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Fighting For Health And Hope In Syria

Syria is in its sixth year of civil war, and hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed in the conflict.

This hour, we talk about the medical crisis in Syria. Doctors are among those who’ve been targeted by the Syrian government. Many have left the country.

We’ll hear how doctors in the U.S.—including here in Connecticut—are helping those still in Syria. How do you train a new generation of doctors in a war zone?

And the trauma of war and dislocation has affected young children, too.

We’ll hear how an international humanitarian organization and Sesame Street have teamed up to help kids inside Syria and refugees abroad. The unique partnership recently won a $100 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation. 


  • Dr. Lina Murad - Practicing nephrologist in the DC area; former board member of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and an active participant in SAMS missions
  • Dr. Hani Mowafi - Associate professor of Emergency Medicine at Yale Medical School and Chief of the Section of Global Health and International Emergency Medicine
  • Dr. Kamiar Alaei - Associate Dean for Global and Interdisciplinary Research, Director of the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights at Public service professor at Rockefeller School of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany
  • Dr. Arash Alaei - Independent expert on HIV/AIDS and higher education
  • Katie Murphy - Senior Technical Advisor for Early Childhood Development at the International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.

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