Abdelrahman at the Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference

Thanks to the generosity of FQMS, I was able to present my poster, “Migration and Health in Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities” at Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference (Ethox).

The conference took place from July 17th – July 18th, 2017 at Keble College, University of Oxford and shed light on different global health issues such as vaccination, refugee healthcare, global health and bioethics. This opportunity was particularly important to me, as it opened many new horizons for my future research network.

Abdelrahman’s poster focused on the many deficiencies in the provision of primary healthcare for refugees who are internally displaced or those who migrated to other Middle East Countries. The shortage in healthcare delivery includes inadequate antenatal care for pregnant women, as around 52% of advanced cancer patients among refugees in Lebanon and Jordan have not received treatment. The data also showed that there is a deficiency in following up on the psychological effects of war on refugees.

The paper made a number of recommendations, most important of which is paying more attention to refugees’ antenatal care and increasing the support to psychological and healthcare programmes provided by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

For Abdelrahman, “This was one of the greatest experiences I ever had,” as he “had amazing time exploring the university of Oxford, meeting its Professors and coaches and to discover some parts of the beautiful London for first time in my life”.

This opportunity not only enabled Abdelrahman to present his poster at this global forum, but also it allowed him to expand his research network and as a result he received an offer to publish his paper in the highly-ranked journal, “Global Bioethics”.