Round table ‘Changes in Humanitarian Medical Practice in Highly Insecure Settings’

Livestreamed public event

Thursday, October, the 27th. 19:00 – 21:35 hs. (UTC+2). New York 13:00 p.m. / London 18:00 p.m / Sana´a 20:00 p.m. / Amman 20:00 p.m

La Casa Encendida Auditorium (Ronda de Valencia, 2)

Humanitarian medical practice is challenged in different ways in highly insecure contexts. In some cases additional medical capacity cannot be mobilized due to extreme insecurity and support is reduced to whatever can be done from a distance. In that case, the range of options is limited: remote control, co-management, telemedicine… In other cases, medical structures are targeted and the hospital, far from providing refuge for patients, can represent an additional risk. This has a significant impact on the populations’ health seeking behavior as well as on the medical practitioners’ working conditions and ability to provide the necessary care. This panel will explore this theme and provide specific examples of challenges and adaptations in Somalia and Syria.



  • ‘Access problems in Somalia: challenges and compromises. Personal testimony’ by Gail Corbett, Hospital Programme Manager in Somalia, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • ‘Insecurity in Syria and Yemen: challenges and compromises. Personal testimony’ by Mercè Rocaspana, former Medical Coordinator in Syria, MSF Spain
  • ‘Telemedicine: main advantages and new possibilities’ (Skype connection) by Daniel Martínez, Pediatric Medical Advisor, MSF Switzerland
  • ‘New ways of working: institutional responsability and balance between risk and benefit’ by Jean François Saint-Sauveur, Medical Director, MSF Spain
  • Chair: Tammam Aloudat, Deputy Medical Director, MSF Switzerland


  • A Case Study of the Use of Telemedicine, by doctor Kay Hodgetts (South Sudan). Produced by MSF. Duration: 6″ VOSE