Conference 2021


Conference of Kurdish Doctors and Allied Professions

Dear colleagues,

In recent years we have been networking as Kurdish doctors and corresponding professions on various occasions. With the Corona pandemic, we believe that there is a permanent need for this. The support of our own community with regard to health issues, humanitarian aid for Kurdistan, professional exchange among colleagues and the transfer of knowledge to Kurdistan are central aspects of this.

After numerous individual and group discussions with colleagues, we are pleased to be able to invite you to a first conference of Kurdish doctors and allied professions for the purpose of exchange on the above-mentioned topics.

The conference will be held online on 16 January 2021.

For organisational issues we kindly ask you to register by 5 January 2021 via

We are looking forward to your hopefully positive response.

Kind regards

Zeynep Binici-Çetinkaya
Azad Badiki
Dersim Dağdeviren

The Programme

11:00 – 11:30
Dr. Dersim Dağdeviren, Co-Chair of Network of Kurdish Academics (Germany)

11:30 – 12:00
Covid-19 Update
Dr. Serhat Sönmez (Germany)

12:00 – 1:30
Health structures in Kurdistan in the context of wars, crises and pandemics

Southern Kurdistan: Strategies for coping with health challenges
Dr. Latif Kerkuki (Germany)

Northern Kurdistan: Medical care in the context of exclusion and assimilation

Eastern Kurdistan: Iranian health system under scrutiny
Dr. Shan Mard (Denmark)

Western Kurdistan: An alternative health system in the middle of a war
Dr. Bashrawi Ali (Germany)

Moderation: Neşe Kayacan (UK)

1:30 – 2:30

2:30 – 4:00
Kurdish diaspora and health

Kurdish diaspora between war, trauma management and integration
Prof. Dr. Ian Ilhan Kızılhan, Psychologist (Germany)

Women’s health in a transcultural context
Dr. Negin Jaafar (Denmark)

Kurdish diaspora in pandemic times
Dr. Azad Badiki (Netherlands)

Moderation: Xatun Aycik, Psychologist (Germany)

4:00 – 4:30
Coffee break

4:30 – 5:45
Humanitarian aid for Kurdistan: Problems and perspectives

Dr. Eray Öztürk (Germany)
Dr. Rojvan Bilgin (Germany)
Dr. Alexandre Köroğlu (France)

Moderation: Dr. Zeynep Binici-Çetinkaya (Denmark)

5:45 – 6:00

Participation modalities

For organisational issues we kindly ask you to register by 5 January 2021 via
We will of course take pandemic conditions into account in our planning.