This week, discussing the widespread practice of detaining hospital patients in their wards if they cannot afford to pay their medical bills, and the growth in activism around LGBTQ+ rights in Lebanon.

22 March 2018

Speakers

Rob Yates, Head of the Universal Heath Coverage Policy Forum, Centre on Global Health and Security
Nicole El Khawaja, Programme Coordinator, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Agnes Frimston, Deputy Editor, The World Today
Ben Horton, Digital Marketing Coordinator, International Affairs

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This week, Ben speaks to Rob Yates, Head of the Universal Heath Coverage Policy Forum in the Centre on Global Health and Security at Chatham House.

They discuss the widespread practice of detaining hospital patients in their wards if they cannot afford to pay their medical bills, an illegal policy affecting thousands in Africa and South Asia.

Then, Agnes learns about the growth in activism around LGBTQ+ rights in Lebanon from Nicole El Khawaja, a Programme Coordinator with the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House.

They discuss recent developments in Lebanon and the wider region, including Beirut's inaugural Pride week in 2017, and assess whether progress can be maintained.

Read the Research Paper:
Hospital Detentions for Non-payment of Fees: A Denial of Rights and Dignity

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