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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 (11), November 2019

Editorial

Strengthening the early detection of common cancers in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Nasim Pourghazian, Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Samar Alhomoud and Slim Slama
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(11):767–768. https://doi.org/10.26719/2019.25.11.767

Research articles

Unsupervised neural network for evaluating the ability of the SF-36 instrument to differentiate individuals
Saeedeh Pourahmad, Peyman Jafari and Sara Ghodsi
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(11):769-774. https://doi.org/10.26719/2019.25.11.769

Health-related quality of life in informal settlements in Kermanshah, Islamic Republic of Iran: role of poverty and perception of family socioeconomic status
Seyed Ramin Ghasemi, Alireza Zangeneh, Nader Rajabi-Gilan, Sohyla Reshadat, Shahram Saeidi and Arash Ziapour
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(11):775–783. https://doi. org/10.26719/emhj.19.013

Validation study of the Arabic version of the Brief Fatigue Inventory (BFI-A)
Khaled Suleiman, Mahmoud Al Kalaldeh, Loai Abu Shahroor, Bernice Yates, Ann Berger, Tito Mendoza, Malakeh Malak, Ayman Bani Salameh, Charles Cleeland and Ahmed Menshawi
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(11):784–790. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.032

Advance directive preferences of patients with chronic and terminal illness towards end of life decisions: a sample from Saudi Arabia
Salim Baharoon, Mohsen Alzahrani, Eiman Alsafi, Laila Layqah, Hamdan Al-Jahdali and Anwar Ahmed
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(11):791–797. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.038

Psychosocial factors of deliberate self-harm in Afghanistan: a hospital based, matched case-control study
Mohammad Paiman, Murad Khan, Tazeen Ali, Nargis Asad and Iqbal Azam
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(11):798–805. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.021

Substance use among high school students in Erbil City, Iraq: prevalence and potential contributing factors
Nazar Mahmood, Samir Othman, Namir Al-Tawil and Tariq Al-Hadithi
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(11):806–812. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.022

Implementation of surveillance systems to determine the burden of communicable diseases in a facility in Qatar
Humberto Guanche Garcell, Tania Fernandez Hernandez, Elmousbasher Baker and Ariadna Arias
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(11):813–819. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.023

Rapid assessment of marketing of unhealthy foods to children in mass media, schools and retail stores in Oman 
Samia Al-Ghannami,1 Saleh Al-Shammakhi, Ayoub Al Jawaldeh, Fatma Al-Mamari, Ibtisam Al Gammaria, Jokha Al-Aamry, and Ruth Mabry
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(11):820–827. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.066

Health literacy among Iranian adults: findings from a nationwide population-based survey in 2015
Ali Haghdoost, Mohammad Karamouzian, Ensiyeh Jamshidi, Hamid Sharifi, Fatemeh Rakhshani, Nadia Mashayekhi, Hamid Rassafiani, Fatemeh Harofteh, Mansoor Shiri, Mohammad Aligol, Hossein Sotudeh, Atoosa Solimanian, Fatemeh Tavakoli and Abedin Iranpour
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(10):828–836. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.017

Review

Determinants of over and underuse of caesarean births in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: an updated review
Bismeen Jadoon, Ramez Mahaini and Karima Gholbzouri
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(11):837–846. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.033

WHO events addressing public health priorities

Regional workshop on healthy diet with a focus on trans-fatty acid elimination
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;25(11):847–848 https://doi. org/10.26719/2019.25.11.847

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Editorial team

Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Editor-in-chief

Arash Rashidian, Executive Director
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

Editoral 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

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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our Abdul Halim, Paul Beaineh, Madelin Fenianos, Selim Gebran, Ahmad Msheik, Sima L. Sharara and Mona Nabulsi

Nadine Haddad, Hala Abou Naja, Sabine Kassouf, Adela Paez Jimenez, Ghada Abou Mrad, Walid Ammar and Nada Ghosn

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Reviews

Hamed Zandian, Atefeh Esfandiari, Minoo A. Sakha and Amirhossein Takian

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

Short research communications

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

Ruth M. Mabry, Huda Al Siyabi, Muhssen Kannan, and Amal Al Siyabi

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