HIV/AIDS in Syria

A short report titled “HIV/AIDS in Syria and the response of the National Aids Program during the war” will soon be published. This study was conducted by the Observatory member Dr Ali Ghaddar under the workgroup “Infection Control”.

A link to the report will be uploaded under the tab “Journal Publications” once published.


The work-group “Health in Prison” (HiP) has conducted a health assessment of women prisoners exposed to torture three decades after their liberation. In collaboration with Khiam Rehabilitation Center, HiP evaluated the factors that protect women from Post-traumatic Stress resulting from exposure to distinct torture events. Results were published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Read here

Psychosocial prison environment

The central OPPH in Spain has conducted several assessments about the psychosocial environments in prisons in Spain. Findings were published in influential occupational health journals including Journal of Occupation Health, Occupational Medicine and Stress and Health. Read findings below

  1. Occupational Stress among Prison Workers
  2. Work Ability among Prison Workers
  3. Exposure to Psychosocial Hazards in Prisons


Drug Policy

The Addiction and Drug Abuse (ADA) work group aims at evaluating the implementation of drug policies in the MENA region to support advocate elaborate healthy policies for the prevention of drug use and the reduction of harms among persons who use drugs (PWUD).