Saleyha Ahsan

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How dieting will get personal - and much more effective

As part of the BBC’s Trust Me I’m A Doctor series I took part in a research project looking into what makes some people, but not others, put on weight. Previously genes were blamed. But actually it’s to do with our guts. Literally.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 28 January 2016 | 0 Comments

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Providing medical relief in Syria's conflict

“Keep your head down and don't say anything”, instructed my guide as we approached the Turkish border at Bab al-Hawa. We were making our way back across the border into Turkey after a long day in Atmeh refugee camp, north Syria.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 16 February 2014 | 0 Comments

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Abbas Khan's death in Syria cell should not be in vain

Dr Abbas Khan's death in detention this week is yet another tragic headline to digest within the tapestry of the Syrian war. I cannot begin to imagine the last 13 months of his life. How it must feel to find yourself detained in a cell, starved and tortured, for essentially being...

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 20 December 2013 | 0 Comments

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Saving Syria's Children blog for DFID

I went to Syria in December 2012, invited by UK based NGO Hand in Hand for Syria. My first view of Atmeh refugee camp, close to the Turkish border, was of a vast sea of muddy white tents.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 6 November 2013 | 0 Comments

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An English doctor in Syria: Pity the children - the horror I saw

In Syria today, there are many storms and relatively few moments of calm. I was enjoying a rare moment of peace, a time to exhale. It was a hot, balmy late afternoon on 26 August and I was sitting on the hospital balcony overlooking the olive groves.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 29 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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Healthcare workers in Syria need international protection

Two weeks ago we braced ourselves for military strikes in Syria. Based in a northern Syrian hospital, working under the umbrella of the NGO Hand in Hand for Syria and being filmed for a BBC Panorama, I contemplated the thought of being locked in the country – undoubtedly the borders...

Posted by Saleyha on 21 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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Healthcare workers in Syria need international protection

Two weeks ago we braced ourselves for military strikes in Syria. Based in a northern Syrian hospital, working under the umbrella of the NGO Hand in Hand for Syria and being filmed for a BBC Panorama, I contemplated the thought of being locked in the country – undoubtedly the borders...

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 21 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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Doctors on strike in Tripoli

An uneasy calm rests on Tripoli these days. A lack of effective security is having disruptive consequences. Recently local doctors took matters into their own hands by shutting down their hospital for ten days.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 28 December 2011 | 0 Comments

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Militia Presence in Tripoli Hospitals Alarms Doctors

Doctors in Tripoli are increasingly concerned about the presence of armed militiamen in hospitals, says Dr Saleyha Ahsan, freelance journalist and a British physician who volunteered to work in the Libyan capital. 

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 21 December 2011 | 0 Comments

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