Rana Jawad, PhD & Walaa Talaat, PhD

The countries covered in the report are the 22 countries of the Arab League which fall into three categories according to their gross national income (Mokdad et al. 2014): low-income countries (LICs; Comoros, Djibouti, Mauritania, Yemen, and Somalia), middle-income countries (MICs; Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, and Tunisia), and high-income countries (HICs; Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates). The region is quite diverse economically and socially, resulting in different health status and public health outcomes. Poverty estimates vary considerably but exceed 50% in the poorest countries and in some countries engaged in active conflict (Mokdad et al. 2014).

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