Climate and Public Health

Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Energy Future in the Middle East

In recent years, calls for low-emissions energy around the globe have spurred attention to the energy transition across the Middle East – in the Gulf Arab States, the Levant, and the Eastern Mediterranean. The emergence of COVID-19, however, creates new complexity in regard to the global energy economy, patterns of supply and demand, and anticipated investments.
This webinar, in partnership with Columbia | SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy, explored the global market context, as well as clean energy policies and measures that are taking shape around the globe and in the Middle East. Watch webinar here




Bridging Science and Policy: Water Scarcity, Climate Change, and Adaptation in the Middle East
Earth Institute

The Earth Institute at Columbia University held a two-day workshop that brought together scientists, policy makers, urban designers, and other stakeholders to establish a solution-oriented network of experts that seeks to address water and environmental issues in the Middle East. The workshop included a series of cross-disciplinary discussions and provided space for participants to initiate collaborative future projects.

The workshop was organized by Yael Kiro, Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University; Steven Goldstein, Chair and Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University; Yochanan Kushnir, Lamont Research Professor LDEO-Ocean and Climate Physics, Director of The Cooperative Institute for Climate Applications and Research, Adjunct Professor Earth & Environmental Sciences, Columbia University; and Marissa Sterling, Policy Specialist, Columbia University.


Earth Day 2021
Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day, we highlighted environmental-related initiatives that have an impact in Jordan and beyond. In line with this year’s theme, “Restore Our Earth”, we aim to showcase and raise awareness on the work environmental leaders and activists are doing to help further climate action. View their stories.

Development of Novel Methods and Technologies for the Diagnosis, Monitoring and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Syndrome

This symposium focused on the unmet clinical needs of diabetic patients with peripheral artery disease in the Middle East, and explored the most prevalent medical conditions of these patients, what considerations apply specifically to refugee populations, and what affects the viability of new technologies and methods to address these specific needs. The discussion was jointly led by Andreas Hielscher, Professor of Biomedical and Electrical Engineering and Radiology at Columbia University, and Rabah Al Abdi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Jordan University of Science and Technology. The event was organized in conjunction with Jordan University of Science and Technology and King Abdullah University Hospital. The symposium focused on unmet medical needs for low and middle income countries, and showcased novel methods and technologies to identify the underlying mechanism and resulting pathologies, such as foot ulcers and infections.

Health Status and Reproductive Health among Postpartum Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan

This project, spearheaded by Jennifer Dohrn, Associate Professor of Nursing at Columbia University Medical Center, examined the health status, reproductive health knowledge, attitudes, and practices of postpartum Syrian refugee women who live outside of formal camps in host communities across Jordan. The aim was to better understand the health needs and reproductive health practices of these women for the purpose of sharing recommendations and informing policy directions to provide reproductive health services more reflective of their voices and responsive to their needs. The project was carried out in partnership with the schools of nursing at Columbia University and the University of Jordan.

Listen to Jennifer Dohrn, Associate Professor of Nursing at Columbia University Medical Center, talk about this project.

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Regional Perspectives on International Mobility: Contextualizing the Model International Mobility Convention

This workshop brought together experts to critically examine the question of international mobility and theoretically and practically explore the MIMC. The meeting served as a platform for Professor Doyle to present and promote the MIMC, which proposes a framework for mobility with the goals of reaffirming the existing rights afforded to mobile people (and the corresponding rights and responsibilities of states), as well as expanding those basic rights where warranted.

December 31, 2017

Mental Health and the Psychological Impact of War on Individuals, Families and Communities in Yemen

This project remains ongoing and aims to address the adverse effects of armed conflict on the mental health of individuals, families and communities in Yemen, to bring mental health concerns into Yemen’s peace and reconciliation processes, and to strengthen recognition of the human right to mental health in Yemen and internationally.

July 23, 2017

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July 21, 2017

Global nursing, midwifery summit to be held in Amman July 24-25

AMMAN — A global nursing and midwifery summit, to be held in Amman on July 24-25, will address large global health disparities and the development of a robust nursing and midwifery profession, a critical goal in regions with challenged human resources for healthcare services, a statement by the organisers said.

June 08, 2017

President’s Global Innovation Fund 2017

Provost John H. Coatsworth has announced the fifth round of grants from the President’s Global Innovation Fund (PGIF) on June 1, 2017. 11 projects received awards this year after being selected by a review committee of senior faculty drawn from both the Morningside and medical campuses.

January 02, 2017

Columbia Nursing: Changing Lives that Change the World

The imperative to provide education, resources and networks to positively impact global healthcare has never been more urgent. In an increasingly interconnected world, there is a rapidly growing awareness of the global health issues and inequities affecting millions, calling for new ways of thinking and problem solving.

Read the fall/winter 2016 Columbia Nursing Issue here

September 21, 2016

Exploring a Region in Transition as Change Sweeps the Middle East

Historic waves of migration, unprecedented digital activism, challenges to religious pluralism: amid all of these developments in the Middle East, Columbia Global Centers – Columbia University’s network of eight education and learning centers around the world – are exploring the implications of these changes on culture, health and safety, and politics in the region.

September 13, 2016

Redefining a University’s Role for a World in Crisis

NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- "With civil conflict, terrorist threats, and major health crises causing unprecedented disruption in communities all over the world, universities must step up to a new level of globalism in our outlook and in our activities," says Professor Safwan M. Masri, Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University

July 06, 2016

Global summit aims to develop sustainable network to support nursing and midwifery clinical research

On July 18-19, 2016, Columbia Global Centers | Amman and Columbia University School of Nursing will host the Global Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Research Development Initiative in Amman, Jordan. Experts from approximately 22 countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region will meet to identify, prioritize, and gain consensus on how to address critical regional health needs.

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