Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a free panel discussion at the Old South Meeting House in Boston that will take an in-depth look at the unique and often life-threatening health challenges facing the world’s 65 million displaced people.
For decades, MSF has treated displaced people along every stage of their journeys – in their home countries, along the routes they traverse, and in refugee camps and other destinations—paying special attention to the specific health risks in the chaotic, overcrowded, and uncertain circumstances they must endure. But now, when there are more displaced people in the world than there have been since World War II—many of whom arrive with chronic conditions, many who are trying to survive outside of established refugee camp settings—MSF has had to find new ways to address the medical issues of people on the move.
Our panel of experienced aid workers will share their stories of treating people in these precarious circumstances and discuss the particular challenges facing people who have been, through no fault of their own, forced from home.
Presented in collaboration with Old South Meeting House as a Partners in Public Dialogue Program.
A Q&A will follow the discussion.
Katherine Hutchinson, a Boston-based nurse-midwife who has worked for MSF in Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Chad, and Haiti.
Dr. Ahmed Abdalrazag, who worked in an MSF refugee camp at the border of Libya and Tunisia, and is currently traveling with MSF's Forced From Home exhibition.
Tatiana Chiarella, MPH, is a Brazilian nurse who worked with MSF in Malawi, and Libya, and with displaced populations in South Sudan, Yemen, and Syria. She is currently traveling with MSF's Forced From Home exhibition.
Moderated by Susan Kaplan, senior reporter and local host of All Things Considered at New England Public Radio.
NOTE: Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early. If you have not checked-in prior to five minutes before the start of the panel, your reservation is no longer guaranteed.
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About Forced From Home:
Presented by Doctors Without Borders, Forced From Home is a free interactive exhibition designed to raise public awareness of the world’s 65 million refugees. With an experienced Doctors Without Borders aid worker as your guide, you'll see, hear, and interact with images, stories, and materials gathered from refugee camps, rescue missions, and emergency medical projects around the world. Gain a deeper understanding of the global refugee crisis, the challenges faced by those who have been forced from home, and the humanitarian assistance offered by Doctors Without Borders.
To schedule a tour of Forced From Home in Boston, visit this web page.
Learn more about MSF's work with refugees and IDPs here.