A Summer LAB led by Dr. Kaveh Khoshnood (Yale School of Public Health) and Dr. Veena Pillai (Dhi Consulting & Training, KL)
Participants on this LAB will learn about the public health challenges faced by refugees and health professionals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia is a transitional country for refugees, with a total of 163,860 refugees registered with UNHCR as of December 2018 [Figures at a Glance, UNHCR Malaysia]. Malaysia is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention nor its Protocol and does not have an organised asylum system regulating the status and rights of refugees. This absence of a legal framework is a source of great unpredictability in the lives of refugees in the country, including restricting their access to health services. This poses complex public health challenges that range from communicable diseases to child health. The LAB will examine these challenges from the health professionals’ perspective, as well as from the perspective of the refugee community. Students will visit UNHCR, refugee health clinics and refugee community-based organisations where they will have a chance to listen to and engage with the key stakeholders involved in these issues.
LAB DATES: Sunday, 19 May 2019 – Sunday, 26 May 2019
SPOTS AVAILABLE: Up to 13
Some need-based financial assistance will be available for students with demonstrated financial need. There will be a separate application for financial assistance after students are selected for the LAB.
PROGRAM PARTNERS: Dhi Consulting & Training
LAB DESCRIPTION: This LAB will use a combination of structured, site/community based and group learning to understand the public health challenges related to refugees in transition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Participants will learn to apply information gained during the program to projects targeted towards solutions and advocacy, and be able to:
Over the course of the LAB, participants will be divided into small groups, and allocated a topic and end product to work toward. These include:
|Topics||Possible End Products|
|Vaccination for Refugee Children
Challenges of Access to healthcare
TB and Media
Ethics of Research with Refugees
|Social Media strategy as Advocacy
Survey for future research project
To apply, please complete the following and submit to Annette Wu firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, 24 March 2019 at 11:59pm SGT.
Please submit your application via email, using the subject header “Kuala Lumpur LAB Application”. Include personal information in the body of your email, and attach your statement of interest in a PDF document named “First Name_Last Name”.
Personal information – this information will be kept confidential, and will only be used if you are selected for the LAB.
Statement of interest: Why do you want to participate in this LAB and how will you use this experience to further your personal, academic, and/or professional goals? If you have prior experience in public health and migration studies, please feel free to include this in your statement of interest. (500 words maximum)