International Aid for Disasters – How Sustainable is it?: Michael Alkan at TEDxBGU



Dr. Michael L. Alkan is the former head of the Infectious Diseases Institute at Soroka University Medical Center and a Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Since 1998 Prof. Alkan has been active in MASHAV (Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs branch for international collaboration) projects in Africa, South East Asia and Latin America. In 1999, Dr. Alkan headed the Internal Medicine Clinic at an Israeli field hospital for Kosovo refugees in Macedonia. Michael spent time in China and in several African countries where he was invited to participate in a government initiative to fight the war on AIDS. He has been also known to be among the first on the scene providing medical relief to disaster areas including to victims of Katrina in Louisiana and the Far East after the Tsunami.

He participated in the foundation of medical schools in Kenya, Nepal and Ecuador. At Ben Gurion University, Michael played a significant role in planning the curriculum for the MD Program in International Health in Collaboration with Columbia University and is presently teaching in the school.

Currently he is involved in developing a trek of international social work at Sapir College in Sderot.

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