Integrating Child Protection into the Design and Operation of Isolation and Treatment Centers

February 1, 2023 | 15:30-16:30 East Africa / 07:30-08:30 EST / 12:30-13:30 GMT

This was the second webinar of the Child Protection and Health Integration During Infectious Disease Outbreaks series, Integrating Child Protection into the Design and Operation of Isolation and Treatment Centers: Key considerations and adaptations to health facilities during major disease outbreaks.

During this one-hour webinar, regional and global experts discussed why child protection considerations are needed in the design, layout, and operation of isolation and treatment centers; described how child protection needs can be integrated; and reflected on lessons learned from recent outbreaks.

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Sarah Collis Kerr, Lead Technical Advisor, READY, Save the Children: Sarah Collis Kerr is a humanitarian health professional specializing in emergency outbreak response and health program coordination in crisis settings. She holds an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BSc in Nursing. Sarah has worked in several humanitarian contexts and outbreaks all over the world including Sierra Leone and Rwanda for Ebola; Northern Nigeria; Samoa during the measles outbreak; Greece for the migrant/refugee crisis; and Cox’s Bazar for the Rohingya COVID-19 response. Before joining the READY initiative, she was the Regional Health Delegate for the Red Cross in Middle East North Africa. Sarah is deeply passionate about protecting the right to health for all, specifically women and girls. She believes strongly in the need to empower affected communities and local organizations, whilst strengthening cross-sectoral preparedness and capacity for outbreak response.


  • Nidhi Kapur, Child Protection Specialist, Independent Consultant: Nidhi Kapur is a protection, gender, and inclusion specialist with fifteen years of field-based experience. Motivated by a strong interest in the complexities of programming in conflict and post-conflict zones, Nidhi has been deployed to various countries as part of emergency response teams. She has worked on a multitude of issues with and on behalf of children and their communities, including in relation to infectious disease outbreaks. In addition to her work with READY to improve collaboration between the health and child protection sector, she has been commissioned by the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action to co-author mini-guides for field practitioners working in a variety of outbreak settings.
  • Jean Syanda, Humanitarian Child Protection Advisor, Global Center Humanitarian Technical Team, Save the Children: Jean is the Child Protection (CP) lead for READY and oversees the Child Protection unit of the United States (US)-funded portfolio of Save the Children US for East and Southern Africa, the Middle East and Eurasia, and a few countries in Asia. She has 15 years of experience in humanitarian work with a focus on general protection, gender-based violence (GBV), and CP programming, having worked in many humanitarian crises and conflict-affected zones. She worked with refugees, internally-displaced persons (IDPs), and vulnerable communities, with a strong emphasize on establishing, creating, and strengthening human rights access systems to populations of concern. Her most recent work included providing technical guidance and support to and overseeing Protection projects in Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Iraq, Jordan, and Kenya.
  • Dr. Ayesha Kadir, Senior Humanitarian Health Advisor, Save the Children: Ayesha Kadir is a pediatrician and public health researcher. Her work is focused on understanding and meeting the needs of children and families in deprivation and crisis settings. Before leading the humanitarian health team at Save the Children UK, Dr. Kadir worked in pediatric emergency medicine and social pediatrics in Europe and in humanitarian settings. Her research and advocacy focus on the effects of migration, armed conflict, and other forms of violence on children and families, and in finding effective ways to protect and promote child and family health, wellbeing, and rights. Dr. Kadir has worked in east, west, and southern Africa, the Middle East, western and eastern Europe, and the United States with international NGOs, universities, governments, and the World Health Organization.
  • Nureyan Zunong, Senior Humanitarian Health Advisor, Save the Children: Nureyan Zunong is a humanitarian health professional specializing in health program planning and implementation in humanitarian settings. Nureyan has over 20 years of public health experience in both emergency and development contexts. She joined Save the Children in 2002 and worked in several key health positions in politically sensitive, culturally diverse, and geographically harsh conditions. She has managed multiple responses to outbreaks, including Cholera, Ebola, Polio, Yellow Fever, and Measles. Nureyan worked to support the health system and emergency response in Ethiopia, South Sudan, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nepal, DRC, Turkey, Northeast Syria, Ukraine, Kenya, and Mozambique. As a senior humanitarian health advisor, she has diverse experience ranging from technical advice to country offices for ongoing responses and health system strengthening to emergency and outbreak preparedness and response. Central in her work is the high focus on safe and quality service provision which includes child safeguarding and child protection in health programming. Nureyan has a Medical Bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Medical University and a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University.
  • Dr. Charls Erik Halder, National Program Officer (Health Coordination), Migration Health Department, International Organization for Migration (IOM): Dr. Charls Erik Halder is a medical doctor and global health specialist who has worked with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for the past five years. He has ten years of experience in health response in both the humanitarian and development sectors, with expertise in health coordination, primary health care, epidemic and disaster preparedness and response, information management and surveillance, quality improvement, communicable and non-communicable disease control, and infection prevention and control. He has been supporting the humanitarian health response in Cox’s Bazar for Rohingya refugees for more than seven years. He led the health sector mobile medical team technical working group and co-chaired the Health Sector Emergency Preparedness and Response Technical Committee. During the outbreaks of diphtheria, COVID-19, and dengue, he was actively involved in designing and implementing the outbreak preparedness and response interventions in Cox’s Bazar.
  • Dr Hans-Joerg Lang, Pediatrician; Lecturer, Global Child Health, University Witten/Herdecke, Germany; Advisor for Pediatrics and Critical care for The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA): Hans-Jörg Lang conducted his medical studies in Freiburg, Germany, and completed training in pediatric intensive care medicine in the UK. For several years he worked with development and humanitarian organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa and Afghanistan (e.g., MSF, ALIMA, GIZ/CIM, DED). In this context he contributed to training programs and research projects. Hans-Jörg Lang participated in Ebola virus (EBOV) outbreak responses in DRC (2019/2020), Guinea (2021), and the recent Sudan EBOV outbreak in Uganda (2022). In the past few years he has been involved in several activities supported by WHO, such as Ebola training programs, Ebola guideline development group, and medical oxygen access scale up. Hans-Jörg Lang also participates in an initiative of WHO and WFP to design a mobile, rapidly deployable treatment unit for highly infectious diseases (INITIATE2).

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This event was hosted by the READY initiative, led by Save the Children, and funded by the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance.

United States Agency for International Development Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, Save the Children, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, UK Med, EcoHealth Alliance, Mercy Malaysia

यह वेबसाइट अमेरिकी लोगों के सहयोग से संभव हुई है यूनाइटेड स्टेट्स एजेंसी फॉर इंटरनेशनल डेवलपमेंट (यूएसएआईडी) रेडी पहल के तहत। रेडी (संक्षिप्त नाम नहीं) यूएसएआईडी द्वारा समर्थित है  लोकतंत्र, संघर्ष और मानवीय सहायता ब्यूरोअमेरिकी विदेशी आपदा सहायता कार्यालय (ओएफडीए)  और इसका नेतृत्व किया जाता है बच्चों को बचाएं  के साथ साझेदारी में  मानवीय स्वास्थ्य के लिए जॉन्स हॉपकिन्स केंद्र, द  संचार कार्यक्रमों के लिए जॉन्स हॉपकिन्स केंद्र यूके-मेडइकोहेल्थ एलायंस, और दया मलेशिया. इस वेबसाइट की सामग्री सेव द चिल्ड्रेन की एकमात्र जिम्मेदारी है। इस वेबसाइट पर दी गई जानकारी आवश्यक रूप से यूएसएआईडी, किसी या सभी कंसोर्टियम भागीदारों या संयुक्त राज्य सरकार के विचारों को प्रतिबिंबित नहीं करती है, और यह अमेरिकी सरकार की आधिकारिक जानकारी नहीं है।