The humanitarian and public health crisis in Gaza


Friday 15 April 2016


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Epidemiology & Public Health Section


5 CPD points

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about this event

This meeting will give you the right tools to understand the current situation in Gaza in terms of geography, current health services configuration and funding and current medical educational system.  You will understand the key medical and public health problems facing the population and to learn about some of the charitable initiatives being undertaken in the region.

With expert talks from those who have lived and worked in Gaza we will be Identifying how partnerships working could expand amongst British health practitioners, so that they can learn and share their experiences with Gaza colleagues.

This meeting will open eyes to the catastrophic and devastating impact war has on populations and the complexities of working in an area of conflict and on-going war.

We hope that you will take from the meeting that we must share experiences, knowledge and commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of the population in Gaza and in all conflict areas.

Registration is now closed.  You can register on the day however lunch cannot be guaranteed.



8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

Session 1: Introduction

9.00 am

Introduction from the President of the RSM

Mr B Sethia, President of the Royal Society of Medicine

9.15 am

Welcome address

Professor John Ashton, President, Faculty of Public Health and President, RSM Epidemiology and Public Health Section and Catherine Brogan, FFPH, Conference Organiser

Session 2: Setting the scene in Gaza

Chair: Professor John Ashton, President of Faculty of Public Health Medicine and Section President of the Epidemiology and Public Health Section

9.30 am

A short history of charitable involvement in Gaza

Mr John Beavis, Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chairman of IDEALS

10.00 am

The epidemiology and health needs of the population in Gaza

Dr Andy Ferguson, Trustee, IDEALS and Health Consultant, MAP

10.20 am

Medical needs in conflict countries

Dr Aroop Mozumder CB, President Faculty of Catastrophe & Conflict Medicine at Society of Apothecaries

10.40 am

Panel discussion

11.15 am

Tea and coffee break

Session 3: Crisis intervention in times of conflict

Dr Jim Ryan, Past President, Catastrophe and Conflict Section, RSM

11.45 am

Orthopaedic trauma in Gaza

Mr Graeme Groom, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Trustee of IDEALS, King’s College Hospital

12.10 pm

Physical, financial, educational and cultural challenges of establishing a Limb re-construction unit in Gaza

Miss Sarah Phillips, Orthopaedic Surgeon, King's College Hospital

12.30 pm

Accident and emergency: Difficult airway management training

Dr Éamon McCoy MD, Consultant anaesthetist, The Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

12.50 pm

Panel discussion

1.30 pm


Session 4: Building a sustainable health service in Gaza

Chair: Sir Terence English FRCS, Patron MAP, Trustee IDEALS

2.30 pm

Education and community initiatives: Primary care public health

Dr Andy Ferguson, Trustee, IDEALS and Health Consultant, MAP

2.50 pm

Water purity monitoring project

Professor Nigel Silman, Strategic R&D Lead, Public Health England

3.10 pm

Transforming primary care on the West Bank

Dr David Jewell, International Development of Family Medicine in Palestine (IDFMP)

3.30 pm

Public health partnership work

Professor John Middleton FFPH, Former Director of Public Health

3.50 pm

Panel discussion

4.30 pm

Concluding remarks

Professor John Ashton, President, Faculty of Public Health and President, RSM Epidemiology and Public Health Section

5.00 pm

Close of meeting

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For information on this event, contact Faye KelleherTel: 02072902987 Fax: 02072902989 Email: arrow