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Migrant Lives at Risk: A Conversation with Doctors Without Borders

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University of Calgary Downtown Campus

906 8 Ave SW

Calgary, Alberta T2P 1H9

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There are more than 65 million people around the world currently displaced from their homes, the highest number since the Second World war. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) delivers humanitarian medical care to many of these people first-hand: to those who have been uprooted by war, are stuck in transit camps or have risked abuse at the hands of people smugglers. Our teams have witnessed the suffering and conflict that have led people to embark on these terrifying journeys - and the humanitarian consequences of the international community's failure to protect their rights and freedoms.

Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Calgary on Tuesday May 29 for a rare glimpse behind the front lines of this global crisis. In this panel discussion, MSF aid workers will share their first-hand experiences treating refugees and displaced people in various settings around the world. We will also explore the medical challenges people may face after resettlement in Canada.



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Heather Baniulis, MSF Nurse, has worked with Doctors Without Borders since 2014. Most recently, she was a Nursing Activity Manager in MSF’s emergency mission in Bangladesh providing healthcare to the large number of Rohingya refuges arriving from Myanmar. She has also worked as a Nursing Activity Manager in Iraq, India, Yemen and twice in South Sudan. When not in the field, she is an Emergency Room Nurse in Alberta. She recently moved to Calgary and in her free time can be found in the mountains.

Dr. Gabriel Fabreau is an Assistant Professor and new investigator in his first year of an academic appointment in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary after 2 years in a clinical role. He completed an MPH in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health and an academic fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He has methodological expertise in clinical and public health research with a focus on the health of socially vulnerable populations, complex chronic disease and high-needs patient populations. He is an inpatient internist at the Peter Lougheed Centre as well as an embedded consultant within the Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic (MRHC), the East Calgary Health Centre, and the Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS). This focus provides clinical expertise and perspective with respect to healthcare delivery for recently arrived refugees as well as low-income and homeless patients.

Dominika Wanczyk, MSF Nurse, has worked with Doctors Without Borders since 2014. Most recently, she was the Medical Focal Point for MSF’s search-and-rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea. She has also worked as a Nursing Activity Manager in the Central African Republic; supporting remote health centers and a community malaria program in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and in an intensive therapeutic feeding center in a large South Sudanese refugee camp in Ethiopia during an emergency response. When not in the field, she is an Emergency Nurse in Calgary.

Chair: Grant Assenheimer is the Deputy Executive Director of MSF in Canada. He has managed major MSF humanitarian interventions in Chad, Bangladesh, Philippines and Democratic Republic of Congo. He is a certified engineer and, when not in the field, spent close to 10 years in the water and wastewater sector where he focused on the use of water treatment technology for municipal and industrial clients. He has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta and is a current member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

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