05 December
Type of event: 
The Destruction of Gaza’s Health Sector: Confronting Devastation and Forced Displacement
Organizing office: 
Institute for Palestine Studies
In partnership with: 
Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 - 16:30
Eastern Date:: 
Friday, December 1, 2023 - 09:00
ACRPS Cultural Building, Main Auditorium
Event Theme: 
About the event: 

The lecture will provide insight into Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sittah’s field experience during the ongoing genocidal war on Gaza as a firsthand witness to Israel’s systematic destruction of the health sector. The atrocities represent an attempt to ethnically cleanse Gaza and render it uninhabitable. Abu-Sitta will talk about the collective responsibility to prevent this from happening, and the need to rebuild the health sector as quickly as possible to reduce the devastation that facilitates plans for mass displacement.

Simultaneous translation into English will be provided.

The event will be streamed on the Institute for Palestine Studies and the Arab Center social media.

About the speakers: 

Ghassan Abu-Sittah: A Palestinian-British physician, associate professor of surgery, and renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He has worked as a war surgeon in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, southern Lebanon, and during the four wars on the Gaza Strip. He received his medical education at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, before completing his postgraduate residency and training specialist registrar training in London . In 2011, he joined the American University of Beirut Medical Center, becoming head of the plastic and reconstructive surgery department in 2012, and clinical director of the paediatric war trauma program and the multidisciplinary war trauma clinic. In 2015 he became a founding director of the Conflict Medicine Program – The Global Health Institute at the American University of Beirut.  He is an Honorary Lecturer at Center for Blast Injury Studies, Imperial College London University and a Visiting Senior Lecturer, Conflict & Health Research Group, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London University Clinical Lead for the Operational Trauma Initiative at the World Health Organization’s EMRO Office. He serves on the board of Trustees of Institute for Palestine Studies and on the Board of directors of INARA, a charity dedicated to providing reconstructive surgery to war injured children in the Middle East, and Board of Trustees of the UK based Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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