The Middle East and North Africa region faces many challenges, including instability and disparate economic performance, both of which have adverse effects on health and survival. Disruptions in health care, access to clean water, and sanitation are problems in the region.
In Bahrain, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports increasing incidence of gonorrhea, syphilis, and viral hepatitis. HIV/AIDS and hepatitis remain significant health problems in Iran and Qatar. In localized areas of Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, malaria remains endemic, according to WHO. WHO continues to receive reports of new cases of human infection with a novel coronavirus that was identified in September 2012.
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Last Updated March 22, 2013
Last Reviewed October 15, 2012