Violence against Healthcare in Conflict – and what can be done about it
September 28, 11:40 am – 12:30 pm PDT
Pervasive violence against hospitals, patients, doctors, and other health workers has become a horrifically common feature of modern war. These relentless attacks destroy lives and the capacity of health systems to tend to those in need. Inaction to stop this violence undermines long-standing values and laws designed to ensure that sick and wounded people receive care. In his new book, Perilous Medicine: The Struggle to Protect Health Care from the Violence of War, Leonard Rubenstein, JD, a Professor of the Practice at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who has investigated atrocities against health workers around the world, offers a gripping and powerful account of the dangers health workers face during conflict and the legal, political, and moral struggle to protect them.
In a special brown bag in honor of the release of Perilous Medicine, hear from Rubenstein about what violence occurs across the globe and what can and is being done about it.
Leonard Rubenstein is a lawyer whose work focuses on health and human rights, especially the protection of health in armed conflict and the roles of health professionals in human rights. A core member of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, he has a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is Director of the Program on Human Rights, Health and Conflict at the Center for Public Health and Human Rights. and a core faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health. Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins, he served as Executive Director and then President of Physicians for Human Rights, as a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, and as Executive Director of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.
Rohini Haar, Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health.
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