FXB Events and Updates
FXB Fellow Heather Adams Reports Back from Palestine
- FXB Fellow Heather Adams works with Jumana Odeh, also an FXB Fellow, on disability rights at the FXB Center. The following is her account of visiting Palestine with Odeh, who is the Founding Director of The Palestine Happy Child Center (PHCC).
“I recently visited PHCC in Ramallah and Jericho, meeting with students, families and staff in two clinics and a home based program. The PHCC model is an example of an innovative locally developed solution to the needs of children with special needs, their families and community. Adopting a rights based approach to health and education for children with special needs in Palestine, this model demonstrates sensitivity to the needs, mores and culture of its population. The family, in particular mothers and sibling volunteers, are a key component of this model. Trained by the dedicated, compassionate and professional PHCC staff which includes speech and occupational therapists, family members teach their child with special needs life skills with the view to maximizing independence. The success of this approach is evident through the demonstrable generalization of skills in all areas of functioning including speech, academic, social interaction and community participation. Moreover, the PHCC lives up to its name. The children are happy!”
Champions Project in Action
- On March 11, Orla Kelly, FXB Research Associate, presented the results of the first round of data collection from the Champions Project on a UNGEI sponsored panel at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society. The theme of the panel was “Education as Social Transformation: Exploring the Dynamics of Girls’ Education and Empowerment.” Kelly outlined the critical role of parental engagement in facilitating continued educational participation for women from economically and socially deprived households. Further, she highlighted that the data from the study confirm the widespread concern about pervasive gender violence in India, and how it affects young women’s ability to take advantage of educational opportunity.
Read Lynne Jones’ Blog on Delivering Emergency Assistance in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan
- Lynne Jones, FXB Fellow, child and adolescent psychiatrist, researcher, and relief worker, spent two months in the Philippines delivering emergency assistance to typhoon victims in coordination with the International Medical Corps. Read her blog from December for a gripping on-the-ground account and listen to her speak about her experiences with BBC.
Jennifer Leaning Speaks with The Aman Foundation about Harvard’s Disaster Work in Pakistan
- Dr. Jennifer Leaning, FXB Center Director, was part of a Harvard team who traveled to Karachi, Pakistan earlier this month to participate in The Contemporary South Asian Cities Conference. The South Asia Institute was an organizing partner for the four-day conference, which attracted 2,500 participants. The team spoke on panels that explored a range of issues, including mental health, disaster response, urbanization, and housing. Leaning spoke to The Aman Foundation about the teams’ plans to support its work related to trauma care, disaster health, and disaster mental health. Watch the interview here. Plus, read more about the team’s work in the Express Tribune and in The News.
FXB Human Trafficking Team Takes Investigative Trip to India
- FXB Director of Research Jacqueline Bhabha and FXB Senior Fellow Anne Stetson, who lead the FXB Center’s Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Program, are currently in India to explore potential synergies with anti-trafficking programs on the Nepalese-Indian border. Stay tuned for further photographs and updates.
Achievements and Next Steps in Applying Human Rights-Based Approaches
- Alicia Ely Yamin, Director of the Health Rights of Women and Children Program at the FXB Center, urges for the application of human rights frameworks and human rights-based approaches (HRBAs) to maternal health in a recent issue of PLOS. In an essay entitled, “From Ideals to Tools: Applying Human Rights to Maternal Health,” she argues that HRBAs are a powerful tool for addressing the root causes of maternal morbidity and mortality and other violations of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. In contrast to short-term solutions, the operationalization of HRBAs offers a method for translating the ideals of the global community into actionable tools. Indeed, the adoption of HRBAs represents an important opportunity to address the underlying power relations that consistently put women at risk for such violations. Read more here.
FXB Fellow Honored as Humanitarian Hero of the Year
FXB Fellow Jumana Odeh, a leading pediatrician and public health expert in Palestine, was awarded the 2013 Aidex Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award, which recognizes an individual from the humanitarian and development aid communities who has made a significant contribution to their field. Odeh is the Director and Founder of the Palestinian Happy Child Center (PHCC), a non-governmental organization in Ramallah that protects and promotes the well-being of children with intellectual disabilities. She is working on a research project at the FXB Center that works to safeguard the rights of the intellectually disabled.
Frontiers in Global Health Seminar
- On November 6, 2013, the Health Rights of Women and Children (HRWC) Program launched the Frontiers in Global Health Seminar series at the Harvard School of Public Health. The session entitled “The true costs of maternal mortality on children and families: a discussion of findings from Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Malawi” featured the project leaders from the Impacts of Maternal Death on Living Children study and was the first cross-country dissemination of the research findings from each of the sites. The event was moderated by Alicia Ely Yamin, Director of the HRWC Program, and panelists included Dr. Lucia Knight from South Africa, Dr. Mitike Molla from Ethiopia, Dr. Junior Bazile from Malawi, and Dr. Jocelyn Finlay from the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Watch a video of the seminar here.
Jennifer Leaning and Debarati Guha-Sapir Author NEJM Article on Natural Disasters, Armed Conflict, and Public Health
- Jennifer Leaning, Director of the FXB Center, and Debarati Guha-Sapir, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), have authored “Natural Disasters, Armed Conflict, and Public Health,” published on November 7th, 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The authors write: “Natural disasters and armed conflict have marked human existence throughout history and have always caused peaks in mortality and morbidity. But in recent times, the scale and scope of these events have increased markedly. Since 1990, natural disasters have affected about 217 million people every year, and about 300 million people now live amidst violent insecurity around the world. The immediate and longer-term effects of these disruptions on large populations constitute humanitarian crises.” Click here for the full article.
Alicia Ely Yamin Recognized as Public Health Champion in New Book
Alicia Ely Yamin, Director of the FXB Center’s Health Rights of Women and Children (HRWC) Program, is profiled in the recently-released Comrades in Health: U.S. Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home. Written by Anne-Emanuelle Birn and Theodore M. Brown, the book showcases a group of professionals whose lives have been dedicated to health internationalism, and who have tirelessly sought to ensure social justice, equity and the right to health worldwide. To launch the book, Yamin spoke during the Ellen Parsons memorial lecture at the American Public Health Association (APHA). For further details, click here.
FXB Fellow Lynne Jones’ Book is Released
- The new edition of FXB Visiting Scientist Lynne Jones’s book, Then They Started Shooting: Children of the Bosnian War and the Adults They Become, has been published by Bellevue Literary Press. Foreign Affairs says: “Out of the horror of human cruelty in the Bosnian war comes a bright note,” and Kirkus Reviews calls the book “[c]areful, sensitive . . . a deeply intimate look into the emotional makeup of children of war.” Read more here.
Jennifer Leaning on Humanitarian Crisis in Syria
- FXB Center Director Jennifer Leaning served as an expert panelist for an HSPH Forum event on the crisis in Syria. For the video ofthe event, click here.
Jacqueline Bhabha, Elizabeth Gibbons on Child Mortality
- FXB Director of Research Jacqueline Bhabha and FXB Senior Fellow Elizabeth Gibbons joined expert panelists for a live-streamed HSPH Forum on The Path to Ending Child Mortality, presented in collaboration with GlobalPost. Read more here.
FXB Fellow Lynne Jones Published in World Psychiatry
- FXB Fellow Lynne Jones is an author on a special article in World Psychiatry on “Diagnosis and classification of disorders specifically associated with stress: proposals for ICD-11″ (page 98). Access the Journal issue here.
Jacqueline Bhabha on Gender Violence in India
- Read Jacqueline Bhabha’s op-ed, published by the South Asia Institute at Harvard, on stemming the tide of sexual assaults in India.
Alicia Ely Yamin’s Book to be Released this Fall
- September 13, 2013 – On September 19, the Harvard Law School hosted a panel discussion of Millennium Development Goals and Human Rights: Past, Present, and Future, edited by Malcolm Langford, Research Fellow at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo, Andy Sumner, Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and Alicia Ely Yamin, Director of the Health Rights of Women and Children Program at the FXB Center.
- The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are fiercely debated in the international development community as alternatively, a groundbreaking achievement, and a profound betrayal of human rights values and norms. Millennium Development Goals and Human Rights analyzes the evolution of the MDGs, the role of human rights in their formulation, and the criteria for setting the post 2015-development agenda.
First Paper Published on Data from HRWC Impacts of Maternal Death on Living Children Study
- August 19, 2013 – PLOS ONE, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal from the Public Library of Science, has published Costs of Inaction on Maternal Mortality: Qualitative Evidence of the Impacts of Maternal Deaths on Living Children in Tanzania, the first set of data from the Impacts of Maternal Deaths on Living Children Study, conducted by the FXB Center’s Health Rights of Women and Children (HRWC) program. The paper authors are Alicia Ely Yamin, HRWC Program Director, Vanessa Boulanger, HRWC Program Manager, Kathryn L. Falb, Postdoctoral Associate in Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, Jane Shuma, HRWC Research Coordinator, and Jennifer Leaning, FXB Center Director.
A Critical Rights Agenda: Conference on Children and Adolescents in India
- July 25, 2013 – The FXB Center, in conjunction with the Public Health Foundation of India, organized the “Children and Adolescents in India – A Critical Rights Agenda” conference based on pilot studies undertaken at construction sites in Delhi and railway stations in Jaipur. The conference brought together a range of key stakeholders, including representatives from the government and leading civil society and intergovernmental organizations, to assess child protection schemes in India.
Gender Justice, Criminal Law, and Curricular Reform in South Asia
- July 12-13, 2013 – The Harvard Gender Violence Project, a collaboration between Harvard’s South Asia Institute, the Harvard Law School, the FXB Center, and experts in South Asia, hosted the Gender Justice, Criminal Law, and Curricular Reforms Conference in Delhi. The conference, coming on the heels of popular outrage against pervasive sexual assault and gender violence in India, was a groundbreaking convening of key stakeholders. Issues related to policy change, education reform, and legal enforcement were discussed. Read more here.
Sex, Money, and Birth Control: How Investing in Reproductive Health Pays Off
- July 17, 2013 – Alicia Ely Yamin, HRWC Program Director, served as an expert panelist in a live online discussion on sexual and reproductive health hosted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the World Bank. “Sex, money, and birth control: how investing in reproductive health pays off” will assessed the barriers to funding reproductive health around the world and identified pathways for overcoming resistance. The discussion followed on the heels of the release of a new World Bank report, entitled “Closing the deadly gap between what we know and what we do: Investing in women’s reproductive health.”
Delegation of FXB Researchers Investigates Human Rights of Roma in Kosovo
- June 28, 2013 – A team led by Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research, traveled to Kosovo to conduct a fact-finding mission on the state of Roma communities. For updates from the field, visit the FXB Kosovo blog.
Experts Convene at FXB Center to Discuss Human Trafficking in Massachusetts
- June 21, 2013 – The FXB Center hosted an all-day meeting on addressing human trafficking in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in conjunction with the Kennedy School’s Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. Jacqueline Bhabha, Director of Research for the FXB Center, and Julie Wilson of the Wiener Center, facilitated the discussion. Read more about the meeting and the FXB Center’s policy work around human trafficking in our policy section.
Harvard University Press Assumes Publication of Health and Human Rights
- June 18, 2013 – The esteemed Harvard University Press (HUP) has partnered with the FXB Center to become the publisher of its Health and Human Rights: An International Journal. For further details on the partnership, click here. For more on the journal, which is under the editorial leadership of Paul Farmer, visit the journal’s website.
Jacqueline Bhabha and Alicia Ely Yamin on Girls’ Education and Health in HSPH Forum
- June 13, 2013 – Jacqueline Bhabha and Alicia Yamin participated in this expert panel on Girls’ Health and Education: Igniting Change Worldwide.
Alicia Ely Yamin Speaks at Women Deliver
- May 30, 2013 – Alicia Ely Yamin, Director of the Health Rights of Women and Children Program, spoke at the third annual Women Deliver Conference, held on May 28-30, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Women Deliver, a groundbreaking conference on women’s health and empowerment, drew 5,000 attendees from around the world. Yamin presented on the following panel and plenary sessions:
- Human Rights as a Lens for Maternal Health: The Role of Accountability (part of the Humanisation of Childbirth/Respectful Care panel, sponsored by the Maternal Health Task Force).
- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Human Rights and MDG5: How did we get here and where do we want to go? (part of the Gender, Equity & Human Rights panel, sponsored by the World Health Organization and Partners in Population Development).
- Women’s and Children’s Health: Evidence of Impact of Human Rights (part of the Optimizing Human Rights in Family Planning Programmes panel, sponsored by the World Health Organization).
- Creating a circle of accountability for the prevention of maternal mortality and morbidity: Recent developments in the United Nations, moderated by Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet (part of the Accountability and Remedies in Context of Sexual and Reproductive Rights Violations panel).
- How to Think About Population, Sustainability and Women’s Rights plenary session, moderated by Richard Horton. Panelists included: Babatunde Osotimehin (Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund), Kavita Ramdas (South Asia Representative, Ford Foundation), Peter Singer (Professor, Princeton University), and Kenneth Weiss (Journalist, Los Angeles Times).
FXB Fellow Lynne Jones Published in The Lancet
- April 11, 2013 – Lynne Jones, a Fellow with FXB, has been published in The Lancet, the world’s leading medical journal. Dr. Jones, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, writer, researcher, and relief worker, serves as contributing author for “Proposals for mental disorders specifically associated with stress in the International Classification of Diseases-11.”
Realizing Roma Rights Conference Brings Together Leading Policymakers, Activists, and Scholars
- April 8, 2013 – In partnership with the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Center for European Studies at Harvard, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions, the FXB Center held the first conference at Harvard to focus on the rights of the Roma, which drew speakers from across the U.S. and Europe. Click here for more information.
FXB Center Launches Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Program
- April 17, 2013 – The FXB Center held a launch event for its Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Program in the San Francisco Bay area. FXB Center Director Jennifer Leaning and Director of Research Jacqueline Bhabha outlined the goals of the program’s domestic and global components in the areas of research, training, and policy advocacy. The Center is developing the first center of excellence in the world focused on the problem of human slavery.
FXB-Led Team Documents Public Health Concerns of Largest Mass Gathering
- January 2013 – In collaboration with the South Asia Institute (SAI) and the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI), the FXB Center sent a team under the direction of FXB Director Jennifer Leaning to Allahabad, India to assess the public health implications of the Kumbh Mela festival, the single greatest mass gathering on earth. Read more here.