The Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses presents:
Aisha Sethi, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Yale University and Director of the Yale Dermatology Global Health Program, Yale University: “Global Health Connections & Care of Vulnerable Populations.”
The world’s refugee population currently stands at over 19 million, the large majority of whom reside in developing countries. This report investigates the top health issues faced by refugees in short- and long-term settings. The report compares and contrasts two important settings for healthcare provision for refugees: permanent camp settings, such as in Za’atari, Jordan, and transitory arrival centers, such as in Lampedusa, Italy, which is a major port of arrival for refugees.
Dr. Aisha Sethi is an Associate Professor of Dermatology at Yale University and Director of the Yale Dermatology Global Health Program. She returned to Yale in 2017 as faculty after being a faculty member at the University of Chicago for over a decade where she was Director of Outreach for the Center for Global Health. After attending medical school at the Aga Khan University in Pakistan, she completed her post-doctoral fellowship, internship, and residency in dermatology at Yale University where she also served as chief resident. Dr. Sethi’s interests in tropical medicine, immigrant and refugee populations, and global infectious diseases with dermatologic manifestations have led her to fieldwork in Pakistan, Malawi, Jordan, Hospital for Tropical Diseases (HTD) in London, and the Regional Dermatology Training Center (RDTC) in Tanzania. She is especially interested in addressing global access to medical care, medical diplomacy programs and improving medical training and dermatologic therapies in developing countries. Dr.Sethi has set up a dedicated dermatology elective exchange program with Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi for undergraduates, medical students and dermatology residents since 2007. Her albinism awareness work in Malawi has been featured by national and international media and has been positively recognized and supported by the Malawian government. Dr. Sethi was chosen as an emerging leader by the Chicago Council for Global Affairs Emerging Leaders fellowship program. She served as a member of the Education and Volunteers Abroad Committee and Volunteerism Committee of the American Academy of Dermatology, the International Affairs Committee of the Women’s Dermatological Society, and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Society of Dermatology’s newsletter. In 2010, Dr.Sethi was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the White House Council on Service and Civic Participation for her volunteer efforts.