Amela Jusic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Amela Jusic is from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Population Health, Luxembourg Institute of Health.

Since April 1992, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is internationally recognized as a new independent country and became a member of the United Nations, which triggered a brutal war that lasted four years. In December 1995, the Dayton Peace agreement established Bosnia and Herzegovina as a country of two entities and one district—the Federation of BiH, Republika Srpska and District Brcko.

The long post-war transition had a strong impact and caused a poor socioeconomic situation with unemployment, unhealthy and unsafe food and unhealthy lifestyles, common among the population which is mirrored in high prevalence of hypertension (42% of adult population) and one of the highest morbidity and mortality in Europe due to cardiovascular diseases.