As a civilian Saleyha continued to travel into hostile environments, but this time as a filmmaker and freelance journalist. She has worked and written for the BBC, Channel 4 News, the Guardian and online news, Latitude News.
Her passion for the subject of access to healthcare in conflict settings began during her military career in the Balkans, in 1997 but has stayed with her during her medical and broadcasting career since. She has written and made films on the subject in Palestine (Article 17-Doctors in Palestine), Libya (The Road to Bani Walid) and Syria (BBC Panorama, Saving Syria’s Children). She completed her LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Essex University in 2012. She will be pursing a PhD at the interface of IHL and medicine with a core central equation of centred on access to healthcare in conflict. In 2016, she co-founded Doctors Under Fire, launched at WEM. It is an advocacy organisation that lobbies on the issue of attacks against healthcare.
Saleyha has worked as a doctor for Medical Justice in London assessing victims of torture who are seeking asylum. She continues to work with refugees and has lobbied government on the issue of secret evidence used in the British judicial system against refugees and asylum seekers.