EHS-COVID (106) Lancet Global Health: War and COVID-19 in Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia (2)

3 December, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

On 28 November I sent a message which referred to the impact of COVID-19 in war situations, and specifically to a letter by Airazat M Kazaryan et al. in The Lancet which describes the current situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia.

This morning I received an email from the Embassy of Azerbaijan in UK saying that the Lancet letter 'contains a lot of biased and distorted information' and requesting me to point readers also to another letter in The Lancet, which presents a different picture.

The first piece is available here:

And the second piece is here:

Much of the content of these letters relates to the political situation. HIFA's remit does not include political discussion. Conflict is, however, a health and human rights issue, and those who are affected by it are highly vulnerable - especially where conflict is compounded by public health emergencies such as COVID-19.

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,