As part of the Program on Forced Migration and Health’s commitment to improving international humanitarian assistance and health, the Program’s faculty provide technical expertise and leadership to organizations implementing policy and programs on the ground.
Lindsay Stark, associate professor for the Program on Forced Migration and Health, is also the Principal Investigator and Executive Director of the Child Protection in Crisis (CPC) Learning Network, a consortium of agencies and academic institutions that work together on global learning associated with children in disaster and war settings. CPC Learning Network undertakes innovative research and builds evidence to affect change in child protection policy and practice. The Network was established in 2008 as a mechanism to strengthen and systematize child care and protection in crisis-settings through collaborative action of humanitarian agencies, local institutions, and academic partners.
Globally, the CPC Learning Network works with coalitions of UN, NGO, private sector, and government actors to generate evidence and link research findings to global practice. The CPC Network coordinates with the United Nation's Child Protection Working Group to set and implement a global learning agenda for the child protection community.
Rachel Moresky, assistant professor for the Program on Forced Migration and Health and the Department of Medicine, also serves as the Founding Director of the Systems Improvement at District Hospitals and Regional Training of Emergency Care (sidHARTe) program, an initiative within the Population and Family Health Department at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public that has been working in low-resource settings since 2009. sidHARTe works through partnerships with Ministries of Health (MoH), Ministries of Education (MoE), universities and other key local institutions, at the community, district and referral level to create sustainable programming in emergency health system strengthening and child survival in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and South America.
sidHARTe partners to improve emergency care health systems through technical assistance, implementation, research, and advocacy. This is done through the development and implementation of emergency medicine in-service and pre-service training programs focused on general practitioners, nurses, and mid-level providers. By focusing on task-shifting, sidHARTe reaches underserved and rural populations where specialists are often not found. sidHARTe also works with MoHs to develop national guidelines, norms and procedures, and other technical and advocacy tools for the management of critically ill undifferentiated patients at all levels of the public health system. sidHARTE has working staff focused in Ghana and Rwanda.
Neil Boothby, returned to Columbia University after serving two years as the US Government's Special Adviser and Senior Coordinator to the USAID Administrator for Children in Adversity. In his special adviser role, Boothby fulfilled the legislative mandate set forth in the Assistance for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act of 2005, which called for a coordinated, comprehensive, and effective response on the part of the U.S. Government to the world’s most vulnerable children.
Under Boothby’s leadership, the first U.S. Government foreign assistance policy for children in adversity was launched at the White House on Dec. 19, 2012. In addition to his interagency coordination efforts, Boothby served as USAID’s senior expert on children and adversity. In this role, he spearheaded the Agency’s efforts to develop implementation plans for the Action Plan for Children in Adversity in priority countries.
Jamie Eliades, assistant professor for the Program on Forced Migration and Health, is currently serving as the Technical Director of MalariaCare, a partnership between PATH, PSI, Save the Children, and Medical Care Development International that is funded by USAID. In this role, Dr. Eliades is advising MalariaCare on expanding use of high-quality malaria diagnostics, fostering appropriate treatment of febrile illness, and facilitating partnerships with private-sector health providers.
MalariaCare is currently working in eight countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and will soon be expanding to South Sudan.