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War in Eastern Europe: On the Brink of a Humanitarian Disaster – IPPNW Emergency Briefing
Sat February 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST
The crisis in Eastern Europe could become a regional and global humanitarian catastrophe if war involving nuclear-armed nations erupts in Ukraine. IPPNW will hold an emergency briefing on February 19, 2022, from 10:00-11:00am EST / 15:00-16:00 GMT with a distinguished panel of experts to examine the terrible human cost if diplomacy fails. Topics include:
– Conventional war – Possible direct and indirect impacts of a conventional war in Ukraine on health, human rights, and the environment.
-Damage to nuclear power reactors – The risk of large radioactive releases from one or more of the 15 nuclear power stations in Ukraine that are vulnerable to deliberate or accidental destruction or meltdowns due to loss of power through cyber attacks.
-Escalation to nuclear weapons – The catastrophic regional and global consequences if nuclear weapons are launched intentionally or by accident or miscalculation.
Health professionals, journalists, policy makers and the general public are invited to attend this non-political and non-partisan briefing to better understand the significant health and scientific dimensions of the impending crisis.
Moderator; Olga Mironova, M.D., M.P.H.
Olga Mironova, MD, PhD, is working as Associate Professor of the chair of Internal Diseases #1 in Sechenov University since 2018. She has been working as a cardiologist in the acute cardiac care department in Russian Cardiology Research and Production Complex, founded by her grandfather, Eugene Chazov, for many years. Olga Mironova is a member of Eurasian Association of Cardiologists, European Society of Cardiology and European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association and speaks English, French, Spanish and Russian languages.
The main goal of the work for IPPNW is the development of the connection between the CIS countries, especially of the students and young scientists. Dr. Mironova is teaching students from Russia and all over the world both in Russian and in English. So the importance of bringing up to light the problems of nuclear threat, equality, tolerance and climate change is evident not only to her, but to her students, residents and trainees as well.
Linda Pentz Gunter
Linda Pentz Gunter founded Beyond Nuclear in 2007 and serves as its international specialist as well as its media and development director. Prior to her work in antinuclear advocacy, she was a journalist for 20 years in print and broadcast, working for USA Network, Reuters, The Times (UK) and other US and international outlets.
Beyond Nuclear works to support grassroots, national and international efforts to phase out nuclear power in favor of safer renewable energy choices. It also draws attention to the perpetual link between nuclear power and the pathway to nuclear weapons and advocates for a global nuclear weapons ban. In creating Beyond Nuclear, Linda’s goal was to reach beyond the immediate circle of committed anti-nuclear activists and engage those environmentalists concerned with climate change and the necessity to move away from fossil and fissile energy use.
Ira Helfand, M.D.
Ira Helfand is the Immediate Past President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and the co-Founder and Past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the US affiliate of IPPNW. He has published articles on the medical consequences of nuclear war in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, the British Medical Journal, the World Medical Journal and Medicine and Global Survival. In 2016 he chaired the session on the humanitarian impact of nuclear war at the UN’s Open Ended Working Group meeting in Geneva that led to negotiations for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Dr. Helfand was educated at Harvard College and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a former chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine and President of the Medical Staff at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, and is a retired internist and urgent care physician at Family Care Medical Center in Western Massachusetts.
Barry Levy, M.D., M.P.H.
Barry S. Levy, M.D., M.P.H., is a physician and epidemiologist and an Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Tufts University School of Medicine. For the past three decades, he has spoken and written extensively on the health impacts of war. His new book From Horror to Hope: Recognizing and Preventing the Health Impacts of War will be published by Oxford University Press in April. He previously co-edited 20 books, including, with Victor Sidel, M.D., two editions each of the books War and Public Health and Terrorism and Public Health. Dr. Levy has authored or co-authored more than 250 journal articles and book chapters, including an article in the Lancet in 2013 on the adverse health consequences of the Iraq War. He is a past president of the American Public Health Association and a recipient of the Sedgwick Memorial Medal, APHA’s most prestigious award.