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Complex Humanitarian Crises: How the Syrian Conflict Affects Global Communities

Thursday, 14 November, 2013


Civil conflict in Syria has resulted in an exodus of over 2 million refugees to neighbouring countries while 4.25 million internally displaced citizens remain. Elevated violence has prompted the international community to assist impacted populations with accessing safe and secure shelter, healthcare, and resources.  Planning and coordinating humanitarian response is crucial to addressing needs of those seeking refuge in camps.

Public Lecture by Dr. Erin Downey of Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Global public health expert Dr. Erin Downey will discuss her work as a former analyst for the US Dept. of State focusing on the impact of the Syrian conflict on forced migration patterns, population demographics, group vulnerabilities and the subsequent pressures on neighbouring social systems. She will also draw on 5 years of experience managing emergency preparedness contracts with the US Dept. of Health & Human Services to present analogies to U.S. domestic crisis response systems, explaining how access to resources is crucial for all nation-states.

This event is sponsored by the UT College of Nursing, Global Disaster Nursing Program, Department of Public Health, and International House.  Please join us on Thursday, November 14th for Dr. Downey's presentation and light refreshments in the University Center's Executive Dining Room from 4-6pm. 







University Center Executive Dining Room

Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Contact

Moriah McArthur

Phone: 865-974-7621

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