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March 17, 2006

Lecture To Focus On Health Care Challenges For Asylum Seekers, Refugees

Judith Cook, M.D., a general practitioner working with marginalized and excluded groups in the United Kingdom and as a volunteer on projects in Afghanistan and Liberia, will discuss "War's Reverberations: Health And Healthcare Challenges For London's Asylum Seekers And Refugees" at the next Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon and lecture at noon Friday, March 24, at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Cook volunteered with Médecins du Monde - -- for projects in Afghanistan in 2002 and Liberia in 2003 and is currently volunteering with Médecins du Monde-UK for Project: London, a new initiative to help vulnerable groups access to mainstream healthcare services.

Additionally, Cook is a member of the board of Medact - -- and was involved in Medact's work on violence, conflict, and health, including the organization's three reports on the impact on health of war on Iraq.  She has presented this work in the United Kingdom and internationally.  She is in Iowa City this week to participate in a conference, "Medical Consequences of War: Health Challenges Beyond the Battlefield," sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility and the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI College of Public Health.

The ICFRC lecture is cosponsored by UI International Programs and presented in part with the support of the University of Iowa Community Credit Union and the Iowa chapter of PSR (Physicians for Social Responsibility).

WSUI-AM will broadcast the March 24 program on Monday, March 27 following the noon news, at

Send reservation forms (available at with a check to ICFRC, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, IA 52242-5500. Reservations for this event must be received in the office by noon, Wednesday, March 22. Seating is limited to 100. Reservation's for members are $7 and $8.50 for non-members. Checks can be made payable to I.C. Foreign Relations Council. Log onto for membership information. The Cottage will cater lunch, and vegetarian options are available.

For more information on this event, the ICFRC or special accommodations for this lecture, contact Tom Baldridge at 319-335-0351.

ICFRC is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs, and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides opportunities for members to hear over thirty experts per year who may be visiting the UI campus or the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects, and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Center One, Suite 371, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Thomas Baldridge, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Stephen J. Pradarelli.