LUI Che Woo Prize – Prize for World Civilisation Laureate Public Lecture

From the worst Ebola epidemic to the brutal hospital attacks - the first-hand experience and perspective of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

by the representatives of Médecins Sans Frontières, LUI Che Woo Prize 2016 Welfare Betterment Prize Laureate - Mr. Rémi Carrier, Executive Director Médecins Sans Frontières Hong Kong, and Dr. Natasha Reyes, Emergency Response Support Unit Manager Médecins Sans Frontières Hong Kong, Medical Coordinator for MSF's Ebola intervention in Liberia in 2014

Date and Time: Wednesday, 5 October 2016 11:00am-12:30pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 6, 1/F Lee Shau Kee Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Abstract of the Lecture

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the worst one in history, causing over 11,000 deaths. The weaknesses in global response, as well as the fear and suspicion of an unknown virus, mistrust in politicians and foreigners, and a weak public health system in the affected countries, all contributed to the virus’s surge. MSF, as one of the few organisations working on the forefront of the outbreak, was stretched to its limits.

Not long after the outbreak subsided, the organisation faced a brutal attack on its trauma centre in Afghanistan, constituting one of the single largest losses of life in the 44-year history of MSF. Bombing and shelling attacks on medical facilities also took place across conflict-ridden countries like Syria, Yemen, and Sudan. The disrespect of medical facilities and international humanitarian law has made MSF’s response in conflict areas more challenging than ever.

This talk will discuss the challenges in the response to these two situations from the frontline perspective of MSF.