Beyond the Exodus: Rohingya Struggle for Survival

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Tuesday, April 3

8:00 PM ET

Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for an in-depth discussion about one of the world’s most pressing humanitarian emergencies—the forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar amidst a campaign of targeted violence. Now living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh, the refugees are vulnerable to malnutrition and disease.

MSF offers a range of health services, from treating outbreaks of measles and diphtheria, to vaccinating children, to providing specialized care for survivors of sexual violence and other traumas. Currently, teams on the ground are preparing for monsoon rains and possible cyclones, which could cause even greater catastrophe for a community that has already suffered so much.   

MSF aid workers will share first-hand stories from their recent experiences delivering essential medical care in Bangladesh. The panel will discuss the ongoing challenges facing Rohingya men, women, and children living in extremely precarious conditions and facing an uncertain future.



Joe Belliveau, Executive Director for MSF-Canada, first worked with MSF in eastern Zambia in 2000 and subsequently managed MSF programs in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Pakistan and Zimbabwe before overseeing operations at MSF’s HQ in Amsterdam. Over the course of his career with MSF, Belliveau oversaw MSF’s introduction of multi-drug resistant treatment for tuberculosis in Myanmar, as well as healthcare provision for the persecuted Rohingya population in Rakhine State. Belliveau has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and was the recipient of the James Orbinski fellowship award.

Aerlyn Pfeil, MSF-USA Board of Directors, is a certified professional midwife and sexual violence program consultant from Portland, Oregon. She has been practicing midwifery since 1999 and joined MSF in 2011. She has worked in maternal health programs in South Sudan, Haiti, Senegal, the Somali region of Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, and most recently working with Rohingya migrants from Bangladesh. Aerlyn has been an active association member since joining MSF and was recently elected to the board. She holds a BA in sociology from Whitman College and a BS in midwifery and a degree in global health from the University of Manchester.

Kristen Mullane is a Registered Nurse from Denver, Colorado, and has completed two missions with MSF. She first worked for MSF in South Sudan in 2016, and more recently returned from a one year mission as Nurse Activities Manager and Outreach Nurse in Kutupalong, Bangladesh. 

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