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Posted Tuesday November 6, 2018


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Health Care Challenges

UN Official to speak about Refugees and Implications for Health Care in Waterloo Region

Discussion with Dr. Mike Stephenson of Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre to follow.

Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Canada will speak at the Centre for International Governance Innovation on Thursday, November 15 at CIGI at 7.00 pm at an event co-hosted by Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre. Mr. Beuze will discuss the state of the world's refugees and then engage in a conversation with Dr. Mike Stephenson about the health care challenges facing refugees.

Jean-Nicolas Beuze worked for more than 20 years with the United Nations in the areas of Human Rights (OHCHR), Peacekeeping (DPKO) and UNICEF at Headquarters and in the field (Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Afghanistan and the Middle-East and North Africa region) before joining UNHCR in Lebanon as Deputy Representative for Protection and Inter-Agency Coordination.

Prior to joining UNHCR, he was the UNICEF Child Protection Advisor for the MENA region (2010-13) working on emergency responses in Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and strengthening public child protection and education systems in the region. He was previously appointed as the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Unit of UN Peace-Keeping/DPKO mission in Afghanistan/UNAMA (2008-10) focusing on women’s rights, elections, poverty and the protection of civilians.

He previously worked as a Research Director in a human rights think-tank (International Council on Human Rights Policy) on issues of peace agreements, transitional justice, national human rights institutions and the reform of the UN human rights system. Jean-Nicolas Beuze holds a LL.M in international human rights law from Essex University, UK, and a Master’s in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Relations, Geneva/Switzerland.

Dr. Michael Stephenson is the founder and director of Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre. He has dedicated his career to refugee health since he began his residency in 2006. Doctor Mike started SRHC with six patients in 2013 and has worked tirelessly to grow the clinic to more than 3300 patients and dozens of staff and volunteers today. His work has been recognized with a Kitchener Mayor’s City Builder Award in 2016 and a Council Award from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Ontario in 2017.













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