Lectures and seminars How can we stop attacks on health care?​ A seminar on health care in danger, with examples from Gaza, Sudan, and Ukraine

02-05-2024 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Add to iCal
Other the Swedish Society of Medicine (Klara Östra Kyrkogata 10, 101 35 Stockholm) or online via Zoom Webinar
Window with a bullet hole in the glas
Bullet hole in the window to a hospital in Khartoum, Sudan. Photo: Läkare Utan Gränser

Attacks on health care in conflicts have increased and continues to destroy hospitals, kill and maim health care staff. In the ongoing war in Ukraine, conflicts in Gaza and Sudan health care facilities are targeted despite International Humanitarian Law (IHL) that states “Medical units exclusively assigned to medical purposes must be respected and protected in all circumstances”.

The situation calls for immediate action in order to protect healthcare staff and facilities, and ensure access to health care in conflicts.

We welcome you to an engaging evening of presentations and panel discussion, to highlight the issue and stimulate actions. Speakers and panelists include invited experts from the field, universities including IHL experts, the WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières, and more.​

Date and time: 

Thursday 2 May 2024, 5:30-7:30 pm Swedish time. Doors open at the Swedish Society of Medicine at 5 pm. ​


Attendance in person at the Swedish Society of Medicine (Klara Östra Kyrkogata 10, 101 35 Stockholm) or online via Zoom Webinar. If you are joining us in person, you are welcome to stay for a mingle afterwards. ​


Welcome - Why are we here today? 
Johan von Schreeb Professor in Global Disaster Medicine and Director of the Centre for Health Crises at Karolinska Institutet & Tobias Alfvén President of the Swedish Society of Medicine and Professor in Global Child Medicine at Karolinska Institutet

International Humanitarian Law
Sally Alexandra Longworth, Lecturer in Public International Law at Stockholm University

Attacks on health are war crimes and a public health catastrophe
Rohini J. ​Haar, Lecturer at the School of Law and Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center UC Berkeley. Medical Advisor, Physicians for Human Rights

Research component, long-term impacts & strategies 
Rafael Van den Bergh, Researcher Attacks on Health Care WHO

New trends, dilemmas, medical ethics, tools and way forward
Ahmed Abdelrahman, Director of Operations, Médecins Sans Frontières

Voices from the ground – insights from Gaza and Ukraine
Participant from Gaza, TBC, and from Ukraine; Dmytro Ershov, trauma surgeon in Dnipro

Panel discussion
- Anneli Eriksson: research specialist in Global Disaster Medicine at Karolinska Institutet.
- Hani Khalifa: senior consultant in general practice with personal experience from Sudan
- Niklas Kebbon: Head of the Department of International Law, Human Rights and Treaty Law at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Sally Alexandra Longworth: Lecturer Stockholm University
- Tobias Alfvén: President of the Swedish Society of Medicine

Moderator Märit Halmin, expert coordinator in critical care with limited resources at the Centre for Health Crises

Summary and the aim going forward

Reflections during a mingle

Hosted by: 

The Centre for Health Crises at Karolinska Institutet and the Swedish Society of Medicine 

Click here to sign up and secure your seat today either online or in person!

If you have any questions, please contact healthcrises@ki.se