Syrian Refugees' Healthcare in Lebanon: Where Did We Go Wrong? with Dr. Zouhair K. Attieh

The Arab Spring that started in Tunisia in 2011 with peaceful demonstrations turned into a full-scale civil war in Syria. More than 6 million Syrians are internally displaced and nearly 5 millions sought refuge in neighboring countries with the majority in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. Refugees have basic needs in terms of food, shelter, education and healthcare. Healthcare management varies in the host countries depending on socioeconomic, sociodemographic and geopolitical factors. Healthcare management in Lebanon lacks structure and support due socioeconomic burden and lack of adequate of international funding, sociodemographic complexities and a deep geopolitical divide that paralyzes concerted efforts for effective healthcare management.

Zouhair K. Attieh is co-investigator on a research study on Syrian refugee healthcare in Lebanon in collaboration with the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health Initiative at UCSF and UC Berkeley. Dr. Attieh is the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Science and Technology in Lebanon. He received his BS in Biology from the American University in Beirut, PhD from the Cleveland Clinic, and was a visiting postdoctoral scientist at the University of California, Berkeley.

This program is hosted by the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health Initiative at UCSF and UC Berkeley and UCSF Global Health Sciences, networking opportunity immediately following event.

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Byers Auditorium
600 16th Street, San Francisco, California 94158

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Global Health Sciences


Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff, Local Community, Alumni


Mission Bay




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