Responding to the Needs of Refugees and Migrants during the Pandemic: Turkey’s Experience

diciembre 2, 2021 Agustin No comments exist

Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul and Center for Sustainable Development organized a hybrid event with Istanbul University Public Health Professor Selma Karabey on Wednesday, November 10, at 1 p.m. EDT on Columbia campus. Prof. Karabey gave a talk on the needs of refugees and irregular migrants living in Turkey and the country’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The talk was moderated by Dr. Özge Karadağ, Public Health Researcher and opening remarks was given by Dr. Yanis Ben Amor, Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University.

About the Talk:
Irregular migrants, asylum seekers and refugees are among the groups most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Turkey has been hosting about 5 million refugees and irregular migrants and the country has faced huge challenges during the pandemic. In this session, the needs of refugees and irregular migrants living in Turkey and the country’s responses to the pandemic will be discussed.

Prof. Selma Karabey is a graduate of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine and a Public Health Specialist and has been working in the Department of Public Health at Istanbul Medical Faculty since 1986. In addition, she is a consultant in various boards of the Ministry of Health, a member of the Association of Public Health Specialists (HASUDER) Specialization Competency Board, and the executive of the «Public Mental Health Working Group» and a member of the National Medical Education Accreditation Board Visiting Team. She served as the founding member and board member of the AIDS Prevention Association between 1992-2005, and as the chair of the Turkish Hospital Infections and Control Association between 2004-2008. She has been working on the Board of BirİZ Association, which has been working in the field of community mental health since 2016, and as a member of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission Humanitarian Aid, Social Protection and Vulnerable Groups Task Force since October 2020. Selma Karabey’s professional interests are health promotion, health inequalities and public health advocacy.

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