The Political Economy of Public Health in Syria: Some Global and Regional Considerations

  • Kasturi Sen


This chapter focuses on the commercialisation of the health sector in Syria as manifested by the EU-driven health sector modernisation programme (HSMP) ratified in 2003. The first section provides an overview of Syria’s political economy before the conflict and sheds light on its health sector. The second addresses the impact of neoliberal policies on health services in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) over the past three decades, whilst the remainder of the chapter addresses Syria’s HSMP discussing some of the challenges it created both for the health sector and for its population. The concluding section sheds light on the additional risks on Syria’s health sector posed by the current conflict.



The author would like to thank the editors for their painstaking comments.


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  • Kasturi Sen
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  1. 1.Wolfson College (CR), University of OxfordOxfordUK

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