Highlighting realities faced by Asylum seekers in the Mediterranean
Dr. Spencer has been working this summer on board the MV Aquarius in the Mediterranean for Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres rescuing Libyan asylum seekers who are making the dangerous journey to Italy. His interview in this Deutsche Welle article highlights the reality faced by asylum seekers escaping Libya. Read it here.
CHRONIC CRISIS HUMANITRIANS RESPOND TO NEW REALITIES
Dr. Neil Boothby discusses the new realities faced by refugees in current extended crisis emphasizing the need to go beyond emergency response to engage with issues like chronic disease, human rights abuses, and economic constrains in a way that combines efficiency and scientific rigor and can be sustained over time. You can read the report here.
PBS to the contrary: "The Orphan Myth: Keeping families together"
19 APRIL 2016
Last week, PBS' show To the Contrary, released an episode titled ''The Orphan Myth: Keeping Families Together.' This 25-minute segment details the necessary trend away from orphanages and towards family reunification. Orphanages around the globe have been receiving funding through private donors and voluntourists hoping to improve the lives of children. While the intent may come from a place of kindness and generosity, the ramifications are economically and socially rife with unintended consequences. In this segment, PBS discusses the importance of family reunification and cites work coming from some of our very own PFMH family members. For those of you interested in learning more about this topic, check out the PBS Link here.
Access the Action Plan for Children in Adversity here, which was developed under the leadership of our director, Neil Boothby, when we he was serving as a special advisor to the US Govt.
Access the Child Protection in Crisis Learning Network's Unaccompanied and Separated Children research here.
Huffpost impact: the blog- invisible to the system: life without a birth certificate
28 MARCH 2016
Dr. Lindsay Stark shares the problem of lack of birth registration in Indonesia, and what it means, particularly in regards to legal recognition, for millions of children and adults. Read this blog post here.
Huffpost Impact: The blog - The "orphan" Generation in cambodia
19 FEBRUARY 2016
Dr. Lindsay Stark discusses the problem of Cambodian parents enrolling their children in orphanages in response to a lack of social welfare support and poverty. Learn more about a project looking to both understand this phenomoenon and ways to combat the negative child health effects caused by institutionalization here.
Cnn Op-Eds - How refugee debate misses the point
18 November 2015
Drs. Neil Boothby and Lindsay Stark comment on the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, you can read more on their thoughts at CNN's Op-Eds here.
huffington post blog - Why our current responses for refugees aren't enough
11 November 2015
Dr. Lindsay Stark is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. Please see her latest article on the need for change in how humantirian actors need to change approaches to meet current needs here.
Investing in Ugandan children: A response to uganda's national development plan ii
09 November 2015
This recently released position paper identifies four key areas of investment in child health and development and aims to open dialouge and promote critical thinking among Uganda's policymakers. non-governmental agencies and civil society actors. Research and synthesis for this report was led by Drs. Neil Boothby and Sarah Meyer, Ms. Lily Zhi Ning Lu and Ms. Rachel Webster on behalf of the AfriChild Centre and has been endorsed by members of the Uganda Child Rights Network. Please access and read more at the CPC webpage.