Anindita Dasgupta works to improve health of Syrian refugee women in Jordan

November 22, 2018

In response to the expanding number of forced migrants as a result of the Syrian Civil War, Columbia University School of Social Work and the University of Jordan School of Medicine (UJ) created the Advancing Solutions in Policy, Implementation, Research and Engagement (ASPIRE) initiative to address the health needs of Syrian refugees. Dr. Anindita Dasgupta (CSSW) and Dr. Maysa’ Khadra (UJ) led the Women ASPIRE study, which collected quantitative data from over 500 Syrian refugee women living outside of camps throughout Jordan. In partnership with the Institute for Family Health, and the International Rescue Committee, the Women ASPIRE study generated rigorous epidemiologic data on the gendered health and mental health concerns of Syrian refugee women. In this presentation, Dr. Dasgupta, Dr. Khadra and members of the Women ASPIRE team presented findings from the Women ASPIRE study, and proposed recommendations for programming, policy, and future research designed to improve the health of Syrian refugee women in Jordan.