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An afternoon in Yemen

 Saada. A group of children play football against a backdrop of destroyed houses. The northern governorate has witnessed several episodes of violence since 2006 that left behind immense destruction. © ICRC / Karrar al-Moayyad
Saada. A group of children play football against a backdrop of destroyed houses. The northern governorate has witnessed several episodes of violence since 2006 that left behind immense destruction. © ICRC / Karrar al-Moayyad

The student liaison officers (SLOs) from the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre (HHCC) are pleased to welcome four professionals working in the field of health in humanitarian crises in Yemen. Together, experts and attendees will discuss their experiences and perceived challenges working in this context.

We will start the event by hearing about the backgrounds and interests of our guests:

Azhar Aidroos Mohammed Al-Elbi

Azhar currently works with Save the Children, a leading humanitarian organisation aiming to protect children's rights and health. Within the organisation, she holds positions as a nutrition programme coordinator and health and nutrition manager. In the past, she has worked in similar programmes with the International Medical Corps. She completed her studies in Medicine and General Surgery at Aden University in 2014. Azhar is from Yemen and will be able to share her perspective as a local person in the field.

Marco Puzzolo

Marco is currently working as project coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières in Taiz City, Yemen. He has been working as a humanitarian aid worker for several INGOs since 2013 in different countries, amongst others Pakistan, DRC, Syria, and Venezuela. In 2016-17 he also worked as a project officer in the Human Rights and Protection Division of the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). He holds an MSc in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Emilie Koum Besson

Emilie completed an MSc in Public Health with a major in Health Economics at LSHTM and is now working as a research fellow in humanitarian public health. In the past, she led the work of a humanitarian procurement centre in DRC and has been working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative for health programs in Liberia and Rwanda. Her current interest in research is estimating mortality in crisis-affected settings using geospatial and statistical methods, with a specific focus on Yemen.

Mervat Alhaffar

Mervat is a pharmacist by training and currently a research assistant at LSHTM. She is very experienced with working in the Syrian healthcare sector before and during the conflict. She has completed an MSc in Public Health for Development at LSHTM and has since been involved in different projects at the school. One main focus of her current research is on crisis-attributable mortality in Yemen.

After the introduction of our guests, our SLOs will facilitate an interactive panel discussion which will be open to the questions of attendees. The four panellists will be happy to share their insights about the realities and challenges as well as the skills that might be needed to work in the field. We are looking forward to a lively and informal discussion with many interesting questions and networking opportunities.

 

Moderators (HHCC SLOs):

  • Ana Teresa Saraiva Afonso
  • Mirza Zakaria Abbas
  • Amelie Mia Friedsam

 

Please note that the time listed is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

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