- Wed, Nov 15, 2017 05:30 AM
9786 W Pico Blvd
Latitude: 34.0537, Longitude: -118.402
Forced to Flee: Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis in Central America Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) presents a moderated panel discussion about the medical challenges faced by more than 65 million people currently displaced in the global refugee crisis. The program will focus on the physical and mental health consequences of displacement on individuals and entire communities, with a special focus on the migration crisis in Central America. The panel will explore the specific health care needs of people on the move, and the impact of border closures and other restrictive measures. Join us 6:00 PM for light refreshments at our pre-event reception. Panelists Jason Cone, Executive Director for MSF-USA, has an extensive background in crisis management, advocacy, and communications. He assumed leadership of MSF-USA following 11 years with the organization, the last six-and-a-half as communications director. In his former role, he oversaw emergency and advocacy communications campaigns on issues ranging from the West African Ebola outbreak and Haiti earthquake and cholera epidemic, to global childhood malnutrition and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Henry Rodríguez, MSF Head of Mission for Mexico and Central America, is a Colombian general surgeon and graduated from the School of Medicine Juan N. Corpas de Bogotá. He also obtained a master's degree in Tropical Medicine and International Health from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Since 2001, he has been working as a national general practitioner in Colombia for Médecins Sans Frontières (Médicos Sin Fronteras) (MSF). He has worked with the medical and humanitarian organization in different missions and positions in countries such as: Ecuador, Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Bolivia, Paraguay, Mexico and Honduras. In HIV / AIDS projects, population displaced by violence, sexual and reproductive health, sleep disease, Chagas disease; has coordinated emergency response in epidemics of Cholera, Measles and famines in Africa and Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika in Central America. He currently serves as regional head of mission for Mexico and Central America, where MSF has projects in mental health, care of victims of violence and sexual violence, and sexual and reproductive health. Elizabeth Kennedy, of San Diego State University, and Rebecca Tortzky-Sirr, from the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center will also join the panel. Together they will discuss the medical needs of refugees and migrants from when they are forced from home until they reach their final destinations. Moderator Kelly McEvers, co-host of All Things Considered, NPR West. NOTE: Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check in at least five minutes before the start of the panel in order to guarantee your reservation.