CAPS Town Hall presents: Sasha Fahme, MD-- Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Protracted Conflict and Displacement Settings: The Case of Syrian Refugee Women and Girls in Lebanon
Sasha Fahme, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Protracted Conflict and Displacement Settings: The Case of Syrian Refugee Women and Girls in Lebanon
This talk will examine the impact of concurrent humanitarian, political, and economic crises on Syrian refugee women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Lebanon, by considering preliminary findings from two ongoing studies. It will additionally focus on the status of the HIV epidemic among key populations in Lebanon and the region, and will present ethical challenges to conducting HIV and SRHR research in conservative fragile and humanitarian settings.
Dr. Sasha Fahme is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Research Associate at the American University of Beirut. Informed by her clinical work, Dr. Fahme’s research focuses on the syndemic effects of armed conflict and forced displacement on women’s sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian settings. She is the Principal Investigator of the first longitudinal cohort study of Syrian refugee women's sexual health, which is examining the determinants, incidence, and longitudinal sequalae of sexually transmitted infections among a community-based cohort of refugee women living in Beirut, Lebanon. In addition to her research, Dr. Fahme is on the leadership committee of the Weill Cornell Women in Global Health Research Initiative and is the Co-Director of the Female Global Scholars Program, a peer mentorship program for early-career women conducting global health research in low- and middle-income countries. She holds an M.D. degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.