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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

1055 Marginal Road

Windsor Foundation Classroom

Halifax, NS B3H 4P7

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The Canadian Red Cross Global Health Unit, in partnership with Dalhousie Global Health Office, will host a workshop on public health in complex emergencies. Workshop moderators will include Senior Health Manager, Dr. Ayham Alomari, and Health in Emergencies Advisor, Laura Archer.

The workshop is open to all interested participants from a variety of backgrounds and specialties. Participants will be split into groups and will work through a case study on one of many topics relating to public health in complex emergencies. Topics could include, but are not limited to, non-communicable diseases, such as malnutrition, maternal, newborn and child health, and epidemics, such as cholera.

After groups work through their case, a discussion will occur, moderated by the workshop leaders.

Workshop Leaders:

Laura Archer, Canadian Red Cross

Laura Archer is the Advisor, Health in Emergencies within the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) Global Health Unit. In this role, she provides technical and operational support to the Canadian Red Cross’s international health programs with a focus on health in emergency and complex environments. She has deployed to a number field missions, most recently to Tanzania (refugee health), Haiti (emergency hurricane response) and Somalia (cholera outbreak response).

Prior to joining CRC in 2016, Laura completed several humanitarian missions with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). She worked with MSF in Chad, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Darfur, Sudan and Niger. Laura is a registered nurse and is also an artist whose work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions.

Dr. Ayham Alomari

Dr. Ayham Alomari is the Senior Health Manager, Global Health at the Canadian Red Cross national office in Ottawa. He is responsible for overseeing technical health support in emergency, recovery and long-term programs that deliver health services in countries supported by the Canadian Red Cross, including countries in conflict.


Prior to this, Dr. Alomari worked in various capacities and roles with the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. Since 1999, he has worked at global, regional and national levels, including as a Senior Health Officer, Community Health and Non-communicable Diseases at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Geneva between 2010-2016; as Head of Programs and Senior Health delegate at the American Red Cross (in Indonesia) between 2007-2010, and different health positions at the IFRC, including at regional and national levels in the Middle East and North Africa, and in the Asia Pacific regions between 2005-2007. Before that Dr. Ayham was with the Syrian Red Crescent as a staff member and a volunteer in disaster management, first aid and community health between1999-2005.


Dr. Alomari holds a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Damascus University in Syria, and a Master of Science (MSc.) in Global Health from the University of Manchester, UK. He has extensive experiences in management, public health, global health, guideline development, policy and strategy, coordination, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation in development, emergency and recovery settings.

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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

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Halifax, NS B3H 4P7

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