March 12, 2018 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

The Human Costs of Yemen's War

Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a rare glimpse behind the front lines of the conflict in Yemen with two aid workers just back from assignment. The live webcast will feature a conversation with MSF surgeon Daniela Gabayet and MSF medical coordinator Heather Thomson on what it’s like to respond to one of the world’s worst humanitarian emergencies.

In the midst of a highly volatile conflict, MSF is one of the few international organizations on the ground providing critical health care for people in Yemen. Over the past year, Yemenis have faced deadly outbreaks of cholera and diphtheria, along with widespread malnutrition, as the country's health system has been ravaged by the ongoing war and a blockade on essential goods.

MSF teams grapple with dwindling supplies and staff shortages even as the need for emergency medical assistance is growing. Warring parties have repeatedly attacked health services over the course of this conflict, and several facilities run or supported by MSF have been hit by airstrikes. Despite the many challenges, international aid efforts are essential to shore up the health system and prevent more suffering.



Daniela Gabayet, MSF Surgeon, recently returned from her first MSF mission in Ibb governorate, Yemen. After completing her studies and working for two years in a private hospital, Daniela decided to join Doctors Without Borders. While in Yemen, Daniela both worked as a practicing surgeon and provided support and training for national staff in order to ensure the best health care possible for patients affected by the conflict.

Heather Thomson, MSF Medical Coordinator, is a nurse practitioner working at Sandy Hill Community Health Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. In 2003, she went on her first field assignment with MSF to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as an outreach nurse.  She later served as a project coordinator and medical coordinator in DRC, Congo, Uganda, Chad, Central African Republic, and South Sudan. In January, Heather returned from her eighth MSF field assignment in Yemen, where she spent four months as a medical coordinator.


Moderator: Kavita Menon, Editorial Director, MSF-USA