Dr. Rita Issa MD, MPH
5:40 - 6:30pm
Climate and Health Justice Activism and Advocacy: A Contradiction, or Resolved?
About Dr. Issa
Dr Rita Issa is a family medicine physician and research fellow at the UCL Institute for Global Health, studying the intersections of climate change, migration and health.
She has previously worked as a humanitarian medic for Médecins Sans Frontières in the Syrian refugee response, where she established the first home-based chronic disease programme in a regufee camp. As a consultant for WHO, she also helped develop the first round of climate and health country profiles to enable negotiators to use the public health threat of climate change as an advocacy aid at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
In addition, Dr. Rita has served as an activist for over a decade. As a firm proponent of community-centered and grassroots initiatives to solve our most pressing challenges, she has co-founded a number of advocacy organizations campaigning on migrant rights, climate change, and health justice. She's a frequent voice in the media and a columnist for the Independent, most recently writing a series on the importance of our oceans for human and planetary wellbeing from her time aboard the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise as a medic.