Health System in Syria, Challenges and developments
Geneva’s 2nd international Conference
Geneva University, “Uni Mail Salle MS 130”, Geneva – Switzerland
11:00 – 18:00
Description: UOSSM-Suisse hosts an international conference concerning the health system during crisis, Syria as example to rethink of sustainable options for relief operations in areas of conflicts such as Syria. In the past year, since our first conference on December 2015 under the title “Protect hospitals and health workers” in Syria (Hosted by UOSSM-Suisse), we have witnessed a sharp escalation
on the scope and scale of violence in Syria, including the attacks on hospitals. During 2016, numerous health workers have been killed and injured; hospitals and medical facilities were systematically targeted.
While hundreds of thousands of civilians have become newly displaced and or besieged. And as the current government of Syria is failing and refraining to provide medical care to areas out of its control, we need to urgently rethink how we can continue delivering humanitarian medical relief to areas where the structure of health system is absent. As well as how we are able to build our work on sustainable bases and to match the international standards of health care even during crisis and in most complicated conditions.
We are inviting experts in the medical and public health sector, management of non-profit organizations, and Syria’s policy to outline practical next steps to the questions:
As a humanitarian organisation,
- How can we ensure the sustainability of our services while matching international standards even through the most complicated conditions?
- How can we collect data, communicate it and how to manage it in the best ways?
- How can we develop the level of our training and education work to fulfil needs?
- How can the international community best support local NGOs providing medical care in Syria?
The interested audience is mid-to-high level NGO staff and experts on the medical and public health sector, management, Syria policy, and the educational institutions and individual workers in the health, education and legal sectors.
- Raise awareness about the topic of challenges humanitarian work is facing, and find solutions based on experiences sharing.
- Push for the principals of medical neutrality and international humanitarian law to be consistently operationalized and held accountable all perpetrators.
- Convene leading healthcare actors in the Syria response to unify policy opinions and recommendations alongside partners and experts
- Produce a recommendations report coming from hosting organization. The report will touch on the following:
- The scope and scale of medical work of local humanitarian organizations and ways to organize and manage professionally the mass of data.
- Sustainable management and administrative work.
- Mechanism for effective methods in data collection and management.
- The challenges and proposed solutions by local and international experiences.
- Education… role and ways for development.
11:00 – 11:30 Reception
11:30 – 11:50: Welcoming
- Rémy Pagani du Conseil administratif de la ville de Genève
- Dr Marie-Claude Hofner a Swiss doctor and president Violence Medical Unit
- Dr Anne Golaz a lecturer and researcher at CERAH & The University of Geneva.
- Line Mahfouz a student in the medical school of Geneva.
11:50-12:00 Opening remarks
- Dr Ghanem Tayara, President of UOSSM
- Dr Tawfik Chamaa Secretary general
12:00 – 13:10: Panel 1: Syrian NGOs Challenges and Sustainability
- Moderator: Zaidoun Al Zoubi CEO of UOSSM
- Speaker 1 Hani El Bana President of Humanitarian forum co-founder of Islamic relief
- Speaker 2: Smruti Patel Director, Global Mentoring Initiative
- Speaker 3: Dr Naveed Sadozai Medical Officer at the GPEI team – WHO
13:20 – 14:30 Panel 2: Importance of data collection & management in conflict zone.
- Moderator: Dr Anas Al Kassem President of UOSSM-Canada
- Speaker 1 Ajay Kumar Goel Data analyst – WHO
- Speaker 2 Dr Dorian Job Medical Coordinator – MSF
- Speaker 3 Nathalie Simonnot Deputy Director of the Médecins du Monde network
14:30 – 15:00: Coffee Break & Snack
15:00 – 16:10 panel 3: The role and importance of education and training.
- Moderator: Dr Ziad EL Issa President of UOSSM-France
- Speaker 1 Dr Rapahel Pitti War injuries doctor, Member of UOSSM-France
- Speaker 2 Dr Anne Golaz Lecturer at the University of Geneva (CERAH)
16:20 – 17:30 Panel 4: Direct channels between Local & International NGOs.
- Moderator Koenraad Van Brabant Expert
- Speaker 1 Ali Gokpinar Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer – UN OCHA
- Speaker 2 Elsa Romera Moreno Graduate Institute Research
- Speaker 3 Amal Sadozai Graduate Institute Research
17:30 – 18:00: Aperitif and social chat