Violence Against Health Care and the COVID-19 Response

Wed June 24, 2020, 0800-0900 EDT/1200-1300 GMT || Featuring: Len Rubenstein, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Christina Wille, Insecurity Insight; Ahmad Khalid Fahim, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan; Christian Mulamba, International Medical Corps ||

Violence against health care in humanitarian settings is common and occurs with impunity. Assaults on health care, whether or not directed specifically at the COVID-19 response, impede efforts to control the pandemic and must be understood and addressed. In this webinar, Professor Len Rubenstein from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and select panelists held a moderated discussion on the nature of these attacks, and potential solutions for addressing them and keeping health care workers safe.  

Moderator: Len Rubenstein: Len Rubenstein is a Professor of the Practice at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and core faculty at the Center for Humanitarian Health and the Center for Public Health and Human Rights.  He chairs the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, and is currently engaged in research with the consortium on Researching the Impact of Attacks on Healthcare (RIAH) at the University of Manchester.


  • Christina Wille, Director, Insecurity Insight: Ms. Christina Wille is the Director of Insecurity Insight, a Swiss not-for-profit association known for its innovative data collection approaches that support the analysis of threats facing people living and working in dangerous environments. Currently, Insecurity Insight monitors violence affecting health care in the context of the COVID-19 response and participates in the RIAH consortium.
  • Ahmad Khalid Fahim, Program Director, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan: Mr. Ahmad Khalid Fahim is the Program Director for the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan for education, health, disability and rural development, as well as cross-cutting integration of gender and human rights and civil society support across 14 Afghan provinces. He has been working in the development sector for more than 15 years, including with the World Food Programme (WFP).
  • Christian Mulamba, Country Director, Central African Republic, International Medical Corps: Dr. Christian Mulamba has been with the International Medical Corps (IMC) since 2006, and since 2016 has been country director in Central African Republic, overseeing emergency medical services, healthcare training, and development programs. He was involved in developing and implementing the regional strategic plan for IMC’s post-Ebola response in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea Conakry, and Mali, and oversaw projects in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon. Christian worked as a physician in eastern DRC, specializing in obstetrics and emergency medicine.
United States Agency for International Development Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health,
                    Save the Children, 
                    Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs,
                    UK Med,
                    EcoHealth Alliance,
                    Mercy Malaysia

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