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LERRN-IDRC Webinar: Forced Displacement and Health in the Context of the Pandemic: Localized Responses to COVID- 19's Impact on Refugees, IDPs, and Communities Living in Chronic Displacement
The seventh webinar in the LERRN–IDRC Webinar Series on Forced Displacement focuses on forced displacement and health systems in the global South. The webinar will examine what the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic reveals about how health systems respond to the health needs of the forcibly displaced and how social, cultural and economic factors and power relations shape responses. Drawing on lessons from Bangladesh, Syria, and the West Bank and Gaza, it will consider how localized actors and approaches can identify areas of innovation to improve access and health outcomes for refugees, IDPs and other forcibly displaced people.

• Montasser Kamal, Program Leader, IDRC
• James Milner, Director, LERRN

This is the seventh in a series of webinars co-hosted by LERRN and IDRC. These monthly seminars will address several dimensions of forced displacement, with an emphasis on the perspectives of actors who are closest to the issues being discussed.

LERRN is a team of researchers and practitioners committed to promoting protection and solutions with and for refugees. The goal is to ensure that refugee research, policy and practice are shaped by a more inclusive, equitable and informed collective engagement of civil society.

Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world. Bringing together the right partners around opportunities for impact, IDRC builds leaders for today and tomorrow and helps drive change for those who need it most.

Jun 24, 2021 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Weeam Hammoudeh
Assistant Professor @Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University
Dr. Weeam Hammoudeh is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Community and Public Health, where she teaches in the MPH program and is coordinator for the mental health unit. She holds a PhD and MA in Sociology from Brown University and an MPH in Community and Public Health from Birzeit University. Her academic focus is on understanding how political and social transformations impact health, psychosocial wellbeing, health and social systems, and population processes. She is currently or has been involved in research projects on a range of topics, including youth mental health and wellbeing, adolescent refugee girls' health, deprivation, and mental health, and health system preparedness in the COVID response. She has published extensively in academic and non-academic outlets, and is a member of various research and advocacy networks, including the Reproductive Health Working Group, the Palestine-Global Mental Health network, and a policy member at Al-Shabaka.
Muzna Dureid
Liaison Officer @The White Helmets
Muzna Dureid is a Liaison Officer with The White Helmets, a Consultant for Women, Peace and Security Network - Canada, Outstanding Advocacy on behalf of the human rights of Refugees annual reward Recipient by the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, Canadian excellence for women's health award Recipient by the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health, and a Youth General secretariat member with the Syrian Women Political Movement.
Sabina Faiz Rashid
Dean & Professor @BRAC School of Public Health, BRAC University
Sabina F. Rashid, PhD, is Dean and Professor at the School of Public Health, BRAC University. A medical anthropologist by training, she has over 25 years of work experience in Bangladesh. Her areas of expertise are ethnographic and qualitative research, with a focus on urban populations, adolescents, and marginalized groups. She is particularly interested in examining the impact of structural and social factors on the ability of these populations to realize their health and rights. She is passionate about community engagement in teaching and learning approaches and qualitative research designs.