Dr Hiranthi Jayaweera Hiranthi Jayaweera is a research associate and former staff of the School of Anthropology at Oxford University. She has a particular research interest in issues around migration and health. Hiranthi has a DPhil in Sociology and has researched, taught and written about issues related to social divisions. Before working as Senior Researcher at COMPAS she was a researcher at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford. Her work focused on barriers to care for low income childbearing women, and included analysing data on ethnic minority families in the Millennium Cohort Study.
Dr Juliet Cohen Dr Juliet Cohen is Head of Doctors at Freedom from Torture. Freedom from Torture aims to help survivors of torture access as full a rehabilitation as possible and ensure they receive protection from further torture. It also aims to ensure states responsible for torture are held accountable and that the rights of survivors are guaranteed, Dr Cohen has documented evidence of torture for over a thousand survivors. She is an expert on reasons for late presentation of torture and the effects of immigration detention on survivors of torture.
Dr Helen Salisbury
Dr Helen Salisbury works locally as a GP and leads the communication skills course for clinical medical students in Oxford. Alongside these clinical and teaching roles, Dr Salisbury is a longstanding member of the charity Medical Justice, the only UK organisation that arranges for independent volunteer doctors to visit men, women and children held in immigration detention.
Fatou Ceesay works as a domestic abuse outreach officer. She is also the community outreach director for Oxford Against Cutting, a rights-based group working to help prevent female genital mutilation of girls and women living in Oxfordshire. She is an FGM survivor and specialist, and is further advancing the fight against gender-based violence in refugee populations through her role as Secretary General of Care for Women and Girls (Birmingham)
Dr Yasser Moullan
Yasser is an economist at the International Migration Institute at the University of Oxford, specialising in the linkages between migration and health. He has worked on the impact of migration of physicians (medical brain drain) for developing countries. As associate researcher at the Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics in Paris, Yasser’s research has, recently, focussed on the socioeconomic determinants of health immigrants in Europe. He will at this conference give a talk about the current global refugee crisis in Europe and the related health challenges migrants and health systems are facing.
Dr Brenda Kelly
Dr Brenda Kelly is a consultant obstetrician and sub-specialist in fetal medicine at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and honorary clinical fellow at Oxford University. Through her roles as clinical lead for women with female genital mutilation (FGM) and director of the Oxford Rose Clinic, Dr Kelly runs a confidential multidisciplinary service providing holistic care and support for women and girls living with the consequences of FGM and works with diaspora communities in Oxfordshire to tackle FGM locally and globally.
Dr Mohammed Khatir
A refugee doctor, working toward the GMC registration. I am an orthopaedic surgeon who had worked for seven years to establish and lead the first trauma and orthopaedic service in the war torn Darfur (Sudan) where civil services were paid the least attention. I worked as well as a lecturer and clinical tutor in the University of Alfashir. I have moved to the UK amid widespread military operations and human rights violations in 2014.
Jennifer is a barrister at No. 5 Chambers in London, specialising in immigration, asylum and nationality law. She has worked on a wide range of cases relating to leave to remain in the UK and recourse to public funds, especially for children and young adults. She has first-hand experience of representing vulnerable clients with mental health difficulties in immigration detention.
Fahira Mulamehic is a member of the Development and Integration team at Refugee Council, in charge of the Refugee Healthcare Professionals Programme since 2009. For over thirteen years she has been involved in various UK and international projects focused on assisting the integration of refugees through education, training and employment. She is particularly interested in supporting refugee professionals who find it difficult to access suitable employment. She will speak about the Health Befriending Network, where refugees were assisted by volunteers to access health and social services.
John Castle is a 5th-year medical student from Oxford and currently works as an evidence-based medicine researcher. He has recently returned from Calais, where he travelled with a group of volunteers to provide first aid and assistance to refugees in unofficial refugee camps. He hopes to show how more students can offer practical assistance to this group in desperate need and how the resilience of refugees can inspire us all.
Dr Aaminah Verity
I am a UK based junior doctor due to start GP training in August. I have recently completed an MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I have been working with Doctors of the World since November 2015 and have worked in both Slovenia and Greece providing healthcare for refugees in both a static and mobile clinic setting.
Catherine Mountford Catherine has worked in the NHS for over 25 years with considerable experience as an NHS Director operating at Board and Executive team level. Whilst the majority of her roles have been within commissioning she also has experience of operational management in a combined acute, community and mental health service provider. Within a variety of commissioning roles, Catherine has focused on working with clinicians to deliver change in service pathways to improve services and outcomes for patients.
Dr Mina Fazel Mina Fazel is a consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry at Oxford University Hospitals and a Research Fellow in Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry. She has been working for over a decade developing mental health services for refugee children and has an interest in school-based mental health services as well as trauma treatments.
Dr Anne Geniets
Anne Geniets is a research fellow at the Department of Education, University of Oxford. She is a developmental psychologist with a research focus on health, social justice, and technology in low resource settings.
Dr Niall Winters
Niall Winters is an Associate Professor of Learning and New Technologies at the Department of Education, University of Oxford and a Fellow of Kellogg College. His main research interest is in understanding how educational interventions can help to address inequality, especially for people who are marginalised, by focussing on how technology can support the strengthening of education and training capacity, particularly in health.