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Delivering trauma and rehabilitation interventions to women and children in conflict settings: a systematic review
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    Healthcare evidence from conflict settings

    To the Editor;
    Three articles(1,2,3) appeared on the latest special issue of the journal reviewed the medical care in humanitarian emergencies and pointed out significant gap existed in knowledge especially women and children. Two of them(1,3) showed the number of articles published annually. One of them (1) limited the article search year within 5 years so that they can separate emergency from the issues related to chronic poverty and development.
    We examined the correlation between the number of healthcare articles and Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) in Afghanistan through the PubMed database between 1980 and 2015, from the first Soviet war until the peak of ODA to the country in 2015. Afghanistan is unique since it has been one of the sustained emergencies (4).
    The PubMed database was searched using the key words “Afghan” or “Afghanistan,” and the search was limited to English literature published between 1980 and 2015. Since Afghan or Afghanistan is a distinctive term for a literature search, it was assumed that it could identify specific articles to the area. 4669 articles were identified on the initial search (3/11/15); both authors individually verified the articles, 4380 of them were selected for analysis after 289 articles were eliminated as ineligible. The ineligibility was mostly due to veterinary medicine articles, genome research, or Afghan as an author’s name, and other articles inadvertently selected in the search process.
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