Coronavirus on the Medical Frontlines: A Bedouin Doctor's Pe...

Coronavirus on the Medical Frontlines: A Bedouin Doctor's Perspective | April 14 at 12pm ET

Apr 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Medical professionals are on the frontlines of the Coronavirus pandemic everywhere. In Israel, where 17% of doctors and 24% of nurses are Arab citizens, Jewish and Arab citizens are fighting side by side to save lives and contain the spread of the virus. Widely lauded for their contributions, Arab healthcare professionals nonetheless go back to towns and villages where emergency response is delayed or lacking. What does the pandemic look like from inside the hospital halls? How has the shared crisis narrowed or accentuated gaps between Jewish and Arab communities?

Join us and Boston Partners for Peace on April 14 at 12pm ET to hear from Dr. Yasmeen Abu Fraiha, a Bedouin doctor at Be’er Sheva’s Soroka hospital who is also leading efforts to enhance preventative medicine in the Bedouin community. She will share her experiences and insights from the medical and social frontlines.

Event Details
Tuesday, April 14 at 12:00pm ET
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About the Speaker

Dr. Yasmeen Abu Fraiha is a young doctor, specializing in internal medicine, who is currently acting as the Executive Director of RODAINA, an NGO she founded that aims to prevent genetic diseases in the Bedouin community in Israel by spearheading premarital genetic education and testing. Dr. Abu Fraiha works as a resident in internal medicine at Soroka Medical Center, and also serves on the Board of Directors of Project Wadi Attir and on the founding team of Yanabia, both social projects for the improvement of Bedouin lives in Israel. She has founded and co-chaired the alumni organization of the Our Generation Speaks fellowship, for Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurs. Dr. Abu Fraiha has won several awards, including the ‘2007 Ramon Award for Quality, Leadership, and Excellence’, as well as the ‘2015 Travel Grant Award for Outstanding Young Investigators’ at the 38th European Cystic Fibrosis Society conference. She was also chosen for such prestigious lists as Lady Globes "50 Exemplary Israeli Women" and Forbes' "30 Under 30" list. Dr. Abu Fraiha holds a BSc in Medical Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem .