Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal

About the journal

Established in 1995, the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal (EMHJ) is the flagship periodical of the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. The journal aims to improve health across the Region through the publication of quality research, with an emphasis on public health and focused on strategic health priorities. The EMHJ strengthens public health knowledge, policy, practice and education. Its wide dissemination supports health policy decision-making and enables researchers, practitioners and professionals to remain well informed of developments in public health.

2019 impact factor: 0.678
5-year impact factor: 0.969

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Current issue: Volume 26 (11), November 2020

Editorial

Tackling diabetes: how nurses can make the difference
Hicham El Berri, F Gulin Gedik, Jamal Belkhadir, Howard Catton, Asmus Hammerich, Arwa Oweis and Slim Slama
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(11):1318–1319. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.11.1318

Commentary

Tobacco industry commissioned reports on illicit tobacco trade in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: how accurate are they?
Erin Sandberg, Allen WA Gallagher and Raouf Alebshehy
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(11):1320–1322. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.131

Research articles

Health information systems in Jordan and Palestine: the need for health informatics training
Hussein Jabareen, Yousef Khader and Adel Taweel
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(11):1323–1330. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.036

Barriers to initiation of insulin therapy in poorly controlled type 2 diabetes based on self-determination theory
Armin Rajab, Pegah Khaloo, Soghra Rabizadeh, Hamid Alemi, Salome Salehi, Reza Majdzadeh, Hossein Mirmiranpour, Assadollah Rajab, Alireza Esteghamati and Manouchehr Nakhjavani
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(11):1331–1338. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.027

Prevalence of non-reporting of hospital medical errors in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Mehrdad Askarian, Seyyed M. Sherafat, Maryam Ghodsi, Zahra Shayan, Charles Palenik, Nahid Hatam and Yavor Enchev
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(11):1339–1346. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.19.050

Assessment of nurses’ patient safety culture in 30 primary health-care centres in Tunisia
Mohamed Ayoub Tlili, Wiem Aouicha, Mohamed Ben Dhiab and Manel Mallouli
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(11):1347-1354. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.026

Travel burden and geographic access to health care among children with cancer in Saudi Arabia
Abdulrahman Alsultan, Abdullah Aljefri, Mouhab Ayas, Musa Alharbi, Nawaf Alkhayat, Faisal Al-Anzi, Fawwaz Yassin, Fawaz Alkasim, Qasim Alharbi, Shaker Abdullah, Mohammed Burhan Abrar
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(11):1355-1362. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.020

Prevalence of refractive error and visual impairment among school-age children of Hargesia, Somaliland, Somalia
Zahra Abdi Ahmed, Saif Hassan Alrasheed and Waleed Alghamdi
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(11):1362-1370. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.077

Risk factors associated with worse outcomes in COVID-19: a retrospective study in Saudi Arabia
Anas Khan, Saqer Althunayyan, Yousef Alsofayan, Raied Alotaibi, Abdullah Mubarak, Mohammed Arafat, Abdullah Assiri and Hani Jokhdar
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(11):1371–1380. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.130

Quality utilization of antenatal care and low birth weight: evidence from 18 demographic health surveys
Saverio Bellizzi and Susanna Padrini
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(11):1381-1387. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.055

Reviews

Macromineral enrichment of white bread reduces postprandial glycaemia without altering sensory properties: a crossover study
Rania El Khoury, Noor El Solh, Ammar Olabi, Imad Toufeili, Sani Hlais and Omar Obeid
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;16(11):1388–1395. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.11.1388

Rationing access to total hip and total knee replacement in the Islamic Republic of Iran to reduce unnecessary costs: policy brief
Mohammad Soleimani, Shoresh Barkhordari, Farhad Mardani, Nasrin Shaarbafchizadeh and Fatemeh Naghavi-Al-Hosseini
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(11):1396–1402. https://doi.org/10.26719/ emhj.20.109

Application of geographic information systems in maternal health: a scoping review
Leila Ahmadian, Fatemeh Salehi and Kambiz Bahaadinbeigy
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(11):1403–1414. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.095

Short research communications

Reproductive and behavioural risk factors of low birthweight among newborns in Al Thawra Hospital, Sana’a, Yemen
Idayu Idris, Manal Sheryan, Qistina Ghazali and Azmawati Nawi
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(11):1415-1419. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.061

Barriers to the use of dental services by children in Lebanon and association with parental perception of oral health care
Ingrid Karam, Miran A. Jaffa and Joseph Ghafari
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(11):1420–1424. https://doi.org/10.26719/emhj.20.079

Report

Profil épidémiologique d’une intoxication au méthanol, El Hajeb (Maroc)
Sanah Essayagh, Mariama Bahalou, Meriem Essayagh et Touria Essayagh
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(11):1425–1429. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.11.1425

WHO events addressing public health priorities

Enteric and diarrhoeal diseases surveillance, prevention and control in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
East Mediterr Health J. 2019;26(11):1430–1431. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.11.1430

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Editorial team

Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Editor-in-chief

Arash Rashidian, Executive Editor
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

Editorial 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 
Dr Manar ElSheikh Abdelrahman ElHassan (Statistics editors)

Administration

Iman Fawzy, Marwa Madi

Web publishing

Nahed El Shazly, Ihab Fouad, Hazem Sakr

Library and printing support

Hatem Nour El Din, Gehane Al Garraya, Metry Al Ashkar, John Badawi, Ahmed Magdy, Amin El Sayed.

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Reviews

Tazeen S. Ali, Rozina Karmaliani, Rida Farhan, Syeda N.F. Hussain and Fatima A. Jawad

Dianne Egli-Gany, Wafa Aftab, Sarah Hawkes, Laith Abu-Raddad, Kent Buse, Fauziah Rabbani, Nicola Low and Kristine H. Onarheim

Meysam Behzadifar, Masoud Behzadifar, Aidin Aryankhesal Hamid Ravaghi, Hamid R. Baradaran, Haniye S. Sajadi, Mojtaba Khaksarian and Nicola L. Bragazzi

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Commentaries

Short research communications

Kingsley Lezor Bieh, Anas Khan, Saber Yezli, Ahmed El-Ganainy, Sari Asiri, Badriah Alotaibi, Sujoud Ghallab, Amgad Elkholy, Abdinasir Abubakar and Hani Jokhdar

Reports

Moutaz Derbala, Elmoubasher Abd Farag, Hamad E. Al-Romaihi, Saad Al Kaabi, Mohamed Al-Thani, Elham El Sayed, Aliaa Amer and Sayed Himatt