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When Water and Health Care Systems are Targets of War

When Water and Health Care Systems are Targets of War

Date(s) - 11/03/2021
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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When Water and Health Care Systems Are War Targets—An Examination of the Syrian Conflict

With SF Bay PSR Former Intern Sarah Abdelrahman and Board Member Dr. Rohini Haar


Wednesday, November 3, 7:00pm PT / 10:00pm ET, online

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Join us to learn more about how the climate crisis, and the targeting of water and health care systems intersect and compound negative health impacts as seen through an examination of the Syrian Conflict by SF Bay PSR Former Intern Sarah Abdelrahman.

Although protected by international law, Syria’s health care system has been targeted and severely harmed by the ongoing conflict since 2011. The destruction of the health care infrastructure, constant threats against medical workers, lack of supplies, and the pressures of being in a war zone, have affected Syrian health professionals’ ability to treat patients. Abdelrahman will share her project, The Idlib Case Study, that is designed to illustrate the narratives of healthcare workers from Idleb, Syria, through a story map.

Not only is the Syrian health system being targeted, but the water systems are being attacked too leading to severe negative environmental health impacts. The World Economic Forum has identified the water crises, along with weapons of mass destruction, failure to address climate change, and extreme weather events as some of the most serious threats to global health and security. The United Nations reported in 2018 that water played a significant role in conflicts in at least 45 countries. Abdelrahman will share her research which focuses on the effects targeting water systems and the lack of access to water has on environmental health and correlations with waterborne disease within Syria.

Sarah Adelrahman is a former SF Bay PSR intern and an MPH student studying Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health. She is also an advisor to all the student chapters of California Physicians Alliance across California. Within public health, she is most interested in humanitarian health and infectious disease.

Dr. Rohini Haar is an SF Bay PSR board member and an emergency physician with expertise in health and human rights. Her work focuses on the protection of human rights in times of complex humanitarian crisis and conflict. She is particularly interested in the protection of health workers and health services. She is a research fellow at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley’s School of Law and works clinically at Kaiser Medical Center in Oakland, California.

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