(3):147–148. https://doi.org/10.26719/2019.25.3.147

Research articles

Adherence to levothyroxine among patients with hypothyroidism in Lebanon
Sarah El Helou, Souheil Hallit, Sanaa Awada, Amal Al-Hajje, Samar Rachidi, Wafaa Bawab, Pascale Salameh and Salam Zein
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(3):149–159 https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.18.022

Agenda setting analysis for maternal mortality reduction: exploring influential factors using Kingdon’s Stream Model
Farah Babaey, Pouran Raessi and Hamid Ravaghi
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(3):160–171 https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.18.025

Practice implications of an antimicrobial stewardship intervention in a tertiary care teaching hospital, Qatar
Ziad G. Nasr, Alya Babiker, Marwa Elbasheer, Aisha Osman, Shereen Elazzazy and Kyle John Wilby
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(3):172–180 https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.18.026

The translation and cultural adaptation validity of the Actual Scope of Practice Questionnaire
Lina Younan, Michael Clinton, Souha Fares and Helen Samaha
East Mediterr Health J. 2019; 25(3):181-188 https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.18.028

Human development index, maternal mortality rate and under 5 years mortality rate in West and South Asian countries, 1980–2010: an ecological study
Ali Mohamadi, Farzad Khodamoradi, Malihe Khoramdad, Mohammad Shahbaz and Firooz Esmaeilzadeh
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(3):189–196 https://doi. org/10.26719/emhj.18.029

Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D status and wheezing in pre-school children, Kuwait
Alaa Mohamed AbdelKader and May Fouad Nassar
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(3):197–204 https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.18.031

Pain characteristics of older residents in Iranian nursing homes
Mahshid Foroughan, Farahnaz Mohammadi Shahboulaghi, Zahra Jafari, Vahid Rashedi and Akbar Biglarian
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(3):205-212. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.18.045

Field lessons in surveying healthcare waste management activities in Pakistan
Mustafa Ali
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(3):213–217 https://doi. org/10.26719/emhj.18.024

Letter to the editor

Methodological note on spatial classification
Meysam Olfatifar, Amin Radmanesh and Mohamad Amin Pourhoseingholi
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(3):218 https:// doi.org/10.26719/2019.25.3.218

WHO events addressing public health priorities

Consultation on establishing robust integrated national reporting systems for viral hepatitis
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(3):219-220 https:// doi.org/10.26719/2019.25.3.219

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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 (Statistics editors)

Administration

Iman Fawzy, Marwa Mady

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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