War in Eastern Europe: On the Brink of a Humanitarian Disaster
February 19, 2022, from 10:00-11:00am EST / 15:00-16:00 GMT
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.