Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research at York U hosts public lecture by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) International President on Humanitarianism and Global Health

TORONTO, ON, September 13, 2018 – At a time when there are increasing attacks on humanitarian sites, pandemics and an unprecedented number of refugees globally, humanitarian and global health organizations continue to face challenges in providing and responsibly allocating resources for assistance.

On September 18, 2018 at 7 p.m., special guest lecturer International President of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Dr. Joanne Liu will explore themes of humanitarianism including global health challenges, refugee crises and major pandemics. MSF is world-renowned for providing practical medical humanitarian relief and speaking out when necessary.

During Dr. Liu’s talk titled “21st Century Humanitarianism,” will describe her view of the politics and contemporary challenges of humanitarianism. She will also speak about:

  • Responsibilities of states to ensure humanitarian assistance and protection
  • Increasing violence within international humanitarian law
  • Protection of civilian rights

What: Public lecture by Dr. Joanne Liu, International President, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, presented by the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Who:

Introductory Comments: Professor James Orbinski, Director, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, Professor at the Faculty of Health, School of Health Policy & Management at York University

Welcome: Lisa Phillips, Provost & Vice-President Academic at York University

Public Lecturer:  Dr. Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

When: September 18, 2018 at  7:00 – 8:30pm

Where: Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University

Tickets are free: Online (available now)

By Phone (416) 736-5888

In Person at Accolade Box Office, CIBC Lobby – Accolade East Building

More about Joanne Liu:

Dr. Joanne Liu was elected International President of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in 2013. She trained at McGill University School of Medicine and specialized in pediatrics at Sainte-Justine Hospital, Montréal. She began MSF field work in 1996 and has undertaken over twenty missions since, in Central Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. Her operational contributions range from introducing comprehensive medical care for survivors of sexual violence to developing a telemedicine platform connecting physicians in remote sites with medical specialists worldwide. A staunch advocate of anchoring MSF’s identity in field based, quality-driven patient care, she seeks to introduce the same focus into the global health arena.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 25 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

York U’s fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario’s Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

Media Contact: Anjum Nayyar, York University Media Relations, 416-736-2100 ext. 44543, anayyar@yorku.ca

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