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Humanitarian action and global health justice: In conversation with field practitioners

Monday 12 June, 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm, Peter Richards Rm

The fourth seminar in a series centred on Health Justice, which will focus on the topic of humanitarian action and global health justice. This will be explored through conversation with three field practitioners and a Q&A session from the audience.

The chair and speakers have worked in various health emergencies across Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East for United Nations agencies, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). They will share their experiences on how key humanitarian or international organisations operate and will talk about their role in the organisation. They will discuss how they initially got involved and reflect on the relationship between humanitarian action and global health justice.

Discussions around humanitarian action are particularly relevant given the dramatic increase in refugees and internally displaced people globally. Currently, the world is faced with ever-growing humanitarian needs driven by conflict, violence and the climate crisis. In this context humanitarian organizations and actors work tirelessly to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need.

This seminar will provide insights to those who wish to work in or learn more about humanitarian action. A better understanding of humanitarian organisations and action, which roles people can fill in these organisations, and how this links to health justice is now more timely than ever.

This FREE event is open for all and aimed at anyone with an interest in health justice. Non college members welcome. To allow for networking/further discussion, a drinks reception will follow the formal part of the evening. So that we know how many to expect, please sign up using the Eventbrite link. Click here

Queries? contact Neil J. Saad (njs62)


  • Neil J. Saad: Dr. Saad is a Visiting Fellow at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge. He is an epidemiologist and an expert in humanitarian health and response to public health emergencies. He has worked for several years in humanitarian crises and conflict settings with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders and the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Syria, Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territory. He currently works at the World Health Organization in the Health Emergencies Programme, where he focusses on disease surveillance and outbreak response.


  • Mariana Perez Duque: Dr. Perez Duque is a medical doctor and consultant in public medicine. She has worked on national COVID-19 response and was the lead epidemiologist for the mpox outbreak in her native Portugal. She is an accomplished field epidemiologist having worked with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders in Brazil, on COVID-19 response in the Amazon rainforest, Yemen, on malnutrition detection and response along the active frontlines of the conflict. Mariana currently is a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge where she is doing a PhD to specialize further in the epidemiology of emerging infectious diseases.
  • Lambed Tatah: Dr. Tatah is a public health physician and population health researcher. He started his career as a physician in Cameroon, initially as a general practitioner and later as a Public health Physician. He also worked for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders as field doctor in Cameroon with refugees and displaced populations. He further trained in paedatric emergency medicine and public health and recently completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge on quantifying the determinants of health in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Emma Houiellebecq: Ms. Houiellebecq initially studied civil engineering in Vancouver, Canada, before working as an engineer and project manager. She worked with NGOs in Uganda, Rwanda, and Malawi before joining the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and working in South Sudan and Gaza for three years, focusing on water and infrastructure projects. Emma has been awarded two Gates Scholarships at the University of Cambridge, one for her MPhil in 2016 and one, currently, for her PhD. During her PhD, in which she collaborates and conducts field visits with the ICRC, she is focusing on developing and applying new systems mapping approaches that aim to strengthen the resilience of essential services in Gaza and Venezuela.

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