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Afghanistan in Transition: Humanitarian Action in a Fragile Context

22 Jan 2015

Roundtable discussion on Thursday 5 February 2015, 5.30pm at the John Rylands Library

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Take part in a roundtable discussion which focuses on the ongoing humanitarian needs of Afghanistan and on the ability of the humanitarian community to respond.
Afghanistan has confronted humanitarian actors with a series of dilemmas and challenges. This roundtable offers an opportunity to take stock of past challenges and scope out future ones.

The panel members include:

  • Professor Kevin Davies (MBE) is Emeritus Professor at the University of South Wales. He is the author of numerous publications focusing on disaster nursing and emergency preparedness. A trained nurse, he has been a member of both the Territorial and Regular Army and, as a Reservist, has been deployed to many areas of the world, including Afghanistan.
  • Vickie Hawkins is the Executive Director of MSF UK. In February 2014 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) published a research report ‘Between Rhetoric and Reality: the ongoing struggle to access healthcare in Afghanistan’ that reflects on progress made as well as the ongoing medical humanitarian needs of the Afghani people, including the serious and often deadly risks that people are forced to take to seek both basic and emergency care.
  • Boris Mahammad Fawad is an MA student at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), The University of Manchester, studying Humanitarianism and Conflict Response. He grew up in Afghanistan and has worked as an interpreter for the British Army in Afghanistan.

The event will be chaired by Roger MacGinty, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI)

This event is an Approved CPD Event for The College of Emergency Medicine.

Those who attend the roundtable discussion will also be able to view the exhibition “Afghanistan: The transition”. MSF’s photography exhibition, in collaboration with documentary photographers Andrea Bruce and Mikhail Galustov, presents a series of highly evocative photographs capturing personal stories from MSF’s Afghanistan projects to highlight the serious ongoing problems of accessing basic health care in Afghanistan.

(image pictured: credit Mikhail Galustov)

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