Chronic childhood illness in the Arab world
Handbook of Healthcare in the Arab World
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Chronic childhood illness has great physical, social, and psychological impacts on children and their families across the globe. Despite global concerns regarding the welfare and needs of this population, relatively little is known about the actual prevalence and impact of chronic childhood illnesses in the Arab world. This chapter summarizes important findings of studies with the prevalence of chronic childhood illnesses in the Arab world, and the impact of chronic illness on child and families and reviews healthcare services provided to this population. For the purpose of this chapter, we define the term Arab world as related to distinct geographic areas encompassing portions of the 22 Arab League stretching over Africa and Asia.