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Health Crises in Palestine - Panel Discussion (07/12/23).

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

This imagine was made by Maya Amer and used with the Artist's consent.


Please join us for a panel discussion on Health Crises in Palestine.


Event details:

Thursday 7th December 2023

17:45 PM GMT

In person: LSHTM (John Snow Theatre), Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT



This panel aims to offer a space to understand and discuss the multifaceted health, right to health and health system challenges faced by Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank amid ongoing conflict.

The panel will be examining the trends regarding rights to healthcare and access and attacks on healthcare in both Gaza and the West Bank before offering a nuanced analysis of the health system, access to care among different Palestinian populations across different geographic locations, unpacking multi-faceted inequities, and the health system's de-development.

Key experts in public health and healthcare in the Palestinian context will come together on this panel to discuss what we can do as public health workers to support humanitarian and medical aid in Palestine.

This discussion will provide attendees with knowledge surrounding the current public health crisis in Gaza, as well as ways to support both humanitarian and medical efforts.

This panel is important for anyone working in health care/public health/ health in humanitarian crises who seeks to understand the impacts and implications of occupation, structural violence and conflict on health specifically in the Palestinian context.



Professor Yara M. Asi

Professor Yara M. Asi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in the School of Global Health Management and Informatics and a Visiting Scholar at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University in her capacity as Co-Director of the Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights.

Halla Keir

Halla is Advocacy and Research Officer at Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP). She is an advocate, policy and research analyst experienced in UK and US government advocacy focused on international human rights and humanitarian law; foreign and aid policy; conflict and peace-building; justice and accountability.

Zeina Jamaluddine

Zeina Jamaluddine is a Doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the LSHTM and Nagasaki University. Her research focuses on improving the health and nutrition of women and children, particularly those affected by conflict in Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza.

Professor Francesco Checci

Francesco Checchi PhD is a Professor of Epidemiology and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Francesco is an epidemiologist with a career focus on public health in crisis-affected populations, and a mix of experience in research, policy and practice.


Professor Shelley Lees

Shelley Lees is Professor of Anthropology of Public Health at LSHTM. Over 25 years of working and living in Tanzania she has conducted anthropological studies to explore gender and power with a focus on sexuality and violence. Her anthropological research on disease epidemics in Tanzania and Sierra Leone focuses local experiences of biomedical research and epidemic response. In this field, she also provides critical perspectives on biomedical practices.


This Panel was organised by the FAIR Network in partnership with the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre (HHCC) and The Politics and Anthropology of Violence and Epidemics (PAVE).

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