cades of war across the middle east have caused a health care crisis that goes far beyond the battlefield crippling national medical systems, and forcing doctors to take a new approach to disease control. Reuters Angus McDowall reports from Beirut.>> War and the many problems that it created.
It becomes so much a normal part of the environment for medical practitioners across the Middle East, even in countries like Lebanon which are at peace. That this hospital behind me, the American University of Beirut Medical Center, one of the largest in the region and one of the main teaching hospitals has even now started to introduce conflict medicine as a program for students.
What they're trying to do is to look not just at the specific problems caused by war but at the many impacts that war creates all across the health system and the many many ways in which it impacts on the provision on health care. Doctors and other health care professionals have found not only that they're dealing with huge number of trauma injuries, and third difficult conditions but also the collapse of basic health care across large suede of the region.
It means that many other problems lack of vaccinations, the spread of large groups of people, migration have brought about major health challenges, that have completely up ended the way that they work. At a conference here this week, they are bringing doctors, surgeons, nurses, other healthcare professionals. Not just from around the region but those who have many, many years in some case decades of experience and expertise of working in war zone where they can share experience.
Where they can share best practices, share advice and listen to each other's tales about the difficulties that they face.