Dr Aula Abbara is a consultant in Infectious Diseases/ General Internal Medicine at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust, London and an Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College. She teaches and supervises students on the Global Health BSc course at Imperial College and the TMIH at LSHTM.
She has volunteered in different humanitarian and refugee settings including direct clinical work, teaching healthcare workers and building capacity. Since 2012, this has been predominantly with Syrian non-governmental organisations. Between 2016 and 2018, she led a project for SAMS Hellas which provided over 30,000 primary healthcare consultations for refugees in Greece and received a Women in Global Health Award at the World Health Assembly for this. Other humanitarian work includes refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria (pre-conflict), the Rohingya crisis and in Sierra Leone with MDM for the ebola response in 2015 (for which she received an Ebola Medal of Service.)
She co-chairs the Syria Public Health Network a group which brings together academics, NGOs, policy makers and international organisations to highlight and influence policies relevant to the public health of Syrians. She chairs Health Professionals for Global Health and has been a collaborator on the Lancet Commission on Syria.
Her research interests include attacks on healthcare, AMR in conflict, refugee healthcare workers and, more broadly relating to global and humanitarian health. Current research projects include an MRC grant on Health Systems Research on health system governance in Syria, an R2HC grant on the Public Health impact of Attacks on Healthcare and a collaboration on AMR in conflict.
In February 2020, she received an Emerging Alumni Leaders Award from Imperial College, London.
et al., Challenges of providing healthcare worker education and training in protracted conflict: a focus on non-government controlled areas in north west Syria, Conflict and Health, ISSN:1752-1505
et al., 2020, Coronavirus 2019 and health systems affected by protracted conflict: the case of Syria, International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol:96, ISSN:1201-9712, Pages:192-195
et al., 2020, Humanitarian catastrophe for civilians in northwest Syria, Bmj-british Medical Journal, Vol:368, ISSN:1756-1833
et al., 2020, The challenges of tuberculosis control in protracted conflict: the case of Syria, International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol:90, ISSN:1201-9712, Pages:53-59
Graef J, Omar M, Abbara A, 2019, Syndromic infectious disease surveillance of refugees in Greece: a mixed methods analysis, OXFORD UNIV PRESS, ISSN:1101-1262