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The Impact of COVID-19 on disability and mental health needs among Syrian refugees in Turkey

LSHTM and Relief International will report the findings of mixed-methods surveys on disability and mental health among Syrian refugees in Turkey, and the impact of COVID-19. 

A young child with prosthetic leg standing up, holding a ball in one hand. Pictured behind is a wheelchair in the background. Photo credit: Rachel Elkind, Relief International.
Photo credit: Rachel Elkind, Relief International.

Turkey hosts over 3.6 million+ Syrian refugees, the largest refugee population in the world. In this seminar Relief International and the LSHTM International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) will discuss findings of a disability survey conducted among Syrian refugees in Turkey in 2019 and recent Rapid Assessments exploring the impact of COVID-19 and an adapted model of tele-health for the delivery of mental health and physical rehabilitation services during the pandemic. 


Nathaniel Scherer, LSHTM   

Nathaniel is a Research Fellow at the ICED focused on disability research in the UK and internationally. In 2019, he coordinated a survey of disability and mental health among Syrian refugees in Istanbul, with Relief International and Mülteciler Derneği. In working with conflict-affected populations, he has also developed mental health and psychosocial support guidelines for deaf and hard of hearing children in the Gaza Strip.  

Andrea Patterson, Relief International  

Andrea Patterson joined Relief International as Country Director for Turkey in October 2017. She previously worked for the International Rescue Committee where she served for seven years in a variety of health technical and management roles in Jordan, Liberia, Turkey, Iraq and Nigeria. Andrea has also worked for the International Organization for Migration in Indonesia and Sierra Leone providing program and research support to the counter-trafficking unit. In Indonesia, she led the design and implementation of an anti-trafficking prevention campaign with MTV EXIT. 

Andrea holds a Master’s of Science in Public Health from the LSHTM, a Master’s of Arts in International Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (with a concentration in International Relations and Political Philosophy) from Concordia University.  

Dr Ammar Hasan Beck, Relief International  

Dr Ammar Hasan Beck is a Syrian physician. He graduated from Aleppo University in 2003, when he joined the internal medicine department in Aleppo University Hospital, working four years in this department. Due to the war in Syria, he fled to Turkey and for the past eight years, he has been working in the humanitarian sector providing health services for internally displaced people, refugees and people with disabilities. Since 2017 he is technically leading the health program for refugees in Turkey with Relief International. 

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