Syrian Health and Human Rights: 10 Years of Conflict

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, Physicians for Human Rights hosted an online briefing call commemorating 10 years of the Syrian conflict, where experts reflected on the state of health and human rights in Syria.

PHR Advisory Council member Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH, senior research fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, moderated the discussion.


  • Aula Abbara, MBBS, DTMH, MD is a consultant in infectious diseases and general internal medicine at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust in London, an honorary clinical senior lecturer, and a professor of global health at Imperial College London. She is the co-chair of Syria Public Health Network and chairs Health Professionals for Global Health.
  • Zahed “Hamza” al-Kateab, MD is a Syrian doctor, human rights activist, and public health advocate. He is founder of Al-Quds Hospital in Aleppo and is featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary “For Sama.”
  • Houssam al-Nahhas, MD, MPH is the Middle East and North Africa researcher at PHR.
  • Samer Jabbour, MD, MPH is a practicing cardiologist, a professor in the faculty of health sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. He co-chairs the Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria.

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