Chronic Childhood Illness in the Arab World

  • Mohammad AL Jabery
  • Diana ArabiatEmail author
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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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Counselling and Special EducationThe University of JordanAmmanJordan
  2. 2.School of Nursing and MidwiferyEdith Cowan UniversityJoondalupAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of NursingThe University of JordanAmmanJordan

Section editors and affiliations

  • Diana H. Arabiat
    • 1
    • 2
  • Huda Omer Basaleem
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Nursing and MidwiferyEdith Cowan UniversityJoondalupAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of NursingThe University of JordanAmmanJordan
  3. 3.Dept. Community Medicine and Public HealthUniversity of Aden, Faculty of Medicine and Health SciencesAdenYemen

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