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[Editorial] An ambitious agenda for humanity

As highlighted in today’s Lancet, protracted conflicts continue to harm human health and wellbeing. In Yemen, 21 million of 24 million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance and 15 million lack access to health care (see World Report). In Syria, despite a recent ceasefire agreement, fighting looks set to continue into its sixth year. A letter in this issue draws attention to the plight of the 1 million Syrian children who have been orphaned by the war.