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GHP Frontiers Seminar: Universal Health Coverage: Getting There the Fair Way

December 9, 2014, Kresge Building G-3, Harvard School of Public Health, 5:00-6:30. A discussion centered on Making Fair Choices on the Path to Universal Health Coverage, the final report of the WHO Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage. Featuring Alicia Eli Yamin and Dean Julio Frenk. Event poster.

FXB WIP: Legal and Public Health Perspectives on the Struggle for Reproductive Justice: The Case of Forced Sterilization in Peru

Camila Gianella

FXB fellow Camila Gianella

December 3, 2014, FXB 710, Harvard School of Public Health, 12:30-1:30. Camila Gianella will give the next presentation in our FXB Work in Progress series. Gianella, MSc, PhD, is also post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bergen, where she works on a project called “Sexual and Reproductive Rights Lawfare: Global Battles over Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Driving Forces and Impacts.” Dr. Gianella is also part of the team of a related project, International Sexual and Reproductive Rights Lawfare, which investigates cases regarding sexual and reproductive rights before international courts and treaty bodies. For this project Gianella and Alicia Ely Yamin, FXB’s policy director, are writing a case study of Peru. Prior to obtaining her PhD from the University of Bergen, Camila worked as a researcher and consultant for projects on maternal health, the right to health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, mental health, and transitional justice.

November 24, 2014. Research Director Jacqueline Bhabha delivered a keynote address at a global Save the Children meeting on child protection challenges facing child migrants in Stockholm today.  In attendance were a large group of migration and child rights experts from NGOs, international organizations, foundations, and the academic community.   Bhabha’s presentation, entitled Trends in Child Migration: Why We Can’t Ignore Child Protection in Migration, detailed the urgent international obligation to address the complex and escalating protection needs of child migrants worldwide. Full article

November 17, 2014.Alicia Ely Yamin was one of two guest speakers at “Ebola and Human Rights: Making the Linkages,” a telebriefing sponsored by the African Grantmakers Affinity Group’s Responsive Philanthropy Series.  Yamin wrote recently on the intersection of poverty and human rights with the Ebola epidemic. Article.

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October 10, 2014. “For their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education,” this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai, a renowned Indian child rights activist and a Pakistani schoolgirl. Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights Health and research director at FXB, lauded the Nobel committee’s choice, calling its focus on the interlinked issues of child exploitation and girls’ education “a significant milestone.” Full article.

September 13, 2014. Roma activist Margareta Matache in The Daily Beast, “Removing Roma and Sinti from Holocaust history by creating a separate genocide and by denying their voice in the Holocaust ceremonies signal a disregard for the memory and the dignity of the Romani people. Yet, the United Nations continues to dither about whether Roma and Sinti should be included in their annual Holocaust Remembrance ceremony.” Full article.

Director of Research Jacqueline Bhabha attends Champions Project Dissemination Meeting

  • On August 12th, Prof. Bhabha attended a closed dissemination event hosted by the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur, Rajasthan. The meeting was attended by the FXB- IDS research team. In addition, representatives from local government, UNICEF, University of Rajasthan, and civil society organizations were in attendance. The experts gave their input on initial interpretation on project findings in preparation for the upcoming broader dissemination events scheduled for later this year.
(R to L) Dr. Sharda Jain (Sandhan), Dr. Shobhita Rajagopal (IDS) and Prof Jacqueline Bhabha (FXB Center)

Dr. Sharda Jain (Sandhan), Dr. Shobhita Rajagopal (IDS) and Prof Jacqueline Bhabha (FXB Center)

Oxfam Blog Post Highlights the Importance of the Power of Numbers Project

FXB Fellow Roger-Claude Liwanga Published in Slavery Today Journal

  • July 29, 2014- FXB Fellow Roger-Claude Liwanga wrote an article for Slavery Today Journal on “Economics of Child Mining Labor: Estimation of Corporation’s Profits” (page 119-133). Read the article here.

FXB paper in Cambridge University Press’ European Review

  • Margareta Matache, Jacqueline Bhabha and Carrie Bronsther write about the treatment of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo, as the country makes a bid for entrance into the European Union. Read the article here.

Champions Project Workshop

  • July 2014 — The Champions Project recently hosted a workshop with young women, so-called “champions”, who have managed to beat the odds and obtain a higher education. With the support of the Passport Foundation and the Population Foundation India the FXB Center and partners at the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur hosted an empowerment workshop with 30 undergraduate students from across Rajasthan, India. The workshop was organized as part of a mixed methods positive deviance study being carried out across three States in India. The aim of the project is to determine the triggers of educational success by studying the experiences of young women from economically and educationally deprived backgrounds who have managed to progress to college education.

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Lynne Jones, FXB Fellow, to Co-Direct July Program on Mental Health in Complex Emergencies

  • June 2014 — This six-day intensive course on Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (MHCE), slated for July 2014, trains mental health workers and humanitarian staff who wish to gain insight or competency in establishing mental health or psychosocial programs in post-conflict areas or in complex disaster settings. Read the full course description and schedule and view the course flyer.

May Issue of Human Rights Quarterly Includes Three Articles by FXB Faculty and Staff

  • The May issue of Human Rights Quarterly, one of the world’s most preeminent journals on human rights, includes an unprecedented three articles written by senior FXB faculty and staff. Click here for Margareta Matache’s article on violence against Roma in Europe, Alicia Ely Yamin’s article on the application of the human rights framework to priority setting for health, and an article by Carmel Williams, Executive Editor of the Health and Human Rights Journal, that assesses the use of health rights to design aid-funded health programs.

Alicia Ely Yamin Co-Authors WHO Report on Equity and Universal Health Coverage

  • May 2014 — “Making Fair Choices on the Path to Universal Health Coverage”, the final report of the WHO Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage has been published. Alicia Ely Yamin served on the Consultative Group as a co-author of the report. The report has been promoted at various organizations worldwide, including for a PAHO webinar on “Ethical priority-setting for a progressive realization of universal health coverage” and for a presentation at the Center for Global Development. The report will be officially launched at WHO Headquarters in Geneva in June and at HSPH in fall. For more information, watch this webinar on the report.

Alicia Ely Yamin Advises on Major New Report from the World Bank Group on Gender and Agency

  • May 14, 2014 — The World Bank Group released a significant report this week on the barriers facing women and girls around the world. The report distills data to highlight the constraints that women and girls face, and explores promising programs and interventions with broad development dividends for women and girls, men and boys, and their families, communities, and societies. Alicia Ely Yamin, Director of the Health Rights of Women and Children Program at the FXB Center, served on the Technical Advisory Group for the report and contributed to its content. The global launch for the report featured an engaging discussion of the topic with Secretary Hillary Clinton, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. Since its release, the publication has been reported on across a range of media in the U.S. and beyond, and has broken World Bank records in terms of social media outreach. Watch the event here.

Articles on the Power of Numbers are Published in Leading Journal

Alicia Ely Yamin Talks with the World Bank about Health Rights

  • April 25, 2014 — Watch Alicia Ely Yamin’s interview with the World Bank Institute’s (WBI) “SaluDerecho,” or “Health to Rights.” Yamin sits on the Steering Committee of this WBI project, which focuses on Rights-based Approaches to Health Services Delivery.

Jacqueline Bhabha Delivers Keynote in Dublin on the Roma

  • April 10, 2014 — Jacqueline Bhabha, who oversees the FXB Center’s Roma program, delivered the keynote address at a conference in Dublin focusing on Roma rights. Her speech, titled “The Cost of Inaction: Changing the Landscape with the Next Generation of European Roma”, explored child welfare issues facing the Roma in Ireland. Read her full address here.

Jacqueline Bhabha Speaks with Tufts’ Article 19 on Public Health, Migration, and Policy

  • April 2014 — Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research, was interviewed by Tufts’ Article 19 on public health, migration, and policy. Listen to the podcast here.

Alicia Ely Yamin’s Interview with the New School

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

  • March 11, 2014 — 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 our Interview with Harsh Mander, the Social Worker Trying to Transform Treatment of India’s Poor

  • Read our Q&A with Harsh Mander, Director of the Centre for Equity Studies in India and Special Commissioner to the Supreme Court of India for the Right to Food, who spoke at the FXB Center on “Inequality and Indifference: Challenges of Designing Public Health for the Urban Poor in India.”

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 

  • January 2014 — Dr. Jennifer Leaning, FXB Center Director, was part of a Harvard team who traveled to Karachi, Pakistan in early January 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

  • January 2014 — 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.

FXB Center Submits UN Report on Child, Early, and Forced Marriages

  • December 2013 — Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research, and Orla Kelly, FXB Research Associate, have submitted evidence to the Office of the High Commission of Human Rights on Child, Early, and Forced Marriages. Click here to read “Child Marriage and Educational Achievement: Evidence from India.”

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

  • Jumana Odeh receives the 2013 Aidex Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award.

    Jumana Odeh receives the 2013 Aidex Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award.

    November 2014 — 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

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

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

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

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:
  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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

Realizing Roma Rights Conference Brings Together Leading Policymakers, Activists, and Scholars

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.