An interdisciplinary collaboration between the Faculties of Arts and Medicine & Health at the University of Leeds
‘The Delivery of Integrative Health Care in the Wake of the Bhopal Gas Disaster’
Melanie Hadida, Bhopal Medical Appeal (www.bhopal.org)
5-6pm, Thursday 24 October
Melanie will talk about community-led health organizations in Bhopal, and their unique way of delivering holistic and integrative health care to victims of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster and of ongoing water contamination resulting from the lack of governmental and corporate accountability regarding this tragedy. She specifically emphasizes the high rates of children and families affected by physical and mental disabilities in Bhopal and the inspiring women activists dedicated to improving their lives through social support, physical therapies and education.
Melanie Hadida is a graduate from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a BA in International Development Studies and Women’s Studies. In 2007 she first traveled to Bhopal, India on a university internship to live and work at the Sambhavna Trust Clinic, a clinic delivering critical health care to victims of the gas disaster and subsequent water contamination crisis. Between 2007 and 2013 Melanie spent several more months living in Bhopal and working at the Sambhavna Trust Clinic and the Chingari Trust and Rehabilitation Centre for disabled children. She currently works for the Bhopal Medical Appeal, a UK-registered charity as a grant-writer, fundraiser, and works towards raising awareness in the UK and internationally about social and environmental issues present in gas and water affected communities in Bhopal.