Syria Relief has sponsored an ‘awareness’ event at the Royal Society of Medicine, titled ‘Exploring the Humanitarian Crisis in Syria’. The event was organized by the Catastrophes & Conflict Forum at the RSM, and was held on Tuesday, 22nd January 2013, at the RSM at Wimpole Street in London.
The meeting was chaired and moderated by Mr Stephen Mannion, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, who welcomed the audience and introduced the speakers.
Then, Dr Ayman Jundi talked about the current events in Syria, and gave an overview of the healthcare systems in Syria prior to the uprising. The talk also outlined the current challenges facing medical relief work in Syria.
This was followed by a talk from Dr Mounir Hakimi, who talked about Syria Relief, and the work that they do and sponsor inside Syria. He gave a detailed account of our future projects and forthcoming plans.
This was followed by a presentation from Dr Mohammad Yasser Tabbaa, who is a Member of the Board of the Syrian Expatriate Medical Association (SEMA). He gave an account of the work of SEMA, and its activities to help provide medical care to the people of Syria during this terrible crisis.
Mr David Notts, a Consultant Surgeon who works with Medecins Sans Frontieres, talked about the work carried out by MSF in Syria.
The last speaker, Dr Paul Spiegel, works for the UNHCR. He spoke about the efforts put forward by the UN in support of refugees in all conflicts, emphasizing what is being done for the Syrian Refugees.
The talks were followed by an interesting and lively ‘Q&A’ session, where the Panel Members took questions from the audience. The level of involvement and enthusiasm demonstrated by the audience was quite impressing, and it was very rewarding for the speakers to know that their talks had such an impact.
Here are a few photos from that evening.