Recorded on November 14, 2023
In this episode of Occupied Thoughts, FMEP’s Sarah Anne Minkin speaks with 2023 FMEP Palestinian Non-Resident Fellow Dr. Yara Asi about public health in Gaza. The conversation addresses the deficiencies in public health infrastructure due to Israel’s blockade before the current war as well as the the current total public health catastrophe, including the bombardments, displacement, collapse of hospitals, and threats to the population in the absence of food, water, fuel, and electricity.
Dr. Yara Asi is Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in the School of Global Health Management and Informatics and a Visiting Scholar at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University in her capacity as Co-Director of the Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights.
Sarah Anne Minkin, PhD, is FMEP’s Director of Programs & Partnerships.
Recent publications from Dr. Yara Asi include:
- Decades of underfunding, blockade have weakened Gaza’s health system − the siege has pushed it into abject crisis. The Conversation. (also translated into Spanish)
- An Open-Air Graveyard”: The Unfolding Health Catastrophe in the Gaza Strip.
- Palestinians Are Denied Humanity, Even after Death.
Also see Blockade, Bombings, and Continuing Trauma: Assessing Mental Health in Gaza, an August 2023 FMEP webinar with Dr. Yasser Abu-Jamei (Gaza Community Mental Health Programme), Ghada Majadli (Physicians for Human Rights Israel), and Razzan Quran(George Washington University) in conversation with Dr. Yara Asi(FMEP Non-resident Fellow).