Past Event

Responding to the Needs of Refugees and Migrants during the Pandemic

November 10, 2021
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul and Center for Sustainable Development invite you to an in-person event with Istanbul University Public Health Professor Selma Karabey on Wednesday, November 10, at 1 p.m. EDT on Columbia campus. Prof. Karabey will give a talk on the needs of refugees and irregular migrants living in Turkey and the country's responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The talk will be moderated by Dr. Özge Karadağ, Public Health Researcher and opening remarks will be given by Dr. Yanis Ben Amor, Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University. 

About the Talk

Irregular migrants, asylum seekers and refugees are among the groups most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Turkey has been hosting about 5 million refugees and irregular migrants and the country has faced huge challenges during the pandemic. In this session, the needs of refugees and irregular migrants living in Turkey and the country's responses to the pandemic will be discussed.

Prof. Selma Karabey is a graduate of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine and a Public Health Specialist and has been working in the Department of Public Health at Istanbul Medical Faculty since 1986. In addition, she is a consultant in various boards of the Ministry of Health, a member of the Association of Public Health Specialists (HASUDER) Specialization Competency Board, and the executive of the "Public Mental Health Working Group" and a member of the National Medical Education Accreditation Board Visiting Team. She served as the founding member and board member of the AIDS Prevention Association between 1992-2005, and as the chair of the Turkish Hospital Infections and Control Association between 2004-2008. She has been working on the Board of BirİZ Association, which has been working in the field of community mental health since 2016, and as a member of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission Humanitarian Aid, Social Protection and Vulnerable Groups Task Force since October 2020. Selma Karabey's professional interests are health promotion, health inequalities and public health advocacy. 

Please note that this event takes place on campus and is only open to Columbia University affiliates as per the university's health protocols. Schedules are subject to change. Check our website for details and updates.