Rohingya Crisis: Voices from the field
It’s been over a year since almost 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh from the neighbouring country of Burma to escape persecution. This was one of the largest exodus of refugees in recent decades, and many arrived exhausted, sick, and hungry. They now reside in Cox’s Bazaar, which has almost a million refugees and as such is the largest refugee camp in the world. This on-going humanitarian crisis requires meeting the short-term needs of the Rohingya such as immediate medical care and shelter, but also long-term assistance such as clean water and sanitation, disease prevention and care, preventing malnutrition, and mental health concerns.
During this evening event, the audience will hear from health workers and researchers who have worked in Cox’s Bazaar on the history of the camp, their experiences on the ground, the risk of disease outbreaks, and what the key advocacy issues and avenues for this vulnerable population are.
This event is co-organised by Health Professionals for Global Health (an organisation set up by the merging of Alma Mata and the Global Health Curriculum Group), the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre and the Catastrophes and Conflict Forum, and will be chaired by Dr Jennifer Palmer, Co-Director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre.
18th October 2018, 18:30-20:30
John Snow Lecture Theatre, LSTHM
Dr Afsana Safa - GP and Clinical Commission Group Governing Body member, London. Overview of the crisis: history and background
Dr Vanessa Yarwood - GP Trainee, London. Dr Yarwood has worked in Greece with the Syrian American Medical Society, and volunteered as a supervising clinician in Bangladesh with Medical Teams International. First hand experience of working in the refugee camps for Rohingya
Kerrie Holloway: Research Officer, Overseas Development Institute. Kerrie has undertaken extensive research within the humanitarian sector focussing on dignity in forced displaced populations.
Ronan Lee - PhD candidate, Deakin University, Irish-Australian politician. The legal aspects, history, identity, and politics of the Rohingya