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Disability Studies Initiative explores health in Syrian conflict
"Refugee Crisis in Context: Health and Disability" will be discussed by a panel of experts on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in Room P01 in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. A reception will follow.

The Emory Disability Studies Initiative presents this discussion moderated by Sam Cherribi, senior lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies in Emory College.

Panelists are:

  • Nirmala Erevelles, professor of education leadership, policy, and technology studies at the University of Alabama;
  • Dabney Evans, professor of global health at the Rollins School of Public Health;
  • Chris McNaboe, manager of the Syria Mapping Project at The Carter Center.

The Syria Conflict Mapping Project is an initiative launched by The Carter Center's Conflict Resolution Program examining the massive amounts of citizen-generated information available online.

Evans says she will present data on the issue of disability in protracted conflicts. Her data is specific to the conflict in Sri Lanka that ended a few years ago and was collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health.

"I will discuss types of disability, the difficulties associated with disability and the social experiences," she said. These difficulties include the problems of mobility such as getting somewhere safe in a conflict like a refugee camp and then getting necessities like food and water within the place of refuge.

"There is very little in the way of standardized recommendations" for dealing with disabilities in a protracted conflict, Evans said.

She will then discuss the way in which these issues may be applied to the four-year-old Syrian conflict.

The free, public event is sponsored by the Office of the President, the School of Nursing and the Center for the Study of Human Health.

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