Importance of research networks: the Reproductive Health Working Group, Arab world and Turkey, The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 20 January 2014.

This essay was written during the meeting of the Reproductive Health Working Group's Consultative Committee that took place at the Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, on June 17-18, 2013. The Committee contemplated on the situation, constraints, and political instability that was facing Members of RHWG, yet they managed to travel and meet at the scheduled date in Beirut despite everything.  It was satirical that there were revolutions, instability and trouble in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Tunisia, which made oPt more stable in comparison to the rest of the Arab countries in the region!

CC members reflected on the importance of research networks as key success factor that kept the network strong and sustainable since it was formed in 1988.  So, they wrote this essay on how RHWG survived despite wars, revolutions, turbulence that went on in the Arab region and Turkey.  As the CC members wrote in the essay "...These types of networks which matter "..We want to ensure our network and other networks have greater importance not only in producing knowledge and mentoring the younger generation who will take over from us, but also for researchers to provide them with great support for each other. This support helps individuals to cope in times when the home front has become the battlefront...."

Author(s): Rita Giacaman , Asya AL-Riyami , Hyam Bashour , Jocelyn De Jong , Noha Gaballah , Atf Gherissi , Belgin Tekce , Huda Zurayk  
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