Monday, June 5, 2017 • 09:45 - 10:45
Track 2 – INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICINE
Was it Something I Said? Lessons in Humanitarian Aid from the Man Who Was Kicked out of Ethiopia…Twice - Dr. Richard Currie
This talk draws primarily on experiences working with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in central and east Africa. This presentation will address some of the practical challenges in the effective delivery of emergency health services, including the precarious balance between emergency action and sustainable development work, the frustrations of working with potentially adversarial government institutions, and the tension between being a respectful guest in a host country versus an advocate for change.
- Appreciate that the urgent demands of providing emergency medical relief sometimes conflict with the desirable goal of sustainable development
- Examine the tensions that can arise when working with a host government with an adversarial political agenda
- Navigate the tension between the need to be a respectful guest in a host country, and the sometimes conflicting imperative to be an effective advocate for change
Emergency Medicine in Conflict Zones: Providing Care in the Places Your Mother Doesn't Want You to Go - Dr. Anne Marie Pegg
This presentation will review what it means to provide emergency medical care in the middle of an emergency, and what it means to practice medicine in a war zone.
- Appreciate the role of emergency medicine in humanitarian aid
- Increase awareness of the contextual factors impacting medical practice in such an environment