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“War, Peace and Health: Africa’s Challenges, Global Action”

by Dr Pierre Somse and Prof Samer Jabbour

This year, Wales and Africa Health Links Network are delighted to welcome two esteemed colleagues to deliver the 2022 Tony Jewell Annual Lecture.

Dr Somse is the Minister of Health and Population in the Central African Republic. He is a specialist in public health and community medicine with a focus on HIV and AIDs. He has a long experience of health in conflict setting.

Prof Jabbour has worked in the area of conflict and health since conflict broke out in his home country of Syria, and is part of an international collaboration, the Global Alliance on War, Conflict, and Health, for which he served as the Founding Chair and currently serves as Co-Chair.

The event will be online, with an agenda as follows:

17:00 Introductions –  Dr. Tony Jewell, Former CMO
17:05 “War, Peace and Health: Africa’s Challenges, Global Action” – Dr. Pierre Somse and Prof. Samer Jabbour
17:35 Audience Q&A (chaired by Dr. Tony Jewell)
17:55 Reactions – Dr. Kelechi Nnoaham, Chair Wales and Africa Health Links Network
18:00 Closing – Dr. Tony Jewell

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Dr Pierre Somse

Dr Pierre Somse holds a Doctorate in Medicine from the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Bangui and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Washington, Seattle. He specialises in public health and community medicine.

Before joining the Government of the Central African Republic, he spent most of his career working in the field of HIV and AIDS, for 17 years as a professional with the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Dr Somse’s work with UNAIDS includes an assignment as Deputy Regional Director for Southern and Eastern Africa. Previously, he was UNAIDS Country Coordinator (UCC) for Jamaica, responsible for the Bahamas and Belize; UCC in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; UNAIDS Inter-Country Program Advisor for Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles; and Program Development Officer at UNAIDS Headquarters in Geneva.

He has extensive experience in public health, specialising in endemic response, community health and the development of policies and strategies, including in the humanitarian and security contexts. Dr Somse has also worked as an international consultant for WHO, UNICEF, GTZ and OCEAC.

Prof Samer Jabbour

Prof Jabbour is a cardiologist and professor of public health practice, American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. He previously directed the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases & Mental Health at WHO EMRO.

Prof Jabbour focuses on health in relation to war/conflict, human rights, and humanitarianism. He is Co-Chair of The Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria, Founding Co-Chair of the Global Alliance on War, Conflict, & Health, and a Commissioner of the IAS-Lancet Commission on Health & Human Rights. He studies medicine in Aleppo, Syria, and trained in cardiology and public health at Harvard University, USA.

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