The Pandemic and Conflict-Affected Populations in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen

In countries experiencing conflict and violence, where access to quality health care is often severely limited, the health risks posed by COVID-19 are exacerbated. PHR hosted a conversation on the disproportionate threats COVID-19 poses to populations in conflict zones in the Middle East, including Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

Distinguished panelists

  • Radhya al-Mutawakel, a Yemeni human rights defender who co-founded the NGO Mwatana for Human Rights
  • Hala Al Saraf, MPH, founder and executive director of the Iraq Health Access Organization
  • Zaher Sahloul, MD, FCCP, co-founder and president of MedGlobal, practicing critical care specialist at Advocate Christ Medical Center, and associate professor in clinical medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago

The conversation was moderated by Paul Spiegel, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Humanitarian Health and professor of practice in the department of international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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