Int J Public Health (2018) 63 (Suppl 1):S1–S2 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-017-1013-2 EDITORIAL Ala Alwan Received: 8 June 2017 / Revised: 28 June 2017 / Accepted: 1 July 2017 / Published online: 3 August 2017 Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) 2017 This series of papers comes at a time when there are major In moving forward to address these priorities, I wish to challenges facing health development in the Eastern make the following points: Mediterranean region. Without understanding the chal- First: Sustained political commitment is necessary. The lenges facing populations in this region, one cannot iden- consensus on the ﬁve groups of priorities is based on clear tify the way forward in improving their health and fulﬁlling understanding of the disease burden and its socioeconomic their aspirations. impact on the populations. We know the main impediments One of the characteristics of the region, which strikes to health development and we know most of the solutions. anyone who lives in it, or who has visited it extensively, is However, progress depends on the level of political com- its diversity and heterogeneity, as well as its commonali- mitments, improved governance, and translation of com- ties. Although many countries have made great gains and
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