About the webinar:
The Measuring Separation in Emergencies (MSiE) project is an inter-agency initiative funded by the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and co-ordinated by Save the Children in partnership with Columbia University in New York. The overall aim of MSiE is to strengthen emergency response programs for unaccompanied and separated children through the development of a suite of practical, field-tested methods to assess of the scale and nature of children's separation from their parents and caregivers during emergencies. The process has been guided by an inter-agency Advisory Panel.
The project team recently completed two pilots to evaluate the performance of these tools. The first pilot took place in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Over the course of six months in 2016, the research team implemented a community-based monitoring system as part of a response to the drought and famine affecting the area. The second pilot took place in the Sud region of Haiti. In early 2017, the team implemented a population-based estimation survey following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.
The CPC Learning Network will host a webinar to share findings from these two recent phases along with lessons learned from the field as well as recommendations for next steps in the development of tools and methods.
About the speakers:
Beth Rubenstein is a Senior Research Associate with the CPC Network. She is passionate about working at the intersection of global health research and practice. Current projects include developing methods to estimate the scale of children who are separated from their families during humanitarian emergencies, generating evidence to inform community interventions aimed at reducing interpersonal household violence, and evaluating the long-term impacts of large-scale social protection programs. Beth holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Columbia University’s Department of Epidemiology. She has over ten years of applied experience in global health and human rights, including prevention of international child trafficking, health systems equity in Ghana and Rwanda and HIV treatment access activism in South Africa.
Matthew MacFarlane is a Senior Research Associate for the Child Protection in Crisis Learning Network with a focus on Child Separation in Chronic- and Rapid-Onset Emergency Settings. His work currently includes management of a suite of potential tools to measure the nature and scale of unaccompanied and separated children across emergency settings. Previously, Matthew worked with Innovations for Poverty Action in Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Liberia managing a variety of projects, including creating and testing a mobile application for Contact Tracing of Ebola patients. He has also worked in Indonesia, Sierra Leone, and Senegal on topics including legal identity, teenage pregnancy, and bringing mobile technology to anti-malarial programs in rural settings. Matthew received a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology with Honours from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and a Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
You can register for the webinar here.