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Health and Internal Displacement report panel launch



14.00, Monday 19 April 2021

This joint event of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS), the Internal Displacement Research Programme (IDRP) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) at the University of London takes place virtually on 19 April 2021 from 14:00 to 15:00 BST.

To register for the event, please visit the following link: Panel Launch: Enabling Health Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons | Refugee Law Initiative (sas.ac.uk)

Over 45 million people currently live displaced within their own countries due to armed conflict. In many of those low and middle income countries where the health system is already overwhelmed, these internally displaced persons (IDPs) tend to experience more acute vulnerabilities and health needs than other conflict-affected populations, including refugees who leave the country. This means that, if we are to enable more equitable health outcomes globally, IDP health must be a priority. Yet our understanding of health in contexts of internal displacement remains fragmentary.

This event will draw on reflections from our jointly-convened February 2021 expert workshop of over 30 leading health researchers across fifteen countries, chaired by Dr Jina Swartz FMedSci, which explored internal displacement and health. It will: (1) present our key empirical findings and policy takeaways for enabling IDP health in conflict contexts'; (2) start our discussion of the implications for policy and operations with high-level speakers; and (3) launch our innovative global ‘Health and Internal Displacement Network’ (HIDN), with new members welcome!

Participants will be able to ask questions and share comments through online moderation. The event will be held in English and take place online, with the event recording made available afterwards. 

For more information, please see the programme below or email fern.brookes@acmedsci.ac.uk. 

Workshop advisory panel
  • Professor David Cantor, Refugee Law Initiative and the Internal DisplacementResearch Programme, University of London
  • Professor Bayard Roberts, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Dr Jina Swartz FMedSci, Neuroscience, Respiratory/ Immunology, Global ClinicalDevelopment, MSD

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