Disease Research And Control Centre

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a tremendous strain on sustaining the clinical research enterprise and will also likely affect key study outcomes.
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Designer(s) : Abdullah AL Khafaji

University : University of Petra

Tutor(s) : Yasmine Soudi

The world suffered from Covid-19 due not being ready to face the worst and the lack of medical support that effected the medical researches. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a tremendous strain on sustaining the clinical research enterprise and will also likely affect key study outcomes. this may raise question that what would happen if there were more preparation and more knowledge about diseases and viruses? And, why till this time our knowledge is short on chronic diseases like Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’ disease, Cancer and etc.….? Will it be possible in the future to cure them?

Forty years ago, Archie Cochrane, in his seminal book Effectiveness and Efficiency, drew attention to the concentration of health research, and particularly clinical trials, in a very few high-income countries.

The situation has changed remarkably since, but there are still many countries where health research is virtually non-existent. These countries have, so far, received almost no attention in the international literature on health research and are overlooked by funders, who feel that they can only invest where there is sufficient existing capacity to absorb resources.

Arab countries are lagging behind in the number of original research publications, number of publications in top journals and citation frequency to name a few. The number of medical publications from Arab institutions in all 22 Arab countries between 1996 and 2012 was 76417 reports, which is equivalent to almost half that of Turkey and equal to only 4% of medical publications from United States based institutions.

Importance of this project:

The development of new medical treatments and cures would not happen without health research and the active role of research volunteers. Behind every discovery of a new medicine and treatment are thousands of people who were involved in health research. Thanks to the advances in medical care and public health, we now live on average 10 years longer than in the 1960’s and 20 years longer than in the 1930’s. Without research, many diseases that can now be treated would cripple people or result in early death. New drugs, new ways to treat old and new illnesses, and new ways to prevent diseases in people at risk of developing them, can only result from health research.