16 Apr 2020 18:00 Watch

Let's talk COVID-19: An interview with two MSF emergency doctors

Join us for this live online discussion to find out how Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is responding to the evolving COVID-19 emergency.

On Thursday, 16 April, at 6 pm BST, emergency doctors Javid Abdelmoneim and Craig Spencer will be joined by MSF USA's executive director, Avril Benoît, for a discussion about COVID-19 and MSF's response. Both Javid and Craig are currently working independently from MSF, responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in hospitals in their home cities of London and New York.

Together they will share previous MSF experiences including responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, providing care for displaced people in places like South Sudan and Lebanon, working in conflict settings such as Raqqa, Syria, and their shared experience onboard Aquarius, MSF’s medical search and rescue ship on the Mediterranean Sea. 

Make sure to visit our Facebook page at 6 pm BST, Thursday 16 April, to tune in. 

The speakers

Dr Javid Abdelmoneim

Javid is an emergency doctor and the president of MSF UK. A member of the Royal College of Physicians, he joined MSF in 2009 for his first field assignment to Iraq. Since then, he has worked as a doctor with MSF in Haiti, Lebanon (for Syria), South Sudan, Sierra Leone (for Ebola), on the Mediterranean on one of MSF’s search and rescue vessels, and in Raqqa in north Syria.

Javid is also a reporter for the TV health magazine show The Cure, broadcasting on the Al Jazeera network. He is the winner of the 2016 Foreign Press Association award for best science story of the year for the episode “Operation Gaza” among other honours. Javid currently works as a registrar in Emergency Medicine in Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London. Javid has been the president of MSF UK since May 2017. 

Dr Craig Spencer

Craig Spencer, an emergency doctor and MSF USA board member, is the director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine and an assistant professor of Medicine and Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center.

He divides his time between providing clinical care in New York and working internationally in public health and humanitarian response. He has worked in Africa and southeast Asia as a field epidemiologist on numerous projects, as well as coordinating MSF’s national epidemiological response in Guinea during the Ebola outbreak.

In addition to his international public health work, Craig has provided medical care in the Caribbean, Central America, West and East Africa, and most recently with MSF onboard a medical search and rescue boat in the Mediterranean. He is currently working as an emergency room doctor, responding to the COVID-19 outbreak in New York City.