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Medical Humanitarian Visits: Potential and Limitations in Gaza

June 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

FXB Center for Health and Human Rights logo, Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights logo, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies Harvard University logo, Harvard Divinity School Religion and Public Life - Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative logo, Birzeit University logo. Webinar: Medical Humanitarian Visits: Potential and Limitations in Gaza. Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Time: 11:00am EDT, 6:00pm EEST. Moderator: Ilana Feldman, PhD, Speakers: Omar Alnajjar, MD, Yipeng Ge, MD, MPH, Feroze Sidhwa, MD, MPH.

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 12, 2024 | 11:00am – 12:00pm EDT | 6:00pm – 7:00pm EEST

Location: Zoom – Registration required

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Join the Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights for a discussion about humanitarian intervention in Gaza. Panelists will discuss the historical context of humanitarian intervention in Palestine, its role within a fractured health care system, and the potential and limitations of humanitarian intervention during the current attacks on Gaza’s health care system.

This webinar is co-sponsored by the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative at the Harvard Divinity School and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.

In conversation:

Omar Alnajjar

Omar Alnajjar, MD

Omar Alnajjar is a Gazan doctor and medical intern who has worked in hospitals in Gaza since the first days of the ongoing war. He participated in the inaugural Palestine Social Medicine Course in 2023.
Ilana Feldman

Ilana Feldman, PhD

Professor Ilana Feldman is a cultural and historical anthropologist who works in the Middle East. Her research has focused on the Palestinian experience, both inside and outside of historic Palestine, examining practices of government, humanitarianism, policing, displacement, and citizenship. She has conducted ethnographic and archival research in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt.
Yipeng Ge

Yipeng Ge, MD, MPH

Yipeng Ge is a Chinese-Canadian and first-generation immigrant. He is a primary care doctor, also trained in public health. He received a Master of Public Health degree (Health and Social Behaviour) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Yipeng is a board member of the Canadian Public Health Association, Canadian Doctors for Medicare, and Humanity Auxilium. He is passionate about tackling health and social inequities by addressing the social and broader determinants of health, including anti-racism and decolonizing work and practice in medical education. Yipeng has worked for various global health organizations including the World Health Organization (Headquarters) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Population Health Research Institute in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2020, he was Canada’s official youth delegate to the 73rd World Health Assembly and the 58th Pan American Health Organization Directing Council.
Feroze Sidhwa

Feroze Sidhwa, MD, MPH

Feroze Sidhwa grew up in Flint, MI. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelors in public health studies in 2004. After graduating he worked with an Arab-Jewish cooperative in Haifa, Israel and then taught middle school in East Baltimore. In 2006 he started medical school in at the University of Texas in San Antonio. He completed a master of public health at Harvard School of Public Health before starting residency in general surgery at Boston University Medical Center. He went on to fellowship in trauma and surgical critical care at Cooper University Healthcare in New Jersey. After completing fellowship in 2019 he moved to Stockton California to work at San Joaquin General Hospital, the only trauma center for the one million people in California’s poorest county, where he also serves as the residency program director. He has done medical work abroad in Zimbabwe, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Palestine, and has been to Ukraine three times with the international medical core for trauma educational work.

Speakers’ remarks are based on their own scholarship and experience. As such, they speak for themselves, not for Harvard University.


June 12
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Zoom – Registration Required