Migrant Health in Crises

A One-Day Symposium on Health Challenges Facing Migrants and Refugees

While there is growing recognition of the scale of international migration and displacement, less attention has been paid to the particular health needs of migrants and displaced persons.  This Symposium, jointly organized by the Center for Global Health Science and Security and the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, will bring together a range of academics and practitioners to consider the particular health challenges facing migrants and refugees.

This Symposium will convene subject matter experts from humanitarian organizations, governments, and academic partners from around the world to address some of the most pressing issues surrounding the health of displaced populations, both domestically and abroad. The discussion will be organized around three focus areas that impact migrant health in crises, each with a regional focus:

Topics to be covered at the Migrant Health in Crises Symposium; Images: James Buck, SAMS; Reuters


0815 – 0830    Registration & Breakfast

0830 – 0900    Forces Displacement and Health Overview

Dr. Katharine Donato & Dr. Erin Sorrell, Georgetown University 

0900 – 1030     Infectious Disease, Conflict and Displacement: Focus on Africa

Moderator: Dr. Claire Standley, Georgetown University 

Melissa Horn, Lead Protection Sector Advisor, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID

Dr. Yves Giebens, Health Coordinator, International Committee of the Red Cross, Jerusalem          

Dr. Reem Musa, Médecins sans Frontières, Brussels

Dr. Bernard Nahlen, Director Eck Institute for Global Health, University of Notre Dame

1045 – 1215    Refugee Healthcare in Host Countries: Focus on MENA

Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Ferris, Georgetown University 

Dr. Paul Spiegel, Director of Center for Humanitarian Health and Professor, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Dani Poole, Neukom Institute for Computational Science, Dartmouth College

Dr. Aisha Jumaan, Founder and President, Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation

Eskinder Negash, President and CEO, US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

1215 – 1245    LUNCH

1245 – 1415    Border Health: Focus on US-Mexico Border

Moderator: Dr. Ranit Mishori, Georgetown University 

Dr. Aleksander Anikov, Regional Migration Health Specialist for the Americas, International Organization for Migration

Dr. Ciro Ugarte, Director Health Emergencies Department Pan American Health Organization

Dr. Alan Shapiro, Senior Medical Director of Community Pediatric Programs, Clinical Assistant Professor Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Department of Pediatrics, Montefiore Health Systems

Kathryn Hampton, Director of Asylum Program, Physicians for Human Rights

1415 – 1430    Closing Remarks

Dr. Katharine Donato & Dr. Erin Sorrell, Georgetown University