Saleyha Ahsan

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On the NHS frontline: 'being a doctor in A&E is like being a medic in a war zone'

The start of a shift and I brace myself as I walk into the waiting area. A huge number of people are already there, waiting to be called. I try to avoid eye contact. It's like entering an arena but I feel more like the sacrificial lamb than a gladiator.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 5 March 2014 | 23 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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THE WELLCOME COLLECTION

'Dr Saleyha Ahsan, Emergency department medical doctor and ex-British Army, went down to the Wellcome Collection's 'Medicine Man' Exhibition - investigating medical equipment from the past to see how it compared with the modern tools she uses in her A&E today.' Discovery 

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 30 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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Syrian Frontline Medicine Is Under Fire

Two weeks ago we braced ourselves for US military strikes in Syria. I have been based in a northern Syrian hospital, working under the umbrella of non-governmental organisation Hand in Hand for Syria, and being filmed for BBC Panorama.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 18 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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Medicine as a weapon of war in Syria

Healthcare professionals in Syria caring for the war-wounded are deliberately targeted, says the International Rescue Committee's in its recently publishedCommission on Syrian Refugees report.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 2 June 2013 | 4 Comments

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Syrian diaspora leads aid effort

The once-white tents stretched as far as the eye could see. Three days of pouring rain had created a wet landscape of small lakes and tiny streams. Barefoot children played in freezing muddy water. It was just before Christmas and I was in Atmeh refugee camp, North Syria, home to...

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 4 February 2013 | 0 Comments

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